Breaking news Friday:

“Scientists in South Africa on Thursday identified a concerning new coronavirus variant with mutations that one scientist said marked a ‘big jump in evolution,’ prompting several countries to quickly limit travel from the region.”

Here is the complete COVID report for Wednesday.

184 thoughts on “COVID update

  1. Bad news…and no clue currently on how effective the vaccines are. All four confirmed cases in Botswana were among vaccinated people.

  2. I’m at the point now where I want to see the idiots of the world die off anyway.
    Right now it’s the perfect storm coming: winter, a new Delta Plus variant, schools in session, and of course the holidays.
    I do think things will settle down when the new Pfizer pill goes into full production.
    This of course assumes that the conspiracy crowd will actually take it (you know, because of all the 5G, infertility, rewriting DNA, and tracking devices in it) , but I bet two weeks in ICU slowly suffocating will change their minds. (I hope they refuse to take it still, because screw ’em)
    If this pill works as advertised, and so far the studies look good, it’s a game changer.

  3. The time is coming & the case is being made that talk of putting CoVid behind us has not turned out to be our likely long term prospect. We are going to have ups & downs. What we need to talk about now, realistically, is shifting in & out of a lower gear. Probably on an as-needed basis. Which means, geographically, a patchwork of outbreaks & counter-measures. Like so many other diseases & pathogens.

    1. Not hatred, informed self interest. Kids can’t get the shot, they aren’t safe, duh. Now I know you couldn’t care less, not being a kid. But won’t someone, please, think of the economy? The sooner we get to herd immunity, the sooner people can get back to work, unload the container ships, drive the trucks and get you that Baby Yoda doll you’ve had your eye on.

      1. Since this is steve we’re talking about, I assume you mean a Baby Yoda blow-up sex doll, Nature Mom.

        1. Dang Roger, I was trying to keep it classy and soft-pedal that detail. For the same reason, I will not describe *how* Baby Yoda gets blown up nor speculate whether he opted for the deluxe model with the vibrating anus.

          1. You are right, Nature Mom, and I apologize. I forgot that “classy” is the one word that sums up the essence of this website and its master, Uncle Scoopy. I have dishonored an American monument of dignity and good taste.

            And OF COURSE steve is getting the deluxe version. I defy anyone to imagine that he would do otherwise. “It is to laugh!”

    2. You think anti-vaccine idiocy is new?

      Prior to the pandemic we’ve had measles outbreaks because of anti-vaxxers thus setting the stage for where we are now. We needed to push back against this before, we really need to do it now.

    3. Not that I disagree with Nature Mom’s sentiment about wanting to re-anchor to safety. It’s just that…

      First, novelty = severity. The seriousness of a pathogen is not just about its own “potency” or “virulence”. It’s also about how fast our immune response recognizes the pathogen & is able to control the infection. Pragmatically, we should mark a new pathogen by its effect. Not technically, by lineage. From that perspective, the Delta variant became a new disease. We were lucky that it could still be, if only marginally, swept under the same rug covering the initial outbreak. Our path back to “normal” is on the verge of being thwarted yet again.

      The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 variant A.30 is heavily mutated and evades vaccine-induced antibodies with high efficiency

  4. Back on Sept 10th I posted a comment about anti-vaccers. At the time I had discovered that two of my co-workers were anti-vaccers.
    As a quick update, I have since learned that there is a 3rd co-worker of mine that is anti-vaccine. And for the record, I’m part of an IT group of around 20 people total. These are allegedly intelligent people.
    I have also learned that my own sister and her husband are anti-vaccine.
    So far, out of the 5 people, here’s what they all have in common:
    1. Conspiracy theorist
    2. Strong religious belief (to be clear, for my sister, the religion is catholic)
    3. Foxnews

    For myself, I don’t believe there is a mysterious invisible sky God, anymore than I believe in the Great Pumpkin, so from the outside looking at all of the anti-vaccers, it looks to me like they all show a willingness to believe in something that is not real as a form of mental comfort.

    (I realize my amateur analysis doesn’t apply to everyone. No need to bombard me with replies. It’s just a tiny sampling of what I have observed. )

    1. Yeah, almost all of it is the willing disbelief. I also have a Catholic sister. She literally – *literally* – always has Fox on, except maybe when everyone’s asleep. It’s spooky, the endless TV as much as the Fox.
      But there’s also this privilege subtext (not very sub) of “I’m white and fairly well-off, this shouldn’t be my problem”.

  5. Seriously, how is CBS not slapping this map up every night during the evening news – ideally with a big “Breaking! News!” buildup. Even the whackos who are dead (and I mean dead) set against getting the shot might think to do what we were all doing pre-vaccine – stay in, WFH, bake some bread maybe…

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