Coverage of Omicron variant turns into panic

Why are we receiving reports of two cases of the Omicron variant in Canada, or “eight more” in the UK? Is it because we know that the disease caused by this version of the virus has more serious consequences than the other strains? No, we don’t. Is it because we know that this variant escapes vaccine protections at all, let alone to a level that could upset the new balance that we have found? No, we don’t. Do we even know that this variant is more transmissible than the Delta, which is still everywhere? Nope. Yet a lot of blankets in recent days have dealt with Omicron, which still very little is known, as Ebola.

Since Omicron got the front page a few days ago, the variant has gone from “a worrying new thing that we need to know more about” to “god damn hell”. SHIT!!!!!!“Nothing has really changed during this period except for the tenor of the media coverage and a few growing cries of alarm from public health officials and the CEO of vaccine maker Moderna – calls that usually comes with an admission that we don’t really have a lot of data on. this thing. This stuff does not reflect the knowledge gleaned from a large enough body of evidence on what Omicron is and what it does. “he’s doing to people. It’s speculation. In some cases, it’s stoking hysteria.”

The latter is an economic model with regard to COVID-19, with which the media flirt regularly. Fear and conflict generate clicks and viewership counts, which is also why anti-vax products are so successful. But it is not free. What if Omicron turns out to be another Lambda, a bad strain of virus that isn’t particularly bad compared to the bad strains of virus that have turned our lives upside down over the past year and a half? What if that panic – and it turns into panic – is ultimately undeserved? You may not have heard much about it, but the World Health Organization has identified 13 variants: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, five of which were considered variants. of concern. Omicron may or may not be the next disaster of our time. Maybe we could just wait to find out more.

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