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(NBC Connecticut)   "Stealth" omicron, omicron's more contagious, hard to detect cousin, arrives in the US. But not to worry, experts say it won't amount to much as long as people adhere to basic safety measures   (nbcconnecticut.com) divider line
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2022-01-27 2:20:06 PM  
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2022-01-27 2:36:40 PM  
We're farked...
 
2022-01-27 2:37:09 PM  
Doesn't stealth mean it is now the shape of a delta wing?  THIS MEANS SOMETHING
 
2022-01-27 2:37:36 PM  
Well, that's a relief. I was worried for a bit there.
 
2022-01-27 2:38:03 PM  
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2022-01-27 2:40:20 PM  
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2022-01-27 2:41:12 PM  
To see what's going to happen in the US with COVID all you have to do is look at Europe.
Let's see how they're doing with this new variant.
Well everything seems to look----OMFG!!!!!!

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Well Happy Valentines Day everybody!
And get those kids back to school without masks or your Governor (well mine anyway) is gonna punish you.
 
2022-01-27 2:41:29 PM  
Unlike regular Omicron, you'll never see this one coming.
 
2022-01-27 2:41:33 PM  
Anyone mention that we're screwed yet??
 
2022-01-27 2:41:57 PM  
This isn't so much a sign that we're doomed as confirmation that the last 10 signs that we were doomed were, in fact, accurate signals of our imminent doom.
 
2022-01-27 2:43:44 PM  

Walker: To see what's going to happen in the US with COVID all you have to do is look at Europe.
Let's see how they're doing with this new variant.
Well everything seems to look----OMFG!!!!!!

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Well Happy Valentines Day everybody!
And get those kids back to school without masks or your Governor (well mine anyway) is gonna punish you.


The only good news is there aren't any big travel holidays for a few months, so we're not double-dipping with Shiny New Variant AND Multiple Large Gatherings Back-to-Back for Several Weeks in a Row.
 
2022-01-27 2:45:56 PM  

saywhat: We're farked...


Oh please.

The truth is between Fark's "OMG if you're not vaxxed you're 100% going to die!" and the far Right's "This is the same as the flu."  Seeing as how it sounds like it will be endemic the far Right is closer to the truth.  And that felt dirty to say.
 
2022-01-27 2:46:38 PM  
Stealth Omicron sounds like the latest anime where high schoolers fight with giant robots.
 
2022-01-27 2:47:35 PM  

BeesNuts: Walker: To see what's going to happen in the US with COVID all you have to do is look at Europe.
Let's see how they're doing with this new variant.
Well everything seems to look----OMFG!!!!!!

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Well Happy Valentines Day everybody!
And get those kids back to school without masks or your Governor (well mine anyway) is gonna punish you.

The only good news is there aren't any big travel holidays for a few months, so we're not double-dipping with Shiny New Variant AND Multiple Large Gatherings Back-to-Back for Several Weeks in a Row.


Yeah, good thing Mardi Gras isn't coming up with people jammed like sardines in the street and in bars, or St. Patrick's Day with parades and packed bars.
 
2022-01-27 2:47:49 PM  
Version BA2 pities the fools twice as hard.
 
2022-01-27 2:47:54 PM  
Let's see how tough it is in the rain.
 
2022-01-27 2:49:03 PM  
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2022-01-27 2:50:42 PM  
"Fortunately it's confined to New Jersey!"

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2022-01-27 2:51:22 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Unlike regular Omicron, you'll never see this one coming.


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"They're not going to see this coming. "
 
2022-01-27 2:52:10 PM  
Is this like step-covid porn or something?
 
2022-01-27 2:55:45 PM  
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Stealth Omicron comes for us all!
 
2022-01-27 2:57:06 PM  
Whoever is in charge of naming these strains should be beaten to death, and their body displayed in the street as an example to others.

First it was geographical, but then we decided that was racist, so we went with greek letters. But now we've got Omicron Version 2, and presumably a Mu and Tau and Lambda variants coming soon, which will then all have their own subversions.

