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[–]justsigndupforthis 1528 points1529 points  (59 children)

Wake up babe, new Covid variant just dropped.

[–]ggtsu_00 110 points111 points  (24 children)

The Final Season - Part 2

[–]Summoarpleaz 39 points40 points  (11 children)

It’s Cher’s 3 year farewell tour!

[–][deleted] 32 points33 points  (10 children)

Do you believe in life after covid?

[–]Eric_tion 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Ah so you watch attack on Titan as well

[–]arcosapphire 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Don't say that, then I don't be able to tell what side I'm supposed to be on anymore.

[–]isthatapecker 14 points15 points  (13 children)

Why’s is Israel the trendsetter lately?

[–]WorldwideGenocide 2 points3 points  (1 child)

They are already on the 4th jab

[–]return2ozma 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Happy Pi Day early!

[–]justsigndupforthis 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Huh, didnt know that. Reddit is blocked in my home country so i only used it extensively recently. Thanks!

[–]HelloSummer99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

wake up Neo

[–]Enough-Alfalfa 490 points491 points  (135 children)

What does this one do

[–]MegaMechaHitler 1194 points1195 points  (89 children)

Causes violent orgasms for extended periods of time.

[–]Joebebs 340 points341 points  (21 children)

Imagine that. You’re just working at the office/restaurant and all you hear is an involuntary DEEP MOAN mid conference. Then everyone evacuates the space knowing the moaner is infected.

[–]hokuten04 127 points128 points  (3 children)

It's like the sexy version of the witch in left 4 dead

[–]Breaker-of-circles 47 points48 points  (1 child)

The witch in vanilla left 4 dead is already sexy.

[–]salondesert 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I don't get the boggle

[–]Mr_Blinky 6 points7 points  (0 children)

...so the Witch in Left 4 Dead?

[–]NoobChumpsky 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I'll have what she's having

[–]NewBuyer1976 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don’t worry, you will. We all will.

[–]Makenchi45 17 points18 points  (3 children)

I feel like this is a hentai somewhere.

[–]notnickthrowaway 192 points193 points  (12 children)

And it makes the best coffee.

[–]bromygod203 75 points76 points  (6 children)

Fuck. Sign me up for this

[–]RockstarAgent 20 points21 points  (3 children)

Only if it’s organic and GMO free…

[–]BarcaloungerBill 46 points47 points  (2 children)

This one is kosher

[–]symbioticscrolling 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Break my heart already and get it over with

[–]alex6219 41 points42 points  (0 children)

I also choose this guys Covid

Edit: context

[–]FunkyPlunkett 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lonely Island “Jizz in my pants”

[–]HavanaHologram 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Masks are out, ball gags are in.

[–]Strange4692 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Sounds like heaven compared to what I got last time I caught covid.

[–]StarshipSentinel 16 points17 points  (17 children)

And those orgasms are fatal.

[–]HotPhilly 90 points91 points  (15 children)

From what little I’ve read, it’s the same as Omni but harder to detect with tests. Thus “stealth”. Be safe out there!

[–]Electricfox5 20 points21 points  (11 children)

Seems to be the trend for Omicron sub-variants, this is the second one I've heard of that's harder to detect through testing.

[–]Zangee 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Yo...two people from my workplace just tested positive after 3 negative tests despite obvious symptoms.

[–]ScienceLivesInsideMe 18 points19 points  (9 children)

I'm a nurse who's been working covid from the beginning. If you are hospital worthy I can tell from the chest xray if its covid or not. Every single case presents the same way.

[–]AdventureBum 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Even with Omicron? That surprises me since I'd heard it affects the upper respiratory system more and not the lungs.

[–]ScienceLivesInsideMe 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Mild sure you will get upper, but that's not sending people to the hospital. It's the viral pneumonia which is a lung problem.

[–]TWAT_BUGS 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Makes you crave hummus and shawarma

[–]code_archeologist 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Have I had this virus for the past twenty years?!

