Health experts hoping for Covid immunity boost post-omicron surge


WISCONSIN (CBS 58) — Consultants say the omicron variant has not reached its peak.

Cities like Milwaukee applied masks mandates as soon as once more, as numbers proceed to climb.

Well being officers say the pandemic may enhance after we attain the height.

That is if a extra infectious variant would not pop up once more.

“Omicron was actually a shock, about how shortly and extreme that took off. I believe we had been all anticipating that we had been going to have a protracted, exhausting winter with a number of circumstances pushed by delta,” stated Dr. Ryan Westergaard, DHS Bureau of Communicable Ailments chief medical officer.

Wisconsin DHS officers say they’re hoping the large quantity of individuals getting omicron, mixed with vaccinations, may result in extra immunity.

“On the opposite aspect of this present surge, the place individuals are changing into contaminated in better numbers than ever, I believe you are proper, we will have lots of people which have some stage of immune system safety,” stated Dr. Westergaard.

Dr. Nilanjan Lodh, Marquette College’s infectious illness skilled, says he would not know if elevated immunity will downgrade the pandemic to an endemic.

“We in all probability is not going to attain that endemic state of affairs, which can be extra of a localized outbreak of circumstances, very quickly,” stated Dr. Lodh.

He stated proper now, omicron is making the virus replicate shortly, which may result in new mutations.

In accordance with Lodh, these new mutations could possibly be roughly infectious.

“That is what the virus desires, and as this is happening — and there is lots of people who nonetheless not vaccinated or not in a position to get vaccinated for different medical causes — the virus has extra alternative to mutate,” stated Dr. Lodh.

The less folks vaccinated, the better the chance for different variants to come up, just like the IHU variant recognized in France.

Well being officers stated the IHU variant is not a serious concern proper now.


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