The Omikron variant of SARS-CoV-2 has spread like wildfire across the world. But while the mutated Covid-19 virus is highly transmissible, it has not caused the high number of deaths from previous waves, such as the Delta variant.
Instead, the effects of Omikron have been described as “generally mild” and comparable to a common cold. Even an initially reported individual case in which a Texas man died of the Omicron variant has since been questioned.
One of the puzzles of the Omicron variant is why the response appears to be consistently mild regardless of vaccination status. There has been a lot of discussion about whether a previous infection with the delta and wild variants caused a certain antibody reaction to the omicron variant, which can cause infections even in vaccinated and “boosted” people.
The Africa Health Research Institute carried out an innovative study to investigate whether natural immunity is transferable between the Omikron and Delta variants. Lead author of the pre-print study submitted for publication, Alex Sigal, led a team of more than thirty researchers who presented promising preliminary results.
“We have submitted new results to medRxiv: an Omicron infection increases the neutralizing immunity against the Delta variant,” announced Sigal on Twitter.
We looked at people who became infected with Omikron just before they started developing symptoms and about 2 weeks later:
“The increase in neutralizing immunity to Omikron was to be expected – this is the virus with which these people were infected,” said Sigal. “However, we also saw that the same people – especially those who were vaccinated – developed increased immunity to the Delta variant. If Omikron is less pathogenic, as it currently appears from the South African experience, then this will help displace Delta, as it should reduce the likelihood that someone infected with Omikron will become infected again with Delta. “
This could be the proverbial “dead end” for Covid that was once promised. But in contrast to the Dr. Anthony Fauci touted “vaccines” will put an end to the nature of the Covid pandemic. Just like all other pandemics in human history.
“If that’s true, then the disorder that Covid-19 has caused in our lives could be reduced,” Sigal continued before listing the people involved in the study. The study itself is worth a closer look.
The study “Omicron infection enhances neutralizing immunity against the Delta variant“(Omicron infection strengthens neutralizing immunity against the Delta variant) gives an overview of the Covid pandemic before going into the results.
“It has been shown that Omikron is highly transmissible and largely bypasses the neutralizing antibody immunity caused by vaccinations and previous SARS-CoV-2 infections,” the authors say. “Omicron infections are spreading rapidly around the world, often in the face of high delta infection rates. Here we characterized the developing immunity to Omikron and examined whether the neutralizing immunity evoked by Omikron also enhances the neutralizing immunity to the Delta variant. We recruited 33 vaccinated and unvaccinated people who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the Omikron infection wave in South Africa shortly after the onset of symptoms. “
“We then measured their ability to neutralize both the Omicron and the Delta virus upon ingestion, compared to a median of 14 days after ingestion,” the authors continued. “During this time, the neutralization of the omicron virus increased by a factor of 14, which indicates a developing antibody reaction to the variant. What is important is that the neutralization of the Delta virus increased by 4.4 times. The increase in neutralization of the Delta variant in people infected with Omikron may result in a decreased ability of Delta to re-infect those people. Coupled with new data suggesting that Omikron is less pathogenic than Delta at the current time of the pandemic, such a finding could have positive effects on reducing the Covid-19 burden from serious diseases. “
Wow! This would be a relief to those who have considered that Omikron could displace Delta, leaving us in an improved situation with increasing natural immunity to Covid-19. There are already around 200 million people in the United States with natural immunity, which the Mayo Clinic believes is enough to qualify as “herd immunity.” However, the variants have tarnished the picture of what that goal might actually be.
The preliminary new research from Africa shows that the transmission of natural immunity between the variants is very strong, suggesting that the Covid pandemic as we know it is indeed “over”.