The World Health Organization recently held an emergency meeting to address a SARS COV 2 Variant of concern. This variant is called Omicron. Although investigations are ongoing, here are some essentials you should know.
There are more 30 specific mutations on the spike protein combining some of the earlier mutations from alpha, beta, and delta with new ones
There may be up to a 500% increase in transmissibility. South Africa’s first case was on November 9th when the delta variant was pre-dominate and now less than 3 weeks later Thanksgiving weekend, Omicron is estimated at 75% of new cases and has taken over delta’s former dominance. Also it appears people can get re-infected with Omicron so if you get through an infection you may not be immune if you get exposed again.
The variant was first reported in South Africa November 9th but now cases have been found in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Israel and Canada.
Concern that the vaccines may be less effective. Moderna is studying a vaccine boost. If Omicron evades the current vaccines then we may be looking at a whole new pandemic starting over again.
The hope is that it will not spread like some of the earlier variants like beta that was more infective but petered out only to have delta become the dominant strain.
There may be hope in a booster vaccine that may be in the works but that may take some time. Also recently Merck’s Molnupiravir , the antiviral pill was downgraded on further review of the preliminary studies to only provide a 30% risk reduction for hospitalization for contracting COVID.
Also governments around the world are now instituting travel bans for people coming from the African continent. The problem is that the virus may not have originated in South Africa, and has already been found in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Israel, and Canada. Also travel bans are not very effective at prevention but more to slow the spread of the virus. In order for them to do that however, you need an all or none approach where all international travel would have to cease. But again, that would only slow the current variant and in order to prevent future variants this international travel ban would have to be maintained for quite some time.
This leaves us close to what I’ve been proposing from the beginning, the pandemic before we had vaccines which is to optimize your immune system. In a concise nutshell the essentials of what I do is a form of intermittent fasting eating only within 8 hours of the day, swimming every day, and taking supplements 3 of the essential of which are vitamin D as part of a product called ImmuneDefense, HistMune which has a combination that includes quercetin, Vitamin C, and NAC, and Zinc Elderberry. I take over 15 other supplements and follow daily detoxification protocols and use energy medicine as well.
So I hope for the best that Omicron does not live up to its potential but prepare for the worst, continuing to optimize my immune system.
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