Cases rising fast in NYC for 3+ weeks, and that’s before the holidays.
And now a worrisome new variant has emerged.
We need decisive action.
* Mandate vax or test for private employers with 100+ staff (since fed rule has stalled)
* Mandate masks in all indoor public settings
Everyone thinks they're on the side of the angels. Everyone who fights thinks they are fighting the "good fight". The reason why the "are we the baddies" meme is funny is because it's absurd - no-one ever thinks like that.
@WoobieTuesday@katalin_pota Worse than useless - harmful. Mass vaccination WHILE IN A PANDEMIC using vaccines that don't stop infection or transmission is precisely what's driving the emergence of vaccine-resistant variants.
Mass vaccination must be stopped.
As coronavirus cases increase, the Commission has proposed new travel rules.
These include a 9-month validity for vaccine certificates for travel and that rules on travel be linked to an individual's health risk, rather than their departure country.
antigenic drift. this is antigenic drift.
new variants with immune escape properties have advantages over and outcompete older variants, against which the population has substantial resistence (largely thorugh vaccination).
these are normal phenomena. stop freaking out.
This is why I am committed more than ever to calling out irrationality even if it occurs on “my side”.
Each side has blindspots and each side needs a way to course-correct.
Without course correction we slide into dogma, orthodoxy and eventual stagnation and decline.
It carries mutations associated with vaccine escape and would be extremely concerning if it took off. Most cases are in South Africa, where overall Covid cases are currently rocketing. It is not known whether there is a link - and whether B.1.529 is more transmissible than Delta