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2021-11-26 8:06:33 AM  
PM warns Israel entering 'emergency situation' over new COVID-19 strain

https://www.timesofisrael.com/bennett-warns-israel-entering-emergency-situation-over-new-covid-19-strain/
 
2021-11-26 8:31:14 AM  
Was the traveler vaccinated?
 
2021-11-26 8:32:45 AM  

SurfaceTension: Was the traveler vaccinated?


I can only speak to news reports (link above) from the mutation here:

The first case of the strain, currently known by its scientific name B.1.1.529, was detected in Israel after a person arrived from Malawi, the Health Ministry announced earlier on Friday.

The ministry said two others were suspected of also being infected with the new strain and were awaiting final test results. All three were vaccinated, the ministry said, adding that their inoculation details were still being verified.
 
2021-11-26 9:09:23 AM  

bostonguy: SurfaceTension: Was the traveler vaccinated?

I can only speak to news reports (link above) from the mutation here:

The first case of the strain, currently known by its scientific name B.1.1.529, was detected in Israel after a person arrived from Malawi, the Health Ministry announced earlier on Friday.

The ministry said two others were suspected of also being infected with the new strain and were awaiting final test results. All three were vaccinated, the ministry said, adding that their inoculation details were still being verified.


We are going to end up chasing Covid just like the flu.
 
2021-11-26 9:14:53 AM  

GardenWeasel: bostonguy: SurfaceTension: Was the traveler vaccinated?

I can only speak to news reports (link above) from the mutation here:

The first case of the strain, currently known by its scientific name B.1.1.529, was detected in Israel after a person arrived from Malawi, the Health Ministry announced earlier on Friday.

The ministry said two others were suspected of also being infected with the new strain and were awaiting final test results. All three were vaccinated, the ministry said, adding that their inoculation details were still being verified.

We are going to end up chasing Covid just like the flu.


And we only have ourselves to blame for it.
 
2021-11-26 10:23:27 AM  
Lots of countries seem to be repeating the mistakes from early 2020 and focusing their limited genetic sequence testing capability on travelers from hot zones, which leads to a false security that the variant is still geographically contained to those zones. They need to be random sampling within their broader populations, and if they see a spike of a new variant, locking. down. everything. instead of imposing country-specific travel bans that have never worked.
 
2021-11-26 10:37:19 AM  
It's probably already here in the U.S.
 
2021-11-26 10:38:24 AM  

BizarreMan: GardenWeasel: bostonguy: SurfaceTension: Was the traveler vaccinated?

I can only speak to news reports (link above) from the mutation here:

The first case of the strain, currently known by its scientific name B.1.1.529, was detected in Israel after a person arrived from Malawi, the Health Ministry announced earlier on Friday.

The ministry said two others were suspected of also being infected with the new strain and were awaiting final test results. All three were vaccinated, the ministry said, adding that their inoculation details were still being verified.

We are going to end up chasing Covid just like the flu.

And we only have ourselves to blame for it.


Some of ourselves are more to blame than others.
 
2021-11-26 10:50:27 AM  
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2021-11-26 10:57:07 AM  
What's the Nu variant called?
 
2021-11-26 11:31:16 AM  
Okay a new variant sucks, but it may be the excuse I need to keep working from home.
 
2021-11-26 11:42:44 AM  
Today's numbers from Israel.  Seems the appropriate response is already well defined:

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2021-11-26 11:46:41 AM  
CNBC: Belgium confirms case of new, heavily mutated Covid variant.
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/26/belgium-confirms-case-of-new-heavily-mutated-covid-variant.html
 
2021-11-26 11:52:34 AM  
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2021-11-26 12:04:45 PM  

BizarreMan: GardenWeasel: bostonguy: SurfaceTension: Was the traveler vaccinated?

I can only speak to news reports (link above) from the mutation here:

The first case of the strain, currently known by its scientific name B.1.1.529, was detected in Israel after a person arrived from Malawi, the Health Ministry announced earlier on Friday.

The ministry said two others were suspected of also being infected with the new strain and were awaiting final test results. All three were vaccinated, the ministry said, adding that their inoculation details were still being verified.

We are going to end up chasing Covid just like the flu.

