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Can Omicron infect you twice? Top health adviser Anthony Fauci answers

re-infected with the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

He mentioned that it is unlikely that a person who got infected with the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus will be re-infected with the same variant at least for several months of them getting infected. 

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was answering the question whether people who are vaccinated against the novel coronavirus can get infected with the Omicron variant of coronavirus. 

“Sure, there are reinfections. But it is unlikely that if you mount a good immune response, at least over a period of several months, it is extremely unlikely that you will be re-infected with the same variant," the top immunologist said.

The top US adviser said that the number of variants of the deadly virus that are getting discovered has prompted authorities to plan for best-case and the worst-case scenarios.

Defining the best-case scenario, Fauci said that people who got re-infected with the covid-19 virus had gotten ill with two variants both times. 

“The worst-case scenario is something we have to be prepared for, and that is: We do get down to a level that we would say would be “adequate control," but we’re faced with another surprise with a variant that’s so different that it eludes the accumulation of the immune protection that we’ve gotten from vaccinations and from prior infections," he added.

Omicron quickly swept through the places it first hit, such as South Africa, the UK and the United States, pushing daily cases far higher than at any time during the pandemic.

The Americas reported nearly 7.2 million new Covid infections and more than 15,000 Covid-related deaths over the past week, the Pan American Health

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