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I’ve already had Covid-19. Can I still get infected with the Omicron variant?

CNN: “Yes. In fact, the first confirmed Omicron-related death in the US was a man who previously had Covid-19. The Texas man, in his 50s, had not been vaccinated, Harris County health officials said. For months, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said vaccines give stronger protection against Covid-19 than previous infection does. “If you have had Covid-19 before, please still get vaccinated,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in August, citing research published during a Delta variant surge. “This study shows you are twice as likely to get infected again if you are unvaccinated.” With the new Omicron variant, the risk of getting reinfected is 5.4 times higher with Omicron than it was with Delta, according to a team of disease modelers at Imperial College London. “This suggests relatively low remaining levels of immunity from prior infection,” the team wrote in a December report. Health experts say the best way to help protect against the Omicron variant is to get vaccinated and boosted…”

DuckDuckGo Search Queries Grew 47% in 2021

Bleeping Computer: “The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo continues to grow rapidly, with the company now averaging over 100 million daily search queries and growing by almost 47% in 2021. Unlike other search engines, DuckDuckGo says they do not track your searches or your behavior on other sites. Instead of building user profiles used to display interest-based ads,… Continue Reading