And we only have ourselves to blame for it.


Maybe.

The fact that it is hanging out in a dozen different mammals that also don't isolate or get vaccines means we might have been saddled with it regardless.
 
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2021-11-26 12:07:54 PM  

GardenWeasel: bostonguy: SurfaceTension: Was the traveler vaccinated?

I can only speak to news reports (link above) from the mutation here:

The first case of the strain, currently known by its scientific name B.1.1.529, was detected in Israel after a person arrived from Malawi, the Health Ministry announced earlier on Friday.

The ministry said two others were suspected of also being infected with the new strain and were awaiting final test results. All three were vaccinated, the ministry said, adding that their inoculation details were still being verified.

We are going to end up chasing Covid just like the flu.


ItS jUSt LiKe thE flU
 
2021-11-26 12:09:39 PM  

SurfaceTension: Was the traveler vaccinated?


Well, the mods redlit a link I submitted, alas, but the variant does in infect vaccinated people. It has twice as many vaccine-avoiding mutations as Delta has. The WHO and the UK have both talked about it.

The news has all been about dicussing the "redlisting" of South Africa for flights, and the day of the announcement, I could not find news article that focued on the mutations and infections. There was a long YouTube video presentations by virologistss, but it's been months since mods greenit those.
 
2021-11-26 12:14:10 PM  
Thank those haredi anti vaxers
 
2021-11-26 12:38:57 PM  

SomeAmerican: What's the Nu variant called?


It's so deadly they're going to call it Nu Metal.
 
2021-11-26 1:05:42 PM  
EU has banned all travel from southern Africa
 
2021-11-26 1:05:46 PM  

Nocrash: It's probably already here in the U.S.


Agreed.  That's the pattern we keep seeing--it's always escaped before anyone talks about closing the barn doors.  Now all the fools who think prior infection with Delta is immunity are probably about to learn better.  (At least to the extent they are capable of learning.)

Smackledorfer: The fact that it is hanging out in a dozen different mammals that also don't isolate or get vaccines means we might have been saddled with it regardless.


This.  Animal host, we can't stomp it out.
 
2021-11-26 1:09:47 PM  
According to Katelyn Jetelina, author of "Your Local Epidemiologist", this is not good news. The new variant is 500% more infectious than bog-standard COVID. 

It's appeared in Botswana on November 11. It was then quickly identified in South Africa three days later and identified in two cases in Hong Kong. This morning Israel and Belgium announced that they have cases. The Belgium case was a young, unvaccinated woman who developed flu-like symptoms 11 days after travelling to Egypt via Turkey. She had no links to South Africa. This means that the virus is already circulating in communities. As of yesterday, 100 cases have been identified across the globe (mostly in South Africa). As I write this, no cases have been identified in the United States.

The full read is here: 

https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/new-concerning-variant-b11529

It's not fun. Knowledge is power, I strongly urge those who GAF to read. 

-Z
 
2021-11-26 1:14:59 PM  
has been named Omicron by WHO
 
2021-11-26 1:18:04 PM  

The Bestest: has been named Omicron by WHO


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2021-11-26 1:22:33 PM  

Znuh: According to Katelyn Jetelina, author of "Your Local Epidemiologist", this is not good news. The new variant is 500% more infectious than bog-standard COVID. 

It's appeared in Botswana on November 11. It was then quickly identified in South Africa three days later and identified in two cases in Hong Kong. This morning Israel and Belgium announced that they have cases. The Belgium case was a young, unvaccinated woman who developed flu-like symptoms 11 days after travelling to Egypt via Turkey. She had no links to South Africa. This means that the virus is already circulating in communities. As of yesterday, 100 cases have been identified across the globe (mostly in South Africa). As I write this, no cases have been identified in the United States.

The full read is here: 

https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/new-concerning-variant-b11529

It's not fun. Knowledge is power, I strongly urge those who GAF to read. 

-Z


I'm gonna take a guess - That means it reproduces through filopodia, cell-to-cell, much faster than floating around in the bloodstream like velcro Koosh balls. Our immune system relies on apoptosis to kick it out, and that would just release the spikey virus.