It's a farking mess, and it only serves to further complicate and pollute the already garbage messaging. Messaging that everyone stopped listening to because fark it, YOLO.
 
2022-01-27 3:00:49 PM  

bittermang: Whoever is in charge of naming these strains should be beaten to death, and their body displayed in the street as an example to others.

First it was geographical, but then we decided that was racist, so we went with greek letters. But now we've got Omicron Version 2, and presumably a Mu and Tau and Lambda variants coming soon, which will then all have their own subversions.

It's a farking mess, and it only serves to further complicate and pollute the already garbage messaging. Messaging that everyone stopped listening to because fark it, YOLO.


Yes, the naming of the strains is what we should be focusing on.  What do you suggest instead?  Names of Pokemon?  Serial killers?  How be about dog breeds?
 
2022-01-27 3:02:47 PM  
For anyone keeping track of the Winston's Dad's Obit Reports, the (small) local paper's obit section is still running to multiple pages with age ranges from 40s on up and a suspicious but now entirely expected lack of cause-of-death mentions.

The death toll for the county jumped by 25 in one day this week but it's so quiet on other days, I'm telling myself it's just delayed reporting.

No, we're not doomed.  It is a nasty business, though.

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2022-01-27 3:03:11 PM  

dark brew: bittermang: Whoever is in charge of naming these strains should be beaten to death, and their body displayed in the street as an example to others.

First it was geographical, but then we decided that was racist, so we went with greek letters. But now we've got Omicron Version 2, and presumably a Mu and Tau and Lambda variants coming soon, which will then all have their own subversions.

It's a farking mess, and it only serves to further complicate and pollute the already garbage messaging. Messaging that everyone stopped listening to because fark it, YOLO.

Yes, the naming of the strains is what we should be focusing on.  What do you suggest instead?  Names of Pokemon?  Serial killers?  How be about dog breeds?


No no, he's right. You know how we just used to get blizzards and then the Weather Channel made them so much more exciting by giving them fun names like Winter Storm Karen?

We'd have endless laughs if we could say "New variant COVID Karen is surely the biggest twat so far" then we'd laugh even more.
 
2022-01-27 3:04:08 PM  
It's only harder to catch because we didn't update our test kits despite several months lead time.  I swear, there's a pattern here, but I just can't put my finger on it.
 
2022-01-27 3:07:31 PM  
If only there had been a way we could have taken some kind of action to burn this thing out before strains could emerge.
 
2022-01-27 3:08:52 PM  
Stealth Omicron? Is that the variant that slips off the condom before it farks you with its spike protein?
 
2022-01-27 3:10:21 PM  
We just passed over 900 k deaths  ..
 
2022-01-27 3:12:55 PM  

ImpendingCynic: If only there had been a way we could have taken some kind of action to burn this thing out before strains could emerge.


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2022-01-27 3:13:15 PM  

BeesNuts: Walker: To see what's going to happen in the US with COVID all you have to do is look at Europe.
Let's see how they're doing with this new variant.
Well everything seems to look----OMFG!!!!!!

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Well Happy Valentines Day everybody!
And get those kids back to school without masks or your Governor (well mine anyway) is gonna punish you.

The only good news is there aren't any big travel holidays for a few months, so we're not double-dipping with Shiny New Variant AND Multiple Large Gatherings Back-to-Back for Several Weeks in a Row.


True, but the northern hemisphere is in the heart of the winter months when Covid spreads most easily just like it's other close relatives and doing things outdoors often isn't feasible. Basically, we have to gut it out until spring. Covid is showing a very strong seasonality, worse in the fall and better on the spring. On a side note, I have a feeling the Covid vaccine will become like the annual flu shot. Get it in the fall, it's formulated based on the previous strains, it may not prevent getting flu but it makes the flue less dangerous, and occasionally a really nasty strain emerges ala swine flu a few years back that requires a different vaccine formulation.
 
2022-01-27 3:15:11 PM  
if it is stealth...how do i see if i have it ??
 
2022-01-27 3:16:24 PM  
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2022-01-27 3:18:27 PM  
What's most concerning about this to me is that 1/3 of the hospital admissions for this variant have been boosted.

