Joe Biden is taking a beating in the internal polls and his COVID policies are part of the problem. As almost in unison Democrat mayors and governors are dropping their COVID passport and mask mandates.
Los Angeles county is dropping their indoor mask mandate soon as well.
It’s amazing just quick Democrat leaders are moving to try and help Joe get his approval numbers up before the midterms.
It wasn’t too long ago, they were creating variants to keep up the fear.
A new Omicron variant is now being reported and already spread into 40 countries worldwide including India, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Singapore, and many more.
The WHO previously reported that Omicron who is also known as B.1.1.529, has three subvariants: BA.1, BA.2, and BA.3. As of a few days before Christmas, BA.1 was responsible for more than 99% of the cases the organization sequenced.
This time, WHO says, BA.2 could be on the rise, competing with BA.1.
Dr. Sara Cody, the Santa Clara County Public Health Officer said during a virtual town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ro Khanna, “Over 95% of the cases we see are omicron. We have just a handful, maybe a pair of cases that are the new subtype of omicron.”
In the U.S., 96 cases have been identified as the new omicron BA.2 variant, and scientists are monitoring it closely to determine whether it is any more infectious or deadly.
“It has a different pattern, but so far we don’t know how it behaves,” said Dr. Cody.
“It’s dangerous to assume that omicron will be the last variant or that we are in the end game,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization Director-General.
As the nation confronts the COVID-19 spike from the original omicron variant, federal data show more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals have reported critical staffing shortages in the past few weeks.
According to the USA Today report:
Yes, a new variant of omicron is spreading on at least four continents. But, no, it shouldn’t be a cause for panic, Massachusetts scientists said Tuesday.
Unlike two years ago when everyone was first learning about COVID-19, there are now many tools to combat the disease, and, like its cousin, omicron BA.2 is expected to remain relatively mild.
“I don’t think it’s going to cause the degree of chaos and disruption, morbidity and mortality that BA.1 did,” said Dr. Jacob Lemieux, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “I’m cautiously optimistic that we’re going to continue to move to a better place and, hopefully, one where each new variant on the horizon isn’t news.”
It’s not clear yet whether BA.2 is pushing out the original omicron variant, now referred to as BA.1, he said.
In Denmark, for instance, the rise of BA.2 is coming as BA.1 falls, but they’re currently split about 50-50, so “it’s not clear which of these variants is driving the outbreak,” Lemieux said.
Meanwhile, in South Africa, where cases had fallen dramatically after a huge surge around Thanksgiving, BA.2 is now more prevalent than BA.1.
“What we don’t know and still have almost no information on is what impact this will have on case counts, on hospitalizations, on deaths,” he said.
Scientists still know very little about the transmissibility of BA.2 compared to BA.1, said Jeremy Luban, a professor of molecular medicine, biochemistry & molecular pharmacology at UMass Medical School.
Regardless of what happens with any new variant, Faui is trying to make sure mask mandates never go away…