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    Omicron



    What we know about the omicron variant

    Where has the B.1.1.529 been detected, how virulent is it and how did it develop? DW looks at what we know about the new coronavirus variant, dubbed "omicron" by the WHO.


    Variant B.1.1.529 is currently spreading in South Africa


    Where has the new variant been detected?


    The new variant B.1.1.529, which the World Health Organization officially named omicron, was first discovered on November 11, 2021, in Botswana. That's just north of South Africa.

    Since then, B.1.1.529 has also been found in South Africa. It's mainly been diagnosed in the province of Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, where the incidence rates are currently about 1,200.

    Scientists estimate that up to 90% of all new cases of coronavirus in Gauteng may be linked to B.1.1.529. They suggest that the new variant may have spread to eight other provinces in South Africa as well.

    As of late November, elsewhere in the world, there have been three confirmed cases of the new variant.

    Belgium became the first European country to confirm the presence of the new variant in a traveler returning from Egypt to Belgium.

    Another traveler, who had been in South Africa, was diagnosed with the new variant in Hong Kong.

    And there is one case of omicron in Israel. Two other people there are waiting for their diagnoses to be confirmed. The one person who has been confirmed as having the virus had just returned to Israel from Malawi. All three people were vaccinated.

    Hundreds more are awaiting COVID test results at the Amsterdam airport as passengers from two flights from South Africa arrived after the Dutch government announced it was banning all air travel from the country earlier on Friday.

    How dangerous is the new variant?

    Researchers are concerned about the new variant because they say it shows an "extremely" high number of mutations of the coronavirus. They have found 32 mutations in the spike protein. By comparison, the delta variant, which is considered highly infectious, shows eight mutations.

    While the number of mutations in the spike protein is not an exact indication of how dangerous a new variant is, it does suggest that the human immune system may find it harder to fight the new variant. There are indications that omicron can escape an immune response, leaving us at a greater risk.

    Dr Ulrich Elling, a molecular biologist at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna — a laboratory that specializes in sequencing the coronavirus and detecting new variants — told DW that the first estimates indicated the new variant "might be 500% more infectious than delta."

    Infections with the new variant are not necessarily more severe than infections with previous variants. But there are signs that the new variant spreads faster and that that may now put national health systems under a greater strain, faster.

    What is the WHO's response?

    Right now, there is simply not enough solid, epidemiological data to say how infectious the new variant is. On Friday, South Africa called for an emergency meeting of the World Health Organization to discuss the new variant.

    After the meeting, the WHO classified B.1.1.529 as a "variant of concern." It gave it the name omicron, based on the Greek alphabet, as it has with other variants, such as the delta variant.

    How did the new variant develop?


    One theory is that the new variant emerged with all its mutations in one big burst.

    Professor Francois Balloux, Chair in Computational Biology Systems at University College London, has been quoted as suggesting it's possible that the virus mutated during a chronic infection of a person whose immune system was already weakened by an untreated HIV/Aids infection.

    But that is speculation at this stage.

    Is there any connection with the beta variant?


    Across the continent, South Africa has been hardest hit by the coronavirus. The country has had three million COVID cases and about 90,000 people have either died with or because of the virus.

    The high number of COVID deaths in South Africa has been attributed to the beta variant, C.1.2. The WHO classified C.1.2. as a 'variant of concern' because it was highly infectious and vaccines were less effective against it.

    But over the course of time, the delta variant, which is even more aggressive than the beta variant, has largely superceded beta in South Africa, as it has elsewhere in the world.

    Can we stop the new variant?

    Viruses and their variants do not respect national borders. But it is possible to slow the spread of the new variant. As the cases in Hong Kong and Israel have be traced back to southern Africa, many countries stopped flights to and from that part of the continent.

    All 27 member states of the European Union agreed to temporarily suspend travel from seven southern African nations on Friday. The US also moved to restrict travel for non-US citizens from South Africa and seven other countries from Monday onwards.

    Travel restrictions may help slow the spread of the variant. But since those first cases in Botswana were detected back in mid-November, and flights are only stopping now, it's conceivable that omicron has already been transported to other parts of the world.

