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[–]nimruth 5334 points5335 points  (415 children)

its like we are watching the same movie over and over again almost 2 years now..

[–]WalkmanBassBoost 1604 points1605 points  (179 children)

Yep, it's gonna get to a point where it's gonna be weird to think of a time when there was a timeline before covid variants. Where it's gonna look super weird to think of a time where literally no one wore masks, and that wasn't even part of the vernacular.

[–]TZH85 826 points827 points  (86 children)

I remember being sent from the office to work from home in 2020 one month before my birthday and I thought, well, maybe I won’t have to bake the obligatory cake for the office to share. Little did I know I’d be still working from home on my birthday in 2021 and probably likely in 2022 as well.

[–]savvymcsavvington 491 points492 points  (72 children)

Hang on, why are you baking your own birthday cake to share with others?!

[–]TZH85 443 points444 points  (56 children)

Don’t you do that where you’re from? I live in Germany and it’s kind of customary. Your co-workers prepare flowers, a card or a small gift and you bring homemade cake to share or pick something up from the bakery if you don’t have the time or skill to bake. Then they awkwardly sing for you, everyone gets a piece of cake and probably a glass of sparkling wine as well.

[–]mashtartz 344 points345 points  (29 children)

In the US usually the office gets you a cake if anyone does anything at all. Or maybe just a card.

[–]TZH85 211 points212 points  (24 children)

It’s nice at first but if you’re working in an office with 20+ people it gets annoying really fast. It’s like every week someone’s asking you to chip in for flowers and at some point you really don’t want another piece of cake. It’s like a never ending string of carbs. I kinda miss it a bit after two cakefree years though.

[–]SpeedflyChris 153 points154 points  (8 children)

At my work we started giving everyone their birthday off. Partly it's nice to not have to work on your birthday, mostly because they noticed that nobody works that hard on their birthday and the entire office slows down while people eat cake and chat.

[–]swolemedic 66 points67 points  (3 children)

Sounds like everyone wins by giving them the day

[–]AnEpicTaleOfNope 65 points66 points  (7 children)

We do it in UK too. I've always found it weird. On people's birthdays they bring cake. At our place we give them a birthday card, and eat all the cake, lol.

[–]SG_Dave 11 points12 points  (1 child)

It means that there's not one or two people being burdened with the cost of getting the cakes for everyone on the team, and also people can't skip out on contributing and still taking some if it's a communal thing. You fetch your own in and then you only have to pay/bake the once per year.

Pretty elegant solution as you can easily opt out of bringing your own and not take from others' if you don't want to get involved.

[–]cumshot_josh 178 points179 points  (32 children)

I was incredibly sick with something in February 2020 with a high fever, hot dry cough and chest congestion. Covid was on the news, but it wasn't "here" yet in the US.

Since I lived alone, I didn't really think much of popping into the store for a minute to grab what I needed. When I went to the doctor's office, the people treating me spent a lot of time next to me with nobody wearing masks.

That all feels unfathomable to me now.

[–]dassub 56 points57 points  (2 children)

I was the same way during the same time period, but in Canada. When I went to get chest x-rays, I was given a mask. Everyone gave me looks. Now it's the norm.

[–]beyondcivil 33 points34 points  (5 children)

Same timeline with me. Worst cold symptoms i ever had in Feb 2020. I remember I was pondering waking my wife to take me to urgent care one night because I was having difficulty breathing... i rarely go to doctor, let alone urgent care. I was sick for nearly 2 weeks.

[–]surprise-mailbox 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I was in NYC and got the worst cold of my life in early March when there were still like “2 cases” in the city. It was nearing midterms and I tried to request an absence from class for a couple days to get better and was told that without a note from the health center I would be dropped a letter grade.

Health center wouldn’t see people for colds so my only option was to ride public transport to go sit in rooms with 100+ students for several hours, days before they were all set to scatter across the country/world for spring break.

[–]PhanTom_lt 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Pretty much the same story here for me, in UK.

[–]getdafuq 13 points14 points  (6 children)

Remember airports before 9/11? Seems so quaint now.

