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Starting a thread for discussion of a variant that actually warrants discussion.

by Anonymousreply 583December 7, 2021 10:53 PM

Hi ElderLez,

Are you having a senior moment? Not judging -- I have them a dozen times a day.

Anyway, are you referring to a new COVID variant named omnicron?

If so, haven't heard of this one.

by Anonymousreply 1November 26, 2021 6:15 PM

Hi Elder Immunologist! Hope you are well.

Yes, the Botswana (?) variant was just named.

(Not that that doesn’t mean I am having a senior moment.)

by Anonymousreply 2November 26, 2021 6:19 PM


Screaming wordlessly as I type. Have been scratching at my face and body since I read about this.

Thank you for providing another thread to panic in!


by Anonymousreply 3November 26, 2021 6:40 PM

From WHO. It looks like I added a stray “n” courtesy of my senior moments.

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by Anonymousreply 4November 26, 2021 6:50 PM

O-M-I-C-R-O-N, OP. It's a Greek letter, you know.

by Anonymousreply 5November 26, 2021 6:59 PM

Biden imposes travel ban on southern African countries

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by Anonymousreply 6November 26, 2021 7:01 PM

Wait, I thought it was Nu? Now it's Omicron? Isn't that a planet they visited on Star Trek?

by Anonymousreply 7November 26, 2021 7:19 PM

I guess they were scared to use a Greek letter that is also a Yiddish inquiry.

by Anonymousreply 8November 26, 2021 7:22 PM

It's bullshit, Lez.

by Anonymousreply 9November 26, 2021 7:25 PM

Was the last variant lamba? I haven't been paying attention.

by Anonymousreply 10November 26, 2021 7:37 PM

There are 3 other threads on this already. They are so prevalent that I can’t even be bothered posting links to them.

by Anonymousreply 11November 26, 2021 8:37 PM

[quote]Was the last variant lamba?


At least try to get the GAY one right!

by Anonymousreply 12November 26, 2021 9:31 PM

I'm prepping my candles for the Necronomicon variant.

by Anonymousreply 13November 26, 2021 9:41 PM

Less than 24 hrs after discovery it is now rampaging all over the planet. How convenient.

by Anonymousreply 14November 26, 2021 10:06 PM

R14 Actually it was discovered (emerged) around 3 weeks ago and now accounts for 90% of all sequenced cases in SA. That’s why Europe is freaking out.

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by Anonymousreply 15November 26, 2021 10:18 PM


As in Catherine Zeta-Jones.

by Anonymousreply 16November 26, 2021 10:23 PM

seriously, fuck China!!! Fuck them for giving the world this virus!!!

by Anonymousreply 17November 26, 2021 10:24 PM

The vaccine companys are awaiting news on whether the current vaccine can fight it. If not, it will take them 100 days to develop one. That's over three months! I'm guessing if that becomes the scenerio that happens, everyone will be clamoring for it and they'll have to set up large areas as they did with the original vaccine.

by Anonymousreply 18November 26, 2021 10:25 PM

R18 They're certainly hoping so. Prediction: their vaccine will definitely not work.

by Anonymousreply 19November 26, 2021 10:26 PM

It’s a boon for Big Pharma to be sure.

by Anonymousreply 20November 26, 2021 10:32 PM

I'm already shitting blood from Beta Zeta Pi.

by Anonymousreply 21November 26, 2021 10:53 PM

Elder Lez can you speak to why it's been said to have evolved in an HIV positive person, or AIDS sufferer who wasn't aware of his or her status?

The articles with this tidbit in their titles, as I've discovered upon a cursory google search, all serm to be behind a paywall...i.e. The Telegraph, The Independent, Bloomberg.

I understand how an immunocompromised host can allow for a greater number of mutations, but I don't understand the jump to concluding this host is/was HIV+ and untreated, or an untreated AIDS sufferer.

by Anonymousreply 22November 26, 2021 10:53 PM

Omicron is the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. There are only 24 letters (omega is the last.) Will we run out of letters before we run out of variants?

by Anonymousreply 23November 26, 2021 10:57 PM

Omicron sounds like one of the bad robots in Transformers.

by Anonymousreply 24November 26, 2021 10:57 PM

Fun fact: O-micron means "little 'o'" (micro=small, as in "micropeen") and O-mega means "big 'o'" (mega=big, as in "megahung").

by Anonymousreply 25November 26, 2021 10:59 PM

Omnicron throated to sue for libel so they had to go with the far less sexy/scary Omicron

by Anonymousreply 26November 26, 2021 11:02 PM

NY Gov just put a stop to elective surgeries. It’s going to be a long winter.

by Anonymousreply 27November 26, 2021 11:12 PM

R27 Seems like a massive overreaction. Unless she knows something.

by Anonymousreply 28November 26, 2021 11:14 PM


Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 29November 26, 2021 11:18 PM

Do you have a link R27?

There’s a lot of surveillance in New York now.

R22 Elder Immunologist is really the better person to ask, but I would guess just based on location there’s a lot more people in Southern Africa that are HIV positive than are say, on Humira.

by Anonymousreply 30November 26, 2021 11:18 PM

[quote]Was the last variant lamba? I haven't been paying attention.

It was the lambada.

by Anonymousreply 31November 26, 2021 11:19 PM

Omicron is an anagram for Moronic.

by Anonymousreply 32November 26, 2021 11:19 PM

Elective surgery order only impacts Hospitals with limited capacity, no known cases in New York yet.

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by Anonymousreply 33November 26, 2021 11:22 PM

R30 Thanks EL.

by Anonymousreply 34November 26, 2021 11:26 PM

Perhaps this was simply sloppy wording, or a hasty conclusion. Aside from prevalence of HIV in the population, I should think any of the immune modulating meds (like Rituximab or its biosimilars, as in the case below) could very well be as responsible.

Psoriasis, MG, RA, Lymphomas, and Leukemias, and other cancers are quite prevalent in African populations as well, especially S. Africa.

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by Anonymousreply 35November 26, 2021 11:42 PM


[quote] The World Health Organization announced Friday it was naming a new Covid-19 variant “Omicron,” skipping over a politically sensitive letter of the Greek alphabet.

The WHO made the announcement about the B.1.1.529 variant out of Johannesburg, South Africa, passing over a letter many observers presumed would be next — “Nu” — as well as the subsequent letter, “Xi,” which composes part of Chinese leader Xi Jinping‘s name. The virus joins earlier variants named for letters of the alphabet, including the Alpha variant out of the United Kingdom; the Beta variant out of South Africa; the Gamma variant out of Brazil; and the Delta variant out of India. Additional variants include Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, and Mu.

Why’d they skip ‘Nu’ though?

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by Anonymousreply 36November 26, 2021 11:44 PM

Where's the "This just cost the Dems the midterms!"/"This just cost Biden reelection!" troll?

by Anonymousreply 37November 26, 2021 11:45 PM

R36 Nu means nude in French.

by Anonymousreply 38November 26, 2021 11:46 PM

R37 Democrats benefit from Covid.

by Anonymousreply 39November 26, 2021 11:46 PM

r38 r39

by Anonymousreply 40November 26, 2021 11:47 PM

[quote] why it's been said to have evolved in an HIV positive person, or AIDS sufferer who wasn't aware of his or her status?

This tweet from a virologist explains one possible explanation for the HIV connection. It has to do with the specific mutations this new variant has.

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by Anonymousreply 41November 26, 2021 11:56 PM

Thanks R41!

R35 thanks for linking. I sometimes worry about the medication I am on which selectively suppresses immune response in the Gi system, a place where the virus binds quite well.

by Anonymousreply 42November 27, 2021 12:01 AM

Another coronavirus, influenza, mutates constantly too. Its seasonal vaccine doesn't guarantee someone won't get it or get it with less severe symptoms necessarily, either. And some people forget or unaware that the flu is present and can be contracted all through the year, not just from the the late fall through early spring when it's usually most contagious and high-profile in the media. Why is this not ever covered, too? I never see daily reports on how many people have contracted or died from the flu or what its daily case-total migrations are between states and nations. Not to mention again that there are people who contract Covid who are reported to have been "fully vaccinated" yet, from the start or somewhere along the line during the process of them receiving their full-vaccination regimen (i.e., 1st shot, 2nd shot and then booster), they may have already been infected with Covid and, so, in such cases the 1st, 2nd or 3rd shots wouldn't have helped protect or fully protected them anyway. We need just to remember to follow common sense and do the best we can to protect others as well as ourselves: Also don't touch surfaces then put your hands to your eyes, nose or mouth, or touch the floor, etc. You know, like we have done through our lives to help minimize exposure to other already identified viruses for which there may and may not be vaccines yet. Fingers-crossed for everybody/all of us with this newly identified variant.

by Anonymousreply 43November 27, 2021 12:13 AM

Cheers R41

R42 My pleasure EL. Assuming you are using Infliximab, yes I left out all those with UC and Crohn's patients using monoclonal antibodies. There are probably dozens of different types developed presently. I wonder just how many are marketed in African populations.... Hope you're having great success with your treatment, and thanks so much for all you've contributed on Covid threads.

by Anonymousreply 44November 27, 2021 12:17 AM

Influenza is not a coronavirus.

by Anonymousreply 45November 27, 2021 12:19 AM

This is wonderful news....I predict a lot of Hillbilly Trumpers might be in for a bad 2022....Oh, and their kids too...

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by Anonymousreply 46November 27, 2021 12:21 AM

Viruses follow a similar pattern of adaptation and mutation no matter what 'family' they are from.

by Anonymousreply 47November 27, 2021 12:21 AM

Thank you R44! I m happy to say that based on the pathology report I am in a complete remission. (Vedolizamab)

R43, no, just no.

by Anonymousreply 48November 27, 2021 12:26 AM

R45 You are correct making the distinction, as SOME common colds belong to the Coronavirus family, not any of the influenza types, however we know influenza strains mutate more readily in immunocompromised patients as well.

There is a similarity to how all viruses adapt, and find their way to a favourable mutation. Therefore, R43 has a valid point in reminding us all about influenza.

I still have hope a deleterious and catastrophic mutation occurs again with another strain. SARS Cov-1 had that occur, and some are saying Delta in Japan has had something similarly happen.

R48 That's great news EL. Mazel Tov!

by Anonymousreply 49November 27, 2021 12:36 AM

More on Delta in Japan...

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by Anonymousreply 50November 27, 2021 12:40 AM

Another brief one...

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by Anonymousreply 51November 27, 2021 12:44 AM

Omicron, I’ll go back into a winter hibernation from January to March if you can just hold off long enough to let us have Christmas and NYE.

by Anonymousreply 52November 27, 2021 12:50 AM

R43, you are a fucking idiot.

by Anonymousreply 53November 27, 2021 1:39 AM

r36 Why didn't they skip over "Mu?" I find it offensive.

by Anonymousreply 54November 27, 2021 1:48 AM

How much Horse Medicine will it take to cure Omnicron?....I'm not asking for myself. I'm asking for Florida and Texas..

by Anonymousreply 55November 27, 2021 2:43 AM

Can someone explain why being hosted by an immunocompromised patient helps the virus mutate faster?

Is this because the patient's immune system allows the virus to stay in the body, at least long enough for some mutations to occur?

by Anonymousreply 56November 27, 2021 3:37 AM

Zeta Eta Pi.

by Anonymousreply 57November 27, 2021 3:52 AM

R56 Yes, and it's unable to mount a defence. Even in the event of three jabs, immuocompromised individuals have fewer antibodies than the rest of us.

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by Anonymousreply 59November 27, 2021 3:56 AM

R56 See R41.

by Anonymousreply 60November 27, 2021 4:11 AM

Belgium's health ministry said a case was spotted in an unvaccinated young woman who got tested after suffering symptoms. She had returned from Egypt 11 days ago, suggesting it is already widespread in Africa.

Marc Van Ranst, the virologist who detected the new variant in Belgium, told Reuters that it was more likely that the infected woman had contracted the variant in Belgium rather than while travelling outside Europe.

She had been in Egypt earlier in November, but developed symptoms only 11 days after her return to Belgium. She is not vaccinated.

Switzerland imposed on Friday a requirement of 10-day quarantine and a negative test for travellers from Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong, in addition to travel bans on southern African countries.

A passenger flight from South Africa to the Netherlands was denied entry by local authorities today as it hovered in their airspace. The Netherlands suspended arrivals from the region at midday.

Britain's Health Secretary Sajid Javid has raised the prospect of travel being suspended from more countries, saying the variant is a clear sign the pandemic is 'far from over'. He called on everyone to get their booster jabs.

by Anonymousreply 61November 27, 2021 4:37 AM

Some sources will put a disclaimer, like the adverb "possibly" into the statement "500% more transmissible". Others use "up to" or alternately "conceivably". It bothers me just a bit that so many seem so very certain as regards this percentage.

I was quite surprised Deutche Welle (as well as others) had immediately broadcasted its headline without reservation, and without a hedge or other qualifier.

I'm a bit sceptical, if only based on the many previous predictions, and percentages: i.e. some surmised or misinterpreted Delta was a thousand times more transmissible than the original Covid strain found in China. due to viral load being measured a thousand times higher than measured previously. (one of the highest was 1,260 to be more exact)

The CDC initially said Delta was "more than 2x as contagious" than previous strains. (still to be found by searching) Others made the claim the Delta variant was as transmissible as Chickenpox. It wasn't any of those things, despite being highly transmissible at a 50-60% higher rate than Alpha strains. I hope Omicron has been overestimated at 500% more transmissible.

Elder Lez and Elder Immunologist, do either one of you think it's too early to formulate a precise percentage such as this? Despite the DW headline, Virologist Wolfgang Preiser at Stellenbosch University in Western Cape claims we cannot say yet iwhether Omicron is stronger than Delta, or more transmissible than Delta. He draws quite a cautious conclusion, but for different reasons, and remarked "we no longer have a lot of data on Delta around anymore". Could very well be English is perhaps his second or third language, so that last sentence seems curious.

by Anonymousreply 62November 27, 2021 6:02 AM

New hardcore vaccine resistant variant... Just in time for Christmas. How convenient. :/

by Anonymousreply 63November 27, 2021 10:08 AM

Omicron is completely new (nu?) to me, but I’d guess that when they estimate the level of infectiousness they are looking at that curve from South Africa. You can estimate things based upon how quickly the virus out-competes other variants.

I wish they’d go back to talking about R0s and compare to wild type, not another variant. Wild type had an R0 over 2, alpha was twice as infectious as wild type. My understanding as a non-scientist is that Delta has a R0 over 5, possibly 6. That is consistent with it being 50% more infectious than alpha. I don’t think people properly understand that at that level of infectiousness it’s a vaccination miracle that every hospital isn’t collapsed.

by Anonymousreply 64November 27, 2021 10:19 AM

Is the NY order about halting elective surgeries being massively cautious or does she know something we don’t?

by Anonymousreply 65November 27, 2021 12:15 PM

R65 right?

by Anonymousreply 66November 27, 2021 12:36 PM

The headlines are misleading. It isn’t a blanket order, it only applies to limited capacity hospitals.

by Anonymousreply 67November 27, 2021 12:39 PM

R59, see r5.

by Anonymousreply 68November 27, 2021 12:42 PM

[quote]If not, it will take them 100 days to develop one. That's over three months!

And then it must be mass produced, so it will be a while before it actually hits the market (if needed).

by Anonymousreply 69November 27, 2021 12:47 PM

Just call this thing the OMG varient, easier to remember. Here we go again.

by Anonymousreply 70November 27, 2021 1:02 PM

The hype around this before we know anything is symbolic of the crappy clickbait news we have now vs journalism of old. No nuance, no appreciation that we know nothing about the vaccine effectiveness, just headlines on very news site.

The reality is Europe was dealing with a massive surge already so not sure it will affect their trajectory. NY Gov and others here are right to be proactive as we will get the Europe surge here at some point too.

by Anonymousreply 71November 27, 2021 1:08 PM

Don't worry all you folks in NY planning on getting some work done over the holidays - elective surgeries will only be cancelled in hospitals overcrowded with Covid patients.

There is no order to stop ALL elective surgeries.

by Anonymousreply 72November 27, 2021 1:09 PM

[R23], thanks for your help with the Greek alphabet. You must be aware that most present day college graduates couldn't recite the fucking English alphabet without googling it (after they ask you how to spell 'alfuhbet') on their phone, yes?

by Anonymousreply 73November 27, 2021 1:11 PM

We certainly have a loony-tunes grandstander here.

A little more creepy than entertaining.

by Anonymousreply 74November 27, 2021 1:15 PM

Thank you for clarifying the NY order. That makes sense.

by Anonymousreply 75November 27, 2021 1:39 PM

Don't bother....they're already heeeeeeere.

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by Anonymousreply 76November 27, 2021 1:47 PM

Omnichron is the new smart watch I want for Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 77November 27, 2021 1:51 PM

From what I have read viruses mutate and become somewhat milder, the mutation only makes it more transmissible so if that is the case all we can do is get vaccinated and limit exposure. We can’t keep freaking out every time a new variant is found and think this is the big one.

by Anonymousreply 78November 27, 2021 2:01 PM

The key issue with this variant seems to be that it is highly infectious, and this will lead to hospital overcrowding, as the elderly and those with medical conditions start getting sick.. Care will have to be rationed,

by Anonymousreply 79November 27, 2021 2:07 PM

[quote]the mutation only makes it more transmissible so if that is the case all we can do is get vaccinated and limit exposure. We can’t keep freaking out every time a new variant is found and think this is the big one.

indeed. delta was indeed a fraction less deadly, but more contagious. omicron is likely even more so

by Anonymousreply 80November 27, 2021 2:10 PM

21 months in, no vaccine, and I remain completely fine. No Covid-19 and no Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and now Omicrom variants. Shazam!

by Anonymousreply 81November 27, 2021 2:13 PM

^^^ OmicroN ^^^

by Anonymousreply 82November 27, 2021 2:13 PM

R8, they skipped xe

by Anonymousreply 83November 27, 2021 2:19 PM

R74 Lez is beloved, kindly fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 84November 27, 2021 2:25 PM

R81 - never say never. I know some people who said the same thing you just did and then they dropped dead because of covid the following month.

by Anonymousreply 85November 27, 2021 2:43 PM

[quote] I know some people who said the same thing you just did and then they dropped dead because of covid the following month.

Hell, there's a whole website devoted to such folks.

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by Anonymousreply 86November 27, 2021 2:45 PM

[quote]I know some people who said the same thing you just did and then they dropped dead because of covid the following month.

R85 And I've been reading the same dire predictions for the last 21 months. Yet here I am. Completely fine.

by Anonymousreply 87November 27, 2021 2:48 PM

R87 Is getting added to the 2022 death watch list.

by Anonymousreply 88November 27, 2021 3:11 PM

R87 lives in his mommy's basement. that's how he survived. he doesn't live in the real world.

by Anonymousreply 89November 27, 2021 3:13 PM

[quote] If not, it will take them 100 days to develop one. That's over three months!

[quote] And then it must be mass produced, so it will be a while before it actually hits the market (if needed).

Pfizer says they can adapt the vaccine in 6 weeks, and manufacture and distribute it in 100 days.

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by Anonymousreply 90November 27, 2021 3:16 PM

How did 10% of passengers to Holland from South Africa arrive with Covid when they all had NEGATIVE tests? Alarm as suspected cases of Omicron are reported in Germany, Australia and Czech Republic alongside confirmed UK and Belgium cases

Around 600 passengers arrived on two planes in Schipol Airport, near Amsterdam, from Johannesburg — the epicentre for the new strain that experts fear is 40 per cent more vaccine evasive than Delta — hours after travel bans were put in place.

