January 2022 COVID Update

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New sub-variant of Omicron:

It’s been detected in WA.

Good news, UK data analysis found that double vaccination reduced Long COVID by 40% (although data are pre-Omicron)

From the summary: “Long COVID symptoms of any severity were reported by 9.5% of double-vaccinated study participants, compared with 14.6% of socio-demographically similar participants who were unvaccinated when infected; the corresponding estimates for long COVID symptoms severe enough to result in limitation to day-to-day activities were 5.5% and 8.7% respectively.”

Omicron experience of a woman with mild comorbidities:

As she says, we are not our comorbidities.

Omicron may last longer on surfaces than previous strains:

When to test, which test to use, and how to interpret the results

Immunological dysfunction persists for 8 months following initial mild-to-moderate SARS-CoV-2 infection

“Patients with [long COVID] had highly activated innate immune cells, lacked naive T and B cells and showed elevated expression of type I IFN (IFN-β) and type III IFN (IFN-λ1) that remained persistently high at 8 months after infection.”

(Study data began April 2020 so pre-Delta and pre-Omicron)

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