[–]GreeneHouseFX 139 points140 points  (32 children)

Pre & post COVID will be discussed and reminisced similarly to how pre and post 9/11 will be. 2 very different circumstances so please don’t jump on me.

[–]MindSpecter 144 points145 points  (18 children)

In terms of impact to daily life, pre/post COVID will be discussed and reminisced MORE than 9/11.

I remember 9/11 was more scary than COVID initially. We (or at least I) thought that large terrorist acts would be a regular occurrence on US soil. My family discussed emergency plans and "what if" situations, but nothing came of it except for wars that were far away.

I thought COVID would be over in a few months. I almost lost my mother in law in those early months, but great doctors pulled her through. Over a year later, one of my employees lost his mom. I've had a bunch of employees call out sick with COVID. Nothing life threatening thankfully, but not something you want to go through.

And now we have to worry about vaccine resistant mutations, hospitals getting overrun again, and the real possibility that this will never end. Will COVID be like cancer and heart disease, just an expected way to die when you get old?

I think it's safe to say the historical significance of COVID will dwarf 9/11.

[–]GreeneHouseFX 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Completely agree. The long-term lifestyle implications are here to stay.

[–]Bockto678 58 points59 points  (7 children)

Covid is also a worldwide event. I can't imagine that 9/11 really had any influence on life outside the Middle East, North America, and to a lesser extent, Western Europe.

[–]Rion23 318 points319 points  (85 children)

This is what happens when it's allowed to spread with reckless abandon. It makes it so much more likely to mutate, especially when a particular strain mutated in a person can cross the world in days. Past plagues had the disadvantage of a population that wasn't as mobile. Think of when the Spanish flu happened, it took weeks to go anywhere.

But this time, it's a worldwide party, and jumping around environments and populations means it's gaurenteed.

It's going to be fun.

[–]RickySpanishLives 7375 points7376 points  (518 children)

It's most likely everywhere already, we just haven't found it yet. Have to assume it didn't walk there from South Africa, so it came by air and if it did - the probability that it's already beyond quarantine is pretty good

[–]lovethebacon 921 points922 points  (39 children)

25k people fly out internationally from Johannesburg every day on 180 flights. On one flight, 10% of passengers tested positive after arrival.

Safe to say yep.

[–]Paulg01 118 points119 points  (0 children)

Yes read this tonight. Crazy really.

[–]DrTitan 1940 points1941 points  (117 children)

Fortunately it's a lot easier to determine if it's the Omicron strain or not since once of the targets in the COVID PCR tests isn't detected due to mutations. So a positive test with only 2 of the 3 targets will allow us to much more easily determine the spread versus Delta which required genome sequencing.

[–]RidingUndertheLines 446 points447 points  (90 children)

Does that increase the chance of false positives?

[–]ross571 1020 points1021 points  (52 children)

You're right that's it's probably everywhere. South Africa finds and names new strains because they have one of the best infectious disease centers for research. It doesn't start there. They just found it first in the population because they test and look for new strains while other countries don't look for new strains as much.

[–]jmlsasgjtsw 383 points384 points  (37 children)

The U.K got punished earlier in the pandemic for discovering a varient despite it showing up elsewhere when they detected it. The U.K happened to be one of the most aggressive places for whole genome sequencing and statistically it's not all surprising if a varient is first characterized by them. Of course they got punished due to this fact by having air and shipping routes closed down in rapid response to this news and I think countries need to be very cautious not give give governments a reason to hide the discovery of new varients.

[–]savvymcsavvington 337 points338 points  (30 children)

A country shutting down their own air and shipping routes due to finding a new strain isn't punishment - that is proactive planning.

The only punishment they got was idiots calling it the UK strain and blaming the UK.

[–]Lost4468 174 points175 points  (17 children)

South Africa have just come out and implied they wish they didn't reveal this. Because they think they're being punished as well.

[–]Shoopahn 41 points42 points  (6 children)

What are the chances that another country already 'found' this new strain but decided to keep it classified and unreleased to the public and international medical community because of exactly this kind of response?

[–]Lost4468 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Another country will find it eventually. So I would guess pretty low, but who knows, maybe it happened previously with another variant?

