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Mr. Bill.

Oh Noooooo!! Omicron Variant coronavirus coming for us!!!

Before we can catch our breath from the last crisis, the new Omicron Variant that causes a mild form of Covid-19 shows up.

Right along with it come the hysterics–full doses of it injected into the public consciousness by that part of the media looking for the next new thing to scare the bejabbers out of us.

Zeynep Tufekci fires a warning flare in a New York Times op-ed: “Omicron Is Coming. The U.S. Must Act Now.” Richard Pérez-Peña and Jason Horowitz on the paper’s news side report, “New ‘Variant of Concern’ Fuels Global Fear of Another Virus Surge: … its many mutations set off alarms, lowering hopes of putting the pandemic in the past.”

I turned on CNN this morning, and was exposed to a feverish report about the first case! of the Omicron Variant arriving in Japan!!

“‘It’s Coming’: NY Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Potential Omicron Spike,” reports NBC News in New York. The “emergency” would allow, among other past horrors, the state to limit “non-essential” and non-urgent procedures at hospital.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ominously warned before a single case arrived, “We continue to see warning signs of spikes this upcoming winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming,” Hochul said.

Which leads to the familiar cry: Somebody…

Pause. Steady there. Grab a seat and a glass of water. Deep breathe.

Never mind that the first clinical contacts reveal a variation that is perhaps more contagious but less serious than previous variations. Reported the Telegraph:

South African doctor who raised alarm about omicron variant says symptoms are ‘unusual but mild’.

The first South African doctor to alert the authorities about patients with the omicron variant has told The Telegraph that the symptoms of the new variant are unusual but mild.

Dr Angelique Coetzee said she was first alerted to the possibility of a new variant when patients in her busy private practice in the capital Pretoria started to come in earlier this month with Covid-19 symptoms that did not make immediate sense.

They included young people of different backgrounds and ethnicities with intense fatigue and a six-year-old child with a very high pulse rate, she said. None suffered from a loss of taste or smell.

“Their symptoms were so different and so mild from those I had treated before,” said Dr Coetzee, a GP for 33 years who chairs the South African Medical Association alongside running her practice.

Watch her video explanation here.

The emphasis should be on the minor symptoms and the many patients who are being treated at home. Is it possible that this milder variant, because it is so contagious, will squeeze out the other, more serious variants?

Here is the obligatory caution: So many unanswered questions, so much more research required.

But Coetzee’s findings must not be ignored because they are “anecdotal.” As we should have learned for the pandemic’s initial spread, the observations made by individual clinicians must no longer be cast aside, ignored or condemned because they aren’t the subject of extensive testing.

President Joe Biden, thank God, finally got something right when he said the appearance of the Omicron Variation is a matter of concern, but not of panic.

I’d add the kind of panic that led to vast and destruction overreaction: The shutdown of an entire national economy based on a proposition or hypothesis. To take the ramblings of the likes of Anthony Fauci as the final,, unchallengeable word has had caused unemployment, business failure, closed classrooms, supply shortages, heartbreak and more.

No more.

Footnote: Fauci claimed that a disagreement (he called it a personal attack) on him is an attack on science. Such a stunning, arrogant and false assertion would and should never be made by scientists, researchers, engineers and others. His assertion is more than anything else a screeching warning that an authoritarian personality is in charge of the nation’s health policy.

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  • Virologists warned against wide spread vaccinations (especially with THESE vaxxes) back in 2020 as they expected they could actually make things worse (as we've seen they have).

    They said, secure those at risk (i.e., do NOT do like Cuomo, Pritzker, et al and co-locate those infected in nursing homes with the elderly) and then treat those who come down with it (and don't reflexively stick them on ventilators that will damage their lungs) since it had a recognized high recovery rate

    That recovery rate turned out to be over 99% for those under 65 and they said treatment and recovery will also create REAL herd immunity (not the barely temporary faux-immunity we're seeing) and that the expected path would be that the virus eventually naturally mutates either (1) into a still (possibly more) contagious yet milder form (as Omicron appears to be) or (2) mutates itself into extinction

    Instead, bureaucrats, longtime failures and incompetent wienies like Fauci (who's complicity in the creation of the virus still needs to be plumbed), and wannabe-billionaire Big Pharma execs seized on the situation for political power, once in a lifetime corrupt wealth transfer, and completely mucked up everything for everyone.