Some 61 of those on the planes tested positive for the virus on PCR tests after they were stopped at the airport, despite having tested negative before boarding the flight.

People returning to the Netherlands from outside the EU are required to take to show either a negative PCR tests taken 48 hours before their arrival or a negative lateral flow swab done 24 hours before coming back.

The test results have to include name and contact information of the institute, doctor or laboratory that conducted the test.

Europe's first case of the variant was spotted in Belgium yesterday — despite the unvaccinated woman who caught it having travelled to Turkey and Egypt, not souther Africa where the strain emerged.

The UK confirmed it had sequenced two cases today — in Nottingham and Brentford, Essex — which were both linked to travel in southern Africa.

And Germany and the Czech Republic both confirmed suspected cases today. Germany's initial sequencing suggests a traveler from South Africa was carrying the virus with several mutations shared by Omicron. Officials are awaiting full sequencing later today.

And Australian authorities — who also banned travel to nine countries in the region — fear the variant may have already entered the country.

South Africa recorded 2,828 new Covid cases yesterday, more than double the 1,374 recorded last Thursday, but infection levels have yet to skyrocket in the country and no hospitalisations with the new variant have occurred so far.

And Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, one of the Oxford scientists behind the AstraZeneca vaccine, today expressed cautious optimism that existing vaccines could be effective at preventing serious disease from the variant. The strain makes vaccines at least 40 per cent less effective against transmission, according to the UK Health and Security Agency.

The US has joined the growing list of countries to close their borders, with President Joe Biden saying the pandemic will not end until global vaccinations are in place. New York governor Kathy Hochul yesterday declared a state of emergency as Covid transmission reached rates not seen since April 2020.

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by Anonymousreply 91November 27, 2021 3:17 PM

The passengers in the Netherlands have been placed in quarantine hotels while the authorities investigate whether they have been infected with the variant. Some complained at being left on the plane for hours with no snacks or water.

Authorities in the country have just announced the early closure of bars, restaurants and some shops due to the record-breaking surge of Covid sweeping through the country.

'We now know that 61 of the results were positive and 531 negative,' the Dutch Health Authority (GGD) said in a statement

'Travellers with a positive test result will be placed in isolation at a hotel at or near Schiphol.

'Of the positive test results, we are researching as quickly as possible whether they are the new variant of concern, now named Omicron.'

The Dutch government banned all air travel from southern Africa early on Friday. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said that passengers already en route to the Netherlands would have to undergo testing and quarantine upon arrival.

Passengers on the two KLM flights, from Cape Town and Johannesburg, said they were kept waiting on the tarmac for hours.

Stephanie Nolen, a New York Times journalist and passenger on the flight, wrote on social media: 'Vigorous applause because there is a bus that has come to take us somewhere.'

In a later Tweet, she said: 'Bus to a hall to a huge queue. I can see Covid testers in bright blue PPE far on the distance. Still no snacks for the sad babies.'

A spokesperson for the health authorities in Kennemerland, the Dutch region that oversees Schiphol, said the positive cases were being analysed by a Dutch academic medical hospital to determine whether they are the new strain.

Officials in Germany today confirmed the first suspected case of Omicron in the country came from someone returning from South Africa.

'The Omicron variant has with strong likelihood already arrived in Germany,' Kai Klose, social affairs minister in the western state of Hesse, tweeted, referring to the strain first detected in southern Africa.

Klose said that tests late Friday on the traveller who had returned to Germany from South Africa revealed 'several mutations typical of Omicron'.

'As there is this strong suspicion, the person has been isolated at home. The full sequencing is still to be completed.'

Klose's ministry said that the person had arrived in Germany, the EU's most populous country, at Frankfurt international airport, the country's busiest.

by Anonymousreply 92November 27, 2021 3:17 PM

Omnicron = the return of gay bashing

by Anonymousreply 93November 27, 2021 3:21 PM

And no one with the variant has been hospitalized - never mind died - yet. This is such social media panic that passes for new today.

by Anonymousreply 94November 27, 2021 3:28 PM

R88 R89 I've figured out to get on with it and stay healthy. Obviously. Perhaps you both should find something more constructive to do than juvenile fear mongering.

by Anonymousreply 95November 27, 2021 3:30 PM

I am Lrrr, ruler of the planet Omicron Persei 8.

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by Anonymousreply 96November 27, 2021 4:02 PM

[quote][R87] Is getting added to the 2022 death watch list.

That's if he makes it through December.

by Anonymousreply 97November 27, 2021 4:55 PM

r95, yes because you are so much smarter than other anti-vaxxers. You will catch this virus. Please don't clog the hospitals with your medical needs if you become deathly ill.

by Anonymousreply 98November 27, 2021 5:01 PM

R98 The minute these antivaxxers feel sick they run to the hospital to demand horse dewormer and monoclonal treatments without giving a flying fuck about others or how they got there in the first place, R95 will likely end up with long haul COVID symptoms if not dead. Antivaxxers are selfish twats with no regard or respect for others.

by Anonymousreply 99November 27, 2021 5:10 PM

I concur

by Anonymousreply 100November 27, 2021 5:12 PM

Keep spinning that chamber, r95.

by Anonymousreply 101November 27, 2021 5:19 PM

R81 would have piped the same thing about having unprotected sex in 1992.

Bye, bitch. Tick Tick Tock.

by Anonymousreply 102November 27, 2021 5:35 PM

[quote] The key issue with this variant seems to be that it is highly infectious, and this will lead to hospital overcrowding, as the elderly and those with medical conditions start getting sick.. Care will have to be rationed,

So far there have been reports of only very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

by Anonymousreply 103November 27, 2021 6:14 PM

R103 Quarantine Africa! Send Biden to the bunker!

by Anonymousreply 104November 27, 2021 6:15 PM

Elder Lez I completely agree that most watching a news programme cannot conceive the reality of "500% more infectious". The RO or Reproductive Number is more mutually intelligble.

After a somewhat lengthy search, apparently SK Weiland, a disease modelling scientist first made this statement. Weland doesn't have a ResearchGate profile, and I'm unable to come uo with much about him or her. Weland's past papers do not appear to be infectious disease related, for whatever that's worth. (Asthma, Allergies, Cholesterol Studies, and Familial Hypercholesterolemia.)

I'm suspicious of perfectly round figures, as well as percentages. I didn't want to jump to accuse "fear mongering" by media, as I figured a DW journalist wouldn't have made that statement out of whole cloth. I'm not denying this has the potential to be alarming, just tired of ratios and percentages. I think spurious is the term for such predictions. Time will tell I suppose.

by Anonymousreply 105November 27, 2021 6:18 PM

How long until "this is whitey's fault for not making sure that every African was vaccinated"??

by Anonymousreply 106November 27, 2021 6:24 PM

R106 is posting from the 1970s.

by Anonymousreply 107November 27, 2021 6:27 PM

this is just more proof that the planet is fucked. It's over folks, we're the last generation, there is no future.

Future is bleak. No clean air, no clean water, no oil, everything is polluted and shit. Goodbye planet earth! mother nature wants us gone!

by Anonymousreply 108November 27, 2021 8:13 PM

R108 Hun, I'm from the South. We've been on the nigh of somebody's apocalypse my entire life. Yours isn't gonna happen either. Calm your tits.

by Anonymousreply 109November 27, 2021 8:15 PM

Thus far, the cases seem to be presenting with quite mild symptoms.

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by Anonymousreply 110November 27, 2021 8:43 PM

yes but it's still too early to tell. who knows what kind of problems (long term) this new variant will cause?

by Anonymousreply 111November 27, 2021 9:46 PM

R105 I find sometimes that people in the press just repeat things they’ve heard without really understanding what the terms mean. I guess it’s just human nature and I am sure I am equally guilty on occasions for things outside of my area of expertise; like for instance, the spelling of the English names of Greek letters.

Oh it would be fabulous news if Omicron outcompetes all other variants while also being extremely mild. If it just makes everyone exhausted for two days well thank goodness for Netflix.

The issue with the idea of an HIV+ patient zero is, I am still unclear why the putative host wouldn’t have been infecting people with interim versions of the virus over the past year. It seems strange that re-infectiousness seems to have reappeared a year plus post infection after not transmitting to anyone for such a long time. Could the virus have been in an animal reservoir? Was the virus suppressed, but not cleared and re-appeared when the immune system weakened.? Was it in a person like me with a hyperactive immune system everywhere but the intestine, and transmission ineffective from patient zero because it wasn’t being exhaled? I’m not sure if I am making sense, but something seems weird.

by Anonymousreply 112November 27, 2021 11:01 PM

Being exhausted a couple days is okay, but if it lasts a couple weeks or more that could still be a problem, especially if a lot of people are sick and unable to work at the same time. And there's still the issue of long COVID.

by Anonymousreply 113November 27, 2021 11:08 PM

I posted this in another thread and thought I'd share it here.

There is a glass half-full/glass half-empty aspect to Omicron: if it is indeed more transmissible but less deadly it could in fact be the perfect "natural vaccine" that will out-compete deadlier variants (such as Delta). After recovery, it may confer immunity against all strains of SARS-CoV-2.

Imagine that! We would still need to use "proper" vaccines (because the elderly and those with co-morbidities may still be at greater risk) but Africa may vaccinate itself, in a manner of speaking, with this apparently more infectious but milder variant.

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by Anonymousreply 114November 27, 2021 11:10 PM

I like Omnicron better, so that's what I'm calling it now.

Is anyone else simply unable to freak out at this point? Even if I came across a headline declaring an Ebola outbreak in the states, I suspect I'd just go, "Huh," and keep scrolling.

by Anonymousreply 115November 27, 2021 11:19 PM

I hear you about the fatigue R115.

If Ebola hits, just don’t touch anyone.

by Anonymousreply 116November 28, 2021 12:26 AM

ElderLez, you once posted a link to a website that showed the statuses of all of the Covid vaccines in development. Would you please post that again? I can't seem to find it.

by Anonymousreply 117November 28, 2021 12:38 AM

OMNICRON- Rated R , now at playing at a theater near YOU.

Sounds like the name of a science fiction HORROR movie like Alien ca. 1979.

by Anonymousreply 118November 28, 2021 12:42 AM

Here you go R118

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by Anonymousreply 119November 28, 2021 12:45 AM

The thing that would help the most is if Biden were to make a mask mandate, indoor and outdoor for the entire country and make sure it is enforced with huge fines and jail time for the non-compliant. But he is too much of a coward to do that.

by Anonymousreply 120November 28, 2021 12:51 AM

Oh my god, R120.

by Anonymousreply 121November 28, 2021 12:56 AM

Thanks ElderLez.

by Anonymousreply 122November 28, 2021 1:17 AM

I am excited that Doctor Fauci has some new meaningless things to say on the network news. The "wisdom" of Fauci = So this COULD be bad or worse. Or NOT!!.....And we should get vaccinated!!.........Fauci is like my crazy granny at the nursing home who brings up the time Grampa left her on Christmas Eve 1989 for a waitress he met at the diner. Same old Same old. Nothing new to say....

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by Anonymousreply 123November 28, 2021 1:30 AM

[quote] But he is too much of a coward to do that.

You are an idiot.

[quote] Fauci is like my crazy granny at the nursing home who brings up the time Grampa left her on Christmas Eve 1989 for a waitress he met at the diner. Same old Same old. Nothing new to say....

And so are you.

by Anonymousreply 124November 28, 2021 1:33 AM

R120 He better have the justification of all justifications for that shit. It better be WWIII and the End of Days.

by Anonymousreply 125November 28, 2021 1:50 AM

R120 and R125 both stink. Biden is not a coward and maintaining rational and necessary public health guidelines need not involve your Mama's Second Coming.

by Anonymousreply 126November 28, 2021 2:10 AM

South African doctors reporting all cases of Omicron appear very mild with no hospitalization. So why the hysteria?

by Anonymousreply 127November 28, 2021 2:13 AM

It is not Faucis fault that he was vilified by Trump and the Right. But it IS his fault for not recognizing he is no longer helpful to the cause of Covid vaccinations or information distribution. Sadly Fauci is a stereotypical Attention Whore.

by Anonymousreply 128November 28, 2021 2:35 AM

[quote]Belgium's health ministry said a case was spotted in an unvaccinated young woman who got tested after suffering symptoms. She had returned from Egypt 11 days ago, suggesting it is already widespread in Africa.

Why is Belgium letting unvaccinated people into the country???

by Anonymousreply 129November 28, 2021 3:23 AM

Wait until 2 more strains after this.

by Anonymousreply 130November 28, 2021 4:34 AM

R87 is the Life is a Banquet PREP Troll.

by Anonymousreply 131November 28, 2021 11:40 AM

If you think of it as O-Micron it becomes easier to spell.

by Anonymousreply 132November 28, 2021 11:42 AM
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by Anonymousreply 133November 28, 2021 4:48 PM

Unfortunately, there are already a few signs that we will do theatrics and haphazard measures, rather than a comprehensive effort.

Many countries have started issuing travel bans, but targeting passports rather than the virus.

The one in the United States doesn’t even start till Monday (viruses don’t work on the weekends?) and isn’t paired with testing or quarantine at the border—just a blanket ban on a few nationalities.

That’s pandemic theatrics, and we have had too much of that already for two years.

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by Anonymousreply 134November 29, 2021 2:00 AM

Hot Damn!!!....I am ready for my close up AGAIN!!!......America loves my Attention Whore Shtick...!!...4 tv shows to say NOTHING new, all in less than a day!!..I really am such a star!!!....Thank You Omnicron!!!

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by Anonymousreply 135November 29, 2021 2:10 AM

Opinion | Travel bans are stupid and won’t work. Omicron is most definitely already everywhere you want to be. Here’s why that’s probably a good thing

by Anonymousreply 136November 29, 2021 2:10 AM

I fired that mean bitch three times then she wrote a book about me and then disappeared.

by Anonymousreply 137November 29, 2021 2:11 AM

You assholes would bitch about anyone they were to replace Fauci with.

And no matter who that might be, you still wouldn't get a fucking shot.

You just need an easy excuse to be an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 138November 29, 2021 2:12 AM

With the new variant--an OLD STAR is REBORN!!!....Madame Fauci is ready for his closeup!!....ABC....NBC....CBS....CNN.....Attention Whore Tony was ready!!!...Christmas has come early!!!....What "wisdom" has Fauci dispensed today ?....It's some of his most meaningless greatest hits from 2020!!------>>>"we don't know yet"!!.... "this could be bad. Or not"......"Get vaccinated"...."we are studying it"...."even though we don't know the effect of the vaccine on the new variants, get your boosters"...........

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by Anonymousreply 139November 29, 2021 2:26 AM

R135 R139 Someone has a hate boner for Fauci.

by Anonymousreply 140November 29, 2021 2:55 AM

If people would turn off their TVs they’d never encounter Fauci.

I get all my Covid news from Twitter (and not from Eric Feigl-Ding, thank you very much), and Fauci doesn’t even register.

by Anonymousreply 141November 29, 2021 3:07 AM

R133 Free rapid testing. I suggested something similar a year ago but was called crazy. I suggested it again when it was clear the vaccine was losing efficacy and once again was called crazy. Well, it looks like it wasn't such a crazy idea after all. Once again, for all his bleating about Trump, Biden didn't seem to learn anything from Trump's mistakes. Looks like we should be looking to other countries for actual leadership.

by Anonymousreply 142November 29, 2021 3:42 AM

It's apparent that testing is in fact just as important as vaccination. Yet we made it our policy to shun the unvaccinated, even the ones with were medically exempted or who had natural immunity. This will go down as one of the most misguided and shameful decisions of all time.

by Anonymousreply 143November 29, 2021 3:45 AM

People who flew in from South Africa today told CNN they were shocked that they weren't tested upon arrival.

Say it ain't so Joe.

by Anonymousreply 144November 29, 2021 3:53 AM

Who cares anyway. We know it’s everywhere. And it’s been circulating in South Africa a bit longer than people think.

And it’s much milder than Delta overall.

by Anonymousreply 145November 29, 2021 4:10 AM

The testing is unreliable. Crazy amount of false positives.

by Anonymousreply 146November 29, 2021 4:11 AM

(((cough...cough))))) We have it now.....That means so does the U.S.------------signed, Canada......Link.

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by Anonymousreply 147November 29, 2021 4:13 AM

Dr Angelique Coetzee, who discovered the Omicron variant, reassures

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by Anonymousreply 148November 29, 2021 6:13 AM

Chinese Government (March 2020) = No need to worry. Not dangerous...........South African Doctor (November 2020) = No need to worry. Not dangerous............Excuse me if I don't believe ANYONE from a 3rd world nation providing me with medical advice. We already went down this road with China and ONLY after a Covid infected doctor sounded the alarm (and died) did we find out how dangerous Covid was.

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by Anonymousreply 149November 29, 2021 9:10 AM

China was saying don’t worry while they bulldozed the roads, locked people in apartment buildings to starve and closed all their factories. If you think that is analogous to what is happening in the messy Democracy that is South Africa, well…. (And FWIW based on income, I think they are both too rich to be third world, now Malawi is third world.)

The rapid antigen tests seem to be plenty available by me.I ran and got one Thanksgiving morning since the one unvaccinated person at church got COVID this past week and I found at late Wednesday night. My brother out in the Western part of the US had a similar experience, but with his kid’s sport coach and they stopped at a pharmacy and did the test in the car on the way to his in-laws. The tests weren’t free, but it was about $20 for a pack of two and there were plenty available. It was a pleasant surprise.

by Anonymousreply 150November 29, 2021 10:02 AM

Look around for FREE at home Covid tests in your state...Some states have free test kits at Health Depts that you pick up....Some states (like Ohio) have free at home tests at the local libraries (LINK)....Check your area for most up to date info...

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by Anonymousreply 151November 29, 2021 10:24 AM

R151 Those tests are about as reliable as anything else you'd get for free through the mail. Great way to make people panic and isolate themselves with false positives.

by Anonymousreply 152November 29, 2021 10:46 AM

R152 = QUIT spreading FAKE NEWS....People are on a budget and those tests are free and reliable. Go back to FOX....

by Anonymousreply 153November 29, 2021 11:16 AM

South African doctor who identified it from seeing patients with different symptoms than Delta - “they all had mild symptoms…we didn’t admit any of them” to hospital. It may be true that this is a step in the detoxification of the virus - rather than an intensification. In any case, the panic this has set off globally before we know anything definite is insane. A sign of how on the edge the world is - and ready for it to be over.

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by Anonymousreply 154November 29, 2021 11:20 AM

The Omicron variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a “very high” global risk where Covid-19 surges could have “severe consequences” in some areas, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said this morning.

“Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic,” the WHO said. “The overall global risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron is assessed as very high.”

by Anonymousreply 155November 29, 2021 11:43 AM

The Guardian:

[quote]The newly-discovered Omicron variant is likely to fuel a surge in South Africa’s coronavirus cases that could see daily infections treble this week, a top epidemiologist has warned.

[quote]SA reported over 2,800 infections on Sunday, up from a daily average of 500 in the previous week and 275 the week before.

[quote]“I am expecting we will top over 10,000 cases by the end of the week per day (and) pressure on hospitals within the next two, three weeks," said Dr Salim Abdool Karim said at an online health ministry press briefing.

[quote]“Even if Omicron is not clinically worse, and certainly the anecdotes don’t raise any red flags just yet... we are going to see (rising cases) in all likelihood because of the rapidity of transmission,” Karim said.

That's why countries are taking steps such as cutting off travel (fruitless though those steps may ultimately be) -- a variant that has the potential to spread this rapidly would quickly overwhelm hospital systems. Even if it turns out to be relatively mild, there's going to a certain percentage of folks who end up in the hospital.

by Anonymousreply 156November 29, 2021 11:48 AM

*sigh*. Why am I not surprised?