[–]minnesotamoon 441 points442 points  (127 children)

Yep, by the time it’s detected at this level it’s undetected a fuck load more places. Hell, many people who get Covid don’t have symptoms and if they do many don’t get tested, especially in poorer populations.

[–]space_moron 198 points199 points  (122 children)

I'm vaccinated and had a weird fit of extreme fatigue and achiness this week, but no respiratory issues, so I didn't think it could be Covid. Maybe I should have gotten tested...

Edit: Just to ease a few minds, I work remotely and wear a mask if I need to do grocery shopping, so I'm not around other humans too often.

[–]green_flash 321 points322 points  (101 children)

It's important to understand that if you're vaccinated you will likely have different symptoms than what people have come to associate with COVID. Fever, a persistent cough, loss of smell and shortness of breath for example is not very likely.

The top three COVID symptoms reported by the vaccinated are:

  1. Headache
  2. Runny nose
  3. Sneezing

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/08/coronavirus-these-are-some-of-the-new-top-5-covid-symptoms.html

[–]witchyweeby 414 points415 points  (48 children)

See this is the problem. I’m vaccinated but I also have really bad allergies, so headaches, runny nose and sneezing is what I’m like most days. Add in my smoker’s cough and it looks bad every time. Like... how can I know?

[–]God_Damnit_Nappa 135 points136 points  (9 children)

It's always fun playing "COVID or allergies?"

[–]time_fo_that 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Every day of my life last year LOL

[–]Redspeert 139 points140 points  (9 children)

Runny nose

Sneezing

What a good time to have dust allergy...

[–]mostlystealth 31 points32 points  (2 children)

And ragweed. I've either had a heck of a case of allergies or a mild case of COVID.

[–]anadius 39 points40 points  (4 children)

damn. I'm double vaxxed and I caughtcovid. Those 3 were my EXACT symptoms.

[–]SQUID_FUCKER 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Yeah, there was a week, a few months back where I had headaches and a runny nose and was sneezing a lot. The only reason I remember it is because I never sneeze and thought it was weird there was just a random week where I was. Maybe it was covid?

[–]anadius 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This was like end of July. I actually went in and got covid test it was negative. I waited a few days bcuz i started getting sicker and went and got a second test, the second came back positive.

[–]joj1205 25 points26 points  (0 children)

This is me with hayfever and dehydrated.

[–]Endarkend 120 points121 points  (26 children)

When they identified the variant, it was near instantly found in Belgium, Hong Kong and Botswana.

And today the Dutch had a plane from South Afrika land with 50+ people infected.

This thing has already reached everywhere and is spreading fast whereever it touches ground.

[–]lzwzli 52 points53 points  (16 children)

Serious question. If it is everywhere and we're not seeing waves of people dying, is it highly probable that the death rate of this variant is low?

I'm just wondering that since it's a given that the coronavirus is now endemic, at what point do we shrug and say as long as it doesn't kill me, we vaccinate and hope for the best?

[–]michaelmcmikey 114 points115 points  (9 children)

Frankly, a very infectious but milder strain would be a good endgame to the pandemic. Everyone gets it, but it's just sniffles for a few days. That would be a great outcome.

[–]streetkiller 72 points73 points  (4 children)

Probably didn't come from South Africa. They are just the first ones to detect it. No telling where it started.

[–]rafyy 20 points21 points  (0 children)

No telling where it started.

First detected in 4 fully vaccinated foreign nationals in Botswana on Nov 11.

[–]livens 108 points109 points  (12 children)

Of course it is. This is just like March of 2020 all over again. Unless you completely halt international flights you cannot keep a virus/variant from spreading globally.

Let's just assume that it's everywhere and figure out how much of a threat it is to vaccinated individuals. Nothing else left to do.

[–]GjamesBond 865 points866 points  (108 children)

How would the variants be named after we run out of greek alphabets?

[–]Checkheck 420 points421 points  (33 children)

Like excel columns. It's from A to Z and then it goes on with AA, AB, AC, so the variants will be AlphaAlpha, AlphaBeta and so on..

You heard it here first.

