The Washington Post reports today that not only is the so-called “Delta variant” in full swing, causing sphincters to go flaccid in some parts of the country, but now something much worse is on the horizon.
South Korea's Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Tuesday that it had recorded at least two cases of the new coronavirus delta-plus variant, which some experts believe to be more transmissible than the original delta variant that was first detected in India and has since thwarted plans for returning to life before the pandemic.
But what do we know about “delta plus,” yet another new variant causing alarm among governments and health officials? First identified in Europe in March, the variant is also known as B. 1.617.2.1 or AY.1.
It has been detected in several countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States and India.
The variant and the others that the CDC is monitoring greatly underscore the need for ramped-up vaccination efforts, Hildreth said, pointing out the large swaths of the population who are still unvaccinated and minority communities with underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to variants.
“The virus is not going to wait around for us to get our act together,” he said. “We're in danger of something that's going to set us back.”
“More transmissible than the original delta variant.” To put that in perspective:
Cool cool…#DeltaVariant is one of the most highly transmissible respiratory viruses, similar to chickenpox and more than Ebola, smallpox, MERS, SARS, Bird flu, 1918 pandemic flu!
But we’re just gonna let our unvaccinated children go to school without masks….. pic.twitter.com/uRHgHyAIrs
— Jasmine R Marcelin, MD, FACP 🦠 (@DrJRMarcelin) July 30, 2021
The “Delta plus” variant isn't the only one kicking around.
Miami is just a petri dish of COVID variants.
University of Miami data from 2nd week of July shows 62% patients have Delta variant, 20% had Gamma (Brazilian), 9% B.1.621variant (Colombia) and 3% Lambda (Peru).
A month ago there was only 2 total identified patients w/ Delta.
— Danny Rivero (@TooMuchMe) August 1, 2021
And there are more letters in the Greek alphabet that have yet to be used.
A viral infection mutating through variants is hardly unusual. One of the reasons that there is no vaccine for the common cold is because there are so many variants that it is not possible, given the current state of the science, to produce a single vaccine to combat all of them. My guess is that the Wuhan virus is going to do the same thing as there are indications that the “Delta variant” may not respond to the vaccine developed for the garden variety Wuhan virus.
As I've posted over and over, none of this has anything to do with your health and everything to do with establishing control over the population. The Wuhan virus is here to stay. It is going to mutate because that is what viruses do. The arrival of new variants, like annual variants of the seasonal flu, is a given and largely immaterial because the evolutionary path of the virus is something over which we exercise little-to-no control. What is important is how the new variants will be used to circumscribe liberty. If the “Delta variant” is an example, each discovery of a new variety of the Wuhan virus will be accompanied by cries for lockdowns and a return to wearing face masks. These demands will be made regardless of the science, their purpose is to keep the general population jittery and compliant. If you recall, last year police were used to break up Easter services and funerals. Parents were arrested for playing with their children outside. Mounted police were employed to roust people from beaches and parks. Parties in private homes were forbidden. Violent demonstrations were outlawed…uh, strike that, that didn't happen.
The one thing we're seeing about the “Delta variant” is that whatever superpowers of transmissibility it possesses, it is much less lethal than Wuhan Classic. Infections don't matter so long as the infected person lives through the experience and recovers. What does matter is how our freedoms and civil society are chipped away by people who would happily walk over your dead body if it increased their personal power.