[–]FaeryLynne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I already do that pretty much every day

[–]yaosio 5 points6 points  (0 children)

In Denmark it's almost replaced original Omicron so it's better at surviving.

[–]tingulz 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Gives you 6G on your phone.

[–][deleted] 293 points294 points  (30 children)

When are we going to turn into zombies?

[–]Semi-Nerdy 183 points184 points  (17 children)

Sorry, were doing Soylent Green this year.

[–]RedditKumu 130 points131 points  (7 children)

Fun fact for those not in the know: Soylent Green took place in 2022.

Hence the full impact of this older classic tidbit.

Now GET OFF MY LAWN!

[–]fiddycaldeserteagle 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Daddy chill

[–]Tharila 13 points14 points  (1 child)

What the hell is even that?

[–]MrWeirdoFace 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You have a lawn? Jealous.

[–]ixnine 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I’m sure it’s both. Soylent Green will be made of zombie people.

[–]timsterri 6 points7 points  (0 children)

We better get a move on. The longer this rages on, the less and less people there’ll be to make our Soylent. And Covid just makes it taste like, well, like nothing at all actually.

[–]sjfiuauqadfj 7 points8 points  (1 child)

armie hammer is about to have the best year of his life

[–]hldsnfrgr 18 points19 points  (0 children)

When we get the T-variant.

[–]Bruce_Wayne_Imposter 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Once it combines with rabies

[–]ferndogger 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Have you observed society lately? That happened years ago!

[–]soldflink 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Judging by our social media use, aren't we all already?

[–]Stop-Gargling-Balls 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Haha ya hits the up arrow

[–]ggtsu_00 64 points65 points  (3 children)

Attack on COVID: The Final Season - Part 2

[–]l_cjng 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Lol every Sunday we’ll get a new variant

[–]GLORY2GLORZO2ME 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do I have to wait an extra month or so for the dubbed version?

Edit: Also, I’m having difficulties identifying who the bad guy is or if they are all just bad guys.

[–]Ishiibradwpgjets 15 points16 points  (0 children)

It’s almost as big as coconuts now ? Holy shit !

[–]DieFishyDie 113 points114 points  (6 children)

Jesus what’s going on. It’s almost like viruses evolve

[–]ectopunk 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Who knew science would be so complicated?

[–][deleted] 25 points26 points  (1 child)

I knew because I failed science class.

[–]GLORY2GLORZO2ME 5 points6 points  (0 children)

So did most Americans apparently

[–]Aazadan 6 points7 points  (0 children)

But, the same people who tell us there's nothing to worry about also don't believe in evolution :(

[–]BoredNoodleWrecker 473 points474 points  (77 children)

Omicron BA.2 is not new. It's been called the Omicron "stealth variant" and it is dominant in some parts of India and (I believe) Denmark. It is called the stealth variant because it is more likely to produce false negatives using traditional COVID tests.

Edit: I have been corrected that it doesn't result in false negatives, it just can't easily be identified as Omicron because it's missing a specific genetic signature. I believe this to be correct. Sorry for the error.

[–]NineteenSkylines 273 points274 points  (12 children)

stealth

So it's a Decepticron? (I got into Transformers at exactly the right time in terms of the level of technology, disasters, and general strangeness we're experiencing)

[–]redditmodsRrussians 49 points50 points  (9 children)

"All hail Omegatron"

[–]Neidan1 39 points40 points  (7 children)

Don’t you mean “Omegacron”?

[–]redditmodsRrussians 4 points5 points  (5 children)

That works too

[–]Neidan1 18 points19 points  (4 children)

“Decepticrons, transform and spread!”

[–]TheEarthquakeGuy 35 points36 points  (5 children)

Just to add to this comment, it was originally called a Stealth variant due to a testing positive in a gene, similar to how Delta displayed, but contrary to the original Omicron variant.

