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(City A.M.)   Good news: Omicron is going away. Bad news: And being replaced by "stealth" Omicron BA2   (cityam.com) divider line
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2022-01-24 8:34:34 AM  
Omicron 2: Stealth Boogaloo

/you'll never see it coming
 
2022-01-24 8:40:49 AM  
Going away where?
 
2022-01-24 8:50:54 AM  
Next in the series.
 
2022-01-24 8:52:46 AM  
I tried being stealthy in Omicron BA2, but I always get instagibbed when I face the ravenous zombies.
 
2022-01-24 8:53:19 AM  
Damn it, I was told there would be pie.
 
2022-01-24 8:54:19 AM  
Now it's going to secretly take its condom off?
 
2022-01-24 8:55:04 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Going away where?


Across Scandinavia and the UK, according to the headline.
 
2022-01-24 8:57:09 AM  
Ok, can anyone say how serious it is? Are we looking at a variant that is starting to become less deadly? Is it finally the start of the endemic variants?
 
2022-01-24 8:57:32 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: Damn it, I was told there would be pie.


The pi is a lie....
 
2022-01-24 8:59:19 AM  
 I'm in nowhere Missouri visiting my mom. Stopped in the local Price Chopper for some coffee wearing my mask. Group of old guys sitting in the deli. They stare at me. One says 'no masks allowed in here". I keep walking. Another guy says "ain't you heard? We won. No masks allowed." Thought a fight was coming, but they all just laughed and went back to choosing whose sister they'd share that night. Farking hillbillies.
 
2022-01-24 9:00:31 AM  

Walker: Omicron 2: Stealth Boogaloo

/you'll never see it coming


What Omicron 2 feels like.

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2022-01-24 9:02:22 AM  

4seasons85!: Ok, can anyone say how serious it is? Are we looking at a variant that is starting to become less deadly? Is it finally the start of the endemic variants?


It's less deadly, but far more infectious and results in growing a nipple on your forehead.
 
2022-01-24 9:02:49 AM  
Enough of this bullshiat. Give me the 99.9% lethal variant that kills in hours. Quit farking around and pull the trigger god damn it.
 
2022-01-24 9:03:20 AM  
This is the variant where all the naysayers change their mind and start getting vaxxed. I can feel it.
 
2022-01-24 9:03:31 AM  

big pig peaches: Now it's going to secretly take its condom off?


Omnirawdawg
 
2022-01-24 9:06:33 AM  
Oh well
 
2022-01-24 9:07:31 AM  

Too Pretty For Prison: I'm in nowhere Missouri visiting my mom. Stopped in the local Price Chopper for some coffee wearing my mask. Group of old guys sitting in the deli. They stare at me. One says 'no masks allowed in here". I keep walking. Another guy says "ain't you heard? We won. No masks allowed." Thought a fight was coming, but they all just laughed and went back to choosing whose sister they'd share that night. Farking hillbillies.


Basically, anywhere outside a town of minimum 25k people in this state is farking Mos Eisley.

Or Deliverance.
 
2022-01-24 9:07:33 AM  

Subtonic: Enough of this bullshiat. Give me the 99.9% lethal variant that kills in hours. Quit farking around and pull the trigger god damn it.


You can only do that once the whole world is infected or people die faster than the spread and you have to start the game all over again.
Stealth is key.  Avoid detection with low symptoms and once all are infected mutate all lethal symptoms at the same time.
 
2022-01-24 9:07:59 AM  

Subtonic: Enough of this bullshiat. Give me the 99.9% lethal variant that kills in hours. Quit farking around and pull the trigger god damn it.


Nothing that fast and lethal will spread very far.
 
2022-01-24 9:08:19 AM  
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2022-01-24 9:08:25 AM  
F*ck it.

I'm going back to my pre-covid routines of licking elevator buttons.

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2022-01-24 9:08:31 AM  
Phew. For a while there, I thought the media would have to go cold turkey on COVID reporting.
 
2022-01-24 9:10:52 AM  
Cue the inevitable idiot asking why we bother with masks and vaccines despite staring the answer in the face.
 
2022-01-24 9:11:48 AM  
Remember when we were told it was important to get vaccinated because the virus will continue to mutate in unvaccinated people to the point where we will have a variants that are more and resistant to vaccines? Omicron was the start of that. Thanks a lot anti vaxxers.
 
