XBB is one of the “new class” of Omicron variants that are spreading fast right now, says Thomas Russo, M.D., professor and chief of infectious disease at the University at Buffalo in New York. That includes BQ.1.1, BQ.1, BQ.1.3, BA.2.3.20, and XBB.
“XBB is a hybrid version of two strains of the BA.2 form of Omicron,” explains Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. It’s currently “spreading efficiently in Singapore,” he adds.
The variant was first detected in August 2022 in India, and has been detected in more than 17 countries since then, including Australia, Bangladesh, Denmark, India, Japan and the U.S., per Singapore’s Ministry of Health.
XBB is thought to be able to evade antibody protections of these newly emerged COVID variants, according to a pre-print study from researchers in China. That study said that the new strains of Omicron, and XBB in particular, “are the most antibody-evasive strain tested, far exceeding BA.5 and approaching SARS-CoV-1 level.
“These variants are evolving to evade protection,” Dr. Russo says. The bivalent booster is “likely going to be protective against severe disease” with XBB, but will be “imperfect against preventing infection,” Dr. Russo says. “Even with immune-evasive variants, vaccine protection against what matters most—severe disease—remains intact.
It’s not over and probably won’t be for a very long time.
“The COVID-19 pandemic shortened average life expectancy for New Yorkers by more than four years, hitting the city’s minority populations hardest, according to a report released on Friday.
The study by the city’s health department looked at trends in births and deaths in New York City during 2020, the year when COVID-19 arrived. The analysis found that from 2019 to 2020, life expectancy in New York City fell to 78 years — a staggering 4.6 year drop.
The mortality rate in 2020 was 241.3 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers, according to the health department. A rise in unintentional drug overdoses also played a role in the 42.2% increase in deaths in 2020 over the year before.
Population density surely has something to do with it. And let’s not forget the 2nd largest mass murderer in history next to Adolph Hitler. Donald Trump whose inaction and stupidity caused hundreds of thousands or useless deaths.
Republican idiot Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) suggested in a recent interview that Covid vaccines “may” give people AIDS. Johnson sat down with Todd Callender, whom the Wisconsin Examiner described as an “anti-vaccine attorney”.
Callender shared a wild theory with the senator: Covid shots are intentionally spreading HIV/AIDS to people who receive them. Callendar called the actions of the FDA “criminal,” and suggested action be taken against public health authorities. Johnson replied, “You’ve gotta do one step at a time, everything you say may be true, but right now the public [wrongly] views the vaccines as largely safe and effective, that vaccine injuries are rare and mild.”
This is not the first time Johnson, who is up for re-election this fall, has spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19 or connected the pandemic to AIDS. In December, on world AIDS day, Johnson said in an appearance on Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade’s radio show that Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “overhyped” the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
Congrats Ron for winning Most Hated Republican of the Day, surprisingly taking it from Samuel Alito.
“United, American, Delta and Southwest Airlines all announced that mask requirements would be suspended in the U.S., and on select international flights, effective immediately. JetBlue Airways said Monday evening that masks would be optional in the U.S. Face masks are also now optional onboard all Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Uber announced Tuesday that riders and drivers are not required to wear masks, though it stressed that the CDC still recommends them for people with certain risk factors or those living in areas with high transmission levels.“
Oh yeah. This is gonna end well. -smh-
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The federal judge who struck down the CDC's mask mandate for travelers was a lame duck Trump appointee who was rated "not qualified" by the American Bar Association for "the short time she has actually practiced law and her lack of meaningful trial experience."
Earlier this week we reported on Scott Quiner 55, of Buffalo, who was flown from the Twin Cities to Texas over the weekend, after Mercy Hospital said it would disconnect the ventilator Quiner, who was unvaccinated, had been in the hospital’s ICU since Nov. 6 with critically low oxygen levels and had shown little signs of improvement since his arrival. Quiner’s wife, court seeking an emergency restraining order to prevent Mercy from disconnecting the ventilator. The judge issued a restraining order Jan. 13 and Quinner was moved to Texas where his wife could keep giving him futile care while taking up an ICU bed in a pandemic .
“On behalf of the Quiner family, I would like to thank the public for their outpouring of love and support during this difficult ordeal,” she said. “We ask for privacy for Anne and the children as they grieve the loss of Scott, a wonderful husband and father.” – Marjorie Holsten laywer for the Quinner family.
The family feels Quiner didn’t receive adequate care at Mercy, Holsten said. She said that Anne told her a Texas doctor said Quiner was “the most undernourished patient he has ever seen.”
The March to Preserve the Right to Remain Stupid, Selfish and Self-Centered!
