Coronavirus - Taiwan Open August 2021

Quarantine hotels also hand out towels

Any results in from today’s presser?


@yinggeaussie MIA…

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4 = 3 local, 1 imported


My humble grovelling apologies to all. Yes I was out, having a longish (but dry) lunch. :dizzy_face: :dizzy_face: :dizzy_face: :dizzy_face:

'A new Covid variant identified in South Africa - with warnings it is worse than Delta - was detected at the New Zealand border.

A new preprint study by South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases warns the new variant has “mutated substantially” and is more mutations away from the original virus detected in Wuhan than any other variant previously detected.

The new variant, known as C. 1.2, first emerged in South Africa but has also been detected here, as well as England, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, Portugal and Switzerland.’

It’s time to seal off the borders.

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So uhhh… Epsilon?

There’s no indication that it’s worse on any meaningful metric. It’s just different. AFAIK nobody has attempted to measure vaccine efficacy.

That’s what they thought about Delta when it came up. Time’s up.

If it wasn’t worse it wouldn’t spread.

Not true. Not so serious viruses can spread just fine, and worse ones tend to burn themselves out faster.


Well? They were right, weren’t they? Delta spreads more effectively, but people who were not susceptible to older variants are still not susceptible to delta (which is what you’d expect), at least to a first approximation. Neither is delta inherently more virulent. The vaccine works after a fashion. So what’s the problem? And more importantly, what do you expect to do about it, other than run around screaming?

I’ve no idea where you get your info from.


Oh I’m sure he could rattle off a list of anti-vax friendly sites. But the better question might be where do his sources get their info from….?

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The US CDC. The British Office of National Statistics. Public Health England. You know, all the well-known conspiracy-theory sites and anti-vaxers. I’m guessing you don’t bother looking at these and prefer to just watch TV instead.

Have you even read that paper? Can you point out the line where it says it’s more dangerous?

I dunno. Where do governments get their information from? Maybe they just make it up? I’m not discounting the possibility. My experience so far, though, is that they tell the truth, because the know the average man in the street is too lazy to look at it, or won’t be able to wade through the complexity (or in a few cases, deliberate obfuscation, but that’s surprisingly rare).

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Mu! But this is even another one.

"The World Health Organization has said it is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as “Mu”, which was first identified in Colombia in January.

Mu, known scientifically as B.1.621, has been classified as a “variant of interest”, the global health body said Tuesday in its weekly pandemic bulletin.

The WHO said the variant has mutations that indicate a risk of resistance to vaccines and stressed that further studies were needed to better understand it.

“The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape,” the bulletin said.’

Do they not know the Greek Alphabet?

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