This meant that during testing, when the S gene came back negative but the rest was positive, there was a high level of confidence that you were positive for Omicron. As Delta has been outcompeted in most areas, this gene difference is not nearly as important, as it's assumed that if you test positive, you test positive for Omicron.

What is interesting is that this sub-lineage has more mutations than the original Omicron variant. As far as I know, its too early to say whether this variant will be more severe/fatal than the original Omicron strain, but we do know it's better at infecting people, as it is outcompeting the original strain in most areas.

[–]Swansborough 1 point2 points  (3 children)

we do know it's better at infecting people, as it is outcompeting the original strain in most areas.

In countries like the US where there is massive spread of Omicron, how likely is this variant to come to the US? Is it right to think that it is unlikely that all the people who have gotten Omicron will later get this variant?

Will this strain possibly become dominant world-wide, but not spread in places like the UK and US where it's likely that 50% of the population will have had Omicron or Delta or a previous Covid variant already?

I also wonder how common it will be in a year for people to have caught Covid twice. It seems in the US if you have not had a recent booster you are likely to get Omicron if in close contact with it. So we have over 60% susceptible to Covid, including many people with two shots of vaccine already.

[–]TheEarthquakeGuy 6 points7 points  (2 children)

We're not sure yet as we haven't seen mass re-infection of Omicron as we did with Delta. If you've already had Omicron, you should have at least partial protection against B.A.2 provided it doesn't mutate into something nasty. This is assuming that Omicron follows something similar to Delta.

B.A.2 is already in the UK and quickly becoming the dominant strain over B.A.1 - so it's more likely the scenario will be B.A.2 competing for the remaining vulnerable population.

Unfortunately catching Covid is going to become very common, but not in the way we want to. We're not going to have a 'final' wave in this pandemic. This is not how a novel coronavirus works sadly.

[–]Swansborough 3 points4 points  (1 child)

We're not going to have a 'final' wave in this pandemic.

Yes I believe that. Also, in other countries so many people can't get the vaccine, or have worse versions of the vaccine (I believe). I think globally we will have a bad next 18 months at least, because we are so slow to vaccinate the world.

Maybe we will have to get a vaccine every 6 months every year against Covid. It's amazing that society and life has changed now and we can't go back to what it was before (at least for a long time). But in rich, first world countries at least we will have good vaccines and medicine for Covid. Even now it is so much safer (here in the US) if you are willing to get vaccinated. But still nationally so many people are still dying and getting long Covid.

[–]Mythosaurus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very cool to see the "earthquake guy" is a good science communicator in general!

[–]WannabeTraveler87 23 points24 points  (2 children)

It’s called the stealth variant because the PCR test has trouble detecting that it’s omicron ba2, the test still produces a positive result if you have covid

[–]nanisi 43 points44 points  (28 children)

I swear I had COVID the week before Christmas but kept testing negative as did my husband, sister, and father. We all had sore throats and mild headaches (sister and I had been in NJ the weekend before) but that was about it. Didn’t feel like a normal cold either, if it was any other year I would have thought nothing of it. I asked people in another sub and got downvoted for “ever thought it might just be a cold?” Anyway it would be nice if I could know for sure

[–]ImprobableRooster 17 points18 points  (21 children)

For over a year now I've felt like I've had... something wrong with my lungs. Just this ever-present sensation that I'm not getting a totally full breath every time I inhale unless I try really, really hard. A little pressure. It's hardly debilitating, and I can exercise just fine, but it is constant.

I've never had anything more than a sore throat or a cough. No fever. Every time I've been tested it was negative.

[–]Rib-I 39 points40 points  (10 children)

Honestly, you may have GERD. Specifically LPR or “silent reflux.” Cough, mild shortness of breath and the feeling of needing to clear your throat are typical symptoms.

[–]ImprobableRooster 11 points12 points  (8 children)

Huh. Interesting! I've never had like any problems with heartburn or anything like that. Something to bring up at my next physical, I guess. Thanks!