    /* source: https://www.dw.com/en/covid-what-we-...ant/a-59948143

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    Con vi trùng này chắc sẽ biến hoá dài dài, xài hết mẫu tự luôn, chuẩn bị chích ngừa, chích booster hàng năm.

    Hôm qua nhớ lại mấy câu Sấm ký thì có thể mất hơn 10 năm mới hết.

    Canh niên tàn phá
    Tuất hợi phục sinh

    Nhị ngũ dư bình

    Canh niên chắc là 2020, năm Canh Tý, vậy năm Tuất, năm Hợi là 2030-2031. Nhị ngũ nghĩa là 2 lần 5.

    Nói vậy thôi, muốn hiểu sai thì hiểu, y như là vịt nghe Sấm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ốc View Post
    Hôm qua nhớ lại mấy câu Sấm ký thì có thể mất hơn 10 năm mới hết.
    Lúc đó nó sống mình ên tự vì nhân loại đã bị tận diệt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ốc View Post
    Con vi trùng này chắc sẽ biến hoá dài dài, xài hết mẫu tự luôn, chuẩn bị chích ngừa, chích booster hàng năm.
    24 tây tháng Giêng năm sau có lịch hẹn booster.
    Moderna. Theo thuyết âm mưu thì là năm sau
    trong người mình sẽ có tổng cộng 3 miếng chips
    của 3 hãng khác nhau: AstraZenecca, BioNTech
    và Moderna.


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    Chích ngừa coi chừng biến thành cục nam châm. Dạo này giọng hát 5 ca sĩ hình như hơi bị rè chút xíu, có khi bị nhiễu từ trường lúc rì cọt hổng chừng.


    Khúc đâu bị nhiễu từ trường
    Nghe ra tiếng hát tiếng rè xen nhau
    (Từ trường tân thanh)

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    Đó gọi là giọng ca có hột.
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    Theo tin tức mới cho tàu chạy ven biển
    thì Omicron tuy lan nhanh nhưng có vẻ
    không tàn phá lá phổi cho lắm. Người
    bị lây không bị bảy chìm ba nổi. Tuy
    nhiên bà con ráng cẩn thận. Bên Châu
    Âu, cơ quan cấp giấy phép cho thuốc
    thang EMA phát ngôn là booster 3 tháng
    là được rồi. Không cần chờ tới 6 tháng.

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    Chích liền 10 mũi đề phòng từ Omicron tới Omega luôn cho chắc ăn:

    New Zealand authorities investigate claims man received 10 Covid vaccinations in one day
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ons-in-one-day

    Stuff reports the man is believed to have visited several immunisation centres and was paid to get the doses. In New Zealand vaccines can either be booked through a website, via a doctor, or people can turn up to walk-in centres. To be administered a vaccine, a person must provide the health care worker with their name, date of birth and physical address, but no further identification is required.
    Một người một bữa mười nơi hẹn mười
    (Y trường tân thanh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ốc View Post
    Chích liền 10 mũi đề phòng từ Omicron tới Omega luôn cho chắc ăn:
    Vậy con biến thể số 11 chắc là Citizen, còn con 12 là Rado.
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    Tính tháng Giêng ăn Tết xong trở về làm trong văn phòng nhưng rồi lại phải ken xồ nữa.

    White House ‘didn’t see’ Delta and Omicron coming
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...iants-vaccines

    Kamala Harris has conceded that the Biden administration was blind to the emergence of the Delta and Omicron variants of Covid-19, and said she fears “misinformation” over vaccines will prolong the pandemic well into a third year.

    “We didn’t see Delta coming. I think most scientists did not – upon whose advice and direction we have relied – didn’t see Delta coming,” Harris said.

    “We didn’t see Omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this awful virus has been, which as it turns out, has mutations and variants.”


    Bác sĩ Phao chìm cũng không biết ất giáp gì hết? Sau khi xài hết tên hãng đồng hồ thì nên xài tới tên Fauci.

    Phen này cô vít ông già gặp nhau.
    (Bệnh trường tân thanh)


 

 

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