Thursday, August 5, 2021

For the record the "new" Covid variants are Delta Plus, Epsilon, Lamda; like Delta they are spreading

Seven months ago, on January 5, in Welcome to the second year of Covid-19 in which new, more dangerous variants are already here we noted that new Covid-19 variants were on their way to your community.

Since then, the Delta variant has become the dominant infection. That's what "variants" do - compete to become the new, more infections dominant. 

As an example the Santa Clara County California case rate — the total number of cases on a given day per 100,000 people — is 25.3 for unvaccinated residents and 6.8 for vaccinated residents. Last month the case rate for unvaccinated people was hovering around 3. The figures also show a spike in cases among the county’s vaccinated residents, up from a case rate of around 1 at the start of July.

If you are vaccinated you probably won't get the Delta variant. But don't feel left out. At this point in time, one or more of the following variants will likely be broadly spreading in the next 12 months - Delta Plus, Lambda, and Epsilon variants (the latter was initially discovered in California in 2020 is spreading in Pakistan and is proving to be resistant to vaccines). In fact, all three are spreading.

It has turned out that the Delta variant is not only more infectious than the original pandemic, it is infecting more young people.

Finally, research scientists are now including in their writings that Covid infections within the decade will become frequent epidemics to the extent vaccines are ineffective or not used.  It will probably be helpful in the future if we all understand these words:

  • AN EPIDEMIC is a disease that affects a large number of people within a community, population, or region.
  • A PANDEMIC is an epidemic that’s spread over multiple countries or continents.
  • ENDEMIC is something that belongs to a particular people or country.
  • AN OUTBREAK is a greater-than-anticipated increase in the number of endemic cases. It can also be a single case in a new area. If it’s not quickly controlled, an outbreak can become an epidemic.

Not surprisingly, the Extended Economic Distortion, the economic downturn resulting from the Pandemic, also appears to be worsening as the infections rise. Many states have, of course, eliminated unemployment benefits related to the pandemic reducing the number of claims. So new statistics are basically lies. But in California, which hasn't moved into economic pretend mode, jobless claims have risen to their highest level since June 12, which was just a few days before the state reopenings occurred.

And, coincidentally, the impacts of Climate Change have become evident in an extensive, obvious way at the beginning of the third decade of the 21st Century.

By the way, many folks are angry....

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