Can we get 'super immunity' during this Covid-19 wave?

From the outbreak of Omicron to a better future
Vaccines and infections: A winning combination?
Improved immunity
More research is needed
The best immune response
Hope on the horizon
Don't start licking doorknobs yet!
Covid-19: an enigma that we decipher bit by bit
Vaccination is fundamental
Before Omicron
Uncertainty
Economic consequences are enormous
The pandemic rages on
Normal life in 2024?
Vaccinating children too
Diminishing returns
Keep calm and carry on
From the outbreak of Omicron to a better future

A study published by The Journal of the American Medical Association brings some hope amid the massive wave of cases of the Omicron variant in many countries. The research supports the idea that 'super immunity' is possible.

Vaccines and infections: A winning combination?

Researchers of the Oregon Health & Science University argue that vaccinated individuals who get infected with a new variant might develop a strengthened immune response that could be defined as 'super immunity.'

Improved immunity

The study suggests that antibodies produced as a result of inflection are much higher in vaccinated people. Our body builds up against a new threat and achieves a better defense.

More research is needed

The study was conducted with a small sample of only 52 people. More research is needed before getting one's hopes up.

The best immune response

Dr. Fikadu Tafesse, one of the researchers of the Oregon Health & Science University, affirms that "you can't get a better immune response than this."

Hope on the horizon

It's all conjecture at the moment, but if this study is on the right track, the end of the pandemic could be on the horizon. Massive vaccination, along with infections, could turn Covid-19 into something no different from the flu.

Don't start licking doorknobs yet!

Still, getting infected on purpose to get this 'super immunity' is a bad idea! First, because this is a very early study that needs to be checked, but also because no Covid-19 infection is 'harmless.' Not even when you're fully vaccinated.

Covid-19: an enigma that we decipher bit by bit

Despite science working around the clock on Covid-19, such as developing the vaccines on record time, there are still many questions left about the disease. For instance, why some people get seriously ill without any clear explanation.

Vaccination is fundamental

What the Oregon Health & Science University points out, just as many others, is that vaccination is the key. The results showed that vaccination plus infection is equal to a powerful immune response. The vaccine, even when it's not the full dose, can help avoid a serious disease.

Before Omicron

It should be pointed out that this research was done before the outbreak of the Omicron variant. However, the team behind the study assures that the body always reacts the same, regardless of the virus variant. In other words, their results also work on vaccinated people infected by Omicron.

Uncertainty

Nonetheless, in these moments of uncertainty, it is important to remain calm and avoid being driven by sudden optimism.

Economic consequences are enormous

The massive wave of cases of the Omicron variant in the United States and Europe, although not as deadly, is having concerning effects on the economy. Bankruptcies, production problems, health services on the brink of collapse, and other problems are on the horizon.

The pandemic rages on

The end of the pandemic won't be quick or easy. One has to take into consideration how in less developing countries the vaccination rates tend to be lower, allowing new variants to mutate. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has an estimation of when this could be over.

Normal life in 2024?

Pfizer posits that Covid-19 might become an endemic condition, unable to grind the world to a halt, by 2024.

Vaccinating children too

The only thing left at the moment is to vaccinate as many people as possible. Children too. Their immunization, scientists agree, is safe and efficient.

Diminishing returns

The most common and optimistic of theories is that Covid-19 will diminish in time. It's a common biological rule, though nothing is certain until there's more investigation on the subject.

Keep calm and carry on

We have to remain attentive while dealing with Covid-19, but also try to keep a positive attitude. Pandemic-related mental health problems have increased, and good news is always welcome. The chance of 'super-immunity' is a reminder that there's an end to this worldwide crisis.

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