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Mass immunity will arise, vaccines will protect us, corona will become less dangerous and spread slowly. The immunologist wrote that everything did not come true Danny Altman in The Guardian† The authorities are talking about “learning to live with corona”, but this is really not a good recipe and cannot be achieved now with the increase in omikron variants BA.4 and BA.5.
Altman notes that, according to the latest figures, more than half a million people were infected in Great Britain last week. The number of people infected with corona is now estimated at between 3 and 4 percent of the total population. “Many of them have become very ill and have had to miss school or work with attendant disruptions to education, health care and other vital services. These infections will also lead to an increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 disease. According to official statistics, the so-called so-called ‘Moderate’ “Omicron waves in 2022 created more than 619,000 new care-dependent COVID-19 cases and is a long and worthless legacy of the last phase.”
Instead of building a wall of immunity against vaccinations and infections, as expected, we are seeing wave after wave of new infections and a rapidly increasing, long-term burden of this disease.
Altman wrote that the new variants BA.4 and BA.5 are more contagious and more successful at penetrating resistance. Last week, he and his colleagues published a new study showing that we are less resistant to the new variants, even in people who have been vaccinated three times. The body produces up to 20 times less antibodies against the new variants. It also became clear that contamination no longer provided a guarantee against reinfection. Persons infected with one of the previous variants are not protected against the new omikron variants. “In fact, even omicron contamination offers no guarantee against reinfection.” According to Altmann, infection can occur again within a few weeks of recovery.
“Contrary to the myth that we’re slowly transitioning into a relaxed evolutionary relationship with a friendly, cold-like virus, it’s more like we’re trapped on a rollercoaster than a horror movie.” As an immunologist, Altman says he is amazed at what the virus can do. He is very concerned about the impact of lung disease on society as large parts of the working population become unable to work.
The scientist also says that the reinforcement strategy no longer works. He points to research showing that the effect of the fourth reinforcer diminishes faster than that of its predecessors. He pinned his hopes on a new generation of boosters that might provide better protection, but he notes that large-scale trials are becoming increasingly difficult because the virus is evolving so quickly. “The battle is not over yet and we will have to actively learn how to deal with this. This requires a lot of commitment and ingenuity.”
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