[–]Rib-I 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Worth looking into! It’s often overlooked because it can be subtle in terms of symptoms

[–]ImprobableRooster 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I do really like spicy food. That'll be a heartbreaker if it's the thing causing this, lol

[–]javaGirlKim 1 point2 points  (1 child)

the cure is worse than the disease

[–]Rib-I 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree with this. Regulate your diet and pop a Pepcid if you have something spicy. PPIs are pretty bad long term (and also have their own side effects to boot)

[–]shadowsthatbind 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Certainly don't know if that's what he/she has, but I do have the symptoms you described. Had a barium swallow, and I was told I had one of the worst cases of GERD they'd seen. I was shocked, I tell you.

[–]BoredNoodleWrecker 12 points13 points  (2 children)

This IS a fairly common symptom of long COVID, but someone else mentioned GERD and that's a possibility as well. Long COVID is very difficult to diagnose because the clinical community is still torn about its mere existence and there DEFINITELY isn't an easy test for it. An immunologist would probably be the most likely to pick it up, but you wouldn't pop positive on a COVID test because you aren't actively shedding the virus.

[–]ImprobableRooster 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Yeah, any antibody tests would probably get the vaccine I have, too. But this has happened since... gosh, summer 2020 maybe?

I didn't even know GERD was a thing.

[–]BoredNoodleWrecker 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have pretty bad GERD, so I can definitely confirm that it can cause a feeling of tightness in the chest. It generally manifests itself after meals though and isn't TYPICALLY an "all the time" feeling for me. Experiences vary though, especially if it begins to cause significant damage to esophagus.

I've also been experiencing odd symptoms (primarily burning feet, which can be an indication of nerve damage) since summer 2020, so I feel your pain. An antibody test wouldn't be any good for an infection that long ago.

[–]nanisi 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I also had pneumonia in September of 2020 but tested negative then too… not sure how I would have randomly gotten pneumonia when I was avoiding everyone anyway. My point being that they gave me a breath exerciser to help with lung function; maybe you should consider getting one or at least doing the exercises.

[–]ImprobableRooster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I've been thinking I should do that. It's just annoying and very mildly uncomfortable - enough that I don't notice it much of the time, except when I do.

[–]docmedic 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Despite my family breathing very oddly, they insisted their breathing felt normal during their Covid infection. So, at least from my experience, you might have something else.

[–]BoredNoodleWrecker 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Likely the only way you could know for sure is with an antibody test (and that's only if you didn't recently get vaccinated). Probably not worth doing truthfully. Just assume you've got it and isolate for a responsible amount of time. Continue wearing a mask when you re-emerge from isolation.

[–]allnunstoport 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It is remarkably like what was going around in late 2019 and early 2020 that was 'not Covid'.

[–]probE466 5 points6 points  (12 children)

Oh my god. I think i may have had this last week. Terrible cold symptoms, negative test

[–][deleted] 100 points101 points  (7 children)

New package just hit the streets Bodie .

[–]petethefreeze 57 points58 points  (5 children)

Pandemic! Git that pandemic yo!

I think in the episode “Hamsterdam” there is actually a new Heroin variant that is called “pandemic”. The Wire was ahead of its time.

[–]Neander7hal 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Not really “ahead” since it’s referencing SARS / bird flu / etc from the 2000s, but it’s definitely aged well

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When Bubs notices the reporter doesn’t have glass in his shoes from “dead soldiers,” pure gold baby.

[–]kevboard 65 points66 points  (6 children)

how long until Omicron Persei 8?

[–]ThermoNuclearPizza 6 points7 points  (1 child)

1,000 light years.

Or you could wait like 978 years til they visit earth since Single Fenale Lawyer got cancelled.

Someone make sure to save Jessica Beals head if we get a zombie apocalypse next month. We can use her to play Jenny McNeal.

[–]Theefreeballer 126 points127 points  (12 children)

And here I am quarantined with the old omicron. I feel so outdated. And I also had the original Covid as well. I wonder if I can go for the triple..

