Breakthrough infections might give people more immunity to COVID-19
Fully vaccinated people infected with the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus could end up with super immunity to the coronavirus, according to new research from Oregon Health & Science University.
Experts still advise against getting COVID-19 because of the multiple health effects of the disease. Many COVID-19 patients spend months recovering from the virus. The coronavirus has been linked to severe illness and death.
The study said antibody levels from breakthrough cases were 1,000% more effective than those seen two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Marcel Curlin, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases) in the OHSU School of Medicine, said this is likely the endgame for COVID-19.
There have been reports about how super immunity could stop the next COVID-19 variant from really taking hold of the population, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Multiple research projects have suggested that there are people who have “an extraordinarily powerful immune response,” according to NPR
The omicron variant is the latest coronavirus variant to spread rapidly through the world. In fact, it has only started to circulate around the United States, becoming the most dominant variant in the U.S. already, according to The Associated Press.
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