yes, omicron is mild.
refuting the new histrionics from the WHO
unless you live in an ice cave, you’ve probably seen this.
it’s plastered and search optimized everywhere.
it’s also just plain wrong. it’s a raddled attempt at histrionics pushed by pandemia’s uncontested “house of wrong.”
such credibility as it once had, the WHO has squandered and then some over these two long years of beclowning themselves with reversals, reversions, fabrications, and fantastical fright narratives, seemingly at random.
this is just more of the same and i’m not even going to try to speculate on motive anymore. it’s just too absurd.
instead, i'll post the notes from a conversation with the head of international infectious disease at mass general that have been going around.
i can vouch for their authenticity.
Notes from a call with Edward Ryan MD, Director of International Infectious Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital:
1 Close to 100% of the positive cases in MA are Omicron. Delta is almost completely gone from New England.
2 This surge will peak sometime between 1/10 and 1/21 and then begin a quick downhill journey of two to four weeks.
3 We will end up with a 20-50% positivity rate.
4 February will be clean up mode, March will begin to return to "normal"
5 Omicron lives in your nose and upper respiratory area which is what makes it so contagious. It isn't able to bond with your lungs like the other variants.
6 The increased hospitalizations should be taken with a grain of salt as most of them are secondary admissions (i.e. people coming in for surgery, broken bones, etc. who are tested for COVID)
7 We won't need a booster for omicron because they wouldn't be able to develop one before it's completely gone and we're all going to get it which will give us the immunity we need to get through it.
8 COVID will join the 4 other coronaviruses we deal with that cause the common cold, upper respiratory infections, RSV, etc. It will become a pediatric disease mainly affecting young children with no immunity.
9 40% of those infected will be asymptomatic
10 Rapid tests are 50-80% sensitive to those with symptoms, only 30-60% sensitive to those without symptoms
11 Contact tracing is worthless because we're all going to get it and there's no way we could keep up with it.
12 We are fighting the last war with COVID and should be pivoting back to normal life, but society isn't quite ready for it yet.
13 There is no need to stay home from work or to be a hermit unless you're immunocompromised or 85 or older, but he does recommend staying away from large gatherings for the next six weeks.
14 Spring/Summer will be really nice
note the agreement this take finds with the description from dr angelique coetzee, the chair of the south african medical association
Patients with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 look very different than those infected with previous variants like Delta, says the chair of South Africa’s medical association.
“It’s totally different from the Delta,” Dr. Angelique Coetzee told Global News on Tuesday. She said that these patients aren’t displaying the same loss of taste and smell, need for supplemental oxygen or elevated pulse rate that doctors noted with Delta patients.
“It’s very much like a cold or flu type of symptoms,” she said, adding that patients are reporting headaches and body aches, and a slight sore throat.
“They don’t have a severe cough and they don’t have a running or blocked nose as you would see with an upper respiratory tract infection,” she said.
this is where all the evidence based medicine is coming down. i have no idea what the WHO is on about or what data they cite here.
it appears to be a complete fabrication in an attempt to rebrand what is rapidly becoming known as “omnicold” as something dangerous.
in an age when even US supreme court justices are so ill informed that they think that 100,000 US children are in serious condition from covid right now, this is reprehensible.
it’s so bizarre to me that the very same people who demand limits on disinformation, censorship, and claim no one has absolute speech rights all slavering support the WHO as they literally stand up, time and time again, and yell “FIRE!” in a crowded theater where there is not an ember in evidence.
but the lie is too big and the fig leaves too tattered to hide this anymore. it’s all coming out now and more and more of the actual experts, so long cowed by pressure and intimidation are finding their nerve and rising to their feet to speak the truth.
and that is how this will end.