The latest COVID “variant” is beginning to pick up mainstream attention.
The variant, which has been dubbed “Omicron” by the World Health Organization (WHO), has allegedly been detected in South Africa.
According to scientists, Omicron is “highly transmissable,” especially in young people…
As world governments continue to push hard for COVID vaccinations in children, the timing of this news seems suspect to those paying close enough attention.
Conservatives on social media are openly questioning the latest fear tactic from the WHO.
The New York Post has more on the latest alleged COVID variant:
The new COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa was given the name Omicron by the World Health Organization on Friday.
An advisory panel classified Omicron as a highly transmissible virus of concern and gave it its name under its Greek-letter system.
It marks the first time in months that WHO has classified a COVID-19 variant with such a name – and is only the fifth variant to be given the designation amid the pandemic.
The WHO are claiming that the new variant spreads quicker in young people, which is convenient timing since there is currently a big push to vaccinate children.
The Associated Press has more on the WHO's claim:
Worried scientists in South Africa are scrambling to combat the lightning spread across the country of the new and highly transmissible omicron COVID-19 variant as the world grapples with its emergence.
In the space of two weeks, the omicron variant has sent South Africa from a period of low transmission to rapid growth of new confirmed cases. The country’s numbers are still relatively low, with 2,828 new confirmed cases recorded Friday, but omicron’s speed in infecting young South Africans has alarmed health professionals.
“We’re seeing a marked change in the demographic profile of patients with COVID-19,” Rudo Mathivha, head of the intensive care unit at Soweto’s Baragwanath Hospital, told an online press briefing.
“Young people, in their 20s to just over their late 30s, are coming in with moderate to severe disease, some needing intensive care. About 65% are not vaccinated and most of the rest are only half-vaccinated,” said Mathivha. “I’m worried that as the numbers go up, the public health care facilities will become overwhelmed.”
Conservatives are questioning the timing of this new variant, since it comes at a time where the vaccine is being pushed heavily for children.