[quote]The former White House doctor who raved about Donald Trump’s “excellent” health to a skeptical public is now claiming that the disturbing new COVID-19 variant omicron is nothing but a midterm election ploy by the Democrats. Dr. Ronny Jackson, now a Republican MAGA congressman from Texas, scoffed at the variant the World Health Organization has deemed “highly transmissible” and “concerning.” “Here comes the ... Midterm Election Variant!” Jackson quipped in a tweet Saturday, calling it nothing more than a trick to “push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots.”

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by Anonymousreply 157November 29, 2021 12:23 PM

[quote]“Here comes the ... Midterm Election Variant!” Jackson quipped in a tweet Saturday, calling it nothing more than a trick to “push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots.”

So, it's a good thing!

by Anonymousreply 158November 29, 2021 12:26 PM

NYers - if you need free PCR tests - check out those LabQ vans throughout the city (I went to one on the upper east side on Lexington). I was referred to it by an urgent care that was out of tests (passing by I had assumed they were scams). It was fast, free and easy and I was emailed my results within 12 hours. I’ve since gone back and if you screenshot your QR code from the first time you register they can scan that and the process takes all of 5 minutes.

I’m unclear who funds them (the state?) but you don’t even need to provide your insurance. Just a photo ID and your email for the results.

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by Anonymousreply 159November 29, 2021 12:40 PM

Of course this is the same doctor that said that Trump weighted 239 lbs.

by Anonymousreply 160November 29, 2021 12:41 PM

R157 It's already been established that the media hysteria surrounding Omicron is not warranted by its severity. It appears to be a cold.

by Anonymousreply 161November 29, 2021 12:59 PM

No hospitalizations or deaths in South Africa from Omnicron. Possibly spin by South African government - but also possibly a compete media-manufactured meltdown. Today could be a good day to buy stocks before everyone realizes this is nothing.

by Anonymousreply 162November 29, 2021 1:12 PM

[quote]It's already been established that the media hysteria surrounding Omicron is not warranted by its severity. It appears to be a cold.

It's too early to have "established" anything of the sort. This might be well be the case, but a handful of anecdotes is not medically conclusive.

by Anonymousreply 163November 29, 2021 1:33 PM

[quote]No hospitalizations ... in South Africa from Omnicron.

See R156.

by Anonymousreply 164November 29, 2021 1:34 PM

Who says differently r161. You sound like a Covid denier .

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by Anonymousreply 165November 29, 2021 1:59 PM

The Covid Doom Troll at R149 is furious that this variant isn't lethal.

by Anonymousreply 166November 29, 2021 1:59 PM

[quote]Of course this is the same doctor that said that Trump weighted 239 lbs.

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 167November 29, 2021 2:02 PM

All the anti-vax and conspiracy theory verbal diarrhea is coming from one person, the Defacto troll. Knowing that makes it easier to tune out.

We’ve already seen in other threads (via red tagging) how it posts multiple comments agreeing with itself to create a fake community of dissent. It’s one pathetic crank.

by Anonymousreply 168November 29, 2021 2:03 PM

What exactly do they mean by “very high” Covid risk, R165?

Also, when did this variant likely first start circulating in Southern Africa?

by Anonymousreply 169November 29, 2021 2:44 PM

[quote]possibly a compete media-manufactured meltdown. Today could be a good day to buy stocks before everyone realizes this is nothing.

Or it could be the beginning of a very long backslide.

by Anonymousreply 170November 29, 2021 3:52 PM

Why would that happen, R170?

by Anonymousreply 171November 29, 2021 3:55 PM

This is not the end of the world (hopeful). The messaging throughout this by the CDC and Federal gov has been a mess. First Trump's fantabulism, now with more information and better guidance, still contradictory at times. The masking issue, from the type of masks, to don't wear it if vaccinated, to wear it if vaccinated- has been horribly bungled. With correct guidance from CDC, states should never have lifted the mask requirements.

If there had been a cohesive plan, starting with "this is what we are doing regarding mitigation efforts and vaccines and will continue to do" and including wide scale tracing and testing, new variants wouldn't result in hysteria.

Somehow the meaning of a pandemic has not sunken into the public's consciousness. The desire to have it over with (economy, schools, free-dumb) and the willful disregarding of science has been driving policy at all levels of government.

by Anonymousreply 172November 29, 2021 4:04 PM

[quote]now with more information and better guidance, still contradictory at times

Since that is the very nature of the scientific method, I find no fault.

by Anonymousreply 173November 29, 2021 4:15 PM

SA is big mad!

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by Anonymousreply 174November 30, 2021 12:08 AM

Very Big Mad

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by Anonymousreply 175November 30, 2021 12:10 AM

What are “reagents”?

by Anonymousreply 176November 30, 2021 12:46 AM

Why do all these Trump Cult Males look like German officals, circa 1942?

by Anonymousreply 177November 30, 2021 12:48 AM

A class of laboratory supplies.

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by Anonymousreply 179November 30, 2021 1:08 AM

I've noticed that more people are back to wearing masks.

by Anonymousreply 180November 30, 2021 1:09 AM

One interesting thing is how rapidly hospitalizations in Gauteng Province (SA, including Johannesburg) have ramped up in the past 3 weeks since this variant popped up. They’ve tripled.

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by Anonymousreply 181November 30, 2021 1:41 AM

Captain Trips! (But probably not)

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by Anonymousreply 182November 30, 2021 1:42 AM

R181 Which is the concern - Omnicon may be relatively low impact but if it’s as virulent as believed then there will be a significant number of hospitalisations among the vulnerable/aged/immunocompromised etc which will have a corresponding effect on the ability of nations’ health services to respond.

by Anonymousreply 183November 30, 2021 2:14 AM

I’m really pissed that SA has the nerve to bitch about travel bans when they should be concerned with avoiding the spread of COVID and getting their country fully vaccinated. It’s tone deaf considering all of the victims globally.

by Anonymousreply 184November 30, 2021 2:22 AM

R183, that would only be a concern if it breaks through the vaccines. Which, let’s be clear—everyone has had the opportunity to get vaccinated. The “third dose” boosters are even available now.

But isn’t the jury still out on how transmissible it is? Or do we know already for sure that it’s (X) times more transmissible than Delta?

I’m still pro-Omicron. I don’t care what anyone says. This shit NEEDS to turn endemic and mild. And if it’s as mild as a cold… how is it any worse than a regular seasonal cold?

by Anonymousreply 185November 30, 2021 2:41 AM

R184, the people don’t want to be vaccinated. Yes it would be nice if it was made MANDATORY. But… is that really a thing that they would or could do? Which countries have done that?

by Anonymousreply 186November 30, 2021 2:43 AM

[quote] And if it’s as mild as a cold… how is it any worse than a regular seasonal cold?

Well, for one, a cold doesn't leave you with Long Covid issues, or cause you to keel over from a blood clot a few weeks or months later.

by Anonymousreply 187November 30, 2021 2:44 AM

"Long Covid" = adverse vaccine reaction 😉

by Anonymousreply 188November 30, 2021 2:56 AM

How do we know that a milder form of Covid will necessarily result in Long Covid?

(And I knew that would be the response. It’s always something. Not sure how we ever get to the point where the virus mutates into a form that everyone can live with, if every variant of it supposedly necessarily leads to hospitalization and death in certain people… which by the way minor colds and the flu do in certain people… those also can cause post-acute syndromes.)

by Anonymousreply 189November 30, 2021 3:03 AM

the doctor said no loss of smell or taste but extreme fatigue and something else, can't remember.

by Anonymousreply 190November 30, 2021 5:24 AM

R190, the third was mild tachycardia.

by Anonymousreply 191November 30, 2021 5:39 AM

[QUOTE] Yes it would be nice if it was made MANDATORY. But… is that really a thing that they would or could do? Which countries have done that?

Austria, but the population quite like a dominatrix style government.

by Anonymousreply 192November 30, 2021 6:14 AM

The "But...Long Covid!!!!" trolls are annoying AF. Now watch one of them will post a tweet as "evidence" that "long COVID" exists in some huge percentage of people who have COVID. Question the source and the motive. Question the integrity of the source. If being fatigued for a few weeks after recovery puts someone into the "long COVID" bucket, think hard before concluding anything about any statistics quoted from that source.

by Anonymousreply 193November 30, 2021 6:28 AM

"Keeling over from a blood clot a few weeks or months later" is not a common result of COVID. Just stop. No need to post any questionable tweets to "prove" this either. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 194November 30, 2021 6:31 AM

You should have stayed at a Hilton!

by Anonymousreply 195November 30, 2021 6:44 AM

[quote]What are “reagents”?

Aretha Franklin's management team.

by Anonymousreply 196November 30, 2021 8:19 AM

Omnichron sounds like one of the evil companies in Robocop films.

by Anonymousreply 197November 30, 2021 3:16 PM

I have had "long covid" from other viruses never identified. No one seems to talk about this. I am talking a couple times in 25 years.

by Anonymousreply 198November 30, 2021 8:23 PM

[quote]How long until "this is whitey's fault for not making sure that every African was vaccinated"??

Well, I didn't have to wait too long. Here's the South African President blaming the G20 countries for South Africa's abysmally low vaccination rate...

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by Anonymousreply 199November 30, 2021 11:19 PM

Which state do you think it will first discovered in?

by Anonymousreply 200December 1, 2021 1:31 AM

r200 Of course they'll "discover" it in Florida first.

by Anonymousreply 201December 1, 2021 1:35 AM

NYC, there are so many flights from S. Africa to this area

by Anonymousreply 202December 1, 2021 2:02 AM

I think Omicron is going to pop up someplace unexpected...Ohio is surging.....6700 new cases yesterday. That is before the Thanksgiving Surge kicks in. We were doing about 3200 a day but it keeps going up....

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by Anonymousreply 203December 1, 2021 3:55 AM

My guess for “first state” was going to be either NY or some landlocked state like Michigan. I guess Ohio is a contender.

by Anonymousreply 204December 1, 2021 3:57 AM

Georgia for the win.

by Anonymousreply 205December 1, 2021 4:12 AM

It’s a dud, OP. No one is seriously I’ll or dead from it.

by Anonymousreply 206December 1, 2021 4:15 AM

25,000 people die in Ohio. Wow. That is insane. That has to change the landscape in some way.

Even the trolls who claim they were all in nursing homes. Ok, so are all the nursing homes empty now? Did they close up about 400-500 nursing homes which it would take to account for that many dead in nursing homes.

This is insane. Trump killed these people.

by Anonymousreply 207December 1, 2021 4:15 AM

I have heard a theory that letting this virus pass through naturally would be a good thing because it is supposedly more mild. I'm not endorsing this idea ( I have no intensive scientific background) I'm just curious what people think.

by Anonymousreply 208December 1, 2021 4:18 AM

Edit : I meant this variant of covid not the virus in general.

by Anonymousreply 209December 1, 2021 4:18 AM

the coronavirus megathread 10 is paywalled

by Anonymousreply 210December 1, 2021 4:37 AM

Lebron took 3 tests, came back positive on 2 of them...he's fully vaxxed.

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by Anonymousreply 211December 1, 2021 4:37 AM

Michael Babcock, the executive producer of TMZ Sports, said James, 36, took three COVID tests on Tuesday and two were positive.

'Test 1 (lateral flow) was positive. The 2nd (PCR) test was negative,' Babcock tweeted.

'James was then given a 3rd tiebreaker test which came back positive. I'm told he's asymptotic at this time.

'Team chartered a private jet to take Lebron back to L.A.'

Under the rules imposed by the NBA, anyone who comes into close contact with a COVID-positive person must then quarantine.

by Anonymousreply 212December 1, 2021 4:39 AM

Moderna CEO is bummed about Omicron.

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by Anonymousreply 213December 1, 2021 7:07 AM

Moderna is sounding the alarm...They are on top of Omicron and they are worried which is why Stock Market tanked again yesterday...Interview Link...

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by Anonymousreply 214December 1, 2021 8:15 AM

The stock market futures have it bouncing back up tomorrow R214. Stop being hysterical.

by Anonymousreply 215December 1, 2021 8:19 AM

Dead cat bounce r215

by Anonymousreply 216December 1, 2021 8:35 AM

[quote] Moderna CEO is bummed about Omicron.

Oh yeah, I'm sure he's devastated $$$$

by Anonymousreply 217December 1, 2021 9:56 AM

The vaccine doesn't prevent you from testing positive.

by Anonymousreply 218December 1, 2021 11:53 AM

It's mild, it's like all you gays and your herpes, it comes you feel ashamed then it goes away.

by Anonymousreply 219December 1, 2021 11:55 AM
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by Anonymousreply 220December 1, 2021 12:08 PM

I don't want to get it, even though I am vaxxed, set to get 3rd tomorrow. Brain fog and permanent exhaustion do not appeal to me, and no one knows the long term effects of any of the strains.

by Anonymousreply 221December 1, 2021 12:12 PM

yes, I read that 2 doctors from Israel who are fully vaxxed with boosters got it. One of them went to a conference in london.

by Anonymousreply 222December 1, 2021 1:45 PM

I am trying very hard to finish my job in NYC and get the fuck out of here and back home where I don't have to be around hundreds of people a day. Another week and a half to go.

by Anonymousreply 223December 1, 2021 1:47 PM

[quote] I don't want to get it, even though I am vaxxed, set to get 3rd tomorrow. Brain fog and permanent exhaustion do not appeal to me, and no one knows the long term effects of any of the strains.

Will you people please stop with this?

by Anonymousreply 224December 1, 2021 3:57 PM

CDC orders all airlines to turn over names of passengers who've been in eight African countries facing travel restrictions due to the Omicron variant

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by Anonymousreply 225December 1, 2021 4:03 PM

R224, you are a stupid cunt.

50% of people who survive have lingering effects.

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by Anonymousreply 226December 1, 2021 4:05 PM

R224, you are a stupid cunt.

50% of people who survive have lingering effects.

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by Anonymousreply 227December 1, 2021 4:08 PM

sorry for the double post!

by Anonymousreply 228December 1, 2021 4:08 PM

50 percent of people who survive covid-19 face lingering symptoms, study finds

At least 50 percent of people who survive covid-19 experience a variety of physical and psychological health issues for six months or more after their initial recovery, according to research on the long-term effects of the disease, published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Often referred to as “long covid,” the adverse health effects vary from person to person. But the research, based on data from 250,351 adults and children, found that more than half experience a decline in general well-being, resulting in weight loss, fatigue, fever or pain.

About 20 percent have decreased mobility, 25 percent have trouble thinking or concentrating (called “brain fog”), 30 percent develop an anxiety disorder, 25 percent have breathing problems, and 20 percent have hair loss or skin rashes. Cardiovascular issues — chest pain and palpitations — are common, as are stomach and gastrointestinal problems.

Those affected by post-covid conditions, sometimes called “long haulers,” can include anyone who has had covid-19, even those who had no symptoms or just mild ones, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But additional research published in a subsequent issue of the journal found that cognitive dysfunction has occurred more often among those who had more severe cases of covid-19 and required hospitalization, and their brain fog issues have lingered for seven months or more. “One’s battle with covid doesn’t end with recovery from the acute infection,” one researcher said.

by Anonymousreply 229December 1, 2021 4:10 PM

It's worth repeating, r228

by Anonymousreply 230December 1, 2021 4:11 PM

R224 doesn't believe in long covid, no matter how many article and medical studies you share with him.

by Anonymousreply 231December 1, 2021 4:18 PM

30 year old tennis player has to retire from tennis after she got covid coz she now has heart problems.

she didn't get the vax either...so shedding zero tears for her.

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by Anonymousreply 232December 1, 2021 4:19 PM

I believe that PASC exists, but hospitalization resulting in cognitive dysfunction is a thing regardless of the cause of hospitalization so a milder variant that doesn’t cause hospitalization should reduce rates.

However, a variant is NOT a strain. There are no new strains at this time.

by Anonymousreply 233December 1, 2021 4:29 PM

[quote]a milder variant that doesn’t cause hospitalization should reduce rates.

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by Anonymousreply 234December 1, 2021 4:32 PM

I believe in “long COVID”, I just don’t believe that every person who’s been diagnosed with it (or self-diagnosed) actually does have “long COVID”.

And I’ve said before, they need to fine-tune the diagnostic criteria for it. “Anxiety” needs to be taken off the list. “Anxiety disorder,” too.

by Anonymousreply 235December 1, 2021 4:46 PM

Yes, I believe PASC exists, and that it occurs in people why are asymptomatic and people who have mild disease. I also believe adverse outcomes based on hospitalization itself exist. I also know we are unable to pull apart what percentage is which exactly in COVID survivors who were hospitalized at this time, but that anything that lowers rates of hospitalizations should also lower rates of long term impact.

by Anonymousreply 236December 1, 2021 4:46 PM

I just remember the normal, healthy young man who recovered from covid but the virus fucked up his heart and he needed a heart transplant.

by Anonymousreply 237December 1, 2021 4:50 PM

COVID-19 damages a healthy young father’s heart, requiring a transplant

Al Brown thought he’d won the battle against COVID-19. The healthy 31-year-old spent a week in University of Chicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital in May 2020, receiving oxygen to help him breathe. But a few weeks after being discharged, he started having sharp pains in his chest. His legs and ankles swelled, and small tasks made him unusually tired.

Brown was readmitted to the hospital and received a shocking diagnosis: heart failure caused by COVID-19. His doctors at UChicago Medicine immediately listed him for a heart transplant, and after only 12 days on the waiting list, he underwent successful transplant surgery in October 2020.

“When they told me it was my heart, I was more shocked than anything,” Brown said. “I had no previous health issues. I’d never even taken medication for anything before this, so I didn’t know why COVID-19 was affecting me so much.”

What happened to Brown is also occurring worldwide. In a small and seemingly random group of people with COVID-19, the virus travels into the organs and damages them, sometimes so severely that a transplant is required.

“I don’t think we understand yet the exact mechanisms for why this happens, but I know we will in the near future,” said heart transplant surgeon Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD, director of the UChicago Medicine Heart and Vascular Center. “I think it’s going to lead to increased demand for organ transplants. We will start seeing more people with COVID myocarditis, and if it lingers, they will need a heart transplant.”

Researchers are now studying the long-term effects of COVID-19, even in people who had mild cases. One study of relatively young and healthy patients showed that 78% of people who recovered from COVID-19 had “cardiovascular involvement,” regardless of preexisting conditions. Other studies suggest that COVID-19 can cause myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, which can weaken the heart and, in extreme cases like Brown’s, cause it to fail.

UChicago Medicine cardiologist Sean Pinney, MD, an expert on COVID-19 myocarditis and co-director of the Heart and Vascular Center, said this happens to less than 3% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

“There does not seem to be a specific risk profile to identify patients who are more or less likely to suffer myocarditis. Anecdotally, it does seem more common in younger patients, particularly those in their 20s to 40s,” said Pinney, who also leads UChicago Medicine’s Post-COVID Recovery Clinic.

Brown’s primary cardiologist, Ben Bow Chung, MD, searched hard for evidence that something other than COVID-19 caused Brown’s sudden and scary heart failure. However, all signs pointed to the virus. He had no risk factors, no other medical conditions and no family history.

“We tested him for a number of things and he was not positive for any of them,” Chung said. “We just knew there was general damage to the heart. There were signs on his MRI of chronic myocarditis that he may have developed in May, when he had COVID-19.”

Chung and his team even looked at the pathology of Brown's heart after transplant surgeons removed it, and found no evidence of anything that would cause inflammation.

