"It's not possible to learn to live with Covid-19"

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Dr Hyde explains:-

I won’t sugar-coat things. This is a disaster.

People vaccinated with 2 doses of the Pfizer-BNT vaccine likely have no protection against infection with the omicron strain. Protection after 3 doses has likely taken a big hit as well.

What it means for severe disease is unclear.

There are similar data from South Africa.

Antibodies collected from people vaccinated with 2 doses of the Pfizer-BNT vaccine fare poorly against the omicron variant, although vaccinated people with a previous infection fared better.

But getting infected still isn’t a good idea!

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The key question now, is what this means for protection against severe disease.It’s unlikely to have been lost, but some reduction seems inevitable, particularly for those vaccinated with only 2 doses.

We already know that breakthrough infections can put people in hospital, and almost everyone vaccinated with two doses is probably at high risk of a breakthrough infection now.

Many people who’ve received 3 doses will also be at risk.

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The omicron variant does not have to cause more severe disease for this to be a big problem.Because it appears to be extremely contagious, we can expect a huge number of people to become infected (if we don’t take action to prevent this).

Even if only a small proportion become unwell enough to need hospitalisation, this could still break healthcare systems.

A small proportion of a large number of infections is still a big number.

Remember that breakthrough cases can also get long COVID.

So what can we do? A vaccine matched to the omicron strain is essential, but that will take time to manufacture and distribute.We need a solution now.Fortunately, high-quality masks still work. As does better ventilation, rapid testing, contact tracing, and quarantine.

Governments should fund the mass-production & distribution of KF-94, FFP2, and N95 masks.

Cloth & surgical masks aren’t good enough anymore.

In lieu of governments stepping up, citizens who can afford to buy a better mask should do so. See this guide:

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Ultimately, we need to address the policy failures that have led to this situation.It is not possible to learn to live with COVID-19.This is a recipe for endless waves of disease, ruined economies, social unrest, and loss of civil liberties.#SayNoToEndemicity

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I want to end by emphasising what people can do NOW to stay safe.

First, get your 3rd vaccine dose as soon as you’re eligible.

Second, get a better mask. Surgical masks really don’t cut the mustard anymore.

Get yourself a KF-94, FFP2, or N95 mask today.

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