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Is Omicron Infection Inevitable?

Is Omicron Infection Inevitable?

Omicron, the latest SARS-CoV-2 variant, is spreading like wildfire across the country. Some experts say it is so transmissible that many people, including those who are vaccinated and boosted, are likely to get it. That is worrisome news, especially to parents...

Omicron — Decoupling Infection from Severe Disease

Omicron — Decoupling Infection from Severe Disease

South Africa, like much of Africa, suffers from relatively low Covid-19 vaccine coverage, with only 43% of South African adults having been fully vaccinated. However, immunity can result from either vaccination or previous infection with severe acute respiratory...

Symptom prevalence, duration, and risk of hospital admission in individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 during periods of omicron and delta variant dominance: a prospective observational study from the ZOE COVID Study

Symptom prevalence, duration, and risk of hospital admission in individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 during periods of omicron and delta variant dominance: a prospective observational study from the ZOE COVID Study

Background The SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern, omicron, appears to be less severe than delta. We aim to quantify the differences in symptom prevalence, risk of hospital admission, and symptom duration among the vaccinated population. Methods In this prospective...

Had Omicron? You’re unlikely to catch its rising variant

Good news for the pandemic-weary: a study1 shows that previous infection with the widely circulating BA.1 version of the Omicron coronavirus variant provides strong protection against its relative BA.2, which is growing in prevalence. The results suggest that BA.2 is...

Protection against the Omicron Variant from Previous SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Omicron — Decoupling Infection from Severe Disease

South Africa, like much of Africa, suffers from relatively low Covid-19 vaccine coverage, with only 43% of South African adults having been fully vaccinated. However, immunity can result from either vaccination or previous infection with severe acute respiratory...