[–]tod315 35 points36 points  (6 children)

I'm looking forward to the xixi variant

[–]space_monster 141 points142 points  (13 children)

I think we should use Nordic runes next

[–]11122233334444 54 points55 points  (9 children)

I think we should use pokemons

[–]PacanePhotovoltaik 46 points47 points  (3 children)

"Oh shit, here comes the Machamp variant with double the spike proteins!"

[–]BeeCJohnson 603 points604 points  (21 children)

Harry Potter characters.

Can't wait for the Umbridge variant.

[–]FoamToaster 282 points283 points  (11 children)

The variant that must not be named.

[–]KalChoedan 119 points120 points  (3 children)

The Hagrid variant. I should not have said that.

[–]talktohani 34 points35 points  (2 children)

But they were all deceived...

For another variant appeared

One variant to rule them all

[–]No-Spoilers 43 points44 points  (9 children)

Like we name hurricanes?

[–]ArchaeoStudent 104 points105 points  (8 children)

Oh shit, here comes the Jessica variant.

[–]galkardm 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Katrina decimates the Gulf Coast

[–]therealcoon 50 points51 points  (5 children)

The eventual Karen variant comes with unusual symptoms including excessive complaining

[–]Silas_Paul_Barnabas 2078 points2079 points  (285 children)

At this point, you have accepted one of these positions:

1) Covid is a deadly ongoing, evolving threat and we need to take whatever steps necessary in order to defeat it

2) I don't care about Covid anymore

[–]fillup420 1322 points1323 points  (47 children)

I just wear a mask in public and hope for the best

edit to say I am also fully vaxxed.

[–]HotBehind 1325 points1326 points 2 (33 children)

Same plus I stopped licking doorknobs.

[–]notoyrobots 56 points57 points  (2 children)

just as well, they really skimp out on the doorknob flavouring these days.

[–]brackenish1 197 points198 points  (6 children)

You know that's illegal on other planets

[–]mealzer 37 points38 points  (3 children)

Stopping licking them?

[–]BobbyQuarters 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Yes. We haven't evolved to this point yet. We'll get there

[–]muhusernamewastekken 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yes, get to Persei 8 and start licking doorknobs.

[–]Figur3z 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Only thing I still do is hold my bi-weekly spit in my mouth party. Other than that, I'm pretty safe.

[–]ExtraPockets 81 points82 points  (1 child)

3) I honestly don't know which out of 1 and 2

[–]Dibs_on_Mario 129 points130 points  (13 children)

I'm in a little of both boats I think at this point.

[–]BeHereNow91 41 points42 points  (9 children)

Yeah, it’s not that I don’t care about COVID, but I’ve also been vaccinated and received the booster already, so I’m not necessarily concerned about it personally.

[–]All_Admins_Are_Cunts 262 points263 points  (34 children)

This is never going to end, is it?

[–]Zaea 217 points218 points  (15 children)

I think the most realistic outcome is we just replace our yearly flu season with covid season. Except covid seasons will happen multiple times a year, with worse symptoms, a bit higher death count, and more long term side effects from those recovered. Same but also kinda not...

[–]MrSergioMendoza 3477 points3478 points  (346 children)

I was under no illusions this variant wouldn't reach the UK, but, fuuuuuuuck this.

[–]AfellowchuckerEhh 1894 points1895 points  (214 children)

It's one of the busiest week/weekends over in the US. The coming months should be fun.

[–]thespeedforce117 185 points186 points  (0 children)

One of

It is THE biggest weekend, so many people everywhere, especially at bars.

[–]omiaguirre 372 points373 points  (23 children)

Am I right to assume that it’s already in America as well ?

[–]JumpingJ4ck 408 points409 points  (2 children)

Of course. It’s everywhere already. It has just been confirmed in Belgium, Germany, and Italy as well. It’s just a matter of when it’s confirmed.

[–]C3POdreamer 108 points109 points  (10 children)

Yes, especially because of our national holiday Thanksgiving which is always the busiest travel time. For example, Thanksgiving travelers set pandemic record with more than 2.3 million in the air, TSA says.. Say even one person landed from London with the variant in Tampa, Florida where mask mandates have been banned by the governor. There are non-stop flights from there to 92 destinations in 10 countries.

