The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021. On 26 November 2021, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE).
Gee Whizz, Omicron is so infectious it cannot be controlled. Luckily, in its initial phase, it does not appear to cause serious illness. Our politicians now grasped this straw to ease up on all restrictions and lockdowns so that the economy may prosper.
But what these unobservant drones have not noticed is that Delta and the previous incarnations of COVID-19 are still floating around. And, less than five weeks after it was first seen and named, we still have no idea about the long term effects of the Omicron strain. Early insights on its weakened severity have put many minds at ease a bit too soon, according to Dr. Todd Rice, an internist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “Even though it’s probably a milder variant, I don’t think it’s a guarantee that there won’t be long-term residual or downstream effects that are problematic for people,” Rice said.
All the earlier strains have left behind many cases of what has become known as ‘Long Covid’. Vaccinated and boosted individuals are likely to experience a mild illness, which preliminary data suggests will feel more like a common cold — with symptoms like a sore throat, runny nose, headache and fatigue.
But mild or even asymptomatic infection can lead to “long COVID,” a chronic syndrome that affects human biology in many different ways. Long COVID has an estimated 200 symptoms and conditions, which range from chronic fatigue and tremors to diabetes and lung disease. These symptoms are affecting kids and adults, and they can appear months after the initial infection and apparent recovery.
How will the precious economy our leaders are so concerned about cope with up to 13% of infected people, including asymptomatic and mild cases, unable to hold down a job because of the effects of Long Covid? How will our leaders cope with the possibly four million Australians who will get Long Covid and be unable to work in this magnificent new economy? In fact, how will our caring Government care for the victims of Long Covid?
I am not concerned about catching Covid under these new Covid ‘rules’ which are designed to force everyone back to work and to remove any chance of future lockdowns in order to ease the minds of the business people whose support is needed by the Government in this Election Year.
No! I have no problems in possibly dying of Covid. I have lived my three score and ten.
I have severe problems, no, a terror, of being struck by the Long Covid symptoms. I have no faith in any Government looking after me, or my loved ones, should that happen.
I think I shall be staying home and out of circulation for a while longer!