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More early data on the decreased hospitalisation risk of omicron compared to delta.

 

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Just to cheer us all up.......

Virus panic: First case of 'flurona'– Covid and flu merge to form horror double infection​


The first case of Flurona was found in a young pregnant woman in Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva. Flurona is a dangerous mixture of coronavirus and influenza. The young woman was unvaccinated and results from the hospital detected the co-presence of both the flu and the Covid 19 pathogens.


Article doesn't actually say they have combined to make a chimera just the patients have both but it does make a great headline.....especially if said in a Brian Blessed style
 
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Italian anti-vaxx radio personality who boasted of being a 'plague spreader' who walked through supermarkets without a mask while feverish dies from Covid aged 61



A fervent Italian anti-vaxxer who gained a cult following after his regular phone-ins to a popular radio show has died from Covid.

Maurizio Buratti, 61, known to his fans as Mauro from Mantua, had boasted of being a 'plague spreader' after deliberately going to a Carrefour supermarket without a mask while feeling ill and having a temperature of 38 degrees, just days before his hospitalisation.

He said he was 'defending the constitution' by ignoring public health advice, and refused to get tested because he believed the swabs caused the virus.

Buratti, who worked as a mechanic, had been in intensive care for 22 days before his death on Monday.

The frequent caller to the Zanzara radio station was intubated and was no longer responding to treatment.

Buratti, who also promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, remained anti-vaxx until the end and had repeatedly denied the existence of Covid.

Before his illness, the conspiracy theorist was a regular at anti-Covid protests and was a fierce opponent of the Green Pass which forces all Italian workers to get vaccinated or show evidence of Covid antibodies.

Buratti was a regular on Zanzara for ten years, initially railing against big Pharma and the 'Jewish lobby'.

His views led to him losing his job as a mechanic.

His attention later turned to Covid and he was given a regular slot on the radio to share his wild theories.

One of the show's presenters Davide Parenzo said: 'Rest in peace wherever you are, old conspiracy theorist.

'I only hope your sad story serves as an example to all those who are still fuelling doubts about the efficacy of vaccines.'




Following on from that there is also an article about a Dutch vaccine sceptic also dieing.
 
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One possible future many experts see: In the post-pandemic period, the virus causes colds for some and more serious illness for others, depending on their overall health, vaccine status and prior infections. Mutations will continue and might eventually require boosters every so often that are updated to better match new variants.

But human immune systems will continue to get better at recognizing and fighting back. Immunologist Ali Ellebedy at Washington University at St. Louis finds hope in the body’s amazing ability to remember germs it’s seen before and create multi-layer defenses.

Memory B cells are one of those layers, cells that live for years in the bone marrow, ready to swing into action and produce more antibodies when needed. But first those memory cells get trained in immune system boot camps called germinal centers, learning to do more than just make copies of their original antibodies.

In a new study, Ellebedy’s team found Pfizer vaccinations rev up “T helper cells” that act as the drill sergeant in those training camps, driving production of more diverse and stronger antibodies that may work even if the virus changes again.

Ellebedy said baseline population immunity has improved so much that even as breakthrough infections inevitably continue, there will be a drop in severe illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths — regardless of the next variant.

“We are not the same population that we were in December of 2019,” he said. “It’s different ground now.”
 

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Oh joy.......


Covid warning as new variant with '46 mutations' infects 12 in southern France​

A WARNING has been issued by scientists over another new COVID-19 variant discovered in Southern France.​


Scientists have rung the alarm bells over "the emergence of a new variant" in southern France.

It comes after 12 patients tested positive in the same region, and their tests showed "an atypical combination".

The index case had returned from travelling to Cameroon, suggesting to experts that it may have originated in the African country.

In a preprint paper, that is yet to be peer reviewed, experts from a French government-back programme said they had identified "46 mutations" in the variant.

The variant has been given the name B.1.640.2.

Its presence was first detected by experts at the IHU Mediterranee Infection in Marseille.

They announced on their Twitter earlier this month that they had detected a new variant in COVID-19 patients from Forcalquier, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region.

There are scores of new variants discovered all the time, but it does not necessarily mean they will be more dangerous than Delta or Alpha.

What makes a variant more well-known and dangerous is its ability to multiply because of the number of mutations it has in relation to the original virus.

This is when it becomes a "variant of concern" – like Omicron.

It remains to be seen in which category this new variant will fall.

But in the new paper, dated December 29, scientists said: "SARS-CoV-2 variants have become a major virological, epidemiological and clinical concern, particularly with regard to the risk of escape from vaccine-induced immunity."

It comes as France slashed the isolation period or vaccinated people in a bid to ease the financial and social burdens of the outbreak.

Self-isolation times for fully vaccinated people who test positive will drop from 10 days to seven on Monday – and can be cut down to five days with a negative test result.

Health Minister Olivier Véran said: "Unvaccinated people will have to isolate themselves for 10 days, with a possible exit after seven days under the same conditions.

France reported 219,126 new infections on Saturday and became the sixth country in the world to surpass 10 million total recorded cases of COVID-19.
 

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Two more collateral victims of their own idiocy.


They pretended to be astrophysics scientists on par with Stephen Hawking; yet at the same time, they were not scientifically rationale enough to get the vaccine. End result: now the two are dead. Ugly story, as ugly as their plastic surgery, in passing.
 

