New ‘Lambda’ Coronavirus Strain Detected in California

A new COVID-19 variant — named Lambda — has arrived in California.

The emerging Lambda variant is spreading rapidly throughout South America. In California, at least 152 cases have been reported, the first as early as September 2020, according to state public health officials.

Experts say Lambda could be more infectious and resistant to vaccines than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus. But there is no evidence, at least so far, that it’s as infectious as the Delta variant that now dominates California.

The Delta variant has crowded out other variants nationwide. It now accounts for at least 86% of California’s sequenced COVID-19 cases and more than 94% of U.S. cases.

“Delta’s aggressive all over the world and Lambda hasn’t really taken off,” Chin-Hong said. “At the end of the day, it’s survival of the fittest.”

The Lambda variant — also known as “C.37” — was first reported in Peru a year ago and it’s now spreading across South America, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers say its unique new gene deletions and mutations signal that Lambda may be more infectious than the original “wild type” coronavirus and may be potentially resistant to current vaccines, although more studies are needed.

Because of those new genetic markers, the WHO in mid-June declared Lambda a “variant of interest.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet done the same, in part because so few cases have been reported nationwide.

The Delta variant dominating U.S. COVID-19 cases is considered a “variant of concern” by both WHO and CDC, in part because it’s much more infectious than the original virus.

Lambda sparked headlines this summer after the WHO noted its rapid spread in South American countries, including Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil. It’s since been detected in 29 countries, according to the WHO, including Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

While WHO considers Lambda a “variant of interest,” the CDC and California’s public health agency have not followed suit.

In late July, Houston Methodist Hospital reported its first Lambda case. Japan last week announced its first case, from a woman who arrived from Peru on July 20.

More recently, two highly publicized laboratory studies from Japan and Chile – both in preprint and not yet peer-reviewed – have suggested that Lambda may be more infectious and less susceptible to current vaccines than the original coronavirus. The Japanese researchers suggested that WHO’s current “variant of interest” designation for Lambda may underplay its potential threat.

Since September 2020, the Lambda variant has accounted for 152 genetically sequenced COVID-19 cases in California, according to the state Department of Public Health. The first case was found in September, with another 10 in March, 88 in April, 43 in May, eight in June and, most recently, two cases in July.

The state agency declined to identify the counties where the cases occurred.

Commercial and government laboratories test for variants by sequencing the genome of the coronavirus that caused a particular COVID-19 case and looking for mutations and changes in the virus’ characteristic spike protein.

Still, not every COVID-19 case is genetically sequenced to determine whether it was caused by a variant, so the number of Lambda-caused cases could be higher. Nationwide only about 15 of every 1,000 cases are sequenced.

At least 1,311 sequenced Lambda cases have been reported in at least 40 states since the start of the pandemic, with 18 cases identified in the past four weeks, according to the public virus genetic sequence database GISAID. Just one-tenth of 1 percent of the cases that are genetically sequenced involve Lambda, according to GISAID.

Scientists believe Lambda is less infectious than the Delta variant but more infectious than the original “wild-type” virus – at least in laboratory tests.

But they don’t yet know how Lambda’s different genetic profile will affect community transmission, severity of symptoms or vaccine resistance around the world. Some early clues are emerging.

The Chilean researchers tested Lambda against antibodies from health care workers who received the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine, finding that the vaccine failed to work as well as it did with the original virus.

Also, New York University researchers tested Lambda against the vaccines authorized in the United States and found that the Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine was less effective against it and the Delta variant compared to the Pfizer and Moderna two-dose vaccines.

Again, these are studies in test tubes that have not been peer reviewed, scientists caution.

Just because vaccines appear less effective when pitted against Lambda in a test tube doesn’t mean they won’t protect against severe illness, said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a University of California, San Francisco infectious disease specialist. Nearly all hospitalizations and deaths in California and nationwide have occurred in unvaccinated people.

Not for now, Chin-Hong said. Lambda has been around for months, yet it hasn’t gained a foothold in California and other states so that should be reassuring, he said.

 

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  1. Don’t Worry – “The Border is Closed” … “the Surge Is Normal”.. and”..most ILLEGAL crossers are being turned back”
    and if you believe that – look-up what Biden and his FAILING admin was saying about Afghanistan a month ago.. as Kabul turns into another Saigon moment for the USA – yeah.. the US is back…

    “40% of Illegal Immigrants Bussed to Texas Town Are COVID Positive”
    The 40% infection rate is the HIGHEST Known (but testing is not done regularly by overburdened officials at the border) highest known positivity rate along the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Last week, McAllen, Texas, reported a 15% positivity rate among migrants released from custody.

    Border cities are so overrun with COVID from Illegal Crossers dumped by the Biden DHS that they are not testing anymore but sending buses away.

    “..By not admitting migrants on the McAllen buses, the city is NOT Required to TEST THEM for the coronavirus and could forward the families elsewhere.
    Those who test positive cannot travel and must be quarantined for 10 days…”

  2. Is South America close to Central America? Is Central America Close to Mexico? Is Mexico close to America? The last question is a trick question — there is no difference between the two borderless states.

    What happens South of the US doesn’t stay South of the US — it walks in.

  3. HB, As close (and fast) as an airplane flight.. COVID?? – Shut-Up, ..MASK Up and don’t ASK.
    “…many foreign nationals fly to the border. .. 68 nations of which travelers do not need a visa to enter Mexico.
    That list includes Ecuador and Brazil, and it allows immigrants to fly into those countries from the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, to hop-scotch to the U.S…”

    “They’re flying in to locations in Mexico, flying up to locations at the border and then being transported ..in vehicles to the border,” said Yuma Chief Border Patrol..
    “And they’re literally walking a couple of hundred yards across the border.”

