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Friday, February 03, 2023

Rather than killing off the virus we are all turning into incubators of variants one of which will eventually pose a threat far greater than the original covid-19. There are ways we can fight this though.




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Too late.

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-02 09:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The author does not think it is too late

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2023-02-02 09:57 PM | Reply

Who cares?

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-02 10:32 PM | Reply

We've been helping bacteria evolve by over-using antbiotics for decades...

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-02-02 10:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I appreciate what experts have to say.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2023-02-02 10:52 PM | Reply

And in that context, vaccines and anti-viral treatments, despite their obvious life preserving benefits, have created conditions under which the virus is evolving rapidly.

This is complete BS.

Antivirals only drive mutations that decrease antiviral efficacy. In the case of Paxlovid, a protease that isn't inhibited by Paxlovid.

Vaccines don't drive immune evading variants any more or less than infection-acquired immunity. The virus doesn't have any way of knowing what the source of immunity is/was in a host it's replicating in.

I think what we're seeing is the reaching of equilibrium. The virus' evolutionary space isn't unlimited and in the US we're seeing most recent waves are more like ripples.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2023-02-02 10:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Republicans don't believe in evolution or COVID.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2023-02-03 10:35 AM | Reply

The author does not think it is too late


The author may not think so. But the reality of human nature says that unless people start dropping at a substantial rate, humanity will not make the sacrifices necessary to do much about it. COVID may finally become the control in human population growth that the planet needs.

#8 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2023-02-03 12:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#5 ... I appreciate what experts have to say. ...

I also.

As such, I'd suggest that the links in the cited article (to the what the experts say) be followed and read, as the author of the article seems to have some interesting interpretations of what the experts say.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-03 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Republicans don't believe in evolution or COVID.


Covid is smarter and more evolved than the GOtP apparently.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2023-02-03 02:08 PM | Reply

Let's be a bit more specific about who the "We" is in this article. Some of "Us" did our part to prevent the spread and mutation of Covid, while others intentionally promoted its spread and mutation. I think we all know who's who.

#11 | Posted by chuffy at 2023-02-03 03:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

People mock gamers but the truth of it is they may be preppers for a real life "The Rest of Us" or "HalfLife"...

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2023-02-03 06:07 PM | Reply

Yeah, that's all real life Now go slay a dragon.

#13 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-03 10:14 PM | Reply

Since the annual flu also mutates from year to year.......

#14 | Posted by MSgt at 2023-02-04 02:27 PM | Reply

#14 The flu is also getting better at infecting other types of animals -- able to jump to more hosts than humans, birds, pigs, and horses.

There is no doubt that we are helping flu evolve through farming pigs and birds. "We" largely being China.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-02-04 02:56 PM | Reply

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