“Because he was young and healthy, he could hide the symptoms of heart failure. Young people like Mr. Brown who have heart failure can seem like they’re well for a long period of time, but when they get sick, they can fall off a cliff,” Chung said. “By the time he was back in the hospital, his heart was functioning at only 10% capacity.”

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by Anonymousreply 238December 1, 2021 4:54 PM

r238 odd that the University of Chicago article neglects to mention whether or not he was vaxxed (fully or partially) before contracting COVID and subsequently Myocarditis, a verified and well known vaxx reaction. This is a critical piece of information missing from this article! If he were unvaxxed he probably would have been denied the heart transplant, no?

by Anonymousreply 239December 1, 2021 5:19 PM

Omicron, you Omidorn.

by Anonymousreply 240December 1, 2021 5:23 PM

r239 The article reports that he contracted Covid in Spring 2020, before vaccines had been developed.

by Anonymousreply 241December 1, 2021 5:24 PM

Most vaccinated state

by Anonymousreply 242December 1, 2021 6:19 PM
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by Anonymousreply 243December 1, 2021 6:24 PM

r241 You're correct. Good catch.

by Anonymousreply 244December 1, 2021 6:25 PM

First case detected in CA!

by Anonymousreply 245December 1, 2021 6:34 PM

First US case of Omicron COVID variant confirmed in California

The “variant of concern” that has been reported in at least 17 countries has now spread to California, the president’s top medical adviser said while flanked by White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

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by Anonymousreply 246December 1, 2021 6:35 PM

this was the story I read, he also got covid before a vaccine was available. he recovered from covid but virus attacked his heart 6 months later.------

Fitness instructor who recovered from Covid undergoes heart transplant after virus lay dormant in his body and attacked his organs six months later

Prior to testing positive for coronavirus last November, before a vaccine was available, Stipetich was very active as a fitness instructor as well as a skier. His symptoms at first were mild but began to worsen, prompting concern from his wife and daughters.

Although physicians reassured him in January that everything was fine, his health declined. In April, he came down with a cold that left him feeling like he was 'suffocating', he told the outlet.

Believing he may have Covid again, Stipetich, 48, returned to the hospital where he was told he was seriously ill and had cardiogenic shock - a life-threatening condition in which the heart suddenly can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.

'Throughout all these tests, they came back and said, there is nothing more that they can do for me,' Stipetich said.

A heart specialist told the outlet that Stipetich's case was a first: The virus appeared to have been dormant in his body for months before attacking his heart.

His kidneys and liver also were failing.

'His heart had given way to a point that he needed to have his life sustained by a mechanical heart pump,' Dr. Azam Hadi, an advanced heart failure cardiologist at Allegheny Health Network who treated Stipetich, told KDKA.

'We were able to turn his shock process around to a point where he recovered his organs except his heart.'

Stipetich waited eight days for a donor heart and is recovering well, despite difficulties with his mobility.

His energy is starting to return and he has turned his attention to a non-profit he created to help heart transplant recipients. Pumping Adrenaline Beating All Odds will assist those whose illnesses are associated with Covid-19.

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by Anonymousreply 247December 1, 2021 6:47 PM

R239 I know you’re frothing at the mouth to link heart failure to vaccines, but UNOS doesn’t care about vaccination status.

by Anonymousreply 248December 1, 2021 6:56 PM

ElderLez, or anyone who can give a straight answer to this, have there been trials done on any of the vaccines which studied possible links to congenital birth defects? I can Google around if you tell me what to look for.

I have a screeching harridan going off on me on another thread because I dared ask such a thing.

by Anonymousreply 249December 1, 2021 7:03 PM

This press conference is a mess. I haven't heard much about Omicron, but I do know that the extremely loud and relentless heckler wants everyone to buy his book.

by Anonymousreply 250December 1, 2021 7:04 PM

What press conference?

by Anonymousreply 251December 1, 2021 7:07 PM

SF Department of Public Health; it just ended.

by Anonymousreply 252December 1, 2021 7:10 PM

The Omigod virus is here!

by Anonymousreply 253December 1, 2021 8:19 PM

The stock market had been up until the first US omicron case was announced, then it tanked 600 points. Like a bunch of toddlers scared of the boogeyman. This was expected, why the hysteria?

by Anonymousreply 254December 1, 2021 8:25 PM

[quote]CDC orders all airlines to turn over names of passengers who've been in eight African countries facing travel restrictions due to the Omicron variant

Damn! I guess this means I won't be wintering in Gstaad this season.

by Anonymousreply 255December 1, 2021 8:28 PM

Revealed: Triple-vaccinated Israeli doctor who believes he caught Omicron Covid variant in London at conference attended by 1,250 people on 23 November - just as new strain was discovered in Africa

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by Anonymousreply 256December 1, 2021 9:25 PM

[quote]Joe Biden is considering tougher entry requirements for travellers going to the US in a move which could include forcing arrivals to quarantine for seven days;

This makes no sense. It’s already here.

The story about the Israeli doctor doesn’t seem particularly newsworthy. What am I missing?

by Anonymousreply 257December 1, 2021 9:36 PM

He was triple vaxxed and wore masks, so it's newsworthy that omicron was able to evade those defenses. Not that Delta can't, of course.

by Anonymousreply 258December 1, 2021 9:50 PM

R258, those cases where they say they always wore a mask and still got it inevitably include the part where they always wore a mask except when they went out to dinner with a bunch of friends.

by Anonymousreply 259December 1, 2021 9:54 PM

True, but the booster shot is supposed to restore the vaccine's efficacy rate to about 96%. Although he had the booster in August so maybe there's already waning after three months.

by Anonymousreply 260December 1, 2021 10:01 PM

yes, R260, I think there is waning after 3 months.

by Anonymousreply 261December 1, 2021 10:05 PM

R261, any links to that information becasue that's not what the entirety of the scientific world is saying.

Hopefully, this virus follows the path of previous pandemics and the virus gets more communicable but less virulent. Maybe Omicron is that step in the evolution.

by Anonymousreply 262December 1, 2021 10:08 PM

Hi R249 the CDC has been tracking this. So far vaccination seems to have no impact on birth defect rates.

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by Anonymousreply 263December 1, 2021 10:23 PM

Be best, EuroPCR cardiologists!

You too, Dr. Maor.

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by Anonymousreply 264December 1, 2021 10:24 PM

R262 I'm not R261 but that's what German state TV reports too. It's not hard to find good sources. Google "vaccine immunity fading" and select "past week". Here is the summary of a Swedish study from the LA Times.

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by Anonymousreply 265December 1, 2021 10:25 PM

Wear a fucking mask indoors.

Get fucking vaccinated.

Really, it's that simple.

by Anonymousreply 266December 1, 2021 10:28 PM

Yes, R265, but we're talking about the booster, not the original two-shot regimen.

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by Anonymousreply 267December 1, 2021 10:30 PM

Masks have always been about substantially reducing risk not completely eliminating it. No one is going to a conference in full pappers. (sp?)

by Anonymousreply 268December 1, 2021 10:45 PM

I've not seen anywhere that has said the booster wanes after three months.

by Anonymousreply 269December 1, 2021 10:56 PM

R269, that asshole was a troll or just really, really stupid.

by Anonymousreply 270December 1, 2021 10:58 PM

[quote] , those cases where they say they always wore a mask and still got it inevitably include the part where they always wore a mask except when they went out to dinner with a bunch of friends.

Because wearing a mask 100% guarantees one won’t become infected?

by Anonymousreply 271December 1, 2021 11:02 PM

It's PAPR, but they weren't even wearing surgical masks.

by Anonymousreply 272December 1, 2021 11:04 PM

R271, no but eating with a bunch of people while not wearing a mask significantly raises your risk of getting infected. Are some of you really this logic-challenged? And, as seen above, they weren't even wearing masks while sitting next to each other for hours during the conference. If they had worn their masks as they should have been when around other people, they most likely would not have been infected.

by Anonymousreply 273December 1, 2021 11:07 PM

Re: the LA Times story about waning effectiveness, that’s about the wane after 2 doses. It doesn’t include any data about the 3rd (booster). Unless I missed it.

by Anonymousreply 274December 1, 2021 11:10 PM

No one knows the efficacy of the vaccines or boosters because Omicron has just emerged. Everything you've heard from experts is a reasonable guess and they're probably right. But we won't really know for a couple of weeks.

So calm the fuck down

by Anonymousreply 275December 1, 2021 11:13 PM

R273, I’m sorry, I didn’t know which incident you were referring to, re: masks at a conference. I have a lot of people blocked and may have missed a link.

Anyway, if there was a situation where the infected parties definitely were sitting in a room maskless with infected people, then yes, that would’ve increased their risk. BUT, just as many on this site like to point out, even vaccines aren’t 100% effective. And masks are certainly FAR less effective than vaccines at preventing infection in THE WEARER of the mask.

We know this and have for many months.

by Anonymousreply 276December 1, 2021 11:14 PM

9000 new cases today in Ohio.....It is getting out of control for anyone thinking of coming here for the holidays...

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by Anonymousreply 277December 1, 2021 11:15 PM

That conference looks like a mess. I'm leaving for WCIRDC tonight and they've been emailing and texting mask reminders almost daily for two weeks now. Proof of vaccination was also required at registration.

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by Anonymousreply 278December 1, 2021 11:25 PM

All together now:

[bold]O M I C R O N[/bold]

by Anonymousreply 279December 2, 2021 12:02 AM

Omnichron (sp?)

by Anonymousreply 280December 2, 2021 12:09 AM

9000 new cases!?

by Anonymousreply 281December 2, 2021 12:16 AM

Ohio must be in the dark red/near-black “extremely high” transmission zone on those transmission maps.

by Anonymousreply 282December 2, 2021 12:22 AM

Michigan will be the elevator scene from the Shining next.

by Anonymousreply 283December 2, 2021 12:24 AM

The South African doctor article linked above seems to be ignored in the mania around this. I get it looks different structurally. But the reaction has been bizarrely extreme just based on the insane news cycle world we live in where we are inundated with simplistic clickbait headlines that are designed to stoke fear and attention.

by Anonymousreply 284December 2, 2021 12:25 AM

R281....Yes....Our numbers are skyrocketing in Ohio...Columbus has a mask mandate in public places but it is ignored and there is no enforcement. And remember ---the Thanksgiving surge hasn't kicked in yet. It is getting ugly. The GOP run legislature has blocked mass mandates or shutdowns....Be prepared if you are coming to Ohio for the Holidays..

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by Anonymousreply 285December 2, 2021 12:25 AM

Is there any indications at all that Omnichord is anything other than mild?

Anything at all. I know “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence,” but … we have evidence it presents as mild or asymptomatic in a LOT of cases. Are there ANY that suggests it’s “deadly” as the OP of one of the other Omniscient threads described it?

by Anonymousreply 286December 2, 2021 12:31 AM

Most cases of Delta are mild, too, but that hasn’t kept that variant from pushing my local hospitals to the limit. One now has more covid patients than at any time in the pandemic, another is at 105% capacity.

by Anonymousreply 287December 2, 2021 1:11 AM

Don’t dismiss this variant just yet ladies and gentlemen . I remember much scoffing and mocking of original Covid too.

by Anonymousreply 288December 2, 2021 1:16 AM

[quote] Is there any indications at all that Omnichord is anything other than mild?

Dr. Fauci this evening: “The idea that omicron is more mild is an assumption for which we don’t have any data.”

by Anonymousreply 289December 2, 2021 1:35 AM

[quote] Dr. Fauci this evening: “The idea that omicron is more mild is an assumption for which we don’t have any data.”

Cool. So there are a bunch of mild cases that we know of. No “deadly” cases that we know of. We have incomplete data landing on one end of the spectrum, and none on the other end.

We may not know enough about Omnipotent yet, but we know *a little*, and none of it is particularly breathtaking..

I got the third dose of mRNA a little over a week ago. I am not worried about this new variant. I have done all I can do and will continue to live my life like it’s 1999.

by Anonymousreply 290December 2, 2021 2:22 AM

r273, I have a friend who has a grown daughter that lives with her. The daughter, my friend and her boyfriend all shared a bong together while her daughter had Covid. She didn't know she had it, just thought it was a cold. Neither my friend nor her boyfriend caught Covid. They lived in the same house, did not wear masks, inhaled from the same damn bong and did not catch it. This was prior to the vaccine.

I understand wearing a mask in public, but it's just silly to think it is the only thing stopping you from getting Covid. There has to be other things in play that we aren't yet aware of because otherwise, my friend would have caught it.

by Anonymousreply 291December 2, 2021 3:38 AM

I think the worry isn't that it's much more deadly but that it might dodge the vaccines. If it is as transmissable (or more transmissable) than Delta AND dodges the current vaccines the places that are already drowning in covid cases will see a new level of tsunami that will bring healthcare to a halt and the places where it is somewhat controlled by the population being vaccinated at a high rate will begin to look like the shitholes of the US and the world are currently looking. We'll all be Florida while Florida will be India at the beginning of Delta.

by Anonymousreply 292December 2, 2021 8:02 AM

If it is as mild and transmissible as it seems anecdotally then I’d be less concerned about the hospitals being overwhelmed and more concerned with them being unstaffed. A virus that causes two days of extreme fatigue and body aches (as miserable as that sounds) is only a problem insofar as “everyone” getting it at once.

R291 I had a similar, although bong-less, experience with my wife last winter. She was half vaxxed when she got COVID and didn’t transmit it to me. Was your friend’s daughter vaccinated?

by Anonymousreply 293December 2, 2021 9:37 AM

Florida boasts they have the lowest delta cases now

by Anonymousreply 294December 2, 2021 9:54 AM

All new variants affect the young and healthy first so it’s hard to tell at first. You need a few weeks until it starts hitting older people and more people to see what it’s goi to do.

Wall Street thinks this is a killer. It could be because although it’s not really strong, it will effect more people because it’s easier spread so more overall casualties if even less severer individually.

by Anonymousreply 295December 2, 2021 9:59 AM

r293, no. She got Covid before the vaccine became available.

by Anonymousreply 296December 2, 2021 10:10 AM

[quote]Florida boasts

Pretty much sums it up.

by Anonymousreply 297December 2, 2021 10:14 AM

Number of people who have died from the Omicron variant worldwide: NIL

Number of shut in trolls on here who are desperate for the world to lock down again so they can stop feeling jealous of people with social lives: 84

by Anonymousreply 298December 2, 2021 10:27 AM

R291 - the extreme heat of the bong would have prevented any covid transmission.

by Anonymousreply 299December 2, 2021 10:29 AM

I certainly hope the world doesn’t shut down again. I’ve got Hamilton tickets.

I still get stuck on the weirdness of all these mutations in a highly infectious variant suddenly appearing without there having been evidence of transmission of the virus with partial mutations first. I keep trying to think of reasonable explanations and coming with an outlandish idea instead, like “Is there some HIV+ park ranger in Botswana on a remote animal preserve for over a year by him or herself and it wasn’t until the once a year trip to get provisions that the virus spread to another?”

by Anonymousreply 300December 2, 2021 11:09 AM

R298, is a Trumper

by Anonymousreply 301December 2, 2021 11:19 AM

One sister got Covid before vaccines. Her husband never caught it. The other sister's husband got Covid, before vaccines, and she never caught it. So yes, Covid's vaunted extreme contagiousness is somewhat confusing to me.

by Anonymousreply 302December 2, 2021 12:13 PM

[quote]Cool. So there are a bunch of mild cases that we know of. No “deadly” cases that we know of. We have incomplete data landing on one end of the spectrum, and none on the other end.

We don't have any data, we have anecdotes. And I find even them suspect -- the South African doctors says all the cases she's seen are mild. Well, why were patients going to see the doctor for a two-day headache? I don't run to the doctor every time I have a headache or body aches.

by Anonymousreply 303December 2, 2021 12:34 PM

[quote] the extreme heat of the bong would have prevented any covid transmission.

Umm.... have you ever used a bong?

by Anonymousreply 304December 2, 2021 12:40 PM

Why? You willing to share r304?

by Anonymousreply 305December 2, 2021 12:42 PM

R302, yes but the covid variant back then wasn't as infectious as the one now. Back then I remember they said you had to be spending a while with that infected person. a few min was OK. Remember, the virus hangs in the air even after the infected people leave the room. it's airborne.

by Anonymousreply 306December 2, 2021 1:10 PM

It’s pretty clear that some people are efficient spreaders and other people are not. What isn’t clear is why that is.

by Anonymousreply 307December 2, 2021 1:30 PM

Oh, the denizens of the Datalounge are known for their efficient spreading r307.

by Anonymousreply 308December 2, 2021 1:39 PM

R298: shut up and drink your Clorox & Ivermectin cocktail.

by Anonymousreply 309December 2, 2021 1:57 PM

Fuck you Biden! More travel restrictions gonna be announced today!

by Anonymousreply 310December 2, 2021 2:11 PM

I mean, why do I have to quarantine if I get negative?!

by Anonymousreply 311December 2, 2021 2:30 PM

[quote] All new variants affect the young and healthy first

How convenient! Of course they do... At the exact same time they're pushing/mandating their "vaccines" on children.

by Anonymousreply 312December 2, 2021 2:46 PM

[quote] If it is as mild and transmissible as it seems anecdotally then I’d be less concerned about the hospitals being overwhelmed and more concerned with them being unstaffed. A virus that causes two days of extreme fatigue and body aches (as miserable as that sounds) is only a problem insofar as “everyone” getting it at once.

I agree with this, ElderLez.

by Anonymousreply 313December 2, 2021 3:05 PM

Another person with Omnicon in Minnesota who traveled from NYC. It's time for the WH to set up large vaccine spots with National Guard giving the shots like in the beginning of COVID. Pharmacies have small staff and it takes too long to get an appointment.

by Anonymousreply 314December 2, 2021 3:12 PM
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by Anonymousreply 315December 2, 2021 3:57 PM

Omicron Persei 8?

by Anonymousreply 316December 2, 2021 4:07 PM

I can almost hear the nutcases screaming, "Big Pharma conspiracy!"

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by Anonymousreply 317December 2, 2021 5:45 PM

Number 3 has been reported in Colorado. We need to know if these people were vaccinated.

by Anonymousreply 318December 2, 2021 7:57 PM

Colorado lady is fully vaccinated

by Anonymousreply 319December 2, 2021 8:09 PM

I just heard one of them was fully vaccinated with the booster.

by Anonymousreply 320December 2, 2021 8:36 PM

Well, the Israeli doctor was fully vaccinated with the booster. It's already been established that Omicron can break through all of that.

by Anonymousreply 321December 2, 2021 8:40 PM

It's been in Europe before the S. African doctor alerted to its existence, that's been demonstrated. And one of the cases here in the US just spent the weekend at an anime' convention along with 50,000 other people, so if it's so transmissible it has effectively already been delivered to every urban center in the US, abundantly. Still, the S. African doctor said NO ONE who had it there had been admitted to a hospital so far; so while the hysteria is predictable, the news so far indicates maybe we're getting a LESS virulent strain now. And there are several news stories online right now indicating that the Delta variant appears to have evolved itself into extinction in Japan. I don't know how that works, but somebody seems to think it has put itself out of business there.

by Anonymousreply 322December 2, 2021 10:01 PM

The one in CA has omnicron and said it's "extremely mild." So that means ya'all are panicking for nothing. No word on if the person who has it was vaccinated. It's likely though. And frankly, if it kills the unvaxxed who cares?

by Anonymousreply 323December 2, 2021 10:04 PM

The one in CA was vaxxed but no booster yet.

by Anonymousreply 324December 2, 2021 10:05 PM

Maybe the Japanese version of the Delta variant looked at the local birth rates and decided to be culturally appropriate by not reproducing?

by Anonymousreply 325December 2, 2021 10:05 PM

5 cases of omicron variant in NY state. 4 of them in the city. they don't know the vax status of 4 of them.

by Anonymousreply 326December 2, 2021 10:18 PM

The doctor involved with the CA case says Omincon is worrisome in that it may be 3x more infectious than Delta and the possibility of resistance to our vaccine. He said now that they've had a case there, they'll be growing the virus in the lab to learn more but it will take four to six weeks for results. I plan to proceed with caution.

by Anonymousreply 327December 2, 2021 10:24 PM

My recollection of early Covid 19 in 2020, was that the people who were getting it had mild symptoms and people dismissed the virus as “ Just a cold, just the flu.” 800,000 dead Americans

by Anonymousreply 328December 2, 2021 10:33 PM

Don’t underestimate this variant

by Anonymousreply 329December 2, 2021 10:34 PM

We already had Lambda and Mu variants, which never took off. The next logical greek letter would have been Nu, which sounds like "new". The next after that would have been "Xi", pronounced the same as the name of the leader of China.

