Though contact with Omicron may seem inevitable, experts say that trying to seek it out deliberately is unwise.
‘That would be a very foolish proposition, because you have no idea which way this infection is going to go,’ Dr Kitonga Kiminyo, an infectious disease specialist in Boynton Beach, Florida, told local outlet WPBF 25.
‘And by purposely exposing yourself, you have no idea how complicated your disease might get or [the disease of] those around you,’ he went on. ‘It can still cause long Covid syndrome.’
‘Whether your symptoms are as mild as a sore throat or if they get worse,’ Kiminyo said, ‘we know that we’re seeing problems with long-term breathing issues, long-term brain fog issues, fatigue, weakness.’
Between 10% and 30% of people infected with the coronavirus go on to have Long Covid symptoms, according to the NIH. Pictured: New Yorkers wait in line for Covid testing in Midtown Manhattan, January 2022