Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(NPR)   Why the Brazil COVID mutation is very very bad news   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Scary, Immune system, virus expert Jeremy Luban, New coronavirus variants, dangerous set of mutations, first confirmed case of P.1, South Africa, Vaccination, similar neutralization experiments  
•       •       •

8480 clicks; posted to Main » and Politics » on 28 Jan 2021 at 6:32 AM (5 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



120 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Newest | Show all

 
2021-01-28 2:41:42 AM  
Damn
 
2021-01-28 6:00:10 AM  
Man that's a lot of mutations...
 
2021-01-28 6:28:02 AM  
Maybe it's time to be like Madagascar and just shut down everything?
 
2021-01-28 6:35:32 AM  

OldRod: Maybe it's time to be like Madagascar and just shut down everything?


Ten months ago.
 
2021-01-28 6:36:50 AM  
Fark user imageView Full Size


/Obligatory
 
2021-01-28 6:37:17 AM  
Maybe encouraging everyone to get it and thus giving it hundreds of millions of hosts worth of opportunities to mutate was a bad idea.

Christ, Covid... there was one farking person in Brazil we were rooting for you to get and you didn't get him.
 
2021-01-28 6:37:24 AM  

born_yesterday: Man that's a lot of mutations...


Thank you. If the headline didn't have it, an early comment was the only hope we had for the universe's natural laws to remain in balance.
 
2021-01-28 6:38:24 AM  

born_yesterday: Man that's a lot of mutations...


If you roll the dice 100,000,000 times (infected people)with god knows how many more rolls inside each person, the odds are in your favor.
 
2021-01-28 6:40:39 AM  

Mister Buttons: born_yesterday: Man that's a lot of mutations...

If you roll the dice 100,000,000 times (infected people)with god knows how many more rolls inside each person, the odds are in your favor.


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-01-28 6:47:03 AM  

OldRod: Maybe it's time to be like Madagascar and just shut down everything?


I really don't understand why Trump didn't initiate martial law in January.
 
2021-01-28 6:48:42 AM  
corona and flu vaccine every year it is.  Because motherfarkers can't  just stay home and wear a mask.

The window is closing or closed to make this go away.
 
2021-01-28 6:51:16 AM  

DarnoKonrad: corona and flu vaccine every year it is.  Because motherfarkers can't  just stay home and wear a mask.

The window is closing or closed to make this go away.


If their fears are correct, and (re)infection is possible even in the vaccinated, then COVID is already mutating faster than we can produce vaccines.
 
2021-01-28 6:51:45 AM  
Why you are reading this --

The US used to proactively monitor the world's epidemics and work diligently to nip these things in the bud -- both as "the right thing to do" and for the practicality of not endangering the American public.

For some unexplained reason that long tradition was thrown out a few years ago.  It must have to do with cancel culture.
 
2021-01-28 6:52:13 AM  

erik-k: Maybe encouraging everyone to get it and thus giving it hundreds of millions of hosts worth of opportunities to mutate was a bad idea.

Christ, Covid... there was one farking person in Brazil we were rooting for you to get and you didn't get him.


Thank you, yes! This is why the "herd immunity" (aka "Let it run wild") strategy was so idiotic. And it gave the virus an advantage in the race against vaccine development/deployment.

Oh, well. At least the economy is doing well, right?
 
2021-01-28 6:55:47 AM  

BitwiseShift: Why you are reading this --

The US used to proactively monitor the world's epidemics and work diligently to nip these things in the bud -- both as "the right thing to do" and for the practicality of not endangering the American public.

For some unexplained reason that long tradition was thrown out a few years ago.  It must have to do with cancel culture.


It was part of the undoing of everything the bla guy did. That's the explanation - racism.
 
2021-01-28 6:56:56 AM  

waxbeans: OldRod: Maybe it's time to be like Madagascar and just shut down everything?

I really don't understand why Trump didn't initiate martial law in January.


Eight words too many.
 
2021-01-28 6:58:48 AM  
nexlan.comView Full Size


Covid is just waiting for his buddies, war, famine and death.
Famine will show up with the ecological collapse that ocean acidification is kicking off. War will make the scene when billions go hungry, and death is always just around the corner.
 
2021-01-28 7:01:45 AM  

born_yesterday: DarnoKonrad: corona and flu vaccine every year it is.  Because motherfarkers can't  just stay home and wear a mask.

The window is closing or closed to make this go away.

If their fears are correct, and (re)infection is possible even in the vaccinated, then COVID is already mutating faster than we can produce vaccines.


The figuring on the vaccines is fuzzy.  For the vaccine to count as being "whatever percent effective" it means the vaccinated have zero symptoms of Covid.