Which is I'm guessing how we wound up skipping two greek letters to get to omicron.

by Anonymousreply 330December 2, 2021 10:41 PM

Indeed R330

by Anonymousreply 331December 2, 2021 10:43 PM

Except Xi in Greek is pronounced "Kai". But we certainly DO NOT want to step on Xi Jin Peng's toes, do we? Make those people angry and next thing you know it's WWIII...

by Anonymousreply 332December 2, 2021 10:47 PM

I welcome our new Omnicron overlord to nyc.

by Anonymousreply 333December 2, 2021 10:50 PM

R332 Don't project western pettiness to China, please. Like they care what you call it since they actually let their medical experts do the work of fighting the virus instead of letting idiotic politicians call the shot.

by Anonymousreply 334December 2, 2021 10:59 PM

r332 [quote]Except Xi in Greek is pronounced "Kai".

No, it's not. It's pronounced like "KSI" . You're thinking of CHI, not XI.

by Anonymousreply 335December 2, 2021 11:00 PM

Israeli Doctor's omnicron covid that did not spread. They have tested scores of his contacts.

Coronavirus kills fat unhealthy people. And many old people. They don't deserve to die because they are fat and unhealthy. Or old and less robust.

But if you sort out the 5 million deaths (or if its 20 million in reality, if counted well), then you might find that coronavirus kills about the same as the worst flu viruses kill.

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by Anonymousreply 336December 2, 2021 11:09 PM

I certainly hope it isn’t three times as infectious as Delta, because that would certainly be an everyone out at the same time problem across all kinds of industries unless it is so mild that we can skip the 10 day quarantine and just have people stay home when they are actively ill.

by Anonymousreply 337December 2, 2021 11:09 PM

I mean, you remove from the kill statistics the fat and unhealthy. THEN, how many does it kill? The flu kills people too. Healthy people even!

by Anonymousreply 338December 2, 2021 11:11 PM

Before vaccines became available, the COVID-19 death rate was sitting at around 2%. Long COVID sufferers are probably three times that figure (at least).

Regular influenza has a mortality of around 0.2%, so one tenth the death rate of COVID.

Thanks to vaccination, COVID mortality has dropping fast because although people can still get infected they have much lower odds of dying.

by Anonymousreply 339December 3, 2021 1:01 AM

Omnicron is the new graxy.

by Anonymousreply 340December 3, 2021 1:04 AM

Most people don’t die from Covid regardless.

by Anonymousreply 341December 3, 2021 1:37 AM

Too bad I know one who did, r341.

by Anonymousreply 342December 3, 2021 1:39 AM

Yes that is sad, R342, and I am sorry for you (unless you hated the person, in which case I’m happy for you). But the fact remains the fatality rate for Covid dash 19 is less than 1%.

by Anonymousreply 343December 3, 2021 1:54 AM

I was out running errands today and I saw more people double masking and even a face shield. It's time to wear those things again.

by Anonymousreply 344December 3, 2021 2:07 AM

Where do you live, r344?

by Anonymousreply 345December 3, 2021 2:12 AM

[quote] I was out running errands today and I saw more people double masking and even a face shield. It's time to wear those things again.

LOL. Yeah, or you could just get the booster and go on about your business like a normal person.

Masks provide at most 5-10% protection according to most analysis coming out lately. That’s cloth (statistically insignificant) and KN-95 or N-95. The shields do nothing.


by Anonymousreply 346December 3, 2021 3:52 AM

yes, shields and mask are useless R346, that's why the doctors and nurses wear them!

by Anonymousreply 347December 3, 2021 5:54 AM

2%. I just think 1 out of every 50 infected people is still too many. It's as if it's a dice game with numbers from 1 to 50 each day, and the random infected person who picked a certain number dies, gone forever. Is that acceptable? Has Covid Delta gotten to that point? Too many. The fatality rate is too high.

Maybe we will learn Covid Omicron has a far lower fatality rate where we won't worry as much.

by Anonymousreply 348December 3, 2021 6:18 AM

What does wearing a mask have to do with being vaccinated and/or boosted? I'm both, and if I'm in an enclosed public space I'm in an N95, and have been since the beginning.

I work with severely Immunocompromised patients and I'm tested daily. I can't risk my patients' lives, which are already dangling by a thread, and I also refuse to be taken out of commission due to a few particles of inactive RNA parked in my nasopharynx, or, at worst, a completely inconsequential nasopharyngeal colonization that begins and ends right there.

by Anonymousreply 349December 3, 2021 6:20 AM

Yes! What R349 said!

by Anonymousreply 350December 3, 2021 6:22 AM

Wednesday 9000 new covid cases in Ohio...Thursday 9100 new cases...Holiday Travelers to Ohio better be prepared because it is insane here. Our Trumper Governor handed out cookies at the Christmas Tree Ceremony this week, as if everything is just fine....Hospitals are cancelling surgeries again because of the surge...It has been going up for weeks and this is BEFORE the Thanksgiving Surge...Columbus Mayor Ginther has ordered masked mandates in public but the Trumpers ignore the mandates and there is no enforcement at all..Will let you know what Fridays numbers are...

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by Anonymousreply 351December 3, 2021 7:01 AM

Biden needs to immediately STOP giving Red States Covid Money...They are misspending it. ----->Alabama Plans To Spend More Federal COVID Relief Funds On Prisons Than Hospitals. Will Treasury Stop Them?....LINK

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by Anonymousreply 352December 3, 2021 7:04 AM

And Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee just got a judge to put a stay on the enforcement of the federal contractor vaccination mandate for them. I am so glad to live in a State that doesn’t want its residents to die.

I’m pretty sure the death rate in the US now is about 1.2% and it has been around that rate since we got past the the awful first wave, but perhaps someone could look for a link.

I used to think it was just innumeracy that so many people thought that was somehow a low risk for a novel, highly infectious, infectious disease you could get more than once. And it is true, there’s a large number of people who can’t tell the difference between in a hundred, one in a thousand and one in a million because they never really understood fractions and 1 in the numerator and more than one in the denominator is all the same to them.

But now, I think in addition to that, a lot of how much you value your own life plays into it. I mean I’d never play Russian roulette for 20 million with one bullet in one of 10O chambers (if such a gun existed)because I love my wife, my dog, my family, my friends, my job, and of course some of you bitches on DataLounge too much. But there are some people who’d obviously play if the chance was one in three because “most people survive” those odds. And well obviously a lot of people have crap lives they don’t particularly care to live.

by Anonymousreply 353December 3, 2021 10:08 AM

[quote] And well obviously a lot of people have crap lives they don’t particularly care to live.

I think you've really found the root of the, "If I get it, I get it" sentiment. I cannot understand that level of cavalierness, but yes -- it's because I give a shit about things.

by Anonymousreply 354December 3, 2021 10:35 AM

Thanks ElderLez and Sylvia Fowler.

Since the death of my darling a bit over a year ago, I often feel that my reasons for living are greatly diminished. However, my reasons for dying are de minimis so I slog on. The one thing he would never want me to be is stupid.

by Anonymousreply 355December 3, 2021 10:39 AM

My husband and I are getting our boosters today--can't wait! And it's because I DO care about my life and do not want to catch this shit.

by Anonymousreply 356December 3, 2021 10:45 AM
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by Anonymousreply 357December 3, 2021 11:43 AM

[quote]Wednesday 9000 new covid cases in Ohio...Thursday 9100 new cases

Your neighboring state, Michigan, currently leads the nation in hospitalizations and deaths ... sounds like you might soon supplant them. Though the Thanksgiving surge might keep us in the lead, since virtually nobody here (at least on the west side of the state) bothers with any mitigation efforts.

by Anonymousreply 358December 3, 2021 11:46 AM

r351 my parents (68 and 72) live in Ohio and I am pissed off to no end.

by Anonymousreply 359December 3, 2021 11:48 AM

I can't seem to post this on the Covid Megathread 10, so I'll put it here. News of one of the new vaccines on the horizon.

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by Anonymousreply 360December 3, 2021 12:04 PM

I don’t want to keep pumping vaccines in my body .

by Anonymousreply 361December 3, 2021 12:34 PM

Well, you could always die r361.

by Anonymousreply 362December 3, 2021 12:42 PM

? ^^

by Anonymousreply 363December 3, 2021 12:47 PM

Found out a MN participant at AnimeconNYC had Omicron (via email). Person had been vaccinated (Crunchyroll was VERY strict about CV proof before entry!). Person had mild symptoms for 2 days which subsided. I was tested again - negative. So glad my old-er ass got the booster a few weeks ago!

by Anonymousreply 364December 3, 2021 2:07 PM

R361 Semen is another matter.

by Anonymousreply 365December 3, 2021 2:26 PM

The CEOs of my three local hospital systems are holding a joint press conference outlining the strain they're currently experiencing and pretty much begging people to get vaccinated. (Their pleas will fall on mostly deaf ears.) Over the past month, one system alone has had to defer more than 1,100 surgeries and refuse 700 transfer requests from rural hospitals whose patients need a higher level of care than they can provide.

Subacute hospitals are full of recovering covid patients so acute care hospitals have no place to release patients who are not able to go home. That's everybody from covid and accident victims to stroke and heart attack survivors.

Over 90% of the people in the hospital with covid in each system are unvaccinated. The vaccinated who are in the hospital tend to be very elderly people that have multiple comorbidities.

Huge increase in the number of 20-44 year olds in covid units the past month.

They're concerned by what they're hearing about reinfection with omicron, but they stress that it's too early to know anything for certain.

by Anonymousreply 366December 3, 2021 4:33 PM

What state are you in r366?

by Anonymousreply 367December 3, 2021 4:35 PM

My 97 year old vaxxed and boosted mother tested positive in her nursing home this week. She is totally asymptomatic.

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by Anonymousreply 369December 3, 2021 4:36 PM

I've been been vaccinated, boostered and wear a mask in public. If I get it, it's beyond my control.

by Anonymousreply 370December 3, 2021 4:38 PM

"New daily confirmed cases rose to 11,535 on Thursday from 8,561 on Wednesday and 4,373 the previous day, according to official statistics. The cases represent a 22.4 percent positivity rate of people tested for the virus, up from 16.5 percent on Wednesday, a massive jump from a 1 percent positivity rate in early November.

Although scientists are warning that it is still too early to say for sure that omicron is behind the surge in cases, the rapid rise means omicron might already be overtaking the delta variant, experts said."

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by Anonymousreply 371December 3, 2021 4:45 PM

[quote]The CEOs of my three local hospital systems are holding a joint press conference

A few more tidbits from the press conference:

• Testing positivity has been 20-25% over the past two weeks; one system administers 2,500 tests a day and would do more but supplies are limited

• Average ER waits are now 3-6 hours

• Every day sees at least one report of a doctor or nurse being hit, spit at and/or screamed at

• Caregivers are burnt out and staffing remains a big issue

by Anonymousreply 372December 3, 2021 4:59 PM

R368 - hope your mom does okay. Glad to hear she's asymptomatic.

by Anonymousreply 373December 3, 2021 6:22 PM

[quote]• Every day sees at least one report of a doctor or nurse being hit, spit at and/or screamed at


by Anonymousreply 374December 3, 2021 7:05 PM

Laurie Garrett: I've never seen an epidemic growth rate like this before, anywhere, any outbreak. Look at the black line.

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by Anonymousreply 375December 3, 2021 9:20 PM

Best wishes for your mother R368.

And glad to hear you are negative R364.

And wishing I’d gotten my booster earlier, Tuesday seems so far away at the moment looking at that crazy graph R375.

And yay!!! R360, finally

by Anonymousreply 376December 3, 2021 9:46 PM

WEHT Novavax?

by Anonymousreply 377December 3, 2021 10:04 PM

Omicron feels like the earliest days of the pandemic all over again. Fear, unknowing, anxiety, and compulsively reading the news about any and all new developments

by Anonymousreply 378December 3, 2021 10:09 PM

As I dimly recalls medical people were saying that the booster starts boosting your immune system 48 hours after injection.

I could be wrong, but I'll check.

by Anonymousreply 379December 3, 2021 10:14 PM
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by Anonymousreply 380December 3, 2021 11:05 PM

So based on the latest data from South Africa, those who were previously infected are twice as likely to be reinfected. Nothing yet about those who are vaccinated, but there is a probably greater risk for those who are vaccinated.

by Anonymousreply 381December 3, 2021 11:42 PM

^I'm already skeptical of the data. The majority of the population is unvaxxed so these numbers are probably skewed. Nevertheless, my hope is that Omnicron is extremely mild and in the best case scenario will help accelerate herd immunity.

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by Anonymousreply 383December 3, 2021 11:48 PM

Unvaccinated man spends 3 mos. in hospital, loses his lungs.

Ya nevah know..

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by Anonymousreply 384December 4, 2021 12:02 AM

I have been unable to get an appointment booked for the booster. Are double vaxxed people the equivalent of unvaxxed now?

by Anonymousreply 385December 4, 2021 12:07 AM

Allergic people have nearly 40% lower risk of getting COVID-19: study

People who suffer from allergic conditions have a lower risk for developing COVID-19, according to a new U.K. study.

The research from the Queen Mary University of London was published Thursday in the journal Thorax.

Analyzing data from more than 16,000 adults between May 1, 2020, and Feb. 5, 2021, the authors asked participants to provide information about their age, household circumstances, job, lifestyle, weight, height, longstanding medical conditions, medication use, vaccination status and diet and supplement intake upon enrollment in the study in an online questionnaire.

Monthly follow-up questionnaires captured incident COVID-19 and the researchers used logistic regression models to estimate the associations between potential risk factors and the odds of developing COVID-19.

15,227 people – with the majority women and nearly 95% who identified their ethnic origin as White – filled out at least one follow-up questionnaire and 14,348 people completed the final questionnaire. The average age of the participants was 59.

In total, 446 cases of coronavirus were recorded, or nearly 3% of participants. Thirty-two people were admitted to the hospital.

Those with atopic diseases like eczema and those with hay fever or rhinitis had a 23% lower risk of contracting the disease.

Including people who suffer from asthma, there was a 38% lower risk of infection – even after accounting for the use of steroid inhalers.

Taking immunosuppressants was also associated with 53% lower odds of infection, although the authors noted this statistic may reflect greater shielding from infection by these patients.

Contrary to past studies, the researchers found that older age, male sex and other underlying conditions were not linked to a higher risk of infection,

Alternatively, people of Asian and Asian British ethnicity, household overcrowding, socializing indoors with other households, holding a front-line occupation excluding health and social care and raised body mass index or obesity were independently associated with a heightened risk.

Adults who were Asian or Asian British had twice the risk of testing positive compared with White U.K. adults and the greater the number of people sharing a household and the higher the number of visits made to indoor public places, the higher the odds of getting COVID-19.

The researchers said the study shows that there is limited overlap between risk factors for developing COVID-19 and those for ICU admission and death, as reported in hospitalized cohorts.

They also note that the study is observational and cannot establish cause.

Other limitations include that there was no oversight of COVID-19 swab testing and the reliance on results of testing usually prompted by symptoms – potentially missing asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––

In addition, ethnic minorities were underrepresented in the study.

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by Anonymousreply 386December 4, 2021 12:09 AM

Over 50 infected with COVID after Christmas party in Norway in Omicron outbreak

At least 50 Christmas party-goers have been infected with Covid in Norway which may lead to be world’s biggest Omicron outbreak.

Staff from renewable energy company Scatec reportedly attended the event on November 26 in Oslo.

One person from the group has tested positive for the Omicron variant so far with more cases expected to follow, Oslo’s authorities said on Thursday.

A spokesperson said: “We are working actively with contact tracing to limit the spread and prevent bigger outbreaks.”

It is believed at least one of the guests had recently returned from the company’s Cape Town office.

If more of the group are confirmed to have Omicron it will be the single biggest known outbreak in the world.

Tine Ravlo, assistant chief infection control doctor in Frogner District, said a initial case samples indicated it was likely it was Omicron.

Analysis has ruled out the cases being the Delta variant.

The district’s responsible infection control doctor told Avisa Oslo the cases have clues they are Omicron.

Dr. Jorunn Thaulow said: “We have not received it definitively confirmed, but there are very strong indications that it is Omicron in this outbreak.”

The Nordic country detected its first four cases on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Norway posted a single-day record of 4,052 coronavirus cases on Monday, according to data from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Meanwhile, in Britain, Boris Johnson says parties should not be canceled because of Covid — and children can still have their school nativity plays.

In a stinging rebuke to one of the country’s top doctors, the PM batted away calls for families to scrap get-togethers in the coming weeks amid fears over the Omicron variant.

He said instead he would “throw everything” to get every adult a third jab by the end of January, deploying the Army to help the NHS in temporary vaccine hubs “popping up like Christmas trees”. Travel fears

Oslo’s new Omicron case comes as Brits face having to take pricey PCR swabs to travel to Europe under new EU plans to contain the Omicron variant.

Eurocrats can hit non-EU countries with extra travel curbs under an “emergency brake” system to keep variants out.

Like the UK, they’ve already banned flights from many nations in Southern Africa, where the Omicron strain originated.

Spain has all said unvaccinated Brits will be denied from entering the country in a bid to contain a new strain of coronavirus.

Until now, Britons could travel to Spain by showing a negative PCR test result taken up to 72 hours before arriving, but from 1 December they will also need proof of a Covid-19 vaccination.

Brussels published new guidance on Wednesday saying countries should introduce extra testing requirements to slow the arrival of the strain.

Care minister Gillian Keegan said the new travel rules are being kept under constant review and could be tightened further.

There are still dozens of questions about the new highly mutated strain, to which it will take several weeks to get answers.

Scientists are working around the clock to work out if it does indeed spread faster, dodge immunity or change the severity of the disease.

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by Anonymousreply 387December 4, 2021 12:10 AM

Unless I missed something, R386's study seems to most likely show that people with allergies are taking more precautions just like people who are immunocompromised and both groups are less likely to be infected because of that. Doesn't seem to have anything to do with the allergies themselves.

by Anonymousreply 388December 4, 2021 12:18 AM

Agree with R388.

That studies conclusions are bullshit. I have an immune comprised sibling. Everyone who is immunocompromised is doing their best to isolate.

by Anonymousreply 389December 4, 2021 12:21 AM

[quote]Ya nevah know..

What we do know is that he, as a double-lung recipient, has only a 50% chance of making it to 2026 and a 30% chance of seeing 2031.

I hope it was worth it.

by Anonymousreply 390December 4, 2021 12:44 AM

More about the possible HIV link to omicron’s evolution: (DL won’t allow me to post a link to this srory)

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus - possibly one that causes the common cold - present in the same infected cells, according to researchers.

