Once healed, you become infected again: this seems to be possible with Omigran

This study is still called ‘pre-print’, meaning it has not yet been read and evaluated by other researchers, but the results are clear. According to research, at this point – if you are not motivated – you may be re-infected with Omigran very soon after your last infection.

It certainly makes little sense for isolation and isolation, but also refers to the number of individuals who can become infected and infect others. Because in the room for another week immediately after backup? Not so much fun.

You can see the summary of the research in the tweet below, along with a link to the research:

This noise is already being noticed in schools. Children who have tested positive, recover and become infected again after several negative tests. They are often not vaccinated and should be raised on one side. They usually say: it’s an old virus; Isolation and isolation are not required.

The immune system is not activated

The rules of the RIVM state that contacts who have recently experienced SARS-CoV-2 infection need not be tested without complaints. “They have no isolated advice.” With Omigron, different rules apply.

Debbie von Barley is a professor of immunology at Croningen and says that if you do not ‘turn on’ the immune system, you will not develop many antibodies, so you will be exposed to new infections again. In other words: a mild infection that results from a slight cold after two days will not provide much protection in the future.

May occur frequently

That’s nothing new, says Van Barley. The same was true for other genres. But Omigron produces mild infections in many cases and is actually quite contagious. “In that sense, it can happen more often now,” says Van Barley.

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Van Barley says Omikron has various tricks to bypass the immune system and cause further infections. “But during the delta variation, relapses also occurred, not so soon after the initial infection.”

‘5 times more likely to get re-infection’

Huub Savelkoul, an immunologist at the University of Wageningen, said this American research was consistent with research done in Great Britain. The results are consistent, he says. “Those who do not have a booster and are now mildly infected by Omigran are protected from another infection for two to three weeks.”

In addition, Savelkoul says the chance of re-infection with Omigran is five times higher than that of Delta, and that protection after Omigran infection is only 19 percent.

No good news

Consequences: “You rarely get flock immunity. Isolations have very little effect. You can re-infect immediately when you go outside again.”

This is definitely not good news, Savelkoul insists. This is because the Omigron variant is constantly circulating in this way. “If there’s a variant that is sicker than Omigran, we have a problem because we do not develop much protection.”

Cover mouth, booster, wash hands

A solution? It is difficult, but according to Savelkoul it helps to maintain basic operations for a long time. Wear a mouth mask when you are busy somewhere, and think about personal hygiene and things like that. “And the booster helps.”

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