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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, November 29, 2021

There are several news outlets reporting that the Omicron variant, so far, is producing milder symptoms than other variants.

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I've said from the beginning, the "end" of COVID will be when the virus learns to mutate in a way that allows us to reproduce but doesn't kill it's host, which is ultimately counterproductive.

This might actually be a step in the right direction, since we don't have the will and possibly the technology to vax it out of existence.

#1 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-11-29 12:18 PM | Reply

oops. That allows IT to reproduce, not "us." Having a bad spellcheck day.

#2 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-11-29 12:18 PM | Reply

#1 | Posted by bocaink

I don't disagree but it never has been that deadly - unless you are older. Morbities certainly add to the deadliness as well as hospitalizations. At a certain point we all have some of the morbidities. The bigger issue is how contagious it is combined with how many people end up in the hospital because of it. It seems to have been getting more contagious at the whole time - that's an issue. I haven't seen an R0 estimates for Omicron but it is claimed to be more contagious then Delta. I believe Delta is 6-7 and the original was 2-3. Just under 2 is where seasonal flu is.

Also keep in mind the vaccines are effective against Delta. The early word on Omicron is the vaccines are far less effective as is natural immunity.

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-11-29 03:23 PM | Reply

#1 problem with that line of thought is that transmission occurs before symptoms.

There's no selective pressure to push it in that direction.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2021-11-29 03:35 PM | Reply

If a covid variant kills as or less often than the common flu and doesn't cause long term damage in survivors we may need to embrace it's giving us a degree of immunity from the dangerous versions.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2021-11-29 04:06 PM | Reply

#5 That's an extension of my prediction. And I'm pretty sure that's what happened with the Spanish Flu

#6 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-11-29 04:46 PM | Reply

If only we thought like a virus: humans are all the same and it is not in your best interest to kill

#7 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-11-29 05:48 PM | Reply

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