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Covid warning as new variant with '46 mutations' infects 12 in southern France​

A WARNING has been issued by scientists over another new COVID-19 variant discovered in Southern France.​


Scientists have rung the alarm bells over "the emergence of a new variant" in southern France.

It comes after 12 patients tested positive in the same region, and their tests showed "an atypical combination".

The index case had returned from travelling to Cameroon, suggesting to experts that it may have originated in the African country.

In a preprint paper, that is yet to be peer reviewed, experts from a French government-back programme said they had identified "46 mutations" in the variant.

The variant has been given the name B.1.640.2.

Its presence was first detected by experts at the IHU Mediterranee Infection in Marseille.

They announced on their Twitter earlier this month that they had detected a new variant in COVID-19 patients from Forcalquier, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region.

There are scores of new variants discovered all the time, but it does not necessarily mean they will be more dangerous than Delta or Alpha.

What makes a variant more well-known and dangerous is its ability to multiply because of the number of mutations it has in relation to the original virus.

This is when it becomes a "variant of concern" – like Omicron.

It remains to be seen in which category this new variant will fall.

But in the new paper, dated December 29, scientists said: "SARS-CoV-2 variants have become a major virological, epidemiological and clinical concern, particularly with regard to the risk of escape from vaccine-induced immunity."

It comes as France slashed the isolation period or vaccinated people in a bid to ease the financial and social burdens of the outbreak.

Self-isolation times for fully vaccinated people who test positive will drop from 10 days to seven on Monday – and can be cut down to five days with a negative test result.

Health Minister Olivier Véran said: "Unvaccinated people will have to isolate themselves for 10 days, with a possible exit after seven days under the same conditions.

France reported 219,126 new infections on Saturday and became the sixth country in the world to surpass 10 million total recorded cases of COVID-19.
If you use Twitter, it’s a good idea to follow “Chise” - she is a very assiduous collector of all information on Covid. This “new variant” is not new, and apparently nowhere near as dangerous as Delta.

View: https://twitter.com/sailorrooscout/status/1478130286072410118?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet


 

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Maybe a sign that Covid-19 pandemic is turning from the worst to an happier ending?


Definitely, I am gonna risk myself again in the local fast food...
 
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Hey folks ! I have a good joke, related to COVID. Could have been on the "hilariously" thread, but wait to see the twist.

A man walks into a bar... pardon, a little girl walks into the classroom, first schoolday of the year: a monday.
Last monday, actually.

The day at school goes quietly, and then in the afternoon the teacher smartphone rings.

"Hi, Hildegarn ** parents speaking. We have results from our little girl COVID PCR test.
Teacher "Hmmm, what ? she is in the class room..." (oh shit !)
Parents "Sure, but we wanted you to know the test result."
Teacher, a little scared if not baffled "Whaaat ?
Parents "She is positive, you see."
...
Teacher, baffled "Then why did you send her this morning, without waiting the test results ??!!"

Parents "... " (annoyed silence on the phone line)

...

Me, to my wife "Dumbarses ! Imagine, they phoned the teacher to tell her about a POSITIVE result.
They should have said instead

"Congrats, Madam Teacher ! You won today, great lottery ! Our little girl has COVID, so you are now, officially COVID, CONTACT CASE ! You, and 24 kids in your classroom, and their parents, and their brothers and sisters !"

Dumbarses. Had to test the kid two times, then the wife. All of them negative. So was most of the classroom.

Wait... the story ain't over, not yet.

I said, most of the classroom tested negative. Now just think about it.
...
Guess who won the biggest lot at that lottery ? The pharmacy, of course !

Which had to test a good hundred of people, on top of their daily tally. Because, you see, the entire classroom of 24 kids, plus their parents, and some relatives... all rushed to the pharmacy to try and defuse the potential... cluster bomb.

To the great delight of the pharmacy employees, who saw their daily workload instantly explode.

Hurrah !

God bless clever parents !

**name has been changed
 
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A scientist who reported the existence of a new Covid variant that combines characteristics of Delta and Omicron has insisted his findings are accurate after experts dismissed them as the result of laboratory samples becoming contaminated.


There is however a sting in the tail caused by the fact that Delta & Omicron are circulating still in such huge amounts due to the issues with the global vaccination program.

Dr Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, a global health expert, also tweeted that Deltacron was most likely the result of sample contamination, but did add: “With transmission levels of SARSCoV2 at all time highs globally, it is likely that recombination is occurring and may rise to levels that we start picking up these events more frequently. Will this lead to more concerning variants? That is possible but nobody knows.”


She continued: “The best thing we can do besides worrying about it and coining variant names that sound like a Transformers villain, is ensuring that vaccines are available to everyone and combining vaccination with other strategies that give the virus fewer opportunities to spread.”
 
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Omicron is forcing us to reconsider how we deal with mild cases of COVID, which will never completely go away. It is doing so, unfortunately, in a chaotic and dangerous moment. For the next variant and for next winter, we need to plan in advance. The challenges ahead are already clear. Hospitals, which are stressed even in bad flu seasons, will have to deal with combined COVID and flu every winter. The coronavirus will also keep evolving, and new variants that keep eroding our immunity will emerge. In a series of three papers last week, a group of former Biden advisers laid out a long-term strategy to monitor all respiratory infections—including COVID, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus—and keep their collective burden below that of a bad flu season through more robust testing, surveillance, mitigation, and vaccine and therapy development. We’ve spent the past year lurching in reaction to new variants, but what the U.S. needs now is a big-picture goal for COVID, even if the coronavirus surprises us again.
 

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