Will this COVID-19 wave lead to herd immunity? Are you less likely to get sick again if you had omicron? Why this ‘milder’ variant is a double-edged sword

Will this COVID-19 wave lead to herd immunity? Are you less likely to get sick again if you had omicron? Why this 'milder' variant is a double-edged sword

“I think we’re all going to get it. It’s just a matter of time.”

How many times have you heard a friend or family member say that in the last few weeks? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relaxed its isolation guidelines. Is it any wonder that some people appear to be letting their guard down, and dining out in crowded restaurants as a highly contagious variant blazes its way through schools, social venues and households?

So what if you have tested positive for omicron, the highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Now, what? Can you go about your business in the knowledge that you have the COVID-19 antibodies and you’re less likely to test positive for the coronavirus again anytime soon? Should you be as afraid of omicron as, say, delta?

Epidemiologists are weighing the significance of the latest omicron wave,…

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