That’s comforting to read, huh?
What is the OMICRON Covid variant? Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove from the World Health organization is here to explain it. If you give a single shit about the greater good and protecting yourself and your loved ones with up-to-date medical information, take 2:30 to watch this, then let’s chat…
The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution met today to review what is known about the #COVID19 variant B.1.1.529.
They advised WHO that it should be designated a Variant of Concern.
WHO has named it Omicron, in line with naming protocols https://t.co/bSbVas9yds pic.twitter.com/Gev1zIt1Ek
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) November 26, 2021
Doing some reading on this Omicron variant pic.twitter.com/rChP8NjPuF
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) November 27, 2021
How bad is the Omicron variant? My friend Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding has those deets. It infects people at rate 500% higher than Delta, whose infection rate was 70% higher than all other variants.
2) That spike in #B11259 displacing Delta has now caused shockwaves worldwide. It is really bad. Not only that but the previous #C12 variant also seems to be slowly growing and displacing Delta too in South Africa. https://t.co/D3pZ8uzVSn
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) November 26, 2021
Omicron is such an infectious BIATCH, every G7 country just banned travel from ANY country that has ANY known cases of Omicron, including Canada who closed their border IMMEDIATELY even though one known case is Canadian.
There’s a chance Omicron is infectious AF but mild in terms of side effects and actual sickness. There’s also a chance it’s the most deadly of all variants – we don’t know yet.
The global community was warned about this 72 hours ago, which means we won’t know about vaccine efficacy with Omicron for another 14 days (give or take).
To the best of my knowledge, according to the docs and infectious disease experts we’ve canvassed, this is more of the same but with a HUGE Asterix for the unknown.
The travel ban is important, but this shit is here. It’s 100% in Canada and any infectious disease expert will tell you that. That’s how pandemics work. New variants can circulate for MONTHS before they are identified. That’s what’s happened with every single variant and it defies the laws of nature, science, and conditional probability to assume otherwise.
- we do not know if the Omicron variant is vaccine resistant
- we do not know the fatality rate of the Omicron variant
- Moderna and Pfizer are both working on new vaccines for this variant in case it is vaccine-resistant and more serious – may be ready in 100 days.
But again – we don’t know yet. No one does which is why we mitigate risk with vaccines, masks, and social distancing despite being vaccinated. This thing isn’t going anywhere as long as large portions of us remain unvaccinated.
That’s where these mutations occur, btw. In an unvaccinated person.
This is when an anti-vaxxer makes his/her cheddar, btw. When news breaks that a new variant is 500x more infectious than the one that made them quit their job. Now we’ll see who the tough guys are.
Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Or not. I stopped giving a shit about that a LONG time ago. I serve the other 90% with my actions so my give-a-fuck meter for the willingly stupid is permanently stuck at zero.
Have a GREAT weekend!