Despite the number of cases reaching record-breaking numbers during the Christmas period, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not introduce restrictions for the new year. This rapid rise in the number of cases is attributed to the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the Coronavirus. While the UK now passes through a phase with widespread herd-immunity, after the rapid surge of cases during the Christmas period, these Master’s students from the University of Brighton had to self-isolate during Christmas. Some could not visit their friends and family, while others had to cancel flights back home. A student narrates his experience of having to isolate during Christmas.
The booster shots for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have shown high levels of protection (90%) against hospitalization. Booster vaccines are crucial in building immunity against the Omicron variant. The video embedded contains statistical data that back the effectiveness of the booster vaccines and displays the numbers behind the Omicron-induced increase in the number of positive Covid cases. Researchers are still studying the impact of long-covid on the human mind and body. Countries like India are experiencing a third covid wave currently. This video is a public service message encouraging viewers to get their booster shots.