What Happens After Omicron?


The world has been waiting for an extended period of quiet after the recent SARS-CoV2 scare, but it looks like we may have to wait just a little while longer.
Omicron is currently spreading through countries around globe with increased speed and intensity not seen before in any other variant – including those that were previously most impacted by this virus’ waves! But there seems some good news: The instances have begun calming down lately; perhaps giving way towards another welcome decrease.

Since Omicron is so skilled at evading human immunity to infect a larger portion of the planet, more people will now have immunity that hopefully offers a reprieve from the looming threat of getting and potentially dying from COVID in the near future, at least until next winter. But, scientists warn, there may be some bumps in the road along the way to COVID slowing down and becoming endemic.

Already with Omicron, a new lineage has appeared – BA.2. It’s more transmissible than the original BA.1 Omicron lineage and may slow down the decline in COVID cases in countries where it’s already peaked. 

Scientists also don’t know how long immunity from Omicron will last or how much more severe symptoms could be from future mutated strains. However data does suggest that the human immune response is becoming better and broader with each exposure to SARS-CoV-2’s spike protein.

Sources: ScienceOur World in Data

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