COVID-19 cases are rising in Kansas City. The BA.5 variant is reinfecting people who’ve had COVID in the past and local doctors are warning the community that the risk of catching this virus in public is much higher than it was a few months ago.
The variant may be able to better evade the antibodies caused by previous infection or vaccines. Built-up immunity in your body may not be able to prevent infection if you’ve already had it.
The Kansas City Star talked to Dr. Sarah Boyd, infectious disease physician on Saint Luke's COVID-19 Response Team, about why it's still important to get vaccinated and boosted even if the new variant is more resistant to immunity.
Read the full Kansas City Star article: If the New COVID Variant is Resistant to Immunity, Are the Vaccines and Boosters Worth It?