This genetic sequence does not appear in any earlier versions of the coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, but is ubiquitous in many other viruses including those that cause the common cold, and also in the human genome, researchers said.

By inserting this particular snippet into itself, Omicron might be making itself look "more human," which would help it evade attack by the human immune system, said Venky Soundararajan of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based data analytics firm nference, who led the study posted on Thursday on the website OSF Preprints.

This could mean the virus transmits more easily, while only causing mild or asymptomatic disease. Scientists do not yet know whether Omicron is more infectious than other variants, whether it causes more severe disease or whether it will overtake Delta as the most prevalent variant. It may take several weeks to get answers to these questions.

Cells in the lungs and in the gastrointestinal system can harbor SARS-CoV-2 and common-cold coronaviruses simultaneously, according to earlier studies. Such co-infection sets the scene for viral recombination, a process in which two different viruses in the same host cell interact while making copies of themselves, generating new copies that have some genetic material from both "parents."

This new mutation could have first occurred in a person infected with both pathogens when a version of SARS-CoV-2 picked up the genetic sequence from the other virus, Soundararajan and colleagues said in the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.

The same genetic sequence appears many times in one of the coronaviruses that causes colds in people - known as HCoV-229E - and in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, Soundararajan said.

South Africa, where Omicron was first identified, has the world's highest rate of HIV, which weakens the immune system and increases a person's vulnerability to infections with common-cold viruses and other pathogens. In that part of the world, there are many people in whom the recombination that added this ubiquitous set of genes to Omicron might have occurred, Soundararajan said.

"We probably missed many generations of recombinations" that occurred over time and that led to the emergence of Omicron, Soundararajan added.

by Anonymousreply 391December 4, 2021 1:08 AM

It's going to turn into SuperAIDS

by Anonymousreply 392December 4, 2021 1:24 AM

New Jersey confirms first Omicron case in woman who traveled to South Africa

New Jersey officials announced the state’s first confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant Omicron on Friday in a woman who had recently traveled to South Africa.

The patient, a fully-vaccinated Georgia resident, tested positive on Nov. 28 and has remained in isolation since, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

She experienced “moderate symptoms” and is recovering after receiving treatment at a North Jersey emergency facility, officials said.

“The Omicron variant is among us and we need to take steps to stop its spread,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “It is vital that residents remain as vigilant as possible as we await more information about the variant.

“Vaccinations and mask wearing have proven to be an effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and I urge everyone ages 18 and over to receive a booster,” he said.

At least five cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in New York City, Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. One case was confirmed in Brooklyn, two in Queens and one in Long Island’s Suffolk County. A fifth was pegged to “New York City” by the officials but without a more precise location.

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by Anonymousreply 393December 4, 2021 1:24 AM

Ohio Friday Update = 9584 cases....Out of Control. Ignoring the rising numbers, our Trumper Governor (probably reading the writing on the wall) signed a bill allowing small businesses to stay open in a "health emergency". Don't tell anyone but Health Emergency is slang for Pandemic Closures. Thank Goodness I will be able to shop at the local candle store who refuses to shut down while hospital beds in Ohio are filled with coughing idiots.

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by Anonymousreply 394December 4, 2021 1:25 AM

The symptoms will go from mild to severe quickly

by Anonymousreply 395December 4, 2021 1:32 AM

[quote]Are double vaxxed people the equivalent of unvaxxed now?

Based on the information out there so far...your risk of infection is much higher (esp. in big public gatherings without masks), but your risk of serious illness/death is low (assuming your immune system is generally in good shape).

Unvaxxed people are just plain fucked.

by Anonymousreply 396December 4, 2021 1:35 AM

R378 Agreed. I've been wondering if I ought to stock up on toilet paper and frozen foods again.

by Anonymousreply 397December 4, 2021 1:35 AM

R395 = Exactly. March 2020 we were told Covid was only a severe cold.....That flipped real quick after weeks of being reported.....LINK from April 2020....

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by Anonymousreply 398December 4, 2021 1:36 AM

[quote]Are double vaxxed people the equivalent of unvaxxed now?

Did it ever occur to you morons that people who are vaxxed and have boosters might be more concerned about their health, especially if immunocompromised, and are more likely to get tested than antivaxxers? That skews the numbers.

by Anonymousreply 399December 4, 2021 1:38 AM

I'm stocking up on masks.

I have enough wipes/spray and bleach. I don' t think they are in short supply...I see lots of them in the stores.

by Anonymousreply 400December 4, 2021 1:40 AM

Get the booster shot

Mask up in indoor public spaces.

It ain't rocket science, folks.

by Anonymousreply 401December 4, 2021 1:43 AM

I went to get my booster shot, and there were signs everywhere that they would not be giving shots of ANY kind until further notice. Small town Oregon Safeway, 12/3. There were 22 people in line, one tech, one pharmacist, which may be the reason, but I've still not been told why. My other option is three weeks out with appointments, and I haven't time to go to the city right now. Grrrr.

by Anonymousreply 402December 4, 2021 1:48 AM

I just came from a party of 50 people—some masked, some not. Most not. I left after 30 minutes. I avoided everyone as much as possible. I felt it was tone deaf.

by Anonymousreply 403December 4, 2021 1:50 AM

Thanks r401. Exactly. I posted this before. I had it beginning Jan 23, 2020, before it was a “thing”. HORRIBLE. Thought I was a goner….. MARY!…..Lasted 6 weeks of misery & terror. Hospital was clueless to what I had. Fatigue lasted for another 3+ months with no smell and no taste. One doctor ridiculed me for that. As soon as I could, vaxed and booster and never without a mask.

Make fun all you want antivaxers, but I NEVER want to go thru that again. Live your life but now we have help.

Vax and mask.

by Anonymousreply 404December 4, 2021 1:51 AM

R368, I hope she stays that way and recovers fully. The is one of the promises of these vaccines.

by Anonymousreply 405December 4, 2021 1:57 AM

The pharmacies are not enough to booster everyone. Time for Plan B.

by Anonymousreply 406December 4, 2021 2:03 AM

Why is a covid infection an issue in USA? Didn't Biden buy tens of millions of doses of Regeneron and ship them to deplorable states, where they were administering them in city halls and public libraries.

Is it because deplorables won't go the liberry cause they don't know where it be and anyway it's run by dark pinko commie fags with AIDS?

by Anonymousreply 407December 4, 2021 2:04 AM

My brother in law and his wife just tested positive for COVID and they had the booster a couple of weeks ago. He is one to wear his mask at all times in public, and she is a housewife.

If they can get it, anyone can.

They're outside of Cleveland.

by Anonymousreply 408December 4, 2021 2:10 AM

[quote] March 2020 we were told Covid was only a severe cold

By who, Rush Limbaugh? By March 2020 we'd already seen devastating death tolls in China, Italy, and elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 409December 4, 2021 2:12 AM

As I have said before = I live in Columbus Ohio. Mask Mandate required in public because our numbers are out of control. ZERO Enforcement. Went to .Krogers today where even some employees think a mask is a chin guard. And probably 40 percent of people were not wearing masks. Even in the Pharmacy Line. One of the cashiers said to me the other day "I'm not fighting with customers anymore about wearing a mask". I am surrounded by complete idiots every time I shop--which is only once a week now. As I have said = BAN the antivaxxers from stores. Once they get hungry, they will wear a mask. I promise you they will. Rules without consequence are meaningless.

by Anonymousreply 410December 4, 2021 2:28 AM

Are they gonna die, R408?

by Anonymousreply 411December 4, 2021 2:40 AM

R393 So this “fully vaxxed” person in NJ experienced “moderate symptoms and is recovering after receiving treatment at a North Jersey emergency facility.”

This seems like an escalation from the “only mild symptoms” story we’ve had so far.

by Anonymousreply 412December 4, 2021 2:42 AM

Swiss had a general population vote to allow the governments' COVID programs and safety restrictions. So the grand poobahs, cantonal and national, met Thursday and Friday to finalize their new covid program. It's weak sauce. Officially "recommended" that people work at home. Which means employer can do whatever it wishes. Not employee. Safety regulations at school barely changed. My university's big action was to send an email reminding everyone they must mask. My students have been half-assed about this all semester, our first back full time on campus. Not belligerently so, of course. They just don't care if they are among themselves unmasked. If you show a vaccine certification on your smart phone you can go to pubs, canteens, cafeterias. The discos and bars are open. It's clear the vaccine doesn't prevent infections - a symptomatic infections. I walk buy full eating and socializing venues and everyone is breathing their hot moist air in small rooms. Especially under 40, all the socializing and nightlife has been back with a roar.

Like the pharmacist above, I don't feel it is my role or place to be involved in the policing or enforcing of any of this. I have my FFP2s and get a booster next week.

They are young and mostly vaccinated I think maybe they are behaving correctly - living their lives. It's coming on 2 years. Thats a long time when you are 20. Nobody is super scared like 2 years ago at the beginning.

Nationwide there are large pockets of either regions of types of people who are vaccine resisting. They will pay the price, dumbasses, just like in Germany.

by Anonymousreply 413December 4, 2021 2:46 AM

omg, did you guys see the report about that guy in Italy who wore a fake silicon arm to get a vaccine?! I was LOLing when I saw that. What a idiot!

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by Anonymousreply 414December 4, 2021 2:53 AM

R411 symptoms are mild, so that's a "good" sign. But man, if this thing can get through 3 rounds of vaccine, it's scary.

by Anonymousreply 415December 4, 2021 3:29 AM

What makes you wonder, regarding SAs reports that isymptoms are “mild”, why would people bother seeking medical attention or testing? Again I’m referring to SA where vaccination is so low. If they eschew the vaccinations, why would they bother with tests or doctors if they had “mild” symptoms?

Also I agree with r278. Feels like the early days of the pandemic. Omicron has my attention. We will see how this plays out.

Also reminds me of the thread that I still have on DL watch list, titled, “there’s a really bad cold strain in China going around” from 2 years ago (November 2019)

by Anonymousreply 416December 4, 2021 3:51 AM

^oops I replied to the wrong reply but it was about early days in he pandemic and the feeling of anxiety and the unknown.

by Anonymousreply 417December 4, 2021 3:53 AM

Remember that in the beginning of Covid they classified mild as in basically no ICU. So you can still be sick. And you can bet these people are seriously ill if they are going to the doc. What kid do you know that goes to the doc for a sneeze?

Older people are not exposed to newer variants. Give it 2 weeks people like the experts said. It takes that long for the geezers to start getting the new variants when the trek out for their biweekly grocery trip.

But yeah, not buying the “mild” thing just yet either.

by Anonymousreply 418December 4, 2021 4:19 AM

"New Jersey officials announced the state’s first confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant Omicron on Friday in a woman who had recently traveled to South Africa.

The patient, a fully-vaccinated Georgia resident, tested positive on Nov. 28 and has remained in isolation since, according to the New Jersey Department of Health."

Bitch gets around. And isn't that the problem: people are flying this shit all over the world?

by Anonymousreply 419December 4, 2021 4:51 AM

Countries don't want to bail out airlines and tourist industries. They are too important.

Meanwhile the airlines can go fuck themselves in my opinion. And cruise companies should be outlawed or the price should SKYROCKET and the market shrink by 90%.

by Anonymousreply 420December 4, 2021 5:25 AM

R416, I think they got tested because they were so fatigued.

by Anonymousreply 421December 4, 2021 5:25 AM

Mild has always meant everything from mild cold-like to horrible flu-like symptoms without a need for hospitalization. Feeling like you’re dying from something 10x worse than the worst flu you’ve ever had is considered mild. If by chance they are hospitalized, it’s for dehydration…not supplemental oxygen.

Moderate involves some level of dyspnea; frequently accompanied by mild hypoxemia. Most people will recover at home but some require hospitalization. Others would be perfectly capable of recovering at home but have to be admitted because they believe that staying hydrated like a normal person will “wash all the salt out” of their body and undo the gains they’ve made on their carnivore diet (True Stories of Silicon Valley).

It’s the most ambiguous category because so much hinges on age, underlying conditions, severity of dyspnea, level of hypoxemia, etc. Regardless, anyone experiencing dyspnea at home needs to use a pulse oximeter and keep their physician updated.

Severe—we all know what severe means.

by Anonymousreply 422December 4, 2021 5:48 AM

Omicron variant-specific COVID-19 booster shot could be ready as early as March, Moderna executive says

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by Anonymousreply 423December 4, 2021 7:26 AM

R423, how many more shots? March is a long way away .

by Anonymousreply 424December 4, 2021 8:54 AM

Per a Harvard epidemiologist:

[quote]Hospitalizations in South Africa are tracking up in a way very similar to previous waves, but lagging behind what looks like a truly extraordinary increase in Omicron cases.

[quote]About all we can exclude are the extremes. We know that it’s not very mild because hospitalizations are ticking up in South Africa. We know that it’s not incredibly serious, because hospitalizations are ticking up but not incredibly fast. So, all we can exclude is the extremes, and there’s a lot of room between those extremes for the virus to spring a nasty surprise upon us.

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by Anonymousreply 425December 4, 2021 9:22 AM

If it’s as infectious as it seems to be so far in South Africa the wave of infections may very well be over by the time Moderna’s booster is available in March.

I think you should stock up a little Sylvia. I do think it makes sense to have a couple weeks of supplies on hand, not because I think you and your husband are at risk of serious disease, but because stores might not be open because the majority of their employees have to quarantine at the same time.

by Anonymousreply 426December 4, 2021 10:19 AM

Loved him in B2K. Didn't really care for his solo work.

by Anonymousreply 427December 4, 2021 10:40 AM

A group of people get infected in Wisconsin wedding . All fully vaccinated with some boosted too. Moderate symptoms.

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by Anonymousreply 428December 4, 2021 10:52 AM

150 cases in the UK now, all mild.

by Anonymousreply 429December 4, 2021 10:57 AM

R429, original Covid and delta were mild too in the beginning.

by Anonymousreply 430December 4, 2021 11:00 AM

[quote]About all we can exclude are the extremes. We know that it’s not very mild because hospitalizations are ticking up in South Africa. We know that it’s not incredibly serious, because hospitalizations are ticking up but not incredibly fast. So, all we can exclude is the extremes, and there’s a lot of room between those extremes for the virus to spring a nasty surprise upon us.

In other words, scientist uses lots of words to say nothing. And, honestly, I don't even think he's right about being able to exclude the extremes just yet since I'd wager that hospitalizations were already pretty high in South Africa, not leaving a lot of room for any increase. If your hospital is already at 100% capacity, you're going to have zero percent increase in hospitalizations even if people are dropping in the streets.

by Anonymousreply 431December 4, 2021 12:01 PM

The Guardian: UK government officials and scientific advisers believe that the danger posed by the Omicron variant may not be clear until January, potentially allowing weeks of intense mixing while the variant spreads.

Minutes for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) suggest there is deep concern about the threat from the new variant, particularly its transmissibility. Though there is a wariness about overreacting, one government scientific adviser said Downing Street was “putting all its eggs in one basket” by focusing its efforts on the booster vaccine drive.

by Anonymousreply 432December 4, 2021 12:05 PM

[quote]In other words, scientist uses lots of words to say nothing.

In other words, scientist does exactly what a scientist is supposed to do: Examine the data as it exists, posit a theory based on that data and remain open to the possibility that the next data can change the theory completely.

by Anonymousreply 433December 4, 2021 12:24 PM

Well, I became a party pooper yesterday.

I work for a consulting group and we all work from our homes. As we all live in different parts of the country, we have a Face-to-Face meeting every January at some nice US location where we can also have fun. The event was totally cancelled for Jan 2021, but discussions for 2022 have started. The Boss distributed some date options for January and February, but also the option of waiting until 2nd Q 2022.

I voted to at least wait until 2nd Q 2022, because I think more time is needed. I don't have problems with hotels in general, but IMO resorts are too crowded for my comfort and most have relaxed their mask requirements for the common areas.

My family just had 3 more Covid diagnoses in the last month (we're up to 10 now). It's still out there, people!

OK, you can all sing the Party Pooper song now. ("Every party needs a pooper, that's why we invited you. Party Pooper!")

by Anonymousreply 434December 4, 2021 12:38 PM

And this, before the Thanksgiving surge:

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by Anonymousreply 435December 4, 2021 12:47 PM

I've read that the incubation period for Delta is shorter than the original (Alpha?) variant: ~5 days vs up to 10 days.

Anybody see anything about the incubation period of Omicron?

by Anonymousreply 436December 4, 2021 1:01 PM

Just as a reminder: the Omicron variant was identified on November 25, a mere 9 days ago.

by Anonymousreply 437December 4, 2021 1:05 PM

R433, then why say anything at all at this point? There is no reason for speculation right now. They need to report known facts. And, this scientist did not. He reported his conjecture and his conjecture seems to be wrong.

by Anonymousreply 438December 4, 2021 1:19 PM

Quelle surprise:

Patients who survive a severe case of COVID-19 are more than twice as likely to die during the following year than those who have mild symptoms and those who haven’t been infected.

The increased risk was greater for patients under 65. Only 20% of the deaths from severe COVID-19 resulted from typical coronavirus complications, such as respiratory failure.

That means serious coronavirus infections may significantly damage long-term health and lead to major life-threatening issues later.

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by Anonymousreply 439December 4, 2021 1:24 PM

[quote]The patient, a fully-vaccinated Georgia resident, tested positive on Nov. 28 and has remained in isolation since, according to the New Jersey Department of Health." Bitch gets around. And isn't that the problem: people are flying this shit all over the world?

It's very possible she was tested upon arrival at Newark.

by Anonymousreply 440December 4, 2021 3:00 PM


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by Anonymousreply 441December 4, 2021 3:01 PM

Per the NYTimes, local transmission is occurring in India

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by Anonymousreply 442December 4, 2021 6:03 PM

[quote]A group of people get infected in Wisconsin wedding . All fully vaccinated with some boosted too. Moderate symptoms.

No one but you is reporting moderate symptoms. This is from the article in your link:

[quote]The people were vaccinated and have "mildly symptomatic cases."

by Anonymousreply 443December 4, 2021 7:23 PM

A lot of the reported hospitalizations in South Africa were not for Omicron *per se* — they were for other reasons, and testing for Covid is automatic when one is admitted there. So yes, it transmits easily, but the hospitalizations aren’t necessarily for Omicron.

There is a theory circulating today on *serious* Covid Twitter that Omicron may have intermingled with a common cold virus, and that is what is making it more transmissible yet mild.

One last note about hospitalizations—they’re shorter in duration than in any previous wave there. I think I read 3-5 days versus the average 8.

by Anonymousreply 444December 4, 2021 7:25 PM
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by Anonymousreply 445December 4, 2021 8:08 PM

As of now, it looks like we have to worry more about Delta cases creeping up for the winter.

by Anonymousreply 446December 5, 2021 3:00 AM

The MN guy who went to convention in NYC told authorities that 15 out of 35 friends tested positive for covid. They all went to convention together.

by Anonymousreply 447December 5, 2021 4:53 AM

R447, conventions. Tons of unmasked assholes getting drunk. What could possibly have gone wrong? Same with those doctors at the convention where the Israeli doctors caught it. No masks in sight. Even the vaccinated have been acting more and more dumb recently. Vaccines are amazingly effective but they're not fucking magic.

by Anonymousreply 448December 5, 2021 6:44 AM

"tested positive" does not mean they are sick with any symptoms. in fact they may never get symptoms or possibly only very minor illness. notice there have been no news stories about hospitalizations from omicron. yes it it early still, but with all the hyper scrutiny on this variant, don't you think we would hear immediately when there are hospitalizations?

by Anonymousreply 449December 5, 2021 6:53 AM

As soon as Delta hit, there were hospitalisations and deaths. I remember the UK went from months of around 500 deaths a week to 500 deaths a day, within two weeks of Delta being recognised. Omicron seems mild in comparison.

by Anonymousreply 450December 5, 2021 6:59 AM

it's mostly media hysteria

by Anonymousreply 451December 5, 2021 7:06 AM

How likely is this variant to evade the vaccine?

by Anonymousreply 452December 5, 2021 7:11 AM

It's a sure thing that many who have contracted covid who claim they have been triple vaxed are lying because they're too embarrassed to admit they weren't. Whether that is a small percentage or large is anybody's guess.

by Anonymousreply 453December 5, 2021 7:15 AM

The eventual evolution that will end this will be highly communicable but less virulent. I'm hoping omicron is that evolution.

by Anonymousreply 454December 5, 2021 7:16 AM

R452 Still to be determined.

by Anonymousreply 455December 5, 2021 7:47 AM

r453 a triple-vaxxed doctor transmitted Omicron to another triple-vaxxed doctor in Israel. I doubt they lied about their vaccine status.

by Anonymousreply 456December 5, 2021 9:34 AM

Do you know what the word 'percentage' means?

by Anonymousreply 457December 5, 2021 10:32 AM

It's been detected in 16 states.

