What Should I Know About Breakthrough Omicron Infections?

The CDC has recently stated that “breakthrough” omicron infections are expected, but why?

Vaccine efficiency against omicron is poorer, according to experts, due to omicron’s mutations, which make it more transmissible than previous variants and more able to resist the passive immunity gained from vaccination.

But aren’t vaccines supposed to help? They are, as explained by our AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte team below.

What Should I Know About Breakthrough Infections?

A breakthrough infection, according to the CDC, occurs when a person tests positive for COVID-19 at least two weeks after being fully vaccinated, including receiving a booster dose when eligible.

Also, at this point, breakthrough infections should be expected, according to the CDC, because no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing viral infection. However, this doesn’t negate the proficiency of vaccines. The primary purpose of vaccines is to prevent serious illness and hospitalization, which the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses have been doing. Also, common omicron symptoms differ from prior variations in a few ways, which we’ve described below.

Common Omicron Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Congestion and runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache

What Can Be Done to Prevent Omicron?

Vaccines and booster doses remain the best, most effective protection against this highly contagious variant, despite the fact that breakthrough infections have occurred. More specifically, booster shots have proven to be 90% efficient in avoiding omicron hospitalizations in recent CDC trials.

Other health practices, which we’ve included below, can substantially reduce your chances of testing positive for omicron.

Ways to Prevent Omicron Infection

  • Wear a well-fitting N95 or KN95 mask. These offer the highest level of protection, according to the CDC.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often. Make sure to wash for at least 20 seconds each time to properly rid of lingering bacterial and viral particles.
  • Be smart with where you go and the events you attend. Even though physical distancing is still recommended by the CDC, not many adhere to it anymore. If you are immunocompromised, live with someone who is at high risk of becoming seriously ill or you have young children at home, you may want to be more cautious and keep your distance in public.

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