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Omicron is easily transmitted but mild, as predicted early on. So why all the panic?
By Gary Abernathy
With covid, some seem to want a constant state of panic
Skeptics who have long suspected that the covid pandemic is a health threat that has been weaponized for political reasons have even more reasons to consider their suspicions confirmed based on how the new omicron variant is being handled, both by government health officials and many in the media.
Consider this: When omicron first emerged, what were we told about it? We were told it was “potentially more contagious than previous variants,” as Reuters reported on Nov. 28. But we were also told that “those infected with the omicron variant appear to have ‘very mild’ symptoms,” as NBC news reported, adding that even with omicron, it was believed that “vaccination would still provide strong protection against severe disease…”
So what has happened? Exactly what was predicted. Omicron has turned out to be highly transmissible, but typically quite mild, and our vaccines are effective against infection turning serious.
So, why all the panic? Omicron is being reported with alarmist headlines, closings of sporting events, restaurants and other entertainment venues, and more dire warnings coming from everyone from President Biden to Anthony Fauci, both of whom seem to want to be remembered as the most dour doomsday forecasters in modern history.
In fact, some experts believe omicron may signal the beginning of the end of the pandemic. From a recent Los Angeles Times story:
A variant that combines high transmissibility with greatly reduced virulence would be welcomed by many scientists. If an infection with Omicron is unlikely to make a patient severely ill but leaves some immunity in its wake, it could act as a “natural vaccine,” said Dr. Bruce Walker, an immunologist and founding director of the Ragon Institute in Cambridge, Mass. It could be the beginning of the end.
Why don’t we hear more about that?
Again, you have to wonder: Why all the manufactured panic? This covid variant is behaving exactly as predicted a month ago — easily transmitted, but with very mild symptoms. Shouldn’t our leaders be encouraging us to relax and stay calm, instead of the opposite? Why do they want to keep us on edge?
Talking with Hoppy about his big Manchin interview
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) made big news during his Fox News Sunday interview with Bret Baier when he said he was a “no” on the Democrats’ “Build Back Better” legislation. The backlash from the White House and Congress was fierce.
But Manchin made even more news the next day when he was interviewed by Hoppy Kercheval on WVMetroNews.
Manchin told Hoppy, “I'm not blaming anybody, I knew where they were, and I knew what they could and could not do. They just never realized it, because they figured surely to God we can move one person. Surely we can badger and beat one person up, surely we can get enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough they'll just say: 'Ok, I'll vote for anything, just quit.' Well guess what, I'm from West Virginia, I'm not from where they're from, and they can just beat the living crap out of people and think they'll be submissive. Period.”
And get this extra nugget from Manchin: “I just got to my wits end and they know the real reason what happened. They won’t tell you and I won’t tell you.”
C’mon Joe, tell us!
Until now, I’ve never thought there was any chance that Manchin would switch to the GOP, but this comment during his interview with Hoppy makes me wonder: “I would like to hope that there are still Democrats that feel like I do... I'm fiscally responsible and socially compassionate. Now, if there's no Democrats like that, then they'll have to push me wherever they want me.”
Push him wherever they want him? Like, out of the party? Interesting.
Hoppy invited me on the show this morning to discuss Manchin’s comments. You can listen to it by clicking on the image above.
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