COVID omicron 변종 – 얼마나 걱정해야 할까요??

답은 아직 불명, 모두를 더욱 불안하게 만드는, 더 두려워, 그리고 우리가 두려울 때, 내 최신 책에서 썼듯이, “코로나; 공포의 정치와 과학의 힘,” we jump to the 최악의 시나리오, we over-personalize the risk, we lose the ability to reason.

Politicians and the media don’t help us. Our leaders want to be perceived as acting ahead of the risk, which is why the travel advisories are being put in place even though this variant has already spread into Europe and likely on into the United States, so travel restrictions now will do little.


WHO, which has an office in South Africa, 였다, 평소처럼, late in sounding the alarm, finally calling omicron a variant of concern on Friday, when the viral horses were already out of the barn.

How concerned should we be? The answer is to be found by addressing three basic scientific concerns.

먼저, how severe is the disease that this variant causes? The answer is somewhat reassuring so far. The numbers are small, but there is as of yet no evidence that it causes more severe disease than the original virus or the delta variant. 사실로, 역사적으로, as pandemic viruses evolve, they tend to become less deadly, as mutations that allow them to transmit more easily but not kill or severely sicken the host are favored.

사실로, the second basic scientific concern with omicron is whether it spreads more easily than previous iterations of the virus, including delta. Time will tell whether the multitude of mutations it carries gives omicron this survival advantage. But so far, the case numbers are small, and it is too early to conclude anything on this one way or the other. Delta has predominated for months, precisely because it is far more transmissible than any of the other variants out there. Is omicron more transmissible than delta? We don’t know and we should not assume it is.

Federal support to Pfizer and Moderna could speed the development of new boosters to target the omicron variant specifically.

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