Omicron – Common Cold or Deadly Variant?

Take the news over a few days – any few days as we have here.  How the hell does anyone know WHAT to believe?  All the officials and experts giving their expert opinions.  Yet we have mandatory regulations, restrictions, lockdowns declared at short notice based on the OPINIONS or AGENDAS of a limited number of individuals.  A very limited number of individuals because a HUGE number of experts holding a completely different view of the virus since the beginning in 2020 have been excluded from public discussion, fired from high positions and censored.  Try this exercise for yourself this week.

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US hits new record for daily Covid cases as WHO warns over Omicron ‘tsunami’ – “I am highly concerned that Omicron, being more transmissible, circulating at the same time as Delta, is leading to a tsunami of cases,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.  “This is and will continue to put immense pressure on exhausted health workers, and health systems on the brink of collapse,” he added.  – 29 Dec 2021  Bad News

Highest ever cases confirmed as Tony Holohan says indicators are ’cause of concern’ – There were a massive 16,428 cases of Covid-19 confirmed today, as the Chief Medical Officer warned recent indicators are “cause of concern”.  Meanwhile, there are 568 people battling the virus in hospitals across Ireland, of which 93 are in ICU.  And there have now been a total of 5,912 deaths related to the virus in Ireland, which includes the new 22 deaths since last Wednesday.- 29 Dec 2021 Bad News

Covid-19: Record 16,428 cases reported with 22 deaths notified in past week -Everyone should consider themselves potentially infectious, says Holohan – 29 Dec 2021 @ 9am Bad News

Omicron wave of Covid-19 cases set to peak within a week or so, Varadkar says.  Ireland likely to ‘overcome’ Omicron wave more quickly than earlier waves, says Tánaiste – 29 Dec 2021 @5am Good News

South Africa study suggests Omicron enhances neutralising immunity against Delta –  While the authors found that the neutralisation of Omicron increased 14-fold over 14 days after the enrollment, they also found that there was a 4.4-fold increase of Delta virus neutralisation.    “The increase in Delta variant neutralization in individuals infected with Omicron may result in decreased ability of Delta to re-infect those individuals,” the scientists said.  Alex Sigal, a professor at the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa, said on Twitter on Monday that if Omicron was less pathogenic as it looked from the South African experience, “this will help push Delta out”.  – 28 Dec 2021 Good News

HSE boss Paul Reid warned that it is the start of a “rising curve” after daily case figures soared past 10,000 over the Christmas period.  There were 11,182 cases on Christmas Eve, 13,765 on Christmas Day, 10,404 on Stephen’s Day and 6,735 on Monday.  And today, the Department of Health has said there are 521 virus patients in hospital with 92 in ICUs around the country.  – 28 Dec 2021 Bad news

Ireland could cut to five day asymptomatic Covid isolation period after major US switch, Prof Luke O’Neill says   And the health expert explained that the reason for this is to keep people in work. “Because obviously, if you are ten days out of work, that can really affect the labour market and all the rest of it, especially the hospitals.” Prof O’Neill also said data continues showing that the link between Covid cases, hospitalisations and deaths has been broken. – 28 Dec 2021 – Good News

HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry said “as we approach this level of disease, the power of testing to identify all cases followed by the triggering of public health actions diminishes,” – 28 Dec 2021 Bad News

Omicron infection appears to protect against Covid delta variant and could displace it, South Africa study finds – 28 Dec 2021 Good News

Further 9,006 Covid cases as Paul Reid says virus ‘running rife’ – The Department of Health has been notified of an additional 9,006 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There are 521 patients in hospital with Covid-19, an increase of 60 on the previous day.  There are 92 people in ICU with Covid-19, which is up from 91 yesterday.  – 28 Dec 2021 @ 20.04  Bad news

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Dr McCauley described the virus as being “rampant”, but with positive tests rather than people getting very sick. – – 28 Dec 2021 @ 20.04 Good News

“In anticipation of large volumes of case numbers over the coming period the daily case number announced will be based on positive SARS-CoV-2 results uploaded to the HSE Covid Care Tracker the preceding day. These data are provisional. – “Avoid crowded places including retail environments. Choose to shop online where possible, queue outside and leave any retail environment that does not feel safe and that is not adhering to the public health guidance – implementing social distancing measures and queuing system, limiting numbers instore and staff wearing masks correctly (covering nose, mouth and chin).” – Tony Holohan – 27 Dec 2021  Bad news

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has warned that Covid-19 vaccines could be needed every year – and revealed that the HSE is already working on a strategy to “switch on and switch off vaccination programmes”.  This comes as Ireland saw a record 13,765 Covid infections on Christmas Day  – the highest tally recorded in a single day, overtaking the 11,182 notified on Christmas Eve.  But hospital numbers continued to fall, with 378 Covid-19 patients  nationwide, down 15 from the day before — and the lowest hospital total since October 9.  And some 87 Covid patients were in ICU, down two from Christmas Eve.  The Department of Health estimates that 83 per cent of cases are now attributable to the Omicron variant.  – 26 Dec 2021  Bad NewsGood News?