This is why we need to have lockdowns with the first generation vaccine. It is too early to open up. Our current strategy is how we create a more deadly virus. The entire history of plagues is infected by this pattern. Vaccines can't act alone, and the second generation vaccine isn't even on the horizon yet.
 
2021-11-26 1:27:35 PM  
Ban all international travel.

Or at least ban all people, yes even the southern border, from entering the US.  Let people leave if they want, they just can't come back.

For shipments have the crews stay on their boats and just use the cranes to unload.

Problem solved.
 
2021-11-26 1:36:51 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: Ban all international travel.

Or at least ban all people, yes even the southern border, from entering the US.  Let people leave if they want, they just can't come back.

For shipments have the crews stay on their boats and just use the cranes to unload.

Problem solved.


The lack of nuclear weapons in your solution is disappointing.
 
2021-11-26 1:40:53 PM  
Still hoping for the variant that makes anti-vaxxers drop dead instantly.
 
2021-11-26 1:46:31 PM  

Znuh: According to Katelyn Jetelina, author of "Your Local Epidemiologist", this is not good news. The new variant is 500% more infectious than bog-standard COVID. 

It's appeared in Botswana on November 11. It was then quickly identified in South Africa three days later and identified in two cases in Hong Kong. This morning Israel and Belgium announced that they have cases. The Belgium case was a young, unvaccinated woman who developed flu-like symptoms 11 days after travelling to Egypt via Turkey. She had no links to South Africa. This means that the virus is already circulating in communities. As of yesterday, 100 cases have been identified across the globe (mostly in South Africa). As I write this, no cases have been identified in the United States.

The full read is here: 

https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/new-concerning-variant-b11529

It's not fun. Knowledge is power, I strongly urge those who GAF to read. 

-Z


Was a good read.
Travel bans are not evidence-based: It may seem like travel bans for individual countries are a necessary step, but I cannot stress enough that they do not work. For example, we had a travel ban with China in March 2020, only to be infiltrated with a European strain. Travel bans are a political move; a tool to show the public that the government is responding. Travel bans can do a lot of damage, though, like perpetuate disease related stigma. This variant has already spread. A travel ban is not an evidence-based solution unless you stop all travel from every country.
Individual-level protection. None of this variant stuff changes what you need to do on an individual-level right now. Unless, of course, if you weren't doing anything at all. Get vaccinated. Get boosted. Ventilate spaces. Use masks. Test if you have symptoms. Isolate if positive. And encourage others to do the same.
Immunocompromised: It looks like this variant has major implications of virus evolution in immunocompromised hosts. This underscores the need to ensure that immunocompromised people are protected by their communities. Not just for their sake, but for all of ours.
 
2021-11-26 1:50:10 PM  

The Bestest: EU has banned all travel from southern Africa


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2021-11-26 1:53:04 PM  

The Bestest: has been named Omicron by WHO


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Let's just surrender and get it over with. I'm sure we'll be delicious.
 
2021-11-26 1:54:22 PM  

farkitallletitend: A travel ban is not an evidence-based solution unless you stop all travel from every country.


It was well-worth letting international travel continue despite plague visibly taking hold. Wouldn't want the Dow to miss out on an extra .05%.
 
2021-11-26 1:56:50 PM  

Znuh: According to Katelyn Jetelina, author of "Your Local Epidemiologist", this is not good news. The new variant is 500% more infectious than bog-standard COVID. 

It's appeared in Botswana on November 11. It was then quickly identified in South Africa three days later and identified in two cases in Hong Kong. This morning Israel and Belgium announced that they have cases. The Belgium case was a young, unvaccinated woman who developed flu-like symptoms 11 days after travelling to Egypt via Turkey. She had no links to South Africa. This means that the virus is already circulating in communities. As of yesterday, 100 cases have been identified across the globe (mostly in South Africa). As I write this, no cases have been identified in the United States.

The full read is here: 

https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/new-concerning-variant-b11529

It's not fun. Knowledge is power, I strongly urge those who GAF to read. 

-Z


given what happened to that Belgian woman I am assuming that its probably already here in the US.

we don't sequence enough test results to identify new variants in time - its going to be too late to catch it.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00908-0#:~:text=But%20at%20the%20current%20pace,sufficient%20to%20detect%20emerging%20variants.
 
