Cape City: A workforce of researchers in South Africa stated they’ve discovered some proof that individuals who had been contaminated as soon as with Covid have been extra more likely to be reinfected with the Omicron variant than with the Beta or Delta variants.
In keeping with CNN, the analysis workforce stated it’s too quickly to know for positive, however a latest spike in second infections signifies to them that Omicron is extra more likely to reinfect folks.
“Opposite to our expectations and expertise with the earlier variants, we at the moment are experiencing a rise within the danger of reinfection that exceeds our prior expertise,” Juliet Pulliam from Stellenbosch College was quoted as saying.
Omicron was solely recognized in November however has apprehensive the World Well being Organisation (WHO) and different international well being officers, who’ve designated it a variant of concern due to its many mutations affecting areas related to transmissibility and talent to evade the immune system.
Pulliam and her colleagues checked out studies of infections protecting 2.7 million folks in South Africa for the reason that starting of the pandemic, together with greater than 35,000 folks identified greater than as soon as with Covid-19.
“We recognized 35,670 people with a minimum of two suspected infections (by 27 November 2021), 332 people with suspected third infections, and one particular person with 4 suspected infections,” they wrote of their report, posted on-line in a preprint.
“Among the many people who’ve had a couple of reinfection, 47 (14.2 per cent) skilled their third an infection in November 2021, which means that many third infections are related to transmission of the Omicron variant,” they added.
They’re assuming the latest uptick in circumstances in South Africa displays the unfold of Omicron and never another issue comparable to waning immunity.
The folks whose circumstances they describe haven’t had the virus sequenced, so it isn’t sure they have been, in truth, contaminated with the Omicron variant.
Nonetheless, officers stated the Omicron variant is now the dominant coronavirus pressure in South Africa, accounting for 74 per cent of samples that have been genetically sequenced in November. Extra sequencing is underway to find out the true prevalence of the variant.