COVID Doom Coming Or Something

They just won’t give up on the fear porn

‘The worst version’ of COVID is spreading. Can we update our vaccines in time?

For the last 18 months, the original COVID-19 vaccines — first as a two-dose series, then as boosters — have done an extraordinary job shielding us from illness, hospitalization and death. Globally, they saved nearly 20 million lives in 2021 alone. Even today, unvaccinated Americans are twice as likely as vaccinated Americans to test positive for COVID — and six times as likely to die from the disease.

But viruses evolve, and vaccines should too.

That was the big-picture takeaway from a pivotal meeting this week of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s expert advisory panel. The question before them was simple: Ahead of an expected winter surge, should vaccine manufacturers tweak their forthcoming booster shots to target Omicron — the ultra-infectious variant that has spent the last seven months surging throughout the world in one form or another — or should they stick with the tried-and-true 2020 recipe?

Really, for most citizens, the bad part of COVID is over. We aren’t doing masking. We aren’t staying home. We aren’t getting locked down, we aren’t going to shut our businesses down or limit them. What we’re left with is economic issues. If the mask cultists want to mask up, feel free. Of course, half of them are leaving their noses uncovered

For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention, the Omicron strain that triggered last winter’s massive COVID wave (BA.1) is now extinct. In March, it was supplanted by the even more transmissible BA.2 … which was supplanted in May by the even more transmissible BA.2.12.1 … which is now being supplanted by the (you guessed it) even more transmissible BA.4 and BA.5.

Experts say BA.5 is the one to worry about: “The worst version of the virus that we’ve seen,” as Dr. Eric Topol, the founder of Scripps Research Translational Institute, recently put it. Together, the closely related BA.4 and BA.5 now account for the majority of new U.S. COVID cases, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — but BA.5 (36.6%) is spreading a lot faster than BA.4 (15.7%). By early July, it will be the dominant strain in the U.S.

One has to wonder what this is really all about? We saw over the past two years that it was more about power and control than wise policy based on science and research. Would anyone be surprised if the Powers That Be attempt to create a situation for lots and lots of mail in ballots, ballot harvesting, and the other things they did in 2020? Cheat by mail?

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14 Responses to “COVID Doom Coming Or Something”

  1. Down on the Corner says:

    BA.5 is not any more deadly than the Original Omicron. Fear-mongering, lying bastards running the CDC, FDA and the white house.

    They are desperate to lock us back down and mail out 20 million unsolicited ballots so they can open up warehouses full of people filling out Democratic ballots and then stuffing the boxes in order to win the house and senate and keep the Diaper Don in power.

    It worked so well in 2020.

    • Down on the Corner says:

      Dr. Dan Barouch, an author of the paper and director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, wrote in an email to CNN.

      “Our data suggest that these new Omicron subvariants will likely be able to lead to surges of infections in populations with high levels of vaccine immunity as well as natural BA1 and BA2 immunity,” Barouch wrote. “However, it is likely that vaccine immunity will still provide substantial protection against severe disease with BA4 and BA5.”

      Buried way down in an article about how we are all going to die and that infections are going up drastically this summer which makes it perfect for LOCKDOWNS around voting time………..WE FIND THIS TIDBIT OF INFO:

      Like other omicron subvariants, BA.5 infections are milder than infections with other COVID strains, like delta.

      So its milder than the other strains but more contagious. PERFECT REASON TO LOCK US ALL DOWN AGAIN UNTIL JUST AFTER THE ELECTION….

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    from Dr. Eric Topol:

    The question of course comes up as to whether BA.5 is more virulent or pathogenic, capable of inducing worse disease. We only have one experimental study on that so far and it was shown that BA.4 and BA.5 induced worse disease in the Syrian hamster model and more efficiently spread in lung cell cultures.

    It led to a marked rise in hospitalizations in Portugal where it rapidly became dominant, and is now having such an effect, to a variable extent, in many European countries and Israel.

    Obviously, the non-pharmacologic mitigating measures that include high-quality make (N95/KN95), physical distancing, ventilation and air filtration would help, but pandemic fatigue has led to very low level of adoption. Boosters would help, and it is noteworthy that for people age 50+ there is a substantial (14-fold) reduction for mortality as recently documented by the CDC for a 4th shot (previously published by the Israel investigators in multiple observational studies). That is 99% reduction in mortality for 4-shots vs 86% for 3 shots. But only 1 in 4 Americans age 50+ have had a fourth shot!