2021-11-26 1:57:47 PM  
Today I learned there is a WHO TAG team. Which is sad, because there could have been a WHO TAG clan instead.
 
2021-11-26 2:00:19 PM  

BizarreMan: GardenWeasel: bostonguy: SurfaceTension: Was the traveler vaccinated?

I can only speak to news reports (link above) from the mutation here:

The first case of the strain, currently known by its scientific name B.1.1.529, was detected in Israel after a person arrived from Malawi, the Health Ministry announced earlier on Friday.

The ministry said two others were suspected of also being infected with the new strain and were awaiting final test results. All three were vaccinated, the ministry said, adding that their inoculation details were still being verified.

We are going to end up chasing Covid just like the flu.

And we only have ourselves to blame for it.


And, of course, the plague rats among us.
 
2021-11-26 2:01:36 PM  

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2021-11-26 2:09:13 PM  
So incredibly grateful that I live on a literal island filled with liberals and progressives. Was just mocking a plague rat on Facebook that was going on about 99.9999% survive before seeing this news. Go, Covid, go - purge the morons!
 
2021-11-26 2:10:06 PM  

The Bestest: has been named Omicron by WHO


By WHOM?

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Bad enough, but wait until we get Omicron Prime...
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2021-11-26 2:25:31 PM  
US to restrict travel from several countries in southern Africa on Monday

https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/new-covid-variant-south-africa-11-26-21/index.html
 
2021-11-26 3:01:27 PM  
 
2021-11-26 3:57:36 PM  

hissatsu: AmbassadorBooze: Ban all international travel.

Or at least ban all people, yes even the southern border, from entering the US.  Let people leave if they want, they just can't come back.

For shipments have the crews stay on their boats and just use the cranes to unload.

Problem solved.

The lack of nuclear weapons in your solution is disappointing.


Biden is no longer a strong man with hairy legs.  He won't nuke anybody.  Why even bother suggesting it?
 
2021-11-26 4:14:32 PM  
It's not a naturally occurring variant. It was created in an Israeli lab financed by Bill Gates. The same one that makes their space lasers. You can tell by the pixels.

Tah dah! Another qanon post is made.
 
2021-11-26 4:16:07 PM  
And this is exactly what experts have been predicting for months.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/26/new-covid-variant-rich-countries-hoarding-vaccines

Despite the repeated warnings of health leaders, our failure to put vaccines into the arms of people in the developing world is now coming back to haunt us. We were forewarned - and yet here we are.

In the absence of mass vaccination, Covid is not only spreading uninhibited among unprotected people but is mutating, with new variants emerging out of the poorest countries and now threatening to unleash themselves on even fully vaccinated people in the richest countries of the world.
 
2021-11-26 4:32:24 PM  
If the new variant is as contagious as they say nothing will stop it's spread. The one saving grace is mRNA technology would permit a new vaccine in 3 months or so.

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2021-11-26 4:36:19 PM  

tzzhc4: If the new variant is as contagious as they say nothing will stop it's spread. The one saving grace is mRNA technology would permit a new vaccine in 3 months or so.

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But, in 3 months there will be enough plague rats with the new variant to mutate it into something that evades a 3 or more month old vaccine.  Plus we will have vaccine rationing, with the boomers getting the first round, because god forbid the boomers actually have to lock the fark down.  By the time gen X and millenials get the vaccine, a new super delta omicron destructor variant will be going around.
 
2021-11-26 4:39:34 PM  
*sigh*  how many shots against COVID am I going to have to end up getting?

arrgghh.  I'll be more vaccine than man by the time we are through with this scourge.
 
2021-11-26 5:10:54 PM  

dbaggins: *sigh*  how many shots against COVID am I going to have to end up getting?


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(you know the one I mean)
 
2021-11-26 5:55:43 PM  
Good luck COVID.  I'm behind 5 proxies.
 
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2021-11-26 6:32:52 PM  

Nocrash: It's probably already here in the U.S.


It's wherever the narrative needs it to be.
 
2021-11-26 7:00:22 PM  
Some selfish idiot has probably KNOWN that they were exposed to it and still went to family Thanksgiving anyway.
 
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