COVID-19 in the News

STAT News Jan. 19, 2022
After omicron, we could use a break. We may just get it

The highly-infectious nature of the omicron variant of COVID-19 likely will result in large numbers of people developing a hybrid immunity, from both vaccination and infection. And people who contract omicron will have even broader immune responses, said Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunologist at the University of Arizona. Though its constellation of mutations is unique, it is made up of individual changes that have been seen in other variants. "That really should buy us some more antigenic territory and hopefully some more time," he said. Bhattacharya believes there is a possibility we'll get a breather after Omicron. But he, raised a big caveat – the possibility that another out-of-the-blue variant, with new Houdini-like tricks for evading our amassed immunity, could come hurtling toward us.