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Preprint: Omicron infection enhances neutralizing immunity against the Delta variant

Coronavirus, Delta, Hospitalization, Infection, Omicron, Reinfection, South Africa, Vaccine Breakthrough

“We enrolled both previously vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the Omicron infection wave in South Africa soon after symptom onset. We then measured their ability to neutralize both Omicron and Delta virus at enrolment versus a median of 14 days after enrolment. Neutralization of Omicron increased 14-fold over this time, showing a developing antibody response to the variant. Importantly, there was an enhancement of Delta virus neutralization, which increased 4.4-fold.

The increase in Delta variant neutralization in individuals infected with Omicron may result in decreased ability of Delta to re-infect those individuals. Along with emerging data indicating that Omicron, at this time in the pandemic, is less pathogenic than Delta, such an outcome may have positive implications in terms of decreasing the Covid-19 burden”

Medrxiv Preprint: Omicron infection enhances neutralizing immunity against the Delta variant

AHRI press release



UPDATE: The Medrxiv preprint below shows that there are far more asymptomatic carriers of Omicron than there were for previous varaints

Medrxiv preprint: High Rate of Asymptomatic Carriage Associated with Variant Strain Omicron

 

 

 

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