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Friday, November 26, 2021

World Health Organization officials met on Thursday to discuss a new coronavirus variant circulating in South Africa and Botswana.

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...The new variant, called B.1.1529, carries an unusually large number of mutations, Francois Balloux, director of the UCL Genetics Institute, said in a statement published by the Science Media Centre. It's likely to have evolved during a chronic infection of an immuno-compromised person, possibly in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient, he said.

"It is difficult to predict how transmissible it may be at this stage," Mr Balloux said. "For the time being, it should be closely monitored and analysed, but there is no reason to get overly concerned, unless it starts going up in frequency in the near future."...

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#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-25 06:42 PM | Reply

&nebp

There was a talking head on bloombergTV who said something along the lines of...

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At this point, this new variant bears watching. There are three things we do not know about it at this point:

1) how transmissible is it?

2) how well it evades the immunities from vaccines and/or prior affliction?

3) how infectious is it should it evade those immunities?
~

In other words, as the cited article states... "For the time being, it should be closely monitored and analysed, but there is no reason to get overly concerned, unless it starts going up in frequency in the near future."

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-25 06:46 PM | Reply

Unlike other variants, Nu has shown it can compete with delta.

fortune.com

It's already become dominant in SA.

And although early and needing more data, early signs aren't so good.

See first graph here.

www.ft.com

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2021-11-26 08:57 AM | Reply

Coronavirus: Countries shut borders over new South Africa variant

www.bbc.com

#4 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2021-11-26 08:58 AM | Reply

WHO labels new Covid strain as variant of concern named Omicron with possible increased reinfection risk
www.cnbc.com

...The World Health Organization on Friday assigned the Greek letter Omicron to a newly identified Covid variant in South Africa.

The U.N. health agency recognized the strain, previously referred to as lineage B.1.1.529, as a variant of concern.

Health experts are deeply concerned about the transmissibility of the Omicron variant given that it has an unusual constellation of mutations and a profile that is different from other variants of concern.

"This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning," the WHO said in a statement released Friday. "Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs."

It is feared a sharp upswing of Covid cases in South Africa's Gauteng province " where the heavily mutated strain of the virus was first identified " could mean it has greater potential to escape prior immunity than other variants. The number of Omicron cases "appears to be increasing" in almost all of South Africa's provinces, the WHO reported. ...


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-26 01:25 PM | Reply

Those of us that assess the risk differently, ask those that have been enjoying their pandemic larp when is it enough?

#6 | Posted by visitor_ at 2021-11-26 02:18 PM | Reply

On the bright side, maybe from this strain they will be able to identify where the Lauren Boebert variant came from.

#7 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2021-11-26 02:37 PM | Reply

Those of us that assess the risk differently, ask those that have been enjoying their pandemic larp when is it enough?

#6 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

When it kills another couple hundred thousand unvaccinated Republicans, you'll still pretend COVID isn't a real threat, right? Or maybe this one will kill a million or two? Then we can all have a good laugh at you calling people taking it seriously LARPers. After all, it's what we are currently doing with the HertmanCainAwards to the anti-vaxxers. Who knows, maybe you'll still be around to join us.

#8 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-11-26 05:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It could be the vaccinated, believing themselves immune and invulnerable, are spreading it because they're no longer taking precations.

#9 | Posted by visitor_ at 2021-11-26 08:54 PM | Reply

It could be the vaccinated...

...but it's probably just Madbomber.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-11-26 08:57 PM | Reply

This is all just a lead up to the Unicron variant.

#11 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-11-26 09:41 PM | Reply

It could be the vaccinated, believing themselves immune and invulnerable, are spreading it because they're no longer taking precations.

#9 | Posted by visitor_

Or it could be the unvaxxed who have zero protection but still take zero precautions.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2021-11-26 10:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"...but it's probably just Madbomber."

I'm in Prague right now. According to the App on my phone, the infection rate per 100k is 1760. So just under 2% of the population has COVID.

In comparison, the infection rate in South Africa is 9/100,000.

#13 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-11-27 04:09 AM | Reply

Prague.

Was there when all this started (January 2020).

Really want to go back and spend more thana day and a night. Beautiful city.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2021-11-27 09:02 AM | Reply

Those of us that assess the risk differently, ask those that have been enjoying their pandemic larp when is it enough?

#6 | Posted by visitor_

"Assess risk differently" = "dont care about anyone but myself"

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-11-27 02:23 PM | Reply

It could be the vaccinated, believing themselves immune and invulnerable, are spreading it because they're no longer taking precations.

#9 | Posted by visitor_

Or it could be that not getting everyone vaxxed quick enough allowed new virants to emerge that are immune to our vaccines. Just like scientists predicted they could.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-11-27 02:24 PM | Reply

"Really want to go back and spend more thana day and a night. Beautiful city."

I don't know how to post pics, but it's beautiful right now. We stay in old town. Lot's of markets, lights...best Thanksgiving ever.

#17 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-11-27 04:26 PM | Reply

Same. Stayed at a place called Hotel Dar, about a minute walk from the main square and astronomical clock.

Spent a solid 8 hours just walking around, stopping in shops and restaurants and pubs. Crossed the Charles Bridge and watched the city light up at dusk. Chatted with a few random strangers from a few random places.

Ate dinner at a brewery there where I fell in love with their Czech beef/roast stew with bread and potato dumplings. I've learned to make them at home I loved them so much.

Am hoping to make it back with my wife and spend more time. Holiday season would be amazing I'm sure.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2021-11-27 04:35 PM | Reply

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