Cases of COVID-19 are continuing to rise since their uptick in late summer. Hospitalizations are rising too. The mainstream media is making sure we all know these “very transmissible” variants can be stopped by the new “vaccines.”
The newest COVID-19 booster vaccine is now available after approval from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Richard Ellison, a specialist for infectious diseases at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, said they’re tracking two new COVID-19 variants that emerged towards the end of the summer. In Massachusetts, there were 2,700 new confirmed cases reported last week and 116 hospitalizations.
“It’s obvious that these are very easily spread,” Ellison said according to a report by Spectrum News 1. “We saw pretty much a doubling of the number of health care workers in our system here at UMass coming down with COVID, and at the end of August, early September, it was a five-fold increase over June.”
Not only are the new variants “highly mutated” and “highly transmissible”, but they are also spreading and found in 10 states now. BA.2.86 has been found in samples from Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, according to a report by Yahoo.
Too few sequences of the virus have been reported to show up on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s biweekly variant estimates, which still show that a long list of closely related XBB variant descendants are driving virtually all infections around the country.
“The diversity is less than what appears. Many of these lineages actually have identical spike sequences. We’ve observed this before, where we see convergent evolution and viruses evolving to have the same substitutions,” said Natalie Thornburg, a laboratory branch chief in the CDC’s Coronaviruses and Other Respiratory Viruses Division. –Yahoo
But is it transmissible? Or are people coming down with a cold? The “authorities” are admitting that they are still tracking and tracing everyone who comes down with the new scariant, and they don’t have links to the other cases. So is it as transmissible as they are telling us? “We are concluding this because some of the people infected with BA.2.86 do not have known links to other infected individuals and did not recently travel to an area with known cases of illness from BA.2.86,” the CDC said Friday in a risk assessment.
We need to keep asking questions and use our own discernment. This is definitely an attempt to fearmonger the public. It could be just the beginning, or it could be nothing, much like the Omicron variant.