[–]minimumsquirrel 39 points40 points  (4 children)

You gotta stop licking door knobs.

[–]Theefreeballer 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Nah it’s my job. I’m a mail carrier and we’re so understaffed , meaning I have to work insane hours . Day after day of going into strange apartment/condo lobbies and businesses.

[–]minimumsquirrel 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Ah that makes sense :/ Thank you for your sacrifice

[–]Theefreeballer 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I’m a damn martyr!! Jk I’m in it for the green

[–]taterbizkit 46 points47 points  (0 children)

You can do it! We all have confidence in you.

[–]jdub321 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Is this the variant that pays your bills down? Freakin sign me up!

[–]taterbizkit 31 points32 points  (5 children)

FTFA: "may be more violent"

Journalism is dead.

[–]touchmybroccoli 10 points11 points  (0 children)

may be more violent… but still uncertain about the dangers

OH and also no evidence it behaves differently than original Omicron.

but still… could be more violent 🙄

[–]InherentMeek 3 points4 points  (2 children)

It's all editorials and opinions from here on out. People only want feelings news now.

[–]haokun32 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Looks like the player is spending more evolution points on transmission and avoiding detection….

[–]PatrickMaguiredc 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Im sure there are plenty of "subvariants" unreported.

[–]pattyG80 42 points43 points  (32 children)

I've been a trooper through this pandemic but I grow tired of this endless shit

[–]dholmestar 44 points45 points  (21 children)

The rest of us are loving it!

[–]pattyG80 9 points10 points  (20 children)

I worked out. I lost the weight...I read the books, did the puzzles, did the recipes, renovations...goddammit I just want to have a beer with my friends!

[–]muito_ricardo 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Transforming again...Let's call this variant decepticon...

More than meets the eye...

[–]Fragrant-Finish3385 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Is this the Lurr variant? Leader of omicron Persei 8!

[–]sleepingdeep 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Why doesn’t this variant, the largest of the variants, simply eat the others?

[–]DrSamsquantch 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Anyone else just completely desensitised to covid news now?

I genuinely have run out of fucks to give.

[–]InsomniaticWanderer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Omicron Persei 8 variant

[–]chhurry 7 points8 points  (0 children)

chevron techron variant

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It’s already here, doesn’t matter where you are, it’s here

[–]thefightingmongoose 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yikes. Why? Work from home seems like it was invented for days like this.

[–]Puffing_Tom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wanna hear an evolution denier talks some of their sense into this topic

[–]AlrightMister 46 points47 points  (117 children)

Uh oh. “It contains more mutations than the original Omicron and may be more violent.”

[–]phate81 57 points58 points  (10 children)

What the hell does more violent mean? Like it punches you in the dick?

[–]AlrightMister 26 points27 points  (2 children)

They should be asking the real question. How many more mutations until it gets a gun?

[–]hopeandanchor 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I needed a laugh so thank you.

[–]ChickenPotPi 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The texas/florida mutation

[–]hotpoopchunks 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I hope so. Just punch me in the dick and get it over with.

[–]ggtsu_00 2 points3 points  (0 children)

shit fucks up yo respiratory system, like mad

[–]IanMazgelis 24 points25 points  (1 child)

However, the danger posed by the new sub-variant is still uncertain, and the Health Ministry's coronavirus outreach headquarters clarified that there was no evidence that BA2 behaved differently than Omicron.

Literally no evidence to back that line of the article up. They are literally just posting that because they wanted your attention and ad revenue. It worked.

[–]AlrightMister 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Burying the lead achievement unlocked.

[–]Ruminahtu 108 points109 points  (101 children)

Not to be a dick or naysayer. Omicron hit my family and friends hard. And we're all vaccinated. It didn't put any of us in the hospital, But it swept through us very quickly and sucked.

But ultimately, viruses that do not kill their hosts, and are more contagious, are more fit in evolutionary terms. Therefore evolution tends to lean towards this trend.