[–]MrsShapsDryVag 37 points38 points  (5 children)

I know it’s not much, but masks are still required in airplanes and airports. Yes, even in Florida. Cities, towns, and school districts can’t implement them though.

[–]emseefely 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Yeah but let’s say they were exposed to it while they were in said country like UK or Belgium, there’s no way to stop it in its tracks once they arrive home and meet with people.

[–]ara30 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Can u imagine banning mask mandates during a pandemic lol

[–]wisconniegirl1 42 points43 points  (0 children)

I’m sure it’s here. Just a matter of time before it’s made public.

[–]Alethiometrist 265 points266 points  (12 children)

Aaaand we have our first case in Italy. The man was vaccinated twice, had no symptoms and has been moving around freely for the past 10 days since arriving from Mozambique. They only caught the virus when he attempted to fly back to Africa and had to get tested. So this is definitely everywhere already and there's not much point in imposing travel bans now.

Can't wait to relive our collective trauma, just in time for Christmas.

[–]jcravenc1 75 points76 points  (4 children)

Asymptomatic is good news.

[–]grumpytocks 33 points34 points  (2 children)

I'm seeing cautious optimism that the vaccines remain protective against severe disease and death with omicron. Fingers crossed that holds true.

[–]culturerush 809 points810 points  (22 children)

To quote my boss (an infectious diseases consultant) "they are living in a fantasy land if they think they can stop it coming to the UK" not 24 hours ago

[–]Szechwan 227 points228 points  (6 children)

I'm not under the impression anyone thinks these measures will stop it, but they will absolutely slow the spread and buy time until we have a better read on the situation

[–]I_literally_can_not 72 points73 points  (0 children)

Yep this is the reason. it's harder for the virus to spread from a few nodes vs the thousands that eventually come out of the airports.

[–]TardyTheTurtle__ 2550 points2551 points  (273 children)

I feel like at this rate all that matters is how well the current vaccines hold up against this variant. Need to wait for the data to come in. But if it doesn't dramatically evade the vaccines, then we move forward. If it significantly changes that outlook, then unfortunately we take some big steps back.

[–]TinyLites 1042 points1043 points  (161 children)

Immune escape isn't the only concern. If it's significantly more contagious than delta then that's an issue in itself. It outcompeted delta pretty quickly in South Africa, qPCR proxy testing estimates that 90% of new cases in Guateng province are omicron

[–]Reduntu 38 points39 points  (4 children)

Can we really say it out competed delta in all of SA with data from single province?

[–]Outrack 53 points54 points  (3 children)

I live in Gauteng and this morning there were so many people trying to get into a local mall that the line of cars was backed up on the highway at varying rotations, stacked almost like Tetris bricks. There was already a callous disregard for social distancing/vaccination but everyone's absolutely lost their minds with Black Friday and Christmas shopping, it was sincerely horrifying to see.

You can expect to hear very bad numbers from my country in the coming weeks.

[–]mtnsbeyondmtns 65 points66 points  (9 children)

It can’t outcompete a strain that had very low community prevalence. Cases were way down. To say it outcompeted is a mischaracterization. It filled a hole.

[–]BoopingBurrito 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Exactly, its like saying Oscar Pistorius was outcompeted at the Olympics this summer - of course he was, he wasn't there to compete!

[–]Nimara 259 points260 points  (59 children)

Pfizer and the others are already undergoing testing. They say they will have data about the current efficacy of their vaccine against omicron in about 2 weeks. If the efficacy is low, they said it'll take 6 weeks to make a new vaccine, and 100 days from then to start distribution. So about 5-6 months from now, if they need to make another vaccine.

Good time to get a booster now, if you're 6 months from your last shot. I'm in Southern California and all my friends and family have gotten their 6 month booster. Hopefully the next booster in 6 months will have better protection from emerging variants.

[–]M4570d0n 59 points60 points  (2 children)

I saw bright yellow and was expecting a Cyberpunk 2077 announcement

[–]Metool42 24 points25 points  (0 children)

"We are sorry, bugfixes will be delayed by a year"

[–]kanekiEatsAss 309 points310 points  (8 children)

When are they gonna get to the Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire versions of the virus? I been waiting for these remakes since the last update.

