As suspected, SARS-CoV-2 continues to mutate. This was entirely expected and expected, as vaccination against any highly mutable virus, such as the coronavirus, forces the virus to adapt.
One of the latest variants, BA.5 – now thought to be the cause of almost all COVID infections – is linked to measles in terms of infectivity and transmissibility.1 This makes it the most contagious of all SARS-CoV-2 variants,2 and one of the most infectious viruses known to man. Fortunately, it is also considerably less lethal than the original Wuhan strain. According to a July 5, 2022 report, Deadline:3
“BA.5 was first identified in South Africa on February 26. Less than a month ago, on June 4, it accounted for only 9.6% of cases in the United States, while the predecessor BA.2.12.1 was on top of the heap at 62%.
Today the CDC [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] estimates that the subvariant is responsible for around 54% of new cases here. This is double BA.2.12.1, which now accounts for 27% of infections. The rise in power of BA.5 also leaves the sister sub-variant BA.4 in the dust at 16%. It’s a faster climb than any other variant during the pandemic…
One of the reasons BA.5 is so dominant is that it appears to be more transmissible than even BA.2.12.1…” Omicron’s BA.5 subvariant is the worst version of the virus we have seen “said Eric Topal. , who is founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, professor of molecular medicine and executive vice president of Scripps Research, in a secondary position4 Last week.
“It takes the already extensive immune evasion to the next level and, depending on that, improves transmissibility, well beyond Omicron (BA.1) and other variants of the Omicron family that we have. views.”
In other words, BA.5 is much better at evading vaccine-provided immunity and particularly good at evading immunity conferred by previous infection.5“
BA.5 Bypasses previous defenses
Even if you’ve had COVID before, received the vaccine and all your boosters, and even if you have hybrid immunity (meaning you’ve had both a past infection and the COVID vaccine), chances are you’ll catch the BA.5, as it seems particularly adept at bypassing all previous defenses.
This capacity for immune evasion is probably a consequence of mass injection, because vaccinating a population during an acute epidemic forces the virus to mutate more quickly. The image below, taken from Topol’s Substack article,6 illustrates the genetic distance between BA.5 and previous strains.
This scenario was predicted even before the start of the mass injection campaign, but no one in a position to make decisions paid attention to the reason. So here we are.
What remains to be seen is whether BA.5 will cause a more severe or milder infection than Omicron, which was on par with the common cold. The problem we have is that governments around the world have done a spectacular job of undermining quality data collection and reporting, so it’s extremely difficult at this point to sort out what’s really going on in the real world.
For example, in the United States, COVID cases are at an “all-time high,” Dr. Michael Mina, epidemiologist and chief scientific officer of telehealth company eMed, told CNN on July 11, 2022.seven However, on the same day, NPR reported8 that BA.5 “was increasing cases and reinfections” in the United States. So what is it ?
Europe, meanwhile, is reporting a sharp rise in cases and hospitalizations.9 Keep in mind that “cases” simply refer to positive PCR tests, which are unreliable at best, as they cannot identify active infections, and COVID hospitalizations are often inpatients for other conditions and who test positive for COVID.
The only experimental studyten we have for BA.5 so far suggests that the virus replicates more efficiently in human lung cell cultures than Omicron’s BA.2 subvariant, and infection experiments in hamsters suggest that it may cause a more severe infection than BA.2. That said, there really isn’t any evidence to suggest that BA.5 is any more lethal than any previous version.11
BA.5 triggers require more boosters
Despite the fact that BA.5 was a predicted consequence of mass “vaccination” pressure, governments around the world are stepping up their efforts on the failed booster strategy. As reported by Time magazine, July 11, 2022:12
“European regulators are urging second booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines for people over 60, as cases and hospitalizations rise sharply again… Weekly case rates among people aged 65 and over rose 32% in 22 of 24 reporting countries in the week ending July 3 compared to the previous week…
The [European Medicines] The agency said that at this time there is no clear evidence to support giving a second booster to people under 60 who are not at higher risk for serious illness. .
