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What's worrisome about Omicron is that the majority of "mutations" are designed, all together in one strain, to make Covid better able to evade the immune system.
originally posted by: Ohanka
Since it is (apparently) more contagious but has reportedly much milder symptoms, i’d say a natural evolution.
Viruses, like all lifeforms and exist to propagate themselves, over time they gradually adapt to their environment.
A virus is dependent on it’s host as it’s environment and strains with worse symptoms are less likely to propagate than those with milder ones. Simply because the host will seek treatment (or even die) from symptoms which does the virus no good at all. Milder symptoms are much more likely to go untreated or unnoticed.
originally posted by: carewemust
Whatever the source, I hope it spreads like wildfire.
In 23 Countries - ZERO Deaths? Wow: www.npr.org...
The USA now has 48 million citizens who have recovered from Covid-19 and therefore need not take the experimental vaccines, or boosters.
With luck, the Omicron variant can get that number over 100 million. That would be 1/3rd of America (mostly) Immune to Covid-19 infections, going forward.
per CDC Statement: www.cdc.gov...
Professor Richard Lessells, an infectious diseases expert at the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP), part of the team that first alerted the world about the spread of the new B.1.1.529 variant, said it is likely that the new variant was incubated in an untreated HIV/Aids patient.
"It doesn't seem to have emerged from a normal evolutionary process," Prof Lessells told The Telegraph.
"There's been an evolutionary jump.
This hasn't evolved from the delta variant."
Prof Sharon Peacock, Director of COG-UK Genomics UK Consortium, and Professor of Public Health and Microbiology, University of Cambridge, said this genetic difference was the clue - as it had also been with alpha. “The genetic difference of B.1.1.529 has led to the hypothesis that this may have evolved in someone who was infected but could then not clear the virus, giving the virus the chance to genetically evolve (the equivalent of an evolutionary gym)," she said.
originally posted by: ConcernedCanadian
a reply to: MichiganSwampBuck
Has anyone anagramed delta omicron into media control yet?
originally posted by: TomCollin
a reply to: MichiganSwampBuck
I avoid to the best of my ability any thing that goes into my body made in china. I know I probably get some things from china into my system, but it's not due to knowledge that it comes from there.
If it's a U.S. based company, or any other for lack of a better term 1st world country that has a factory based there, that has it's own quality control people in place and has a decent reputation I might go ahead. But if from some company named Chang Ze Mfging Blank that sh@@.
The commercial is set in the year 2030, and the main character is a Chinese professor that is seen lecturing his students on the fall of great empires.
As images of the United States are shown on a screen behind him, the Chinese professor tells his students the following about the behavior of great empires: "They all make the same mistakes. Turning their backs on the principles that made them great.
America tried to spend and tax itself out of a great recession. Enormous so-called "stimulus" spending, massive changes to health care, government takeover of private industries, and crushing debt."
Perhaps it is what the Chinese Professor says next that is alarming the big television networks: "Of course, we owned most of their debt, so now they work for us".