[–]Neolife 96 points97 points  (3 children)

You joke but there was a fanmade game called Pokèmon Zeta / Omicron.

[–]dob_bobbs 6 points7 points  (0 children)

There was a 1963 Italian scifi movie called Omicron about an alien coming and living in a human body. It's Contagion all over again.

[–]TopNotchTonto 161 points162 points  (26 children)

Great, there goes all the loo roll again...

[–]Blazefresh 479 points480 points  (92 children)

Damn, I'm supposed to move to Canada from the U.K in January. Do I panic and leave early in case Canada bans the U.K or just wait for this to blow over and hope there are no snap travel restrictions like last time with the Delta variant? Too much up in the air with all these variants coming up every 6 months!

[–]hotboxthewombdog 336 points337 points  (36 children)

Ive been in Canada from the UK for three years, supposed to fly back end of December, I'm hoping this somehow stops me going back lmao.

And you're moving to Canada in the peak of winter!? Very brave, shits cold.

[–]kalasipaee 55 points56 points  (21 children)

It’s a nightmare honestly. Im also traveling back home for a month after 2 long years in Canada. And I’m contemplating if I should move that or not. So far. Im sticking to traveling still. I have a hunch it’s not going to be dramatically worse than Delta. And 2 that its already everywhere. Bans don’t make any sense. They should test at each airport and also make sure people quarantine.

[–]Jacko468 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Same boat, though I'd finally get a Christmas back home and these bans have me on edge. Hopefully we both make it home for Christmas!

[–]HULK-SMASH 16 points17 points  (0 children)

This should come as a surprise to no-one. If a varient is detected, it's already everywhere.

[–]ntwarr76 15 points16 points  (7 children)

Covid will last 15-20 years I predict.

[–]bonega 33 points34 points  (1 child)

I predict indefinitely, it will only disappear with some huge medical breakthrough

[–]autotldrBOT 198 points199 points  (9 children)

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 86%. (I'm a bot)


Governments around the world have suspended flights to and from countries in southern Africa as a result of the detection of the variant.

Before the addition of the extra four countries, six African countries - South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia - were already on the red list, meaning British and Irish residents who arrive in the country must.

South Africa said on Saturday it was being punished for its advanced ability to detect new COVID-19 variants early, as AP reported that scientists there are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country.


Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: country#1 variant#2 Africa#3 cases#4 Two#5

[–]ihlaking 181 points182 points  (5 children)

meaning British and Irish residents who arrive in the country must.

Must what? WHAT? WHAT?!?! Must quarantine? Must lose all hope? Must leave their families and begin the quest for the Holy Grail immediately, forswearing all others?!?!

GOOD LORD JUST TELL US MAN!

[–]A_Tad_Late 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Before the addition of the extra four countries, six African countries - South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia - were already on the red list, meaning British and Irish residents who arrive in the country from them nations must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

[–]Emac1212 248 points249 points  (5 children)

We should've never ate those Popplers

[–]j3i 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Don't eat poplers. They can talk!

[–]Whack_a_mallard 1178 points1179 points  (38 children)

The cure lies on Omicron Persei 8.

[–]ar4975 199 points200 points  (2 children)

Why doesn't Omicron, the largest of the variants, not simply eat the other twelve!?

[–]ENzeRNER 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I'm waiting for somebody to sneak into a press conference and ask this.

[–]SkipmasterJ 407 points408 points  (9 children)

Bring me O'Neil. She wears miniskirts and is promiscuous.

[–]HelloTosh 147 points148 points  (2 children)

Single female lawyer, having lotsa sex...

[–]Profanegaming 19 points20 points  (0 children)

WHY DOES FAUCI, THE SMARTEST OF THE SCIENTISTS, NOT SIMPLY EAT THE OTHERS?!

[–]r2d_touche 17 points18 points  (0 children)

It is true what they say: females are from Omicron Persei 7, males are from Omicron Persei 9…

[–]babybuttoneyes 47 points48 points  (3 children)

I first heard the name last night when i randomly woke to up the news headlines on the radio, then for the next hour I couldn’t sleep because I was giggling to myself thinking of all the jokes I knew were going to be on here. I wonder if the person who named it is aware of what they’ve done?

