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The Omicron variant

  • 26-11-2021 1:25pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,417 ✭✭✭ amandstu

    I don't see a thread on this. I think it probably deserves one.

    Anyone care to have first go?

    Can we tweak our way out of this if the current vaccines lose sufficient efficacy?

    How long before we would be up and running?

    Edit:changed the title to The Omicron variant (needs apparently must)

    Post edited by amandstu on



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,027 ✭✭✭ Real Donald Trump

    Wouldn't worry about it to much, probably turn out to be another Kent variant

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,899 ✭✭✭✭ niallo27


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,141 ✭✭✭✭ is_that_so

    Here's a Nature article on the variant and what's known.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,228 ✭✭✭ growleaves

    Its brand spanking Nu

    "We have years of struggle ahead, mostly within ourselves" - Jean-Luc Godard

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,004 ✭✭✭✭ Loafing Oaf

    That's actually a Greek letter and likely to be the name of the variant.

  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭ Juliet Colossal Spider

    I'm not panicking yet. Let's see how the data shakes out.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,325 ✭✭✭ Scuid Mhór

    Too early to say anything yet.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,010 ✭✭✭ igCorcaigh

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,392 ✭✭✭✭ Spanish Eyes

    Needs more information as to transmission and severity of resulting illness. I will wait and see, but am hopeful it is not a dangerous mutation at all.

    The cynic in me suggests that something needed to be done to nip the world's complacency re Covid in the bud or something. Keep them on their toes and locked up in permanent uncertainty or something.

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    on a friday as well

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,228 ✭✭✭ growleaves


    "We have years of struggle ahead, mostly within ourselves" - Jean-Luc Godard

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,417 ✭✭✭ amandstu

    Half sorry I started the thread now (unless I am in the loop of course)

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,392 ✭✭✭✭ Spanish Eyes

    Some people are unable to detect irony in my post it seems..

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,983 ✭✭✭ Cluedo Monopoly

    I remember some expert saying that the Indian variant (delta) was actually in Ireland 2/3 months before we even started talking about it. He said they were simply not testing for it at the time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,417 ✭✭✭ amandstu

    Well you should be clearer. This is a public forum .If I misinterpreted ,so will others .

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,010 ✭✭✭ igCorcaigh

    Local transmission suspected in Belgium case... I don't think this will be contained, just hoping it doesn't outcompete Delta and that the current vaccine protection doesn't get too greatly reduced.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,392 ✭✭✭✭ Spanish Eyes

    Their problem and yours so. I will not take orders from a quasi mod. Report me whatever. Mountains and molehills come to mind, and the NU has only just been identified, God love us all in the days and weeks to come so.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,417 ✭✭✭ amandstu

    Hm,will just have to take note for future reference(if any)

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,390 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs

    Due to the incubation time of covid-19 and the relative high % of people who are asymptomatic, I have no doubt in my mind the Nu variant is in most major cities now.

    Maybe, just as likely maybe not. the Average incubation time for the Alpha variant was 5-6 days with 1% up to 14 days. The later doubly infectious Delta actually has a shortened incubation period of 3-4 days and an even smaller percentage of longer than that. If this Nu variant is even more transmissable because of a higher viral load again than Delta its incubation period is likely to be shorter again, or similar. Until we know for sure anything else is panic merchant territory.

    For now, we just need to wait and pray this isn't a vaccine dodging variant, which is unlikely as the RNA vaccine boast the ability to block variants too.

    Correction, all the current vaccines(as does immunity from previous infection), not just the mRNA versions boosts the ability to block variants. Indeed J&J a non mRNA vaccine showed a stronger response to Delta in the South African study.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,600 ✭✭✭ BanditLuke