    Dumbass conspiracy tales that “they” are prepping to steal the 2022 elections are circulating.

  3. Privatepilot says:

    Controlled opposition. You’re intentionally oblivious to the damage these vaccines have done. It would have been better to not even have them. They are nothing more than lethal injections on a massive scale.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Can you tell us what damage the vaccines have done? Thank you.

    • david7134 says:

      The dangers of the vaccine are well documented, jeff can look them up.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        porter d,

        Can YOU point us to the damage from the vaccines?? Thank you.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        d porter,

        Let me point out that you and Ppilot are lying about the Coved vaccines. Do they teach any science at LSU?

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        david porter,

        Here’s a lay review of side effects and a journal article.

        We understand that as an LSU trained doc you likely do not appreciate scientific studies. In general, it doesn’t seem the side-effect profiles of the Covid vaccines differ significantly from other vaccines.

        I think you and p pilot are lying about Covid vaccines.

        1 million Americans died from Covid, and it’s estimated that 1 million were spared because of the trump vaccine program. How many died from the trump vaccine?

        Did YOU receive Covid vaccines? Did any of your old and obese patients die from Covid because you told them not to get vaccinated?

        • James Lewis says:

          I am tired of hearing, “Well my friend was fully vaccinated and he caught Covid….”Or some variation of a BS reason to not take the vaccine.

          Let’s understand something.

          Being vaccinated does not mean the person is immune. It just means what it says. The person received the vaccine.

          Sad to say the Covid vaccines never had an efficacy of 100%. Efficacy is how a vaccine works in controlled trial conditions. Pfizer achieved 95%. Moderna 92% and Johnson & Johnson 72%.

          In the real world the general effectiveness appears to be around 85%.

          So, it is possible that the vaccinated person was never immunized. Never.

          The effectiveness of the vaccines appears to dwindle with time. How much, how long, etc. is being looked at. So, it is also possible that person was immunized for a period of time. The good news is if that person was immunized the symptoms of the disease are greatly reduced with very few hospitalizations. Booster vaccinations are urged for the elderly and anyone whose immune system is compromised.

          I took the vaccine in Jan/Feb 2021 and had a booster in 9/21. Yet on 2/22 I was diagnosed with Omicron. The doctor explained:

          I summarize. “The vaccine weakened. That’s the bad news. The good news is that since you have had the vaccines you will probably have a light case and won’t need hospitalization. I’ve prescribed an Infusion treatment this afternoon.”

          To say I was concerned is stating it lightly. 30% plus of people 70 or older in TN who catch the disease die. Thankfully the doctor was correct. I’m 80 plus. And I was sick for a few days. But my lungs never filled up. I never went to hospital. I was over it in 4 days and I have no ongoing problems.

          What we have here is this. Take the vaccine and you have about an 85% chance of being immunized. And if you then catch the disease the symptoms are greatly reduced.

          If you don’t take the vaccine, you have 0% chance of being immunized.

          Doesn’t seem too complicated to me.

          Now there is a third reason to take the vaccine

          Scientists and others have speculated that this virus, like many others, weaken as the mutate.

          And mutate is what viruses do.

          But there is no proof that the mutations will become weaker. Omicron does appear weaker, but it is also more infectious. While that may be a reduced threat to the young and healthy it is an increased threat to the elderly and immune compromised.

          The question then becomes, how can we reduce mutations?

          The answer is simple. Reduce the number of cases which will reduce the number of viruses. Fewer viruses, fewer mutations fewer new variants.

          Take the vaccine. Be an adult, but let me add what I thought was understood. If your doctor advises you to not take the vaccine because of your health issues, don’t take the vaccine.

      • James Lewis says:

        Here is a link that will take you to the CDC’s Adverse Events.

        As you review it you should remember two things.

        VAERS is a voluntary reporting system with no control. Anyone can report anything. The CDC does keep an overview as dem0nstrated by its actions on some of the side effects.

        There have been in the neighborhood of 550 million shots. If 550 million people lined up at your front door and started walking through your home, a certain percentage would be dead inside your home before they all had exited through the back door.

        I think it is called, “Shit happens.”

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Again, well said.

          david, Can you refute anything that Mr Lewis has typed in his last two responses?

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