The vaccine can still contribute to your rapid and fairly-effective immune response even if you do get symptoms.  It would mean you still get sick but don't get as sick as you might have otherwise.

/wear your masks
//get your vaccines
 
2021-01-28 7:02:04 AM  
All we had to do was stay home for three or four weeks and pay everyone for doing it. A lot cheaper and shorter than what we are going thorough.
 
2021-01-28 7:05:21 AM  

Jairzinho: All we had to do was stay home for three or four weeks and pay everyone for doing it. A lot cheaper and shorter than what we are going thorough.


The US could not have stopped this.
 
2021-01-28 7:06:53 AM  

Toxophil: Covid is just waiting for his buddies, war, famine and death.
Famine will show up with the ecological collapse that ocean acidification is kicking off. War will make the scene when billions go hungry, and death is always just around the corner.


But I was told in yesterday's thread about the "Doomsday clock", which encompasses all of the things you mention, that it's useless and no one should pay attention to it.  That seemed to be the overwhelming consensus in the comments.
 
2021-01-28 7:09:32 AM  

BafflerMeal: Jairzinho: All we had to do was stay home for three or four weeks and pay everyone for doing it. A lot cheaper and shorter than what we are going thorough.

The US could not have stopped this.


The US has the highest number of deaths in the world, out of any country. Not per capita - gross. Trump's sabotage of the federal government and gross incompetence killed somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans. It did not have to be like this.
 
2021-01-28 7:09:39 AM  
Here's an idea you farkwits...

Stop farking TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD!
Stop gatherings!
Start wearing a farking mask!

You know, start acting like farking adults, and maybe help stop spreading this farking thing so we get a chance to vaccinate for it.

Then go back to being idiot spoiled children screaming "BUT I WANNA!!!"
 
2021-01-28 7:12:40 AM  

moothemagiccow: BafflerMeal: Jairzinho: All we had to do was stay home for three or four weeks and pay everyone for doing it. A lot cheaper and shorter than what we are going thorough.

The US could not have stopped this.

The US has the highest number of deaths in the world, out of any country. Not per capita - gross. Trump's sabotage of the federal government and gross incompetence killed somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans. It did not have to be like this.


All of that is true. However, locking down the US would not have prevented the worldwide pandemic or any of the recent worrying mutations.  It could have been much better in the US, bit it would not have stopped *this*.
 
2021-01-28 7:17:21 AM  
1)who the hell travels to Brazil during a worldwide pandemic?  I hope being on the beach in Rio for a few days was worth the thousands of people you will kill.
2)I told a friend when this all started it'll be 2-3 years before things go back to "normal".  Now I'm not so sure.
 
2021-01-28 7:18:10 AM  
Savoy Brown - Hellbound Train deadstop
Youtube rOCLkBCntGE
 
2021-01-28 7:21:40 AM  

Jairzinho: All we had to do was stay home for three or four weeks and pay everyone for doing it. A lot cheaper and shorter than what we are going thorough.


But capitalism in short-term profits!
 
2021-01-28 7:31:15 AM  

The Crepes of Wrath: Toxophil: Covid is just waiting for his buddies, war, famine and death.
Famine will show up with the ecological collapse that ocean acidification is kicking off. War will make the scene when billions go hungry, and death is always just around the corner.

But I was told in yesterday's thread about the "Doomsday clock", which encompasses all of the things you mention, that it's useless and no one should pay attention to it.  That seemed to be the overwhelming consensus in the comments.


I think a lot of farkers are in the "smoke 'em if you got 'em" camp when it comes to global catastrophes... even the avoidable ones.
 
2021-01-28 7:32:03 AM  
Does it cause baldness in your nether regions?
 
2021-01-28 7:36:56 AM  
Enjoy your daily dose of fear folks!
 
2021-01-28 7:37:49 AM  
Didn't Bolsanaro say that catching the Coronavirus was gay?

Does this mean that Brazil is super gay now?
 
2021-01-28 7:44:55 AM  

dennysgod: Does it cause baldness in your nether regions?


Well your Mom waxes so I don't know, I'll check your sister this afternoon and get back to you.
 
2021-01-28 7:47:20 AM  
We should send all the infected people to China. China seems to have a handle on the virus. They should have all of the strains for their research. I'm sure they have the best facilities and protocols for handling these dangerous viruses.
 
2021-01-28 7:53:12 AM  
You know how there are "warm up" or "opening" acts for pop music concerts? Well, 2020 was just the opening act. Hang on to your straps, folks, we're in for a fun time this year!

/not Jeremiah
//not Cassandra*
///not Nostradamus


*  but I did date somebody named Cassandra for a while. She was hawt. Needles to say, she dropped me like a rotten potato. <sigh>
 
2021-01-28 7:57:00 AM  
I give civilization about 3 more years.