Separately, EMA executive director Emer Cooke said work was underway for possible approval of suitable vaccines to counter the new variants in September.
Two days later, on July 13, 2022, the Biden administration followed suit, announcing that all adults, including those under 50, will be eligible for a second booster this fall, to allay concerns about declining immunity. The announcement came just a week after Biden signed a $3.2 billion deal with Pfizer for 105 million doses that will target Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.13
BA.5 could soon be old news
Interestingly, as quickly as BA.5 took over the world, it is already on the verge of being replaced by another strain with the designation BA.2.75. In a second article from July 11, 2022, Time reported:14
“The rapidly evolving coronavirus has spawned another super contagious Omicron mutant…BA.2.75…may be able to spread rapidly and evade immunity from vaccines and previous infections.
It’s unclear whether it could cause more severe disease than other Omicron variants, including the world famous BA.5… Experts’ concerns are a large number of mutations separating this new variant from its predecessors. Omicron.
Some of these mutations are in domains linked to the spike protein and could allow the virus to bind to cells more efficiently, [director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic, Matthew] Binnicker said.
Another concern is that the genetic changes could make it easier for the virus to bypass antibodies – protective proteins made by the body in response to a vaccine or infection with an earlier variant.
Reinfection is the new club they’ll shoot us down with
As noted in “Omicron Variant and Vaccine Resistance”, Omicron initially appeared in “fully vaccinated” patients, raising suspicions that the mass vaccination campaign itself was to blame for the rapid mutation of the virus.
One problem we now face is that these new strains all seem capable of breaking through both natural and artificial defences, i.e. both natural immunity and antibodies linked to the COVID vaccine, leading to repeated infections.15
I do not mean by this that we are facing reinfection with a dangerous virus. This is not the case. We’re basically looking at endemics of something similar to the common cold; the main difference being that it is no longer seasonal.
No, the real problem is that the authorities are reacting to COVID as if it were a deadly plague and using what are essentially cold symptoms to lock down economies and deprive people of their rights and freedoms, again and again. Again.
New variants, such as BA.5 and BA.2.75, have all evolved ways to circumvent our immune defences, including natural immunity, and this unfortunate and largely man-made circumstance now provides alarmists with a new feed.
That reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 is possible is not really a big surprise. The coronavirus, after all, is the virus that causes the common cold, and throughout history there have been people who have succumbed to more than one episode of the common cold in any given year.
What is surprising is that governments are willing to destroy economies, children’s education, mental health and the very notion of democracy over rampant cold symptoms. Unless run by clinically insane individuals and/or hypochondriacs, no government would do such a thing.
Assuming world leaders are free from such diagnoses, their doing these things suggests that there is an entirely different reason behind their actions. COVID happens to be the only available excuse, so they have no choice but to milk it for all it’s worth, even if it doesn’t make medical sense.
When will the end of alarmism end? When you stop responding
In January 2022, it seemed the COVID-19 narrative had crumbled past the point of no return, as many health officials and world leaders finally acknowledged that COVID injections could not end to the pandemic and that we had to “learn to live with it”. the virus.” Some even began to denounce the repeated reminders.
I talked about it in “Are we at the end of the pandemic? The emergence of the Omicron variant was a major driver of this shift in the pandemic narrative. Although incredibly contagious, it caused only mild cold-like symptoms in the vast majority of people, leaving a natural herd immunity in its wake.
Alas, newer variants, such as BA.5 and BA.2.75, have all evolved ways to circumvent our immune defences, including natural immunity, and this unfortunate and largely man-made circumstance now provides alarmists new fodder.
So at this point, it looks like the pandemic will remain a key justification for a “great reset” in societal norms, medicine, finance, transportation, food and everything else. In my opinion, the only way to eliminate this “Trojan horse” rationale once and for all is for the peoples of the world to stop fearing COVID.
As long as the fear of infection persists, it will be used to control and enslave us. In other words, the pandemic narrative will continue to be used for evil purposes until and unless people start to fear global tyranny more than they fear a case of fever and sniffles, and react accordingly.
Originally Posted July 21, 2022 on Mercola.com
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