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If the requirement on infected individuals to isolate at home is lifted as indicated, it will be an experiment which will either be shown to be very brave or very stupid, but nobody knows for sure what the result will be, omicron may be on the wane in Europe but other parts of Our World in Data are still in the full flush of a surge in infections. In such circumstances, as we have seen before, the virus is in the best possible position to mutate again, and there is absolutely no certainty that any new variant would be less dangerous.
The concern for me remains our more vulnerable people, especially those who for medical reasons may not have responded as well to vaccine as we would have wished, there needs to be robust procedures in place to ensure infections in this group are diagnosed early and antivirals are provided within hours of any positive result.
We want to see the lockdown end but we need lifesaving mitigation in place. We still need sick pay, local contact tracing, continued mask wearing, ventilation and support for children to prevent serious illness. the disease burden associated with a larger peak during the summer would likely be less than one during the winter.
Even though case numbers are rising quite rapidly at present, possibly as a consequence of celebrations around the Euros [ soccer tournament ], I still think it would be safer to lift restrictions now than in the autumn. The disease burden associated with a larger peak during the summer would likely be less than one during the winter, of course we have seen new issues appear during the course of this epidemic and so no one can be certain of the challenges over coming months, but we will eventually come into an equilibrium with this virus as we have with all the other endemic respiratory infections.
The South African strain has been detected in the UK - albeit currently in small numbers - but does seem to be increasing in recent weeks, variants with this mutation could reduce vaccine efficacy, though most likely all current vaccines would still be highly effective.
Found on Reuters 2 years ago
The report from Hong Kong of a re-infection in a man by COVID-19 that was genetically different from the first infection should not be too surprising. It is, however, important that this is documented, of particular note was that the case was a young and otherwise healthy person and that the second infection was diagnosed 4.5 months after the initial episode.
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