Good news at the beginning of the year from Dr. Octavian Jurma. Those who should not feel threatened by Omicron

Good news at the beginning of the year from Dr. Octavian Jurma. Those who should not feel threatened by Omicron
Good news at the beginning of the year from Dr. Octavian Jurma. Those who should not feel threatened by Omicron

Although Omicron infects much more easily than Delta, the risk of hospitalization and death is lower than that of Delta for those vaccinated or sick, Jurma writes on Facebook.

According to him, the protection mediated by T cells is maximum in those who have the booster done and / or hybrid immunity (vaccination + infection).

These data are in addition to neutralization studies that show similar benefits in terms of antibody protection.

“So, if you have the booster done and / or vaccinated after you go through the disease, Omicron is not as big a threat to you as Delta and probably even smaller than Alpha.

For the unvaccinated, the good news is that going through the disease also offers a variable dose of protection even if it is lower than that offered by the booster or the hybrid immunity (the best). Remember: infection is not the same as illness, ”says the doctor.

In addition, the simple vaccine has lost its ability to prevent infection, but not its ability to prevent serious forms of illness and death: “the booster also restores much of the neutralizing protection (against infection and transmission).”

Jurma’s conclusions about the Omicron wave

– The booster also protects us from infection and disease

– convalescence and vaccine protect us from infection and disease

– The first two doses protect us from illness

– convalescence protects us from illness (variable).

“Any wise person can turn the misfortune of going through the disease into the luck of being able to acquire hybrid immunity or even superimmunity through vaccination.

Fortunately, the loss of the immune system’s ability to protect us from Omicron infection can be offset by non-pharmaceutical measures: the FFP2 / N95 mask, physical distance, hygiene, ventilation / filtration, ”writes Octavian Jurma.

When we can control the pandemic

Thus, the circulation of the virus can be limited by testing (green certificate), and the mask and vaccine offer very good protection in the 5-Omicron wave: “with their help we will pass this wave, which will be shorter than the wave. Delta. With any luck, we will have a longer period of peace than after the 3-Alpha wave.

With much luck, we may be able to control the pandemic. Reports from this period have been affected all over the world (not only in Romania) by the holidays. Only next week we will have a more accurate picture of the Omicron wave in Romania as well ”.

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