  • In reply to Archangel999:

    What balderdash!!!!!!

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    What part? Citations?

  • And now you have the Moderna CEO saying the current vaccines will probably not be effective against Omicron. Haven’t the drug companies already made enough $$ without scaring us into a new vaccine?

  • Yes, it's hard to decide who and what to believe these days re: the Chinese Virus. Sad to say, I no longer care whether it "escaped" from their lab or was it intentionally released. What I want to know more than anything else is Fauci's role in all this. Were any of my tax dollars funneled to the Red Chinese so they could engage in gain of function research? The American people deserve answers, but they won't get them until stand up and demand them from the people they send to Congress to "represent" them.

  • Get vaccinated, America. That's what Washington would have done. And Lincoln. And Reagan. Get vaccinated. Most of those who come down with the virus are the unvaccinated. Don't listen to the spreaders of disinformation above. Get vaccinated, America.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    If the vaccinations work why haven't they worked? Please answer.

    FYI.... https://newschannel20.com/news/local/42-of-covid-19-deaths-in-illinois-last-week-were-fully-vaccinated

    Four out of six dying being vaxxed is not a vaccine. It's not even a good therapeutic.

    Yep, support Big Pharma and the Trump vaccine.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    *Four out of ten*

  • Dennis, a disagreement? Ted Cruz wants the Attorney-General to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Dr. Fauci.

    Dennis, you are just repeating a tweet from Ted Cruz accusing Dr. Fauci of being an authoritarian. Why not simply quote him?

    BTW, Ted Cruz is someone whose opinion you respect? Really? Pathetic!

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Because I wasn't aware of Cruz' quote. But even if I had been, so what? Fauci's actions, interests, investments and more deserve close examination. Especially his series of distortions, bum decisions and his utterly goofy statement that if you don't agree with him, you're attacking science. Of course, those who wish to ignore science or who are so ignorant will agree with him.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    St. Anthony Fauci and St. Thomas -- together again "for the science."

  • The following are awards Dr. Fauci has received in his career as an epidemiologist:

    1979: Arthur S. Flemming Award[108]
    1993: Honorary Doctor of Science, Bates College[109]
    1995: Ernst Jung Prize (shared with Samuel A. Wells, Jr.)[110]
    1995: Honorary Doctor of Science, Duke University[111]
    1996: Honorary Doctor of Science, Colgate University[112]
    1999: Honorary Doctor of Public Service, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania[113]
    2002: Albany Medical Center Prize[114]
    2003: American Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award[115]
    2005: National Medal of Science[116]
    2005: American Association of Immunologists Lifetime Achievement Award[117]
    2007: Mary Woodard Lasker Public Service Award[118]
    2007: George M. Kober Medal, Association of American Physicians[9]
    2008: Presidential Medal of Freedom[115]
    2013: UCSF medal[119]
    2013: Robert Koch Gold Medal[120]
    2013: Prince Mahidol Award[121]
    2015: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Johns Hopkins University[122][123]
    2015: Honorary Doctor of Public Service, The George Washington University[124][125]
    2016: John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award[126]
    2018: Honorary Doctor of Science, commencement speaker, American University[127]
    2018: Honorary Doctor of Science, Boston University[128]
    2020: Federal Employee of the Year[129]
    2020: Presidential Citation for Exemplary Leadership, National Academy of Medicine[130]
    2020: Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights[131]
    2020: Time magazine's Guardian of the Year, along with the frontline health workers, Assa Traoré, Porche Bennett-Bey, and racial justice organizers.[132]
    2020: Harris Dean's Award[133]
    2020: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic[134]
    2020: John Maddox Prize[135]
    2021: Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences[136]
    2021: Dan David Prize[137]
    2021: President's Medal of The George Washington University[138][139]
    2021: Honorary Doctor of Science, McGill University[140]

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I think it's reasonable to listen to his advice and opinions about Covid-19 and its variants. I do.

    Dennis, et al., which scientists do you listen to?

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