The battle against a pandemic is a long and complicated affair. Over the last few weeks in Belgium, it seems almost as if defeat has been snatched from the jaws of victory: as neighbouring countries were battening down the hatches, on home turf infections and hospitalisations were moving in the right direction.
Indeed, there seemed almost cause for mild optimism, Christmas was approaching and still the numbers were on our side. And whilst the Belgian authorities’ preference for caution meant that celebrations were minimal – rather than “letting the good times roll” (as Boris Johnson’s government did in the UK with spectacular consequences) – you’d be forgiven for glimpsing light at the end of the tunnel.
So it came as a cruel blow when the Omicron “tidal wave” indiscriminately washed over Europe with Belgium also floundering in the swell of infections. The effects are plain to see with almost everyone knowing a friend or colleague who has tested positive. This is predicted to continue, with the WHO warning that half of Europeans could contract the variant in the coming months.
In the face of this staggering statistic, some hospitals are even considering redeploying staff that test positive just to keep emergency services running. All of which sounds more than a little alarming and is certainly a rude awakening from the quiet hope of a few weeks ago.
But although it seems as if things are bad and getting worse, we can still find sources of encouragement – you may even be spared! The whole question of why some catch the virus whilst other seem immune couldn’t simply be explained by the vaccines. Certainly, they are an essential defence against the virus but not a guarantee against testing positive.
Now researchers from London’s Imperial College think they might have the answer as to why this happens. The findings are fascinating but the study’s authors stress the importance of still getting vaccinated.
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