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by Anonymousreply 458December 5, 2021 11:16 AM

Speaking to the BBC, the director of the Africa Health Research Institute Prof Willem Hanekom said:

"We know three things that we didn’t know last week: the first thing is that the virus is spreading extraordinarily fast in South Africa, the increase in cases is much steeper than it’s been in the past three waves so it seems that Omicron is able to spread very easily and virtually all the cases that we see in South Africa right now are Omicron.

The second thing we have data on is re-infections ... after you’ve had Covid, you have about a 1% chance, or perhaps even less than a 1% chance, of getting re-infected and even getting disease again by this virus.

The third little bit of data we have already relates to clinical cases and how severe the disease is. The only data suggests the disease may occur more in younger people and mostly younger people who are unvaccinated and, overall so far, the disease has appeared to be milder. But, again, I want to say we have to be cautious – these are very early days."

by Anonymousreply 459December 5, 2021 11:25 AM

Why do people link to the New York Times as if it's open to read for everyone?

It's absolutely possible that a triple vaxxed person gave omicron to another triple vaxxed person because of the easy transmissablity of omicron. However, remember thos triple vaxxed genius doctors were also sitting unmasked in conference rooms for hours yapping between each other and then, I'm sure, going out to eat with each other and, possibly, sharing rooms with each other. They acted stupidly. There was zero reason for an in-person medical conference held abroad. Zero.

by Anonymousreply 460December 5, 2021 11:26 AM

[quote]Why do people link to the New York Times as if it's open to read for everyone?

I was under the impression their COVID coverage was not behind a paywall, although you may need to register with your email address.

Apologies if I was wrong.

by Anonymousreply 461December 5, 2021 11:33 AM

[quote] There was zero reason for an in-person medical conference held abroad. Zero.

Narcissist academicians and medical researchers live for the chance to hear themselves talk in front of a captive audience. They would rather die than forego in person conferences. I know this because I help to plan academic conferences for a living, and I'm livid that my department went straight back to in-person after barely one year of online. Even though it's obvious that online conferences are just as effective, better-attended, and MUCH more accessible, inclusive, and all of those other things that academicians pretend to care about.

But god forbid we get between Assistant Professors of Philosophy and free bagels and a chance to suck up to their superiors in person.

by Anonymousreply 462December 5, 2021 12:37 PM

As an academic, in-person conferences are better in the way everything is better in-person.

I attended 4-5 remote conferences since COVID hit and returned to my first in-person conference last month. No comparison. With remote conferences, you lose the spaces where the real intellectual exchange occurs: between panels, in the hallways, at the publishers' displays, around the coffee and pastry table. There is also the factor of the Zoom void: there's no way to gauge how your work is being received, if audience members are listening, taking notes, laughing at your well-intentioned but bad jokes, or lost behind their phone screens, yawning and bored.

I don't think the social factor can be overstated either. I'm in the humanities. I spend the vast majority of my non-teaching life alone, in my office, in archives, and in libraries, researching, reading, and writing. When it comes time to share that research, I want the exchange to be genuinely meaningful, and for me, that involves more than logging into Zoom.

I understand the necessity of Zoom conferences during COVID, but I'm not prepared for that model to become the "new normal." Technology is great, but let's not pretend we don't lose something when we only share our work remotely. I mean, why attend conferences at all? I can always wait for the article.

by Anonymousreply 463December 5, 2021 1:20 PM

^^^ *so be it

by Anonymousreply 464December 5, 2021 1:20 PM

Yes, but would have killed you to go two or three years without in-person conferences instead of rushing back before there was any real handle on the pandemic? No.

At minimum, all conferences should remain hybrid as "the new normal" due to the accessibility and inclusivity issues.

by Anonymousreply 465December 5, 2021 1:38 PM

I would add to R463 that much the same is true of in-person classes. That said, I have enjoyed the possibility of attending zoom talks and conferences around the world, with more people from multiple time zones than could have attended in person—and then just clicking to another one elsewhere, or going into the kitchen for a snack. And of course I'm not ready to go back fully to normal until it's safe to do so. But yes, intellectual exchange takes place in person where serendipitous meetings and real communication are possible.

by Anonymousreply 466December 5, 2021 1:39 PM

The metaverse will solve that R463.

by Anonymousreply 467December 5, 2021 1:39 PM

The hybrid model is a logistical nightmare, r465.

by Anonymousreply 468December 5, 2021 1:41 PM

My gut tells me this is going to be bad

by Anonymousreply 469December 5, 2021 2:11 PM

[quote]everything is better in-person

Not for this hard-core, dyed-in-the-wool introvert.

by Anonymousreply 470December 5, 2021 2:17 PM

[quote]There is also the factor of the Zoom void: there's no way to gauge how your work is being received, if audience members are listening, taking notes, laughing at your well-intentioned but bad jokes, or lost behind their phone screens, yawning and bored.

"Attention must be paid to me!"

by Anonymousreply 471December 5, 2021 2:19 PM

No one mentioned the old mother giving Rose a handful of gold rings at Phil's funeral. The father agreed to visit at Christmas. Obviously, Phil was a troubling presence in that family. Phil coming in to dinner, hostile and grimy, was a big fuck you all. George had been left as caretaker in a sense. He calmly endured Phil, careful not to set him off. Seems that Phil was a very bright young man, George was proud of that fact. What was the source of Phil's animus? Was it mad grief over his hero/lover, and an attempt to live in his image? Was it a result of being dominated and shaped by him, rejecting all that BH wasn't, needing to hide who he was? Whatever, Phil seemed half mad at times, and his hatred for Rose (women), and his disdain for women (mother, servants) was vicious. Remember that early scene of him abusing a horse, calling it a whore, etc.

Peter was triumphant. He accomplished what no one else was able to. He handled Phil, put him down like a mad dog, using his intellect and psychological acumen to best a brute.

by Anonymousreply 472December 5, 2021 2:44 PM

No, R471, it has nothing to do with egotism or attention-getting; it's about responsiveness to your audience, and more broadly the dialogue between people in the field. Why in the world would you think that a *conference speaker* concerned about their engagement with their audience is just being an attention-getter?

by Anonymousreply 473December 5, 2021 2:48 PM

Intellectual exchange in person= getting flattery or sexual propositions for the hotel later.

by Anonymousreply 474December 5, 2021 2:57 PM

R468 I know, because I'm the underpaid staffer at the University who has to set it up and make it work. Even still, it's preferential to in-person only and I've insisted that our department maintain Zoom and streaming on all events. Hybrid conferences have the potential to increase the diversity of the participants. Scholars from underfunded schools and/or poorer countries who can't shell out airfare to send their people to in-person events. Not to mention the disabled, for whom travel is difficult or impossible.

by Anonymousreply 475December 5, 2021 3:31 PM

Love your post r472, but it might make a bit more sense on the "Power of the Dog" thread.

Unless you mean that Phil died of Covid-19 rather than Anthrax.

by Anonymousreply 476December 5, 2021 3:50 PM

[quote] Same with those doctors at the convention where the Israeli doctors caught it. No masks in sight. Even the vaccinated have been acting more and more dumb recently. Vaccines are amazingly effective but they're not fucking magic.

What is with this pearl clutching? What difference does it make if a conference is held with no masks? Omicron is highly transmissible and there’s no stopping it. It would spread everywhere (as it has done) with or without this conference some of you are so angry about.

And for all the carping about vaccines not being magic, some of you sure seem to think masks ARE. What the hell is up with *that* magical thinking? Masks confer 5-10% protection; the third dose of the vaccine is far more effective than that. If Omicron is as transmissible as it appears to be, why would the mask be the silver bullet against it?

And what exactly is the great tragedy here anyway? Omicron definitely looks to be very mild, producing either no symptoms or very mild symptoms. We WANT it to become the dominant variant. It’s how this epidemic ends. Get that through your heads!

by Anonymousreply 477December 5, 2021 3:59 PM

[quote] We know that it’s (Omicron) not very mild because hospitalizations are ticking up in South Africa.

According to this vid, a number of the hospitalizations are incidental. A person goes to the hospital for something else, then is routinely tested for Covid, and found to also have Omicron.

Dr. John Campbell explains.

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by Anonymousreply 478December 5, 2021 4:13 PM

[quote] And what exactly is the great tragedy here anyway? Omicron definitely looks to be very mild, producing either no symptoms or very mild symptoms.

Yeah, that's why hospitalizations are tripling in South Africa: people are being admitted that have no symptoms.

[quote] We WANT it to become the dominant variant.

This variant has a high reinfection rate, especially against natural infections of Covid. So you can contract Omicron again and again and again--each building on the damage from the previous infection. Why exactly do we want it to become the dominant wave?

[quote] It’s how this epidemic ends.

There will certainly be a lot of "ending."

by Anonymousreply 479December 5, 2021 4:17 PM

R479, have you ever had a cold, and then gotten another cold? And then another? Maybe once, twice a year you get colds? Over and over, year after year since childhood?

Isn’t that how these viruses are? It’s a fact of life.

As for the hospitalization rate— see R478.

by Anonymousreply 480December 5, 2021 4:30 PM

No one gets organ damage from a cold.

by Anonymousreply 481December 5, 2021 4:32 PM

Does every person who gets Covid suffer organ damage?

by Anonymousreply 482December 5, 2021 4:32 PM

I don’t know what world you zero-Covid people are living in, but I’m sorry to say you’re just going to have to accept Covid. It’s going to become endemic and milder; Omicron could be the variant that gets us a lot closer to that eventuality.

Do you think that if everyone in the world locks down, stays home, gets tripped vaccinated, and wears a mask 24 hours a day that Covid will just die out? No more organ-damaging coronavirus disease 2019? That’s not reality. It has to evolve and become endemic.

You need to grow up and accept this. It‘s like death and taxes.

And you don’t know that the endemic version of Covid, the kind that will more or less fade into the background, will FOREVER cause organ damage and post-acute symptoms in people.

Your perception of Covid is “worst case scenario” and you won’t settle for anything less than “best case scenario”. It’s a very child-like way of thinking about this.

by Anonymousreply 483December 5, 2021 4:38 PM

Where is the poster getting the 5-10% claim? Where is the link for that?

by Anonymousreply 484December 5, 2021 4:46 PM

[quote] The study linked surgical masks with an 11% drop in risk, compared with a 5% drop for cloth.

Sorry, 11%, not 10. Link below.

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by Anonymousreply 485December 5, 2021 4:53 PM
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by Anonymousreply 486December 5, 2021 5:16 PM

The posters who think we should just get over "fear" of covid and accept it, dispensing with precautions, are probably the same ones who were saying that at the beginning of the pandemic, before the delta surge , and all along. Fine; let them risk their health. The rest of us will stay cautious until we know more about omicron.

by Anonymousreply 487December 5, 2021 5:51 PM

As an academic-adjacent who generally attended three-four meetings a year previously and has been having to do them remotely, I look forward to the day when conferences are truly safe to attend in person. At least in my field two day in person conferences have turned into four day events to account for time zone differences. So I don’t put my OOO on because I’ve got 2-3 hours of work before the sessions start and then I end up getting involved in some urgent crisis issue, that bleeds into my conference time since it is impossible to extricate myself. Both the conference and whatever else I’m doing get short shrift with the divided attention.

I was supposed to attend a conference in person this fall, but my co-presenters were federal employees and when the Delta surge started the government told them they couldn’t go. The presentation still could have worked hybrid with me in person and them remote, but the organizers refused to allow hybrid so I cancelled going entirely. I felt equal parts anger, disappointment and relief.

by Anonymousreply 488December 5, 2021 5:59 PM

R479 is the Covid Doom Troll. Please ridicule them.

by Anonymousreply 489December 5, 2021 6:01 PM

[QUOTE] No one gets organ damage from a cold

People die of colds every year, Klan Granny.

by Anonymousreply 490December 5, 2021 6:04 PM

R486 A reply on that thread

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by Anonymousreply 491December 5, 2021 6:15 PM

If this some sort of SARS-CoV-2/common cold coronavirus hybrid monstrosity I could see a scenario where vaccines offer little to no protection from infection and close to complete protection from serious illness. Only time will tell, but it seems consistent with the limited anecdotes we have.

by Anonymousreply 492December 5, 2021 6:21 PM

R491 - the UK has London which has always been a petri dish for viruses. 9m people living in multi family households in tower blocks. Second only to NYC in its potential for diseases transmisison. BIrmingham and Manchester are similar but much smaller.

by Anonymousreply 493December 5, 2021 7:20 PM

[quote] I don’t know what world you zero-Covid people are living in, but I’m sorry to say you’re just going to have to accept Covid. It’s going to become endemic and milder;

You have absolutely no idea whether it's going to become milder, stronger, or stay the same. (We have viruses that have done all three.) None of the virology experts can predict this--and they have written this in articles--which is why they are waiting for more data. It's kind of hilarious that a DL anti-vax troll thinks he can foretell the future.

[quote] That’s not reality. It has to evolve and become endemic.

You don't seem to know what the word "endemic" means.

[quote] Your perception of Covid is “worst case scenario” and you won’t settle for anything less than “best case scenario”. It’s a very child-like way of thinking about this

Because when one thinks of childlike behavior, caution is the first word that springs to mind.

by Anonymousreply 494December 5, 2021 7:35 PM

[quote]Masks confer 5-10% protection

You do not know what you are talking about. Read the actual article. That's the reduction in diagnosed cases who went so far as to get tested. The number of people who were protected from getting sick due to the fact that their exposure was lessened to the point that their bodies didn't receive a big enough dose of of the virus to cause an actual sypmtomatic infection is unknown. The masks work. What is it with people who think mask and vax are either/or propositions? Do both. If everyone did both, covid would have nowhere to go and would disappear.

by Anonymousreply 495December 5, 2021 7:36 PM

[quote]You do not know what you are talking about. Read the actual article.

I would recommend reading the paper on which the article is based.

[quote]Our results should [italic]not[/italic] be taken to imply that mask-wearing can prevent only 10% of COVID- 19 cases, let alone 10% of COVID-19 mortality. Our intervention induced 29 more people out of every 100 to wear masks, with 42% of people wearing masks in total. The total impact with near-universal masking–perhaps achievable with alternative strategies or stricter enforcement–may be several times larger than our 10% estimate.

[quote]Additionally, the intervention reduced symptomatic seroprevalence more when surgical masks were used, and even more for the highest-risk individuals in our sample (23% for ages 50-60 and 35% for ages 60+). These numbers likely give a better sense of the impact of our intervention on severe morbidity and mortality, since most of the disease burden of the COVID-19 pandemic is borne by the elderly. Where achievable, universal mask adoption is likely to have still larger impacts.

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by Anonymousreply 496December 5, 2021 7:59 PM

As usual, a bunch of people posting opinion and editorial masquerading as "fact". Most of the people on this thread have no clue what they're talking about and are just parroting whatever "link" matches up with their personal thoughts. It's ok to be afraid and have concerns, but pretending to be an expert on this or any topic and claim everyone else is wrong when all you do is read and regurgitate internet "news" is a bit much.

by Anonymousreply 497December 5, 2021 8:39 PM

thanks and sorry R 476

That comes from reading two threads at the same time.

by Anonymousreply 498December 5, 2021 9:01 PM

We seem to be reading the same two threads r498!

by Anonymousreply 499December 5, 2021 9:31 PM

South Africa has a lower full vaccination rate, as well as a serious (undiagnosed) HIV problem.

by Anonymousreply 500December 5, 2021 9:42 PM

From the Washington Post

[quote] Omicron possibly more infectious because it shares genetic code with common cold coronavirus, study says

[quote] The omicron variant is likely to have picked up genetic material from another virus that causes the common cold in humans, according to a new preliminary study, prompting one of its authors to suggest omicron could have greater transmissibility but lower virulence than other variants of the coronavirus....

[quote] As a virus evolves to become more transmissible, it generally “loses” traits that are likely to cause severe symptoms, (Venky) Soundararajan (a biological engineer who co-wrote the study) said.

[quote] But he noted that much more data and analysis of omicron was needed before a definitive determination could be made, adding that unequal distribution of vaccines globally could lead to further mutations of the coronavirus.

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by Anonymousreply 501December 5, 2021 11:30 PM

[quote] omicron could have greater transmissibility but lower virulence than other variants

This right here. Good.

by Anonymousreply 502December 6, 2021 12:50 AM

That’s exactly what I wrote upthread, R502, and I got vilified for it.

Also this:

[quote] It's kind of hilarious that a DL anti-vax troll thinks he can foretell the future.

…is fucking ridiculous. Where in my post did I make any anti-vax gestures? I got two Pfizer shots in April & May, and two weeks ago I got a Moderna booster. FUCK. YOU.

by Anonymousreply 503December 6, 2021 1:35 AM

Big whoop, Omicron spreads faster than Delta.

Let me know when a variant it killing ten THOUSAND unvaccinated a DAY.

by Anonymousreply 504December 6, 2021 1:44 AM

[quote] The number of people who were protected from getting sick due to the fact that their exposure was lessened to the point that their bodies didn't receive a big enough dose of of the virus to cause an actual sypmtomatic infection is unknown

Cool, so an unknown percentage of people may have caught asymptomatic cases of Covid, which as we all know by now, ARE still transmissible. Great! Back to square one: 5-11%.

[quote] What is it with people who think mask and vax are either/or propositions? Do both. If everyone did both, covid would have nowhere to go and would disappear.

Everyone should get vaccinated—three doses, not just two. Putting a mask on adds a tiny extra layer of protection, but it mostly keeps you from infecting others if you get a breakthrough infection, which shouldn’t happen anyway if you get the booster shot.

And there is no world in which everyone gets vaccinated and wears a mask all the time and then Covid has nowhere to go and dies. That is magical thinking not grounded in science. All it would do is prolong the pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 505December 6, 2021 1:53 AM

Faster than Delta, with no protection from infection is a huge whoop with a 10 day mandatory quarantine. It’s just not the whoop we were expecting.

by Anonymousreply 506December 6, 2021 1:54 AM

If everyone gets Omicron, does everyone need to quarantine?


by Anonymousreply 507December 6, 2021 1:56 AM

First we had Corona and the beer people were affected; then Delta and the airline. Is there any corporate entity named Omicron?

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by Anonymousreply 509December 6, 2021 5:32 AM

It's unclear - and will be for perhaps 4-6 weeks - of how much (or little) vaccines work against Omnicron. But even 10% is better than zero. It also might be helpful to have a '0' blood type so good luck there! But vitamin D and masks work against all variants so don't neglect those.

by Anonymousreply 510December 6, 2021 6:56 AM

[quote]Over 50 infected with COVID after Christmas party in Norway in Omicron outbreak

Updated numbers. Thirty additional people were reportedly infected after the party, when they entered the space the party had been in.