With Covid as widespread and contagious as it is there will eventually be a mutation that is much more deadly than we've seen before. Combine that with being able to avoid any vaccine developed so far we could eventually be looking at an existential threat.

The good news is that of the people left they'll be the ones that are smart enough to recognize that when something wants to kill you you try to avoid instead of pretending it doesn't exist.
 
2022-01-27 3:19:38 PM  
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2022-01-27 3:20:34 PM  
I am now at the point where I want to catch this, only to spread it to my "it's only a cold/mandates are bad/I HAVE MY RIGHTS" coworkers
 
2022-01-27 3:30:19 PM  

HighlanderRPI: Stealth Omicron? Is that the variant that slips off the condom before it farks you with its spike protein?


No, it's Omicron that has complete transitioned but still gets accused of being an egg by people who don't know its history.
 
2022-01-27 3:31:03 PM  

dark brew: bittermang: Whoever is in charge of naming these strains should be beaten to death, and their body displayed in the street as an example to others.

First it was geographical, but then we decided that was racist, so we went with greek letters. But now we've got Omicron Version 2, and presumably a Mu and Tau and Lambda variants coming soon, which will then all have their own subversions.

It's a farking mess, and it only serves to further complicate and pollute the already garbage messaging. Messaging that everyone stopped listening to because fark it, YOLO.

Yes, the naming of the strains is what we should be focusing on.  What do you suggest instead?  Names of Pokemon?  Serial killers?  How be about dog breeds?


a pretty stupid anecdote:

I worked for a university where the mail servers were named after famous scientists (Feynman, Planck, Faraday, Einstein, Fermi, etc). One day, some higher up muckity muck had his email flagged as spam.  So the head sysadmin was sent over to see if he could figure out why, and took a look at the message headers.

And the management idiot insisted that it must've been flagged as porn, because it clearly said 'Lovelace' in the mail headers.  Because the dumbass immediately thought of 'Linda' and had never heard of 'Ada'.  So we had to rename all of the mail servers, and get all server names cleared by the CIO before we were allowed to put them into production.

/was given Teller to use as a test box
//renamed the other test systems Penn, Houdini, and Copperfield
 
2022-01-27 3:31:24 PM  

BunchaRubes: saywhat: We're farked...

Oh please.

The truth is between Fark's "OMG if you're not vaxxed you're 100% going to die!" and the far Right's "This is the same as the flu."  Seeing as how it sounds like it will be endemic the far Right is closer to the truth.  And that felt dirty to say.


Depends.

"Endemic" literally just means it's always present.

COVID becoming endemic could mean that it stays more-or-less this bad, forever and always.
 
2022-01-27 3:37:57 PM  
Is it time to dress up really edgy and war on each other for gasoline yet? I have my outfit already and plan to use the stomachs of my enemies as field expedient fuel bladders.  What's your plan?
 
2022-01-27 3:39:46 PM  
FTA:

". . .the real question is how impactful is it on it on human health."

". . .the real question is how impactful is it on it on human health."

But I know how hesitant anyone on here is to following the actual data and actual science, especially re:omicron.

So commence panicking.
 
2022-01-27 3:55:36 PM  
Something like 80% of the USA will have immunity of some kind in a few weeks. This is probably a nothingburger.
 
2022-01-27 3:59:04 PM  
I think it has been here since December.  Know lots of people who had covid symptoms, but had a covid test that showed they were negative for the virus here in Georgia since back around Christmas when people started getting sick.
 
2022-01-27 4:03:31 PM  

mikalmd: We just passed over 900 k deaths  ..


We passed that the first year.
 
2022-01-27 4:05:12 PM  

Jeebus Saves: cowsaregoodeating: I'd trust someone who had an education and dealt with transmissible diseases as his job before I trust some fool espousing how his opinion is worth more because he has googled all his research. Guess that makes us different.

You probably need the weatherman to tell you if it's raining.  Don't trust your eyes and look out the window, make sure you listen to the experts.


