Thursday, November 25, 2021

The new (Nu?) South African COVID variant looks like seriously bad news – HotAir

The variant is called B.1.1.529. Only a few dozen cases have been confirmed so far but its genetic profile is sufficiently alarming to virologists that the WHO is meeting about it tomorrow. Just as B.1.617.2 became known to the world as Delta, B.1.1.529 is expected to be assigned the Greek letter Nu. For months, Delta crowded out all other variants globally because of its extreme transmissibility, outracing the viral competition by spreading to non-immune hosts before any other variant could get to them. But in one province of South Africa, it’s Delta that’s now being outraced.

When scientists took a close look at Nu, the variant that’s beating Delta, they found a shocking variety of mutations on the virus’s spike protein.


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What, again? It might be time to admit that almost everything that Western governments have done about this blasted virus has been wrong-headed and catastrophically expensive. Expensive of lives, of happiness, of money.

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 25, 2021 2:54:24 PM

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