Have fun while you can.
 
2021-01-28 7:57:03 AM  

Toxophil: [nexlan.com image 800x668]

Covid is just waiting for his buddies, war, famine and death.
Famine will show up with the ecological collapse that ocean acidification is kicking off. War will make the scene when billions go hungry, and death is always just around the corner.


War, famine and death have been here since forever, as has pestilence. Take your apocalyptic death cult somewhere else.
 
2021-01-28 8:03:00 AM  

Heraclitus: I give civilization about 3 more years.

Have fun while you can.


Dunno about that, but I can't see things like international travel happening on any scale any time soon. Not only because of rules, but because of people's willingness to do so. Vaccine or no vaccine.
 
2021-01-28 8:03:08 AM  
Read this for a less journalistic (and informed) view: https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline​/​archives/2021/01/27/vaccination-agains​t-the-new-variants-real-world-data

It's bad, but not (yet) as bad as the NPR article might suggest
 
2021-01-28 8:06:37 AM  

BafflerMeal: moothemagiccow: BafflerMeal: Jairzinho: All we had to do was stay home for three or four weeks and pay everyone for doing it. A lot cheaper and shorter than what we are going thorough.

The US could not have stopped this.

The US has the highest number of deaths in the world, out of any country. Not per capita - gross. Trump's sabotage of the federal government and gross incompetence killed somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans. It did not have to be like this.

All of that is true. However, locking down the US would not have prevented the worldwide pandemic or any of the recent worrying mutations.  It could have been much better in the US, bit it would not have stopped *this*.


Well, we could have followed through with vaccine development back when this first popped up, instead of sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that it could never cross over to humans from it's animal reservoir ever again.

HOUSTON - Dr. Peter Hotez says he made the pitch to anyone who would listen. After years of research, his team of scientists in Texas had helped develop a vaccine to protect against a deadly strain of coronavirus. Now they needed money to begin testing it in humans.

But this was 2016. More than a decade had passed since the viral disease known as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, had spread through China, killing more than 770 people. That disease, an earlier coronavirus similar to the one now sweeping the globe, was a distant memory by the time Hotez and his team sought funding to test whether their vaccine would work in humans.

"We tried like heck to see if we could get investors or grants to move this into the clinic," said Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "But we just could not generate much interest."
 
2021-01-28 8:08:40 AM  

BafflerMeal: Jairzinho: All we had to do was stay home for three or four weeks and pay everyone for doing it. A lot cheaper and shorter than what we are going thorough.

The US could not have stopped this.


Recognizing that it wasn't a worldwide hoax, and then having a plan for mitigation and containment would have been good.
But since 40% of the U.S. wear tall pointy hats, when they don't have the hoods pulled down, it probably wouldn't have helped a whole lot, but any effort would have been an improvement.
 
2021-01-28 8:18:34 AM  

erik-k: Maybe encouraging everyone to get it and thus giving it hundreds of millions of hosts worth of opportunities to mutate was a bad idea.


Fark user imageView Full Size


No. It's the doctors who are wrong.
 
2021-01-28 8:22:01 AM  
"Could" , "may"...
What a stupid article.
 
2021-01-28 8:22:14 AM  
Thanks Biden.
 
2021-01-28 8:28:28 AM  
That photo looks like the 2020/21 "Last Supper". How true that observation will be be remains to be seen.
 
2021-01-28 8:36:23 AM  
Booooo.  Where is the techonodistopia I was promised in movies and video games?
 
2021-01-28 8:38:45 AM  

gimlet: Enjoy your daily dose of fear folks!


The election is over. You don't have to keep trying to downplay the pandemic to cover for Trump's stupid decisions.
 
2021-01-28 8:38:59 AM  

BafflerMeal: Jairzinho: All we had to do was stay home for three or four weeks and pay everyone for doing it. A lot cheaper and shorter than what we are going thorough.

The US could not have stopped this.


Encouraging the Trump's adjacent like Bolsonaro was vital to this problem.
 
2021-01-28 8:40:07 AM  
shiat.
 
2021-01-28 8:43:15 AM  
Because the regular Covid has infected tens of millions in a year, but the new one has infected Brazilians in just a month or two.
 
2021-01-28 8:43:40 AM  

erik-k: Maybe encouraging everyone to get it and thus giving it hundreds of millions of hosts worth of opportunities to mutate was a bad idea.

Christ, Covid... there was one farking person in Brazil we were rooting for you to get and you didn't get him.


Yep.
 
Displayed 50 of 120 comments


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Newest | Show all


View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking





On Twitter



  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.