New research has shown that people who have a COVID-19 breakthrough infection may develop’superimmunity’ to another infection.

The small study compared 26 vaccinated staff at Oregon Health & Science University who had breakthrough infections to people who were vaccinated but never got the coronavirus.

In the breakthrough group, there was a significant increase in antibody levels.

‘These increases were significant, up to a 1000 percent increase, sometimes up to 2,000% so it’s really good immunity,” said Fikadu Tafesse (a professor of molecular immunology and microbiology at OHSU Portland, Oregon). 

It’s “almost” super immunity

Cases of Omicron, thought to be more infectious than other variants –  almost doubled from Friday to Saturday, with the variant confirmed in all but six US states. 

Meanwhile, a Columbia University study found that patients given a booster shot of either Pfizer or Moderna had 6.5 times fewer antibodies for Omicron than the original virus – meaning boosters alone may not be as protective.

People who get a breakthrough COVID infection after being fully vaccinated may get 'super immunity', a new study finds. Above, a man gets a COVID shot in Miami on December 16

New research suggests that those who have a COVID-like infection may be able to develop’superimmunity’. Below, the COVID shot was given to a Miami man on December 16.

In a six-month study by the Public Health Institute of Oakland, California, the efficacy of regular courses of three of the vaccines that are approved in the US declined significantly.

Cases of Omicron almost doubled from Friday to Saturday, with the variant now confirmed in all but six US states

Omicron cases almost doubled between Friday and Saturday. The variant is now recognized in six US states.

USA Today reported that the vaccine provided foundational immunity that can be used for any future events. Tafesse cautioned that people should not intentionally seek out COVID-19.

Numerous studies have shown that COVID can be prevented by being infected with the vaccine. However, this study is the only one that looks at the opposite.

Dr. Monica Gandhi of University of California at San Francisco stated that “This breakthrough infection after vaccination generates stronger immune system than previous infection or vaccination alone.”   

Professor Fikadu Tafesse of Oregon Health & Science University found that antibodies increased by as much as 2,000 percent in people infected after vaccination

Professor Fikadu Tafesse of Oregon Health & Science University found that antibodies increased by as much as 2,000 percent in people infected after vaccination

It is not recommended to get the virus before you have symptoms.

“What we mean is, life happens. Tafesse stated that if you are exposed to the virus you will experience an amazing immune reaction. “It is the same immune response that we receive to the booster.”

According to an Oakland-based team, Omicron boosters may be crucial for protection. This was revealed in a recent study. 

Pfizer BioNTech’s jab, which is by far the most widely used in the US, saw its effectiveness fall from 87 to 43 percent between March and September.

Moderna’s shot was the most durable and still more than 50% effective.

However, the shot’s efficacy has fallen from 89 to 58 percent in March and September, respectively.  

Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients are especially at risk with just 13 percent efficacy against contracting the virus. 

Infections have been trending up since late October, averaging 125.7K a day on December 17

Since late October, infections have increased in number. On December 17, they averaged 125.7K per day.

Only 65 percent of the US population over 5 years of age is fully vaccinated. Nearly a third of adults have a booster shot, according to the CDC

Only 65% of Americans over the age of 5 are fully immunized. According to the CDC, only 35% of Americans have had a booster shot.

Meanwhile, Columbia University study looked at people given a booster of one of the two mRNA vaccines and found that boosted people had 6.5 times fewer antibodies for Omicron than the original virus.  

This was far less than the drop in people who received a two-dose normal course. Two doses of Pfizer produced a 21% decrease in Omicron-neutralizing antibodies compared to the original strain. Moderna administered Moderna’s injections and it resulted in an 8.6 percent drop.

This study was not peer reviewed or published in any scientific journal. 

Recent modeling data by the Centers for Disease Control shows that Omicron is responsible for approximately three percent of the cases across the country and thirteen percent in New York/New Jersey.

New York reported on Saturday that there had been 192 Omicron-related cases in New York City, which was the epicenter of this first wave. 

New York recorded 21,908 COVID-19-related cases in New York on Saturday. That’s a small increase over Friday’s 21,027, which was already an all-time record.

The CDC maintained that vaccines are still effective in preventing the most severe outcomes of COVID-19.

“Vaccines are still effective in the prevention of severe illness and hospitalizations. Omicron’s recent emergence emphasizes the need for boosters and vaccinations,” the CDC states.

The agency says Omicron will ‘likely’ spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, but it’s not known how much easier it spreads than the Delta variant, which sent cases soaring late this summer. 

SantaCon is pictured on December 11 in New York City, with thousands of revelers gathering for the annual bar crawl - which was cancelled last year

SantaCon can be seen in New York City’s December 11th photo, where thousands gather for an annual bar crawl.

Mark Levin, the chair of the city's health commission, said the event could've been a factor

Mark Levin was the chairman of the city’s medical commission and said it could have played a role in the outcome.

Santacon – which sees thousands of costumed revelers trawl the bars of the East Village and Lower East Side – could have contributed to the rise of cases in New York City.

Mark Levin is the chairman of the city’s Health Commission. He said it could have been an important factor.

He tweeted that Manhattan had the highest NYC covid rate, Saturday.

“This partly happens because we test more. However, this warning should warn you about the amount of Omicron out there.

“Be extra cautious when indoor gatherings are where masks may be removed. SantaCon could be partly to blame.

Social media users shared that many had reported positive tests after SantaCon. Some others were furious at the fact that SantaCon was held. 

On Saturday, 830 Omicron COVID-19 cases had been confirmed through DNA sequencing in the United States. This is 97 percent more than Friday’s total.

Omicron cases actually number much less than that, because only 1 to 2% of all Omicron cases have been sequenced for variant markers. But testing data does show a troubling national trend.

Dr Anthony Fauci on Sunday contradicted Vice President Kamala Harris, who had claimed that the administration 'didn't see Omicron coming'

On Sunday, Dr Anthony Fauci contradicted Vice President Kamala Harris who claimed that Omicron was not coming from the administration.

Kamala Harris is seen on Friday speaking to The Los Angeles Times in her Washington DC office

Kamala Harris was seen speaking with The Los Angeles Times Friday at her Washington DC headquarters.

Omicron is now present in every US state, except Oklahoma, Montana, North, South Dakota, Indiana, and Vermont. But, it seems certain that Omicron will eventually be confirmed in each state.  

On Sunday, Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor contradicted the vice president, who had claimed that no one saw the Omicron variant coming. 

‘We did. We definitely saw variants coming,’ said Dr. Anthony Fauci, after being read Kamala Harris’s quote.

On Friday, Harris told the Los Angeles Times: ‘We didn’t see Delta coming. I think most scientists did not – upon whose advice and direction we have relied — didn’t see Delta coming. 

“We didn’t know Omicron was coming.” This is the reality of Omicron, that horrible virus, and it has variants. 

Fauci claimed Harris had made a mistake, but accepted the fact that Omicron’s potential was not forecast.

Fauci, CNN’s Jake Tapper said, “What wasn’t anticipated was the extent of the mutants and the amino acids substitutions in Omicron that was really was unprecedented and came from nowhere,” Fauci explained to Jake Tapper at State of the Union.

“When a virus has at least 50 mutations. 

“To me this is truly quite extraordinary so that is something that you wouldn’t have anticipated.