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2022-01-27 4:06:18 PM  

winedrinkingman: I think it has been here since December.  Know lots of people who had covid symptoms, but had a covid test that showed they were negative for the virus here in Georgia since back around Christmas when people started getting sick.


Omicron classic does that.  We've known since before Christmas, but for *some* reason, no one wants to acknowledge it.

Link to FDA page about Omicron and tests that can and can't detect it
 
2022-01-27 4:18:09 PM  

cowsaregoodeating: Jeebus Saves: But no, lets just call everyone stupid and pretend this is the variant that is going to kill us all because Dr Dingleberry said so.

I'd trust someone who had an education and dealt with transmissible diseases as his job before I trust some fool espousing how his opinion is worth more because he has googled all his research. Guess that makes us different.


Don't linger too long in some creep's nasty little tentacles.  It's the standard Antisocial Personality Disorder/psychopathy playbook:

1) Engage in extremely reckless behavior that violates the health & safety of others with no concerns
2) Get yelled at by everyone else for being an ass
3) Call you the mean one since you said nasty things after assuming a defensive posture because your health & safety was violated and try to act sweet & innocent
 
2022-01-27 4:24:53 PM  

cowsaregoodeating: What's most concerning about this to me is that 1/3 of the hospital admissions for this variant have been boosted.

With Covid as widespread and contagious as it is there will eventually be a mutation that is much more deadly than we've seen before. Combine that with being able to avoid any vaccine developed so far we could eventually be looking at an existential threat.

The good news is that of the people left they'll be the ones that are smart enough to recognize that when something wants to kill you you try to avoid instead of pretending it doesn't exist.


The vaccine we have now is not a vaccine to Omicron. The antibodies it produces do not reliably bind to Omicron.  By reliably I mean that they either don't bind to the Omicron spike, or only bind part of the time, which is effectively useless.  Furthermore, antigen harvested from Omicron is unlikely to stimulate B-cells specific to the vaccine.  That's just life.  Deal with it by demanding a better effort from your elected officials.

So what's left?  Why does the vaccine still provide benefit versus hospitalization and death?  The hypercoagulopathic crisis responsible for the overwhelming majority of Covid-19 deaths is mediated by antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 viral envelope.  The vaccine trains the immune system to produce an immune hierarchy that is heavy on RBD and Spike antibodies at the expense of Envelope and Membrane antibodies.  Vaccinees suffering breakthrough still experience a full course infection, but are less likely to get clotty because the rate of lysis of the viral envelope is generally lower than that experienced by their unvaccinated peers.

This benefit is an unexpected benefit.  It was never part of the plan.  Any physician that knowingly administers the vaccine to obtain said benefit is going off label.  Let's hope the new vaccine gets here soon because Omicron is following in Wild Type's footprints, and the vaccine is incapable of providing the anti-spike benefit it provided to Delta to Omicron legacy variants.
 
2022-01-27 4:26:32 PM  

Jeebus Saves: I'd trust someone who had an education and dealt with transmissible diseases as his job before I trust some fool espousing how his opinion is worth more because h'e has googled al his research. Guess that makes us different.

You probably need the weatherman to tell you if it's raining.  Don't trust your eyes and look out the window, make sure you listen to the experts.

LOL, no, I recognize when there is someone who has devoted their life to a particular thing they probably know more than I do and it would be wise to listen to someone who has more experience and knowledge than me. I judge that based on what their history is and their character.

What your describing is more indicative of someone who reads on a forum that it's snowing and when looking out the window finds that it isn't, googles why he can't see he snow through the window. On finding that the weathermen are conspiring to hide the truth then promptly ignores any other information that may say that it isn't snowing. Then covers the window ...


Dr Death has exaggerated and played up his theories this entire time.  But he keeps making these dire predictions and warning us of the impending apocalypse.  Which of course, never happens.  He's the weatherman that predicts 2 feet of snow and then pats himself on the back for keeping us safe when we only get 2 inches.  Way too many "smart" farkers eat that kind of thing up.


I'm don't know what your definition of an apocalypse is but 1.1M people dying in the United States to a single disease meets my definition.
 
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