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Omicron is expected to become a "natural vaccine"

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Various signs indicate that the epidemic may disappear in 2022, it bringing hope to many people.antigen swab test cost - UDXBIO

1. The number of infections in South Africa has been reduced by 30%

First of all, in South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first discovered, the epidemic seems to have passed an inflection point. According to reports, the number of infections in South Africa within 7 days has dropped by 30%, and the average daily death toll has dropped from 65 a week ago to around 50, which is less than one-tenth of the 577 people in South Africa during the second wave of outbreaks in January.

Moreover, the hospitalization rate is not high, and it does not burden the medical system, and even in routine medical services, there is excess capacity to admit patients. The President of South Africa said on Thursday: "All indicators indicate that South Africa may have passed the peak of the fourth economic wave." The South African Medical Research Council stated: “The fourth wave of the epidemic driven by Omicron has risen sharply, reaching its peak and then falling at an alarming rate.”

2. Omicron infection may enhance immunity to Delta

A laboratory study in South Africa showed that Omicron variants will "fight with poison", which means that Omicron infection may increase immunity to Delta variants! The experiment recruited 33 vaccinated and unvaccinated people infected with the Omicron variant in South Africa.

After these subjects were infected with Omicron, their neutralization effect on the Omicron variant increased by 14 times within 14 days; the neutralization effect on the Delta variant increased by 4.4 times, and the increase in the neutralization effect of several vaccinated patients was particularly significant.

The scientists said: "In individuals infected with Omicron, the increased neutralization of the Delta variant may lead to a decrease in the ability of the Delta virus to reinfect these individuals." This means that the Delta virus, which easily leads to a high rate of severe illness and hospitalization, is likely to be "driven out"

3. Omicron maybe the "natural vaccine" to end the epidemic

Some British experts even believe that there is no need for booster injections at all, and Omicron will become a "natural vaccine" to end the epidemic. Professor Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading, said that the description of "natural vaccines" is correct.

The logic of this statement is that because Omicron is highly contagious but milder than other variants, it can enhance immunity without causing serious diseases; there are even some data that show that, in the long run, compared with vaccines, mixed infection can provide the best type of immunity.

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