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by Anonymousreply 511December 6, 2021 10:58 AM

[quote] Thirty additional people were reportedly infected after the party, when they entered the space the party had been in.

Cool! Keep those in-person events coming!


by Anonymousreply 512December 6, 2021 11:57 AM

If Delta has a six foot distancing, what is the distancing for Omicron?

by Anonymousreply 513December 6, 2021 1:02 PM

It’s not sounding as if Omi is going to keep me working from home longer.

by Anonymousreply 514December 6, 2021 1:18 PM

R508 Google it, you lazy whore.

by Anonymousreply 515December 6, 2021 1:18 PM

a band has the same name and their website crashed. They are considering a name change. heard this on the news

by Anonymousreply 516December 6, 2021 4:33 PM

The MN guy who got it at the NYC convention said he is double vaxxed and got the booster too. he's 30. After convention, he went to a bar with his friends.

His friend tested positive when they got home using a home antigen test, he then went to get a PCR test. He said he had a slight running nose, slight cough, very tired but thought that was from walking 15 miles a day while in NYC

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by Anonymousreply 517December 6, 2021 4:40 PM

Double-vaxxed traveller catches Omicron Covid inside a Hong Kong quarantine hotel from a guest staying across the hallway, despite both never leaving their rooms - raising new fears over how infectious the strain is

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong revealed the infection on Friday, in a research paper that was published online.

In it, they write that one traveller - Patient A - had arrived from South Africa on November 10 having tested negative for Covid on a PCR 72 hours beforehand.

Patient A had been double-vaccinated with Pfizer on June 4, and was placed in a quarantine hotel in line with Hong Kong's strict border laws which mean most air arrivals from outside China have to quarantine for at least 14 days.

Patient B had arrived from Canada the previous day, November 10, having also tested negative on a PCR in the 72 hours beforehand.

They were also double vaccianted with Pfizer, and got their second dose on May 25 - around six months before they arrived in Hong Kong.

Patient B was taken to the same quarantine hotel as Patient A, and confined to a room directly across the corridor.

Patient A then tested positive for Covid without displaying any symptoms on November 13. He was taken to an isolation unit in hospital the following day.

Four days later, on November 17, Patient B developed mild Covid symptoms and tested positive on a PCR on November 18. He was also taken to hospital and isolated.

Genetic sequencing subsequently confirmed that the two travellers were carrying viruses that were almost genetically identical.

Patient A then tested positive for Covid without displaying any symptoms on November 13. He was taken to an isolation unit in hospital the following day.

Four days later, on November 17, Patient B developed mild Covid symptoms and tested positive on a PCR on November 18. He was also taken to hospital and isolated.

Genetic sequencing subsequently confirmed that the two travellers were carrying viruses that were almost genetically identical.

Researchers therefore assume that Patient A caught the virus in South Africa, brought it to Hong Kong, and then passed it to Patient B.

Scientists who reviewed CCTV footage and other evidence collected from the hotel said neither patient left their rooms during their stay, and no items were passed between the rooms.

The only times the door of either room was opened was to collect food, which was delivered around the same time each day.

'Airborne transmission across the corridor is the most probable mode of transmission,' the report concludes.

While the travellers did also open their doors to get Covid tests, scientists believe these were given on alternating days because the pair arrived one day apart.

They believe it is therefore unlikely the pair were infected while getting tested.

The paper concludes: 'The detection of Omicron variant transmission between 2 fully vaccinated persons across the corridor of a quarantine hotel has highlighted concerns' that Omicron is more transmissible, even among the vaccinated.

'Further... investigations of this newly found [variant[ are urgently needed. Increased precautions or additional measures might be warranted while awaiting more data.'

Omicron was first reported to the world in late November, after scientists in South Africa identified the variant from a sample collected in Botswana on November 9.

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by Anonymousreply 518December 6, 2021 5:29 PM
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by Anonymousreply 519December 6, 2021 5:57 PM

This sounds frivolous and silly, but I want to see a particular movie in a real threater. It's coming out soon (WSS), really looking forward to seeing it properly and not on a small screen. I haven't been in a theater in years. I'm fully vaxxed with a booster...will wear a double mask. I just want to be able to feel comfortable enough to sit in a theater. If there are morning showings, I'll go at a less popular time. In the scheme of things...I know this isn't important.

by Anonymousreply 520December 6, 2021 6:15 PM

R520, you should also wear a face shield. Or protective goggles. It's airborne, can get in via your eyes.

by Anonymousreply 521December 6, 2021 6:42 PM

Why isn’t it called Omega?


by Anonymousreply 522December 6, 2021 6:43 PM

R522 you asking seriously?

Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet

by Anonymousreply 523December 6, 2021 6:45 PM

The State of Maine recorded its worst day (today) with more persons in ICU and/or on ventilators since the beginning of the pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 524December 6, 2021 7:04 PM

Yikes r524

by Anonymousreply 525December 6, 2021 7:14 PM

For whoever was asking above ...

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by Anonymousreply 526December 6, 2021 7:20 PM

[quote]On Monday, Maine Health, the state’s largest hospital network, reported that 62 of the 72 people with COVID-19 in its intensive care units were unvaccinated, as were 20 of the 24 who were also on ventilators. Only 34 of the 139 COVID-positive people hospitalized in its system were fully vaccinated.

Thoughts and prayers, unvaxxed supermajority!

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by Anonymousreply 527December 6, 2021 7:25 PM

Is there any chance the people in R518 could have hooked up without the security cameras catching them?

by Anonymousreply 528December 6, 2021 7:58 PM

[quote] The State of Maine recorded its worst day (today) with more persons in ICU and/or on ventilators since the beginning of the pandemic.

And is it Omicron? If not, or if we don’t know, then it isn’t relevant.

by Anonymousreply 529December 6, 2021 8:17 PM

R526 And as I suspected at the start of the thread, in Star Trek: TOS, the planet Omicron Ceti III was the home of the "happy spores" plant that made Spock feel emotion and briefly fall in love with a local.

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by Anonymousreply 530December 6, 2021 8:17 PM

Maine is almost certainly delta. Over 99% of cases are still delta in the in the US.

by Anonymousreply 531December 6, 2021 8:57 PM

Gum laced with a plant-grown protein is found to reduce COVID-19 transmission by 95% after trapping and neutralizing the virus in the person's saliva, Penn State University scientists find

New type of gum has been found to nearly eliminate transmission of the coronavirus by neutralizing the virus in the person's saliva.

A team of scientists led by Penn State University infused gum with a plant-grown protein and found it 'traps' the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The protein, known as ACE2, prevents the virus from attaching to a host cell in the human body by interacting with SARS-CoV-2's receptor binding domain - this facilitates virus attachment to the receptor and fusion with cell membrane.

When saliva samples from coronavirus patients were exposed to the ACE2 gum, researchers observed 50 mg of the cinnamon-flavored gum reduced viral entry by 95 percent.

The research team is currently working toward obtaining permission to conduct a clinical trial to evaluate whether the approach is safe and effective when tested in people infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Henry Daniell at Penn State's School of Dental Medicine, who led the research, said in a statement: 'SARS-CoV-2 replicates in the salivary glands, and we know that when someone who is infected sneezes, coughs, or speaks some of that virus can be expelled and reach others.

'This gum offers an opportunity to neutralize the virus in the saliva, giving us a simple way to possibly cut down on a source of disease transmission.'

Coronavirus gains access to bodily cells by attaching itself to a protein called ACE2 and the new chewing gum was developed with a copy of that protein, allowing it to mimic bodily cells.

This tricks the virus into attaching to chewing gum chemicals, instead of the saliva, where it is neutralized and unable to be transmitted to someone else

To test the gum, the team grew ACE2 in plants, paired with another compound that enables the protein to cross mucosal barriers and facilitates binding and incorporated the resulting plant material into cinnamon-flavored gum tablets.

Incubating samples obtained from nasopharyngeal swabs from COVID-positive patients with the gum, they showed that the ACE2 present could neutralize SARS-CoV-2 viruses.

The scientists observed that the gum largely prevented viral particles from entering cells, which was done by blocking the ACE2 receptor on the cells or binding directly to the spike protein.

And the results showed that levels of the viral RNA in the person's saliva were almost undetectable.

Though the research is still in the early stages of development, if the clinical trials prove the gum is safe and effective, it could be given to patients whose infection status is unknown or even for dental check-ups when masks must be removed, to reduce the likelihood of passing the virus to caregivers, according to the researchers.

'We are already using masks and other physical barriers to reduce the chance of transmission,' said Daniell. 'This gum could be used as an additional tool in that fight.'.

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by Anonymousreply 532December 6, 2021 9:49 PM

[quote]If Delta has a six foot distancing, what is the distancing for Omicron?

How do you feel about Cleveland?

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by Anonymousreply 533December 6, 2021 10:43 PM

R531, elder gay woman , delta is more deadly than Omnicon .

by Anonymousreply 534December 6, 2021 10:56 PM

So far even wild type seems more deadly than Omicron R534.

by Anonymousreply 535December 6, 2021 11:00 PM

Scientist estimates South African Omicron Rt between 3 and 3.5.

"If Omicron Rt continues at around 3 this indicates a much larger threat in terms of case counts than Delta. I'm hoping that prior immunity protects against severe outcomes, but I'm very concerned about the size of the epidemic wave in the US and across the world."

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by Anonymousreply 536December 6, 2021 11:18 PM

R536 what's the RO of Delta?

by Anonymousreply 537December 6, 2021 11:27 PM

[quote]Henry Daniell at Penn State's School of Dental Medicine

He was the definitive Seton Cram.

by Anonymousreply 538December 6, 2021 11:41 PM

Rt is distinct from R0 and it refers to the virus' actual transmission rate at a particular point in time. An Rt of less than 1.0 means the infection is not spreading. An Rt value above 1.0 means the virus is spreading fast.

Trevor Beford again:

"This estimate of Rt around 3 or 3.5 (for Omicron) will become more precise for South Africa in the coming days, but even Rt of 3 is very high. Initial Rt of Delta in South Africa and the US was about 1.5."

by Anonymousreply 539December 6, 2021 11:45 PM

Should I cancel Christmas? Seriously, I’m not dragging 20 people here only to cancel last minute.

by Anonymousreply 540December 7, 2021 12:50 AM

R540. I would....just to be safe.

by Anonymousreply 541December 7, 2021 12:56 AM

Christmas is a stupid holiday anyway. It should be canceled for all time. Only children, fraus, and fruitcakes like it.

by Anonymousreply 542December 7, 2021 1:04 AM

Am I dead yet? Asking for a friend.

by Anonymousreply 543December 7, 2021 1:37 AM

The republicans ruined Christmas again.

by Anonymousreply 544December 7, 2021 1:39 AM

How, R544?

by Anonymousreply 545December 7, 2021 3:10 AM

Just think. Gum to survive on Earth.

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by Anonymousreply 546December 7, 2021 7:02 AM

Here's the journal article about the ACE2 gum. ElderLez, want to parse it for us? I want to know how long the effects last; hours after using the gum, or do you have to chomp on gum all day like Britney in order for it to be effective?

And none of it matters until it can be mass-produced and stocked at the checkout of every Rite Aid, Boots Chemist, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc.

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by Anonymousreply 547December 7, 2021 12:35 PM

What do you mean how r545?

Republicans were in charge when Covid first hit. There was ONE patient. They called it a hoax instead of isolating and contact tracing as per the usual protocol.

It was just a cold, remember? The democrats were perpetrating a hoax, remember? Instead of stopping it, republicans spread it all over on purpose. They assumed it would help them in an election.

We are living in the aftermath of a republic assault on humanity.

by Anonymousreply 548December 7, 2021 12:42 PM

I've been very cautious since March of 2020. I rarely leave the house except to go to the store (and I've only done that since getting vaccinated) or to do volunteer work (masked, distanced) at the Senior Center. But I went to a holiday party last Saturday with about 20 people--no masks, no distancing--and I've been worried ever since. I probably won't take that risk again.

by Anonymousreply 549December 7, 2021 1:33 PM
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by Anonymousreply 550December 7, 2021 1:36 PM

r549, I have come to the conclusion that I really do not like people. Data Lounge reinforces this every day.

by Anonymousreply 551December 7, 2021 1:38 PM

Oddly enough r551, I have come to the conclusion that the people on the Datalounge are just about the only ones I DO like.

by Anonymousreply 552December 7, 2021 1:46 PM

R547/Sylvia, I can’t figure out how long the swiffer chewing gum lasts either. And I would think the nose would be still be a problem in any event, even if we all went full Britney.

I do find it fascinating to discover that chewing regular gum provides some level of protection from lots of different viruses including the one that causes mononucleosis. It’s apparently a really good idea on multiple levels to chew gum before a date.

by Anonymousreply 553December 7, 2021 4:50 PM

Diagnosed cases of Omicron are rising but are hospitalizations rising too? Or are the hospitalizations all Delta? And yes I don't do graphs.

by Anonymousreply 554December 7, 2021 5:00 PM

[quote] swiffer chewing gum


I'll agree to a truce with the "I must have in-person academic conferences" poster if conferences will hand out the anti-COVID gum to all participants. Instead of tote bags and pens. Hell, get the conference logo printed on the wrapper.

by Anonymousreply 555December 7, 2021 5:05 PM

[quote]Diagnosed cases of Omicron are rising but are hospitalizations rising too?

Hospitalizations are definitely rising in conjunction with the increase in omicron transmission. Whether hospitalizations re rising because of omicron has not been definitively determined.

by Anonymousreply 556December 7, 2021 5:40 PM

Scientists say they have identified a “stealth” version of Omicron which cannot be distinguished from other variants using the PCR tests that public health officials deploy to gain a quick picture of its spread around the world.

The stealth variant has many mutations in common with standard Omicron, but it lacks a particular genetic change that allows lab-based PCR tests to be used as a rough and ready means of flagging up probable cases.

The variant is still detected as coronavirus by all the usual tests, and can be identified as the Omicron variant through genomic testing, but likely cases are not flagged up by routine PCR tests that give quicker results.

Researchers say it is too early to know whether the new form of Omicron will spread in the same way as the standard Omicron variant, but that the “stealthy” version is genetically distinct and so may well behave differently.

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by Anonymousreply 557December 7, 2021 5:40 PM

I don't have time to read the article right now but that can only mean S-gene dropout, which has been an immediate means of identifying Omicron.

S-gene dropout is associated with increased transmissibility, so this could be a good thing.

by Anonymousreply 558December 7, 2021 6:02 PM

[quote]I'll agree to a truce with the "I must have in-person academic conferences" poster

I've probably missed half of the thread, but I'm the poster who mentioned having to attend the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease in person last week. Are we feuding?

You're either talking about someone whose posts I didn't see, or I need to go back and read the entire thread. I hope it's the former because I'd hate to find out there was a missed opportunity for some DL drama to spice up my benign posting history.

by Anonymousreply 559December 7, 2021 6:27 PM

R559 The person in question was in the Humanities, and we got into a debate about the flaws and merits of in-person, remote, and hybrid conferences. Sorry, no rumble in the parking lot today!

by Anonymousreply 560December 7, 2021 6:39 PM

Damn it!

We'll meet again, Sylvia Fowler. We'll meet again.

by Anonymousreply 561December 7, 2021 6:47 PM

Uh oh.

And just remember, SA has a young population with far less risk factors than the older pops in US and Europe.

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by Anonymousreply 562December 7, 2021 6:55 PM

Why are you "Uh oh" ing this? SA also has a very low vaccinated rate which is why they are getting hit hard right now. Nothing to see here.

by Anonymousreply 563December 7, 2021 6:58 PM

R563, why is the UK also getting hit?

by Anonymousreply 564December 7, 2021 7:01 PM

If it’s mild—why the hospital?

by Anonymousreply 565December 7, 2021 7:33 PM

There was a news article (I can't remember where, but it wasn't some wacko conspiracy source) that reported that part of the reason that "case counts" in the hospital are rising is that anyone who is at the hospital for any reason gets tested for COVID, even if the reason they're there has nothing to do with COVID symptoms. So if there is a high rate of transmission of this variant with mild to no symptoms in some cases, the rate as a reported statistic climbs. Correlation does not equal causation. Someone can test positive and have a "case" but be at the hospital for an unrelated condition.

At this point who knows really. But that was reported as a partial explanation.

by Anonymousreply 566December 7, 2021 8:42 PM

The hospitals are jammed because everybody waited to get their boosters. Now it’s a mad rush.

by Anonymousreply 567December 7, 2021 9:10 PM

Alas, R564, there is no clear answer as to the level of protection offered by the current vaccines against Omicron.

Refrain from making pseudo-scientific proclamations indicating your stupidity.

by Anonymousreply 568December 7, 2021 9:13 PM

This was meant for the imbecile R563.

by Anonymousreply 569December 7, 2021 9:15 PM

Thread closed.

by Anonymousreply 570December 7, 2021 9:16 PM

And yet I am still able to post.

by Anonymousreply 571December 7, 2021 9:20 PM

Has ElderLez started a Part II?

by Anonymousreply 572December 7, 2021 9:26 PM

There’s a study out today (Tweets are from a couple hours ago) showing Omicron has significant immune escape from two doses of Pfizer. But not total. And that’s just for preventing infection, nothing to do with preventing severe illness etc.

The booster is necessary, but it’s probably not as effective against Omicron as it was against alpha and Delta.

Sorry I don’t have a link right now (this thread is too glitchy for me to chance pasting one into the link box at this point anyway) but you can find info on Twitter.

Still no indications Omicron is worst than Delta in terms of severity of symptoms but I’m sure the tide will change for the worse any day, with any luck. Fingers crossed for bad news.

by Anonymousreply 573December 7, 2021 9:28 PM

More than 20 million dead.

Oh well, say the anti-vaxxers, just a bad flu.

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by Anonymousreply 574December 7, 2021 9:30 PM

[quote]There’s a study out today (Tweets are from a couple hours ago) showing Omicron has significant immune escape from two doses of Pfizer. But not total. And that’s just for preventing infection, nothing to do with preventing severe illness etc.

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by Anonymousreply 575December 7, 2021 9:31 PM

Whoever starts the new thread, it's spelled



by Anonymousreply 576December 7, 2021 9:32 PM

From the article at R562:

"Some 36% of South Africans are fully vaccinated."

by Anonymousreply 577December 7, 2021 9:35 PM


• Prof. Alex Sigal with the Africa Health Research Institute and a team of scientists tested blood samples of 12 people who’d previously been vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

• They found a 41-fold in drop in the ability of their antibodies to neutralize the omicron variant compared to the original virus.

• The preprint study has not yet been peer reviewed and it tested 14 plasma samples from 12 vaccinated people, 6 of whom were previously infected.

by Anonymousreply 578December 7, 2021 9:47 PM

At this point, I no longer care. We actually needed this population reduction and could use one on an even bigger scale.

And yes, I volunteer to die. This world is shit.

by Anonymousreply 579December 7, 2021 9:48 PM

Why were we able to eradicate all the other epidemics and not have such third world response like we had to Covid?

Could it have something to do with Trump and Johnson as the leaders of the two largest democracies. That is the only difference between Covid and the other epidemics.

by Anonymousreply 580December 7, 2021 9:56 PM

For when this thread is full.

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by Anonymousreply 581December 7, 2021 10:03 PM

[quote]And yes, I volunteer to die.

Pics please.

by Anonymousreply 582December 7, 2021 10:45 PM

There's a new thread. Post there.

Thread pre-closed.

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