No plans for immediate new Omicron restrictions as cases over 10k for third day – Some 10,404 new cases of Covid were detected by the HPSC on St Stephen’s Day across the country, following on from 13,765 on Christmas Day and 11,182 infections on Christmas Eve. Junior Minister Niall Collins – 26 Dec 2021

And Dr Denis McCauley of the Irish Medical Organisation advised that healthcare workers who are close Covid contacts may not have to self-isolate to avoid staff shortages.  Excuse me?!  So, if there is a shortage of workers the “science” of isolation etc which applies to the general public can be thrown out the window?    “There was a dispensation given to some healthcare workers that they could go back to work with close monitoring.  “I think that will have to be reviewed again if there is potentially a significant proportion of healthcare workers that are going off [to self-isolate].”  – 26 Dec 2021  Fuckery News

Omicron is responsible for nearly all new COVID-19 cases in South Africa, and is already the predominant version of the coronavirus in London. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control estimates that omicron will be the most common variant across the European Union by mid-January. – 21 Dec 2021  Good News since Luke O’Neill tells us it’s just a cold now, nothing to stress about.

A study from the United Kingdom found that so far there is no indication that omicron might cause milder, or more severe, COVID-19 than delta, researchers report December 17. Data on hospitalizations there, however, are still limited.  Even if Omicron is ultimately linked to milder disease, that doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. (It doesn’t?) More infections overall mean more hospitalizations (but the news doesn’t actually reflect that more cases mean more hospitalizations – in fact the opposite) and more deaths, even if the severe outcomes are a smaller proportion of overall omicron cases than with delta.  – 17 Dec 2021

“As long as it doesn’t make people any sicker, so our next question is is it more dangerous to people or not?  “Again, the South Africans are saying it doesn’t seem to be that disease-causing, no one seems to have died from Omicron yet.”  People may end up in hospital, he added, but they’re having a “more mild disease”. Luke O’Neill – 7 Dec 2021

Luke O’Neill says Omicron variant could be just a common cold – 5 Dec 2021

Luke O’Neill  told RTE’s Brendan O’Connor of the discovery, which he said was highly unusual, as cases in South Africa have risen to 35,000 with no measurable impact on hospitals.   Last night, there was a bit of breaking news, it looks like it (Omicron) has got a piece of the common cold in it. –  While it is likely Omicron is more infectious, there would be no need to worry, Prof O’Neil said, as it may lead only to a “mild illness”. – On Restrictions “What’s strange is we are introducing restrictions when the epidemiology looks good at the moment, things are stabilising. There is the lowest cases in hospital since November 6.   But it is because of Omicron (which is no worse than the common cold)” – 4 Dec 2021

A total of 5,622 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Ireland, while 487 patients are currently being treated in hospital.  There are also now 114 people being treated in ICUs across the country.  The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health on Saturday. – “If effective social contact increases to the levels seen in December 2020, even for a short period, under optimistic scenarios with high infection-induced immunity (and no evasion of this immunity by Omicron) cases approach 6,000 to 8,000 per day at the peak of a prolonged wave, and more pessimistically, if infection-induced immunity is low, or evaded by omicron, a very large surge is possible, peaking at 8,000-15,000 cases per day at peak.” The CMO has said the more pessimistic but plausible scenarios show 750 to 1,300 people requiring general hospital care and 200-400 people requiring critical care, or 950-1700 in total requiring hospital care, in January 2022. – Tony Holohan – justifications for Christmas and holiday restrictions – 4 Dec 2021

Based on the changes to the virus spike protein, Professor O’Neill said we can expect the new variant to be more transmissible than initial strains. – However, he noted: “It could well be less troublesome when it infects you – you get a version that spreads more but makes you less sick – (Omicron makes you less sick!  It’s not the vaccine you took that makes you less sick). That would be a dream come through.  He said South Africa is one country that did have “loads of vaccine” available, but the problem there has been around getting the vaccines into people’s arms.- 29 Nov 2021

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