2022-01-24 9:12:29 AM  
why we bother with masks and vaccines despite staring the answer in the face.?
 
2022-01-24 9:12:45 AM  
Meanwhile, Pi and Rho are on standby in the batters box and Omicron is soaking in the glory with his son to create a dynastic legacy.
 
2022-01-24 9:13:57 AM  
Omicron BA2 Steath. Pictured here spreading itself at a maskless gender reveal party
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2022-01-24 9:15:18 AM  
BA?  I pity da fool that don't wear a mask!
 
2022-01-24 9:18:00 AM  
Good thing most of the weak have already been killed off
 
2022-01-24 9:19:23 AM  

ongbok: Remember when we were told it was important to get vaccinated because the virus will continue to mutate in unvaccinated people to the point where we will have a variants that are more and resistant to vaccines? Omicron was the start of that. Thanks a lot anti vaxxers.


You're not wrong, but you also have to accept that there are large, populous sections of the planet that still have very little reliable access to vaccines, and they have international airports.

Omicron would have found us no matter how high our vaccine uptake rate is. Hospitals and resources would be less taxed for sure, but if tamping down mutations was the goal we were never in a good position to succeed.
 
2022-01-24 9:19:29 AM  
I knew I'd be better of born a hundred years from now. Stupid mother I have. Stupid Flanders. Stupid DeLorean.
 
2022-01-24 9:20:04 AM  
So it's more infectious, either through a mutation that makes transmission easier OR it ducks the immune response (natural or acquired) better infecting those who would previously be protected?
 
2022-01-24 9:20:10 AM  

Subtonic: Enough of this bullshiat. Give me the 99.9% lethal variant that kills in hours. Quit farking around and pull the trigger god damn it.


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2022-01-24 9:21:36 AM  

big pig peaches: Now it's going to secretly take its condom off?


Assangicron
 
2022-01-24 9:26:41 AM  
For Canada it seems like we are finally transitioning from a pandemic to an endemic.

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2022-01-24 9:28:05 AM  

Too Pretty For Prison: I'm in nowhere Missouri visiting my mom. Stopped in the local Price Chopper for some coffee wearing my mask. Group of old guys sitting in the deli. They stare at me. One says 'no masks allowed in here". I keep walking. Another guy says "ain't you heard? We won. No masks allowed." Thought a fight was coming, but they all just laughed and went back to choosing whose sister they'd share that night. Farking hillbillies.


Sounded like the pride those same assholes' parents/grandparents had when there were 'whites only' counters.
 
2022-01-24 9:28:24 AM  

ongbok: Remember when we were told it was important to get vaccinated because the virus will continue to mutate in unvaccinated people to the point where we will have a variants that are more and resistant to vaccines? Omicron was the start of that. Thanks a lot anti vaxxers.


I'm not giving antivaxxers a pass here, but I don't think we would have been able to vaccinate the whole world in time anyway. We might have been able to get most or all Americans vaccinated, but what about like Tanzania, or Myanmar?  We'd still have had large chunks of unvaccinated just from logistical issues, and a vaccine evading variant could have emerged anyway.

I'm all for still blaming antivaxxers, but omicron isn't specifically their fault.  Now, I would say they're on the hook for about 50% of the deaths in the US though, because people still being hospitalized and dying in large numbers in the US is completely their fault.
 
2022-01-24 9:29:48 AM  

ongbok: Remember when we were told it was important to get vaccinated because the virus will continue to mutate in unvaccinated people to the point where we will have a variants that are more and resistant to vaccines? Omicron was the start of that. Thanks a lot anti vaxxers.


Given that SARS-COV-2 can infect animals and the vaccinated too, we're never getting away from the mutations even if we get to 100% vaccinated.
 
2022-01-24 9:29:51 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: ongbok: Remember when we were told it was important to get vaccinated because the virus will continue to mutate in unvaccinated people to the point where we will have a variants that are more and resistant to vaccines? Omicron was the start of that. Thanks a lot anti vaxxers.

You're not wrong, but you also have to accept that there are large, populous sections of the planet that still have very little reliable access to vaccines, and they have international airports.

Omicron would have found us no matter how high our vaccine uptake rate is. Hospitals and resources would be less taxed for sure, but if tamping down mutations was the goal we were never in a good position to succeed.


We could have tried. It just would have meant spending a lot of money on poors. And... ew.
 
