Tag: SARS-CoV-2

The Omicron Variant: COVID or Common Cold?

 
Genetic relationship between SARS-Cov-2 variants.

Omicron variant and other major or previous variants of concern of SARS-CoV-2 depicted in a tree scaled radially by genetic distance, derived from Nextstrain on 1 December 2021 (Wikipedia)

Now that the full sequence of Omicron has become known it’s remarkable to see how different Omicron is from all the other SARS-CoV-2 variants. It did not arise as a simple mutation of the others, it’s different in several ways. It has 60 RNA mutations causing 36 amino acid changes, several in the all-important spike protein. In a radial graph of genetic distance Omicron forms its own group way off to the side of the other variants (see diagram).

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This is an extremely long thread to unwind, but worth it: THREAD: As FDA hearing on emergency use authorization for COVID vaccines takes place in DC this a.m., I will summarize the 3 installments of my #COVIDGATE series on corruption of vaccine clinical trials. We must not simply think and do as we're told. /1https://t.co/LuRaX1zgHh […]

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A hospital in Paris just announced “statistically significant clinical improvement” in Covid-19 patients using a drug called tocilizumab (aka Actemra). Tocilizumab is a monoclonal antibody that targets the IL-6 receptor, which is a signaling molecule in the immune system. In other words, the drug actually inhibits a specific part of the immune response, in this […]

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Like many people here, I greatly fear that the economic catastrophe of shutting down the entire world economy may cause death and destruction far greater than the Covid-19 pandemic itself. A depression rivaling the Great Depression will truly cost thousands of lives, and will destroy our precious health care system every bit as much as […]

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