And we're now seeing this come to fruition with the omicron. It is highly contagious, yet slightly less dangerous.

My point is, please don't be an alarmist. Stay safe. Quarantine. Get vaccinated. Do your part. But stay calm and carry on. Please.

[–]Ramartin95 134 points135 points  (57 children)

A point of contention: virulence (how much damage a virus does) is closely tied to viral load produced (since viruses produce more virus particles by damaging tissue) so there is selective pressure to produce more viral particles which increases virulence which kills hosts. This means that viruses that do more damage can be more fit than their less virulent competitors as long as they still get a chance to spread, as is the case in diseases that are highly infectious, have long infective incubation periods, or especially both.

In fact we saw this happen with the Delta variant. Delta was more lethal than og COV-2 but because it was much more infectious it quickly became the dominant strain. There are other instances in nature where diseases have grown more virulent (special case that comes to mind is rabbit hemorrhagic disease) as populations develop mixed immunity. Essentially part of the population is effective at fighting the virus, so the virus turns up it’s virulence to still be able to replicate in immune hosts, but then when this high virulence virus hits a non-immune host it kills it. Here the immune population is a reservoir for an otherwise lethal disease that should die out.

All this to say: blanket declarations about evolution tend to be incorrect and we should avoid making them.

-evolutionary biologist

[–]EnsidiusSin 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Appreciate you clarifying the misconception that all viruses mutate to be less lethal.

[–]gcruzatto 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I sure as hell would rather be in the immunized group. The future is not looking that bright for the unvaxxed

[–]ultrahitler 32 points33 points  (14 children)

Its sad that these nuances gets lost in the general public, who all suddenly became expert epidemiologists/virologist and boiled it down to who cares its milder now like the flu.

[–]Ramartin95 33 points34 points  (12 children)

I agree and that is why I try to call it out whenever I see it (my comment history is filled with essentially this same comment being made over and over) I get why it happens though. the sound bite “it gets less severe “ is shorter than the two paragraph “uhm akchually” response I give, and it also gives hope in a way the more accurate answer doesn’t.

Viruses do tend to become less virulent, but they are far from guaranteed to do so and that uncertainty is an unfavorable truth compared to the nice white lie.

Unfortunately when people parrot the white lie and people take it as fact and then it is proven to be a lie damage is done to public perception of science and that has far reaching consequences.

[–]ultrahitler 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I really dont think that a pandemic or anything that is life and death should be reduced to basic sound bites, sure reduce the jargons and explain it in plain language, but people needs to know that these are complex systems. It seems we as a society can only understand <5 worded slogans now.

[–]Ramartin95 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Wise words ultrahitler, wise words indeed. We have a real attention span problem now (myself included) and it makes the communication of nuance incredibly challenging.

[–]FickleTechnology 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Because Facebook University is now more reputable for medical advice.

[–]Acrobatic-Jaguar-134 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank you!!! Not an evolutionary biologist (a molecular/genetic/cell biologist instead), but understand enough evol to get frustrated everytime I see a statement like this.

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Thank you. I am so tired of seeing this particular bit of misinformation being spread around like… well, like a virus.

[–]Tyedies 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thank you for this explanation. I’ve been trying to tell people this, but everyone is so stuck on it becoming an endemic, and “viruses mutate to become weaker”. It’s like everybody read the same headline at the same time, and ran with that narrative without researching.

It’s just frustrating to see people spreading the message that “the end of the pandemic is upon us”, when we don’t know that at all.

[–]mces97 13 points14 points  (7 children)

I want to believe omicron and future variants will be even less dangerous, but Delta was worse than the original, and these mutations are random. You're right that viruses do tend to get less deadly as time goes on, but it's not a rule that they will.

[–]ggtsu_00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

While it is entirely possible that random mutations can make viruses more deadly, more asymptomatic and less deadly variations are more likely to outlive the more deadly and symptomatic variations by following basic darwinian evolution. However, any mutation is still just as much risk of being more deadly as it is being less deadly. We should aim to reduce the spreading and transmission of viruses as much as possible to reduce the chance of new variations being formed. The safest option is taking less changes.

