South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travelers to Hong Kong and Botswana.
It appears to have a high number of mutations — about 30 — in the coronavirus’ spike protein, which could affect how easily it spreads to people.
Sharon Peacock, who has led genetic sequencing of COVID-19 in Britain at the University of Cambridge, said the data so far suggest the new variant has mutations “consistent with enhanced transmissibility,” but said that “the significance of many of the mutations is still not known.”
Whether this new variant will be a problem is not yet known. But what is clear is that while COVID-19 is evolving, the Party of Death is doing its very best to ensure that state and local governments have been neutered when it comes to dealing with public health problems. Because they believe that political ideology can bend scientific and medical realities to their will.
History will regard them with a mixture of scorn and pity.
ETA: It's been designated "the Omicron variant".
ABC News has an update...ReplyDelete
Thankfully it will be here soon. Because FREEDOM!!!!!ReplyDelete
Nine hours ago when I first read (today) of the Nu variant it was just in South Africa, and now it's spread to a neighbor, and to Hong Kong, and Israel.ReplyDelete
If it isn't already, it'll be here tonight ...
Back to the beginning? The stock market thinks so.ReplyDelete
New boosters about to be formulated. Get in line early.
Stock markets can run scared too. Creates buying opportunities, but not in PFE or QCOMReplyDelete
Good thing , that I like to hibernate with my tools and toys.ReplyDelete