2022-01-24 9:30:57 AM  

Subtonic: Enough of this bullshiat. Give me the 99.9% lethal variant that kills in hours. Quit farking around and pull the trigger god damn it.


That wouldn't be that deadly if it killed that quickly.  People would self isolate for a couple days and it would end the pandemic.  You really want something with a very long incubation period that builds up in someone's system for months before they are symptomatic.  Everyone would have it even before you even knew it existed.

An end of the world pandemic would be as contagious as the measles, as deadly as rabies and an incubation period similar to HIV.
 
2022-01-24 9:32:21 AM  

Too Pretty For Prison: I'm in nowhere Missouri visiting my mom. Stopped in the local Price Chopper for some coffee wearing my mask. Group of old guys sitting in the deli. They stare at me. One says 'no masks allowed in here". I keep walking. Another guy says "ain't you heard? We won. No masks allowed." Thought a fight was coming, but they all just laughed and went back to choosing whose sister they'd share that night. Farking hillbillies.


So how's your sister doing?
 
2022-01-24 9:33:02 AM  

mrshowrules: Subtonic: Enough of this bullshiat. Give me the 99.9% lethal variant that kills in hours. Quit farking around and pull the trigger god damn it.

That wouldn't be that deadly if it killed that quickly.  People would self isolate for a couple days and it would end the pandemic.  You really want something with a very long incubation period that builds up in someone's system for months before they are symptomatic.  Everyone would have it even before you even knew it existed.

An end of the world pandemic would be as contagious as the measles, as deadly as rabies and an incubation period similar to HIV.


If you need me, I'll be in the lab...
 
2022-01-24 9:34:32 AM  

mrshowrules: People would self isolate for a couple days and it would end the pandemic.


SELF ISOLATE?!!!

Holy f*ck what Hallmark channel of life in and among Americans do you have your TV dialed in to?
 
2022-01-24 9:36:02 AM  
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This is fine. Everything's just fine. It's mild.
 
2022-01-24 9:36:44 AM  

Subtonic: Enough of this bullshiat. Give me the 99.9% lethal variant that kills in hours. Quit farking around and pull the trigger god damn it.


Just wait the 5-10 years for the probable effects of Long COVID become apparent and irreversable.  Then we'll have all these anti-mask/anti-vax morons begging the government to cover their long term care that they themselves chose to get exposed to and spread.
 
2022-01-24 9:41:21 AM  

DannyBrandt: mrshowrules: People would self isolate for a couple days and it would end the pandemic.

SELF ISOLATE?!!!

Holy f*ck what Hallmark channel of life in and among Americans do you have your TV dialed in to?


If people were dying in hours and it was spreading like a fire, even the anti-vaxxer idiots would go prepper.  In any case, over half the people would stay-in for a couple of days so it wouldn't be the formula for an end of humanity scenario.  In an ironic sense, one of the reasons COVID is killing so many people is that it is not that deadly.
 
2022-01-24 9:44:05 AM  

a far candle: [Fark user image image 850x600]
This is fine. Everything's just fine. It's mild.


You think you're clever, but the number cases has nothing to do with severity.

Maybe turn off the computer and embarrass yourself elsewhere.
 
2022-01-24 9:44:37 AM  

Outlawtsar: Subtonic: Enough of this bullshiat. Give me the 99.9% lethal variant that kills in hours. Quit farking around and pull the trigger god damn it.

Just wait the 5-10 years for the probable effects of Long COVID become apparent and irreversable.  Then we'll have all these anti-mask/anti-vax morons begging the government to cover their long term care that they themselves chose to get exposed to and spread.


You masturbate to some weird fantasies.
 
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2022-01-24 9:47:13 AM  
Christ, just call it Covid-22 already. I feel like we're back in the '90s waiting for Capcom to finally release a Street Fighter III.
 
2022-01-24 9:50:08 AM  

mrshowrules: If people were dying in hours and it was spreading like a fire, even the anti-vaxxer idiots would go prepper.  In any case, over half the people would stay-in for a couple of days so it wouldn't be the formula for an end of humanity scenario.


I disagree, just based on my own observations over the past few years. I'm not being argumentative.

If Covid-19 version 8.0 or whatever turns out to be highly deadly, rapidly, with high transmission? These dumb f*cks will be holding anti-vaccine, anti- mask parades in major cities, like they did yesterday in D.C.
 
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