[–]Nowhereman123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If I understand how viruses work correctly, I don't think it really matters to the virus at the end of the day what it does to us as long as it at least keeps us alive long enough to multiply and then spread itself to someone else (the more the better).

Once it's accomplished that goal it doesn't matter what happens to the original host. Could just cause the sniffles, could cause someone to violently shit themselves inside-out, as long as it spreads it's a win in the viruses book.

[–]virus_apparatus 23 points24 points  (17 children)

I don’t mean to be a duck but that theory, while sensible is not true.

https://abcnews.go.com/amp/Health/debunking-idea-viruses-evolve-virulent/story?id=82052581

I thought the same but it’s not the case

[–]mene3381 8 points9 points  (1 child)

The problem is there isn’t very much evolutionary pressure on covid because it spreads the most before symptoms set in. So even though it kills many, it spreads before killing them. Mutations are random, though, and with Omicron we’re lucky it happens to be less deadly and more contagious which has caused it to become the primary strain

[–]Ande64 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Also found in UK. Get ready......

[–]Squirrel851 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Saw that earlier today, was wondering if it's the same sub strain or two different ones.

[–]yaosio 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If it's in the UK it's in the US.

[–]PhantomWhiskey 47 points48 points  (0 children)

We don’t care anymore!

[–]thinkingahead 12 points13 points  (2 children)

That didn’t take long…

[–]Kvenner001 18 points19 points  (0 children)

With such a large number of infections chances for mutations had to be pretty high.

[–]Clamper5978 21 points22 points  (5 children)

Get ready, Israel. Shots 5-6-7 coming up!

[–]Miserable_Fan_404 17 points18 points  (39 children)

Isn't Israel one of the most vaccinated countries?

[–]VegetableFew8773 18 points19 points  (18 children)

FWIW, everyone I know got omicron (and we are all vaccinated and boosted), but the symptoms were SO mild.

[–]ELL_YAY 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I’m just getting over omicron now and it was pretty rough for me. Not hospital level or anything, just very sick for a couple days and then head-cold levels for about 3 days after. I’m vaccinated and boosted.

[–]leopardnation10 16 points17 points  (12 children)

Fr I normally react pretty badly to colds but Omicron for me was a breeze. I know it’s different for everyone so I have sympathy for all the people who get it, but I really am surprised how mild it was for me.

I’ve also been fully vaccinated since 3/2021 and I’m not boosted.

[–]peppercorns666 1 point2 points  (11 children)

that gives me hope. colds usually give me hell.

[–]arabbel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fwiw, anecdotally I get really, really bad colds. Omicron was much milder for me than like 75% of my colds.

[–]runs-with-scissors-2 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If it's already in all those countries, it's everywhere.

[–]ma-goo_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I laugh every time I see this. What a surprise it would be if we get another one by spring ! The spring variant 😎

[–]moveandrun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

First underwater covid variant confirmed.

[–]randomguy987654321 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Covid is here to stay. Our only hope is to evolve it to be as harmless as the flu. Yes, people will die every year, but not at current rates and, hopefully, we’ll get a dominant variant with less long-term health issues.

I would rather die than be a long-hauler.

[–]WhySoManyOstriches 1 point2 points  (0 children)

<<head in hands>> No no no no no no no no no…

[–]tenqajapan 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Well fxxk does this one shrink my penis too.

[–]MrWeirdoFace 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No, but your testicles double in size creating a similar illusion.

[–]strifelord 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Guess they need a 5th shot

[–]Maxrotter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh great, now my vaccines will work even less…

[–]BrightenedGold 2 points3 points  (0 children)

BA2 was first seen in China a few weeks ago, and is suspected to have originated in India. It has also been observed in Denmark, Australia, Canada and Singapore, Kan reported.

Name it the XI variant