“D.C. officials alerted businesses Thursday about possible “threats” from pro-life and anti-vaccine protesters who might flout the city’s new vaccination passport mandate this week. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development emailed the alert to city business owners Thursday morning, citing the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s (HSEMA) Business Emergency Management Operations Center. “Please be aware that there are many groups coming in from outside D.C. who may not be aware of or supportive of the District’s new vaccination requirements for certain establishments.” Organizers of Sunday’s “Defeat the Mandates” protest said unvaccinated protesters have no plans to break the law by demanding entry to local businesses. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will be the featured speaker at Sunday’s protest. He said any “violent provocations” will come from counterprotesters. – The Washington Times
Gotham City’s CDC’s latest arch villain and nemesis Egghead aka Joe Rogan has promoted the anti-vax march on his podcast.
We will not accept the Mandates We will not accept Segregation by Vaccination Status
Support Defeat the Mandates: An American Homecoming as we march together in peace and unity in DC, Sunday, January 23rd
“Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Massie, who is not vaccinated, wrote in a tweet that he was experiencing cold and allergy symptoms for one day “but seem[s] to be over it.” He said he will not be voting, attending in-person meetings or making public appearances until next week. – Rep Thomas Massie (R/L – KY)
Massie a notorious anti-vaxxer, anti-LGBT, anti Voting Rights Libertarian (or so he says) but runs as a Republican Massie is part of the infamous extreme right group named GANG GREENE comprising of, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, and Marjorie Taylor Greene as the over-used Beaver.
Thoughts and prayers Tommy. Thoughts and prayers.
I will not be voting, meeting in person, or making public appearances until next week.
I am not vaccinated or boosted.
If trolls or media have other questions about my health status, the answer is most likely, “NUNYA.”
“Get onboard the biggest event of 2022 for Atlantis’ 30th Anniversary! 5500 guys. Superstar performers. Cutting edge productions. Legendary concerts. Mind-blowing parties. And you! All on the world’s largest and most spectacular ship. Sail from Miami on the new Oasis of the Seas with friends from around the world for a superstar-studded festival of endless fun and excitement unlike anything you’ve ever imagined.“
At a time when many cruises have been cancelled because of the recent surge in the Omnicronvariant of the Coronavirus!But that didn’t stop Atlantis Events from holding their 30th LGBT Anniversary cruise. (aka gay party sex boat) And while many cruise lines capping capacity at 50% to 70%. Atlantis and Royal Caribbean who owns the ship decided that wasn’t needed. I mean it’s not like the Gay and LBT community hasn’t been through a pandemic/plague before.
I cannot tell you how disgusted I am at the greed of both Atlantis and RC for packing the ship.There were 712,051 cases of Covid19 reported in the United States yesterday alone. And while the Omincron variant is less severe it is still dangerous to people who have underlying conditions and who are immune deficient. This is not rocket science. But obviously GREED means more than the health and welfare of a community that has already lived through the ravages of one pandemic.
And to make matters worse this cruise literally set sail the day after the expiration of the CDC mandates and as you can see from the pictures above none remained in effect.
Omnicron is 3x’s more communicable than any variant before and this time we cannot protect ourselves with rubbers.
ATLANTIS Events should be ashamed and shunned. And just so they know will be following any cases that develop over the next 2 weeks from the cruise and reporting on them
Lets just hope the next variant isn’t called Homocron.
Greedy fucking bastards.
*Full disclosure: I myself am an avid cruiser and actually cruised in late November. There were only 800 passengers. It was 25% full and there was not one case of coronavirus reported onboard..
Scott Quiner, 55, of Buffalo, was flown from the Twin Cities to Texas over the weekend, an attorney representing the family said. Scott Quiner’s case drew widespread attention last week after Mercy Hospital said it would disconnect the ventilator on Thursday. Quiner, who was unvaccinated, had been in the hospital’s ICU since Nov. 6 with critically low oxygen levels and had shown little signs of improvement since his arrival.
Quiner’s wife, Anne, went to Anoka County court seeking an emergency restraining order to prevent Mercy from disconnecting the ventilator. Without a judge’s decision, “my husband will die,” Anne wrote in her petition seeking the court’s action. A GoFundMe has pulled in more than $28,600 as of Monday morning. A second fundraiser on the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo was seeking to raise $100,000. As of Monday, the effort had brought in $41,000
Of course anti-vax extremists and QAnon/Trump loons are besides themselves and Quinner’s wife wants to keep giving him futile care while taking up an ICU bed in a pandemic so she can give him ivermectin and vitamins.
I’m sure everything will turn out just fine. (No it won’t)
Scott Quiner didn’t listen to science and refused to get vaccinated. He’s been dying in a hospital since October. Now his family is insisting that science save him, even going as far as having him transferred to Texas.