WSJ: Omicron Variant Accounts for 73% of U.S. Covid-19 Cases, CDC Says (up from 11% in just one week!) — Looks Like FAKE NEWS
Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it.
UPDATE: maybe not so stunning: the CDC’s data looks like complete horse-shit, made up out of thin air from models. Models are persuasion bullshit. I should not have relied on the WSJ to get it right. See CDC Fake News Models Misleading the Public on COVID Omicron Prevalance.
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I had read or heard that the COVID Omicron variant was 70X (7000%) more infectious than Delta (what’s the R number?). Maybe 70X is wrong but sounds like it’s not given this astounding claim below. In one week, we see it go from 13% to 70%?! Dang!
Looks like those vaccines do next to nothing to stop the spread of Omicron. We were already in a pandemic of the vaccinated, but now maybe the asleep-at-the-wheel CDC and press will wake up and see reality.
All we can do here is to hope that Omicron is a holiday gift in disguise that might ending up saving many lives by being the wimp variant of COVID (a sort of common cold, which also kills some). Big Pharma execs can weep with rage and frustration at profits gone "poof!", like farts in the wind. Yay! Wouldn’t that make for a beautiful XMAS? So let’s hope Omicron is weak sauce.
'Follow the money' lesson of the day: expect the press and Big Tech and the government to go to extreme measures to talk about the rapid spread, but not about the huge upside if Omicron is as wimpy as it seems so far. Nothing is going to control Omicron!
My bet is far more infections among the righteous and blessed among us—the fully vaccinated. And far fewer among the dirty peasants like me—the unvaccinated with natural immunity. Watch to see whether the CDC/press/parasites in government owns up to that—if you don’t hear about, it’s almost certainly true.
So... are we at the end of a pandemic, or the beginning? Two weeks should tell us whether we ain’t seen nothin' yet, or whether the world has something to celebrate, even if the Brandon administration is disappointed in the winter.
New York state reported a record number of Covid-19 infections for the fourth consecutive day on Monday.
The Omicron variant caused more than 70% of recent Covid-19 cases in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday, highlighting its substantial increase in infectiousness compared with earlier versions of the virus... accounted for an estimated 73% of infections for the week ending Dec. 18.
In many parts of the U.S., Omicron now makes up more than 90% of cases, the CDC said. Infectious-disease experts have said they believe the true share is likely even higher than that.
The CDC’s updated data showed Omicron had caused some 13% of recent infections in the week through Dec. 11.
...The Omicron variant is causing Covid-19 cases to double every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission, the World Health Organization said over the weekend. The variant is spreading rapidly even in places with high levels of immunity in the population, the United Nations agency said.
CDC officials have encouraged people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 if they haven’t already, to get booster shots if eligible and to wear masks in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. They are also recommending people take at-home Covid-19 tests before gathering with family and friends over the holidays, if possible.
[WIND: fantasy land at the CDC! Masks have not worked yet, so to think they will help with Omicron is ludicrous, nor are vaccinations and boosters going to stop anything, already being shown to be nearly useless against stopping spread even with Delta, though they reduce severity of disease so-it-is-claimed, and are therefore still a good idea for those at risk]
...Some scientists are hopeful Omicron may not lead to as severe disease in people it infects as other variants. Salim Abdool Karim, a clinical infectious-disease epidemiologist in South Africa, said hospital admission rates in the country’s Omicron wave are much lower than during the previous Delta and Beta waves. Among those patients being admitted to the hospital, fewer are requiring ventilation, ICU care or dying, he said. “I think the clinical picture we are seeing is one of substantially less severe disease,” he said.
Other infectious-disease experts and epidemiologists said it is still too early to tell whether Omicron causes less severe disease. They also worry that Omicron’s ascent in the U.S. is taking place as hospitals are already filling up with patients infected with the Delta variant.
Public-health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, have said Omicron will likely strain U.S. hospitals, especially if staff get sick and need to be isolated. Many hospitals are already grappling with widespread staffing shortages.
[WIND: this is true fake news: the staffing shortages are almost always because these hysterical jackasses started firing staff declining vaccination, many/most of which have natural immunity— Firing just 10% of your staff means severe staffing shortages! Self-inflicted wounds!]
WIND: a doubling every 1.5 days would be 2^(7/1.5) = 25X increase in just one week.
What does a “high levels of immunity” mean?
The vaccinated have faux immunity as I understand it, but a rapidly declining degree of protection against severe illness. So what does “high levels of immunity” means? What an incompetent choice of words, probably meant to obfuscate the truth.
What about those with natural immunity? My bet is far more infections among the righteous and blessed among us—the fully vaccinated.
Well, I have to hang my chin in shame: with my unenlightened grubby natural immunity, my COVID 'game' has been going strong so far. Is Mr Chin-Hong advising natural immunity via Omicron, or the non-immunity-but-some-protection from vaccination?
“It’s time to up your Covid game,” said Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious-disease physician and professor at the University of California, San Francisco.