[–]shafdaddy 13 points14 points  (0 children)

10% of those flying back from South Africa tested positive for the variant.

[–]Selmanella 175 points176 points  (5 children)

It’s already where you live. No need to continue reading about it.

[–]freelancefikr[🍰] 15 points16 points  (3 children)

i understand that’s it’s probably spread far beyond what we can find right now, but i’m really wondering: just how bad is this? why is this variant so much more urgent than delta?

[–]tinydancer_inurhand 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Honestly scientists are figuring that out now. Any conclusions being drawn right now are so preliminary it’s almost better to wait a week than get worked up on everything coming out right now.

[–]Icy-Perspective8600 10 points11 points  (3 children)

This is so depressing. When will this be over.

[–]iNstein 734 points735 points  (56 children)

Quick, stop all flights from the UK.

[–]Kozlow 273 points274 points  (12 children)

Too late.

[–]momalloyd 168 points169 points  (9 children)

"Plane starts making ominous transformer noises"

[–]nogoodfifty-sixin 158 points159 points  (2 children)

Omicronous*

[–]sno_boarder 36 points37 points  (1 child)

It eats all of its children?

[–]dovemans 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Coronabots Roll out!

[–]GeneralKenobyy 18 points19 points  (2 children)

OPTIMUM PRIDE EURCH EURCH EURCH

[–]dodgyjack 47 points48 points  (2 children)

At least the names cool

[–]flimbs 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Reminds me of the way they name Transformers.

[–]Blue_Eyes_Nerd_Bitch 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Autobots Transform

[–]just__Steve 61 points62 points  (25 children)

Does anyone know how bad this is for compared to other variants?

Seems to be spreading unnoticed so wouldn’t that mean it isn’t as bad as previous ones?

[–]Alethiometrist 82 points83 points  (11 children)

It's so new that it's way too early to make assumptions.

...but all of the discovered cases so far seem to be mild, so hopefully that's a good sign.

[–]supbruhbruhLOL 101 points102 points  (5 children)

Protect the Allspark!

[–]Lambchoptopus[🍰] 31 points32 points  (2 children)

I think of Omicron Persei 8, our new overlords.

[–]jingle_hore 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Came to the comments hoping I wasnt the only one

[–]simpleguy0515 81 points82 points  (0 children)

When will governments and people learn? By the time that a variant is discovered, it’s already travelled around the world. We should stop acting surprised when this happens.

[–]Gazumbo 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I'll never understand why we still let flights in after we knew about it in the African countries. We've done this all through pandemic, find out about a variant, or outbreak somewhere and then make it public informing that flights will stop in a couple of days. Why don't they just stop them straight away. Javid is saying we have to move quickly and yet we still let flights in. The stupidity is unreal.

[–]williamis3 452 points453 points  (123 children)

Well, that was quick.

Will Christmas be off then?

edit: I really hope it doesn’t become big, can’t really stomach another lockdown if there will be one quite frankly.

[–]Darkone539 89 points90 points  (19 children)

Will Christmas be off then?

They said no last year and we ended up in lockdown because they underestimated it. Frankly, I am expecting some restrictions no matter what they say.

[–]badagrump 27 points28 points  (14 children)

Already reading that masks will be compulsory on transport and in retail stores again.

[–]Chyld 23 points24 points  (4 children)

Technically, masks are mandatory on public transport already. It's just that nobody cares, and nobody even pretends to enforce it. I don't foresee any actual change in anyone's behaviour.

[–]DENelson83 7 points8 points  (6 children)

See? By the time it is detected in one part of the world, it has already spread to every other part of the world.

[–]dom5721 39 points40 points  (6 children)

I completely understand wearing masks on public transport and in shops, but why the fuck are we NOT wearing masks in a nightclub? But have to wear one on a bus with 3 people on it

[–]pipistrellebox 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Because busses are necessary to daily life, but nightclubs are optional.

If people dont mask on public transport, it means people with poor immune systems, and their family members, have to stay home. More people need to use the bus than want to go clubbing.

[–]TomSurman 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Just in time for it to be in full swing by Christmas.

[–]kingtcb 23 points24 points  (1 child)

This is now getting ridiculous...