Dr. Fauci's 'Red Flag' and the Super Scary Omicron Variant
Biden says South Africa COVID strain means only global vaccination will end the pandemic
If you’ve spent this day after Thanksgiving enjoying time with friends and family, you may have missed the government alarm that you’re supposed to be scared for your life again.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci was on CNN first thing this morning to issue a “red flag” warning of the South Africa variant of COVID. Pres. Biden announced flight restrictions and called for global vaccination. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the new coronavirus variant is named the scary-sounding “Omicron.” The stock market started crashing. The media had breaking news alerts.
It was Black Friday Armageddon.
Dr. Fauci was on CNN early this morning to get our heart rates up after the turkey dinner. The chyron under him said the topic was a new COVID variant that is “dramatically different than the original.”
Fauci said that the South Africa variant:
seems to be spreading at a reasonably rapid rate, in the sense that when they do test positivity, they’re seeing it’s a bit more widespread in South Africa than was originally felt a couple days ago. So it’s in a fluid motion, we’re finding more about it. We’re finding more about it -- literally it’s something in real time.
Fauci clearly said that the information - the facts - are fluid. But CNN took that line and made it into a headline to look like Fauci was referring to the virus: “Fauci: New Covid variant spreading in fluid motion in South Africa.”
Also, Fauci said that the scientists have not yet tested to see if the variant can “evade the antibodies” from a vaccine or natural immunity. (He didn’t say “natural immunity” of course. He called them antibodies “following convalescence - after you get infected.)
He said scientists “don’t know” if this variant can get through vaccine antibodies. The scientists might now know, but the government of Botswana does. That’s because the four people who went from South Africa to Botswana who tested positive for the variant were all “fully vaccinated.”
Fauci said on CNN that it was too soon to decide to restrict flights. But a few hours later, Pres. Biden, said that he would follow the advice of his “chief medical advisor, Dr. Tony Fauci” and restrict air travel with South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique & Malawi starting Monday as a “precautionary measure.”
Biden, who is vacationing with his family in Nantucket, put out a written statement with “two important messages for the American people.” Wanna guess the messages before I tell you?
Yep, of course, get vaccinated and get a booster shot. You and your children must go immediately, per Joe.
Biden also had a Nantucket message for all mankind:
For the world community: the news about this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations.
The president still believes he can get the entire world to have two (or three) vaccine shots and get to COVID Zero. It’s never going to happen, and we know that.
The WHO on Friday switched from using Greek letters for COVID variants to a scary new term, allegedly to avoid upsetting the Chinese by using “Xi.” The organization said this is what it known about Omicron:
In recent weeks, infections have increased steeply, coinciding with the detection of B.1.1.529 variant. The first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on 9 November 2021.
This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning.
Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other [Variants of Concern.]
Despite the mass hysteria, this crisis is psychological, not physical. Since Omicron was identified in South Africa earlier this month, there’s been an increase in infection there. But there are no rash of hospitalizations or deaths. It seems unlikely the variant is more deadly than the current one with a 99% recovery rate.
While our government officials held out red flags, the Botswana minister of health called upon the public “not to panic.”
Let’s resolve — again — to do a risk analysis of the virus and not fall for the fear mongering on variants. The only thing worth getting worked up about this weekend is a 50% off Black Friday deal.
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CNN: “Newly discovered Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 is 'red flag' but US needs to learn more, Fauci says”
WHO: Classification of Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern
CNN: “Fauci: New Covid variant spreading in fluid motion in South Africa”
White House: Statement by President Joe Biden on the Omicron COVID-19 Variant
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