    “63% of some 22,000 Brazilians who entered the U.S. ILLEGALLY this year came through Yuma AZ.”

  4. WHAT I FIND VERY PAINFUL IS THAT WHENEVER I TRY TO GIVE PEOPLE THE EARLIEST INFORMATION SO THAT ACTIONS CAN BE TAKEN TO PREVENT A PROBLEM, I GET PERSONAL INSULTS BY CA PATRIOT, HB, PHU TAN ELLI AND SO MANY OTHERS.

    MY OBSERVATION HAS BEEN, THE MEDICAL RESEARCHERS ARE ALWAYS BEING MORE OPTIMISTIC REGARDING COVID VARIANTS AND INFECTIOUS POWER, BUT USUALLY WITHIN ABOUT 1 OR 2 MONTHS THEY EVENTUALLY DETERMINE HOW MORE INFECTIOUS THE VARIANTS ARE, EXAMPLE DELTA. WHAT IS THE SAYING AGAIN “HOPE FOR THE BEST, PREPARE FOR THE WORST”?

    I FORESEE THAT THE VACCINES WILL BE SO MUCH WEAKER ON LAMBDA THAT THE HOSPITALIZATIONS AND ICUS WILL BE OVERWHELMED AGAIN AS LAMBDA BECOMES THE DOMINANT VARIANT.

    AN WATCH, I AM GOING TO GET THE FLOOD OF “KILL THE MESSENGER” POSTS. BUT AGAIN, YOU SHOULD BE FIGHTING THE REAL ENEMY “COVID” NOT ME NOR PEOPLE.

  5. JUST ANOTHER NOTE:

    THE ISREALI PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE DECLARED THAT UPON LAMBDA VARIANT CONFIRMATION A LOCKDOWN WOULD BE ORDERED (https://www.timesofisrael.com/arrival-of-lambda-variant-would-force-lockdown-health-ministry-warns/)

    “The Health Ministry on Monday warned that new coronavirus variants from abroad could force Israel into a lockdown that the government is working hard to avoid, with the Lambda variant posing a particularly pressing threat.

    During a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee to approve new measures for travel from abroad, a top ministry official warned of the variant that has rampaged across South America and crossed into the US.

    “If it arrives in Israel we will go into the lockdown that we are so much trying to avoid,” Asher Salmon, director of the International Relations Department at the Health Ministry, told the committee.

    Salmon said that the vaccine Israel has been using as part of its national inoculation program is less effective against the variant than against its predecessors.

    After bringing down virus cases to little more than a dozen a day in June, Israel has seen a resurgence of the virus, blamed on the Delta variant brought into the country by arrivals who did not quarantine properly.”

    JUSTA THOUGHT

  6. The disconnect between the Covid surge from the southern border and the administration’s complete allowance of this leads to the question as to why?

    Further, Potato is an advocate for charging people that don’t take protocols seriously with the deaths of any who die from Covid. Awkward, but here we are.

    Shall we hold Sniffy Joe accountable for these deaths?

  7. WILLIAM ASHBLESS You wrote:

    “The disconnect between the Covid surge from the southern border and the administration’s complete allowance of this leads to the question as to why?”

    FIRST IN ORDER TO ASK A QUESTION YOU HAVE TO PROVE THE PREMISE. SINCE WHEN HAS ANY PRESIDENT PROVIDED COMPLETE ALLOWANCE OF BORDER CROSSINGS? THE FACT IS THAT BOTH PARTIES HAVE SHORT FUNDED THE BORDER SYSTEM FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. TO SINGLE OUT ONE PRESIDENT THAT HAS NOT AUTHORITY TO AUTHORIZE FUNDING IS A JOKE. SO, YOUR QUESTION IS A FALES PREMISE QUESTION, STOP TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE THE ENEMY AND NOT THE VIRUS. You wrote:

    “Further, Potato is an advocate for charging people that don’t take protocols seriously with the deaths of any who die from Covid. Awkward, but here we are.”

    SO YOU ADMIT THAT PEOPLE LIKE DESANTIS AND ABBOTT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO INFECTIONS AND DEATHS, THAT MEANS THEY ARE OPEN TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLUGHTER PROSECUTION. PERHAPS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SHOULD ARREST THEM. AT LEAST NEWSOM HAS TRIED TO PREVENT PROBLEMS HERE, BUT PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF HAVE INSTEAD BECOME RESPONSIBE FOR MORE INFECTIONS AND DEATHS, RIGHT? So when you wrote:

    “Shall we hold Sniffy Joe accountable for these deaths?”

    I CAN ARGUE YES TO THAT, BUT IF HE HAS ANY RECORDS SHOWING THAT HE HAS NOT PROMOTED ANY ACTIONS THAT RECKLESSLY THREATEN DEATH OF GREAT BODILY INJURY, HE WILL HAVE A DEFENSE. HOWEVER DONALD TRUMP ON THE OTHER HAND MAY HAVE PROBLEMS GIVEN THE RECORD WE HAVE IN THE PUBLIC.

  8. WilliamA, Well… when you have flip-floppers speaking for the Biden admin.. like Dr. Fauci, who claims he is Not “familiar with the details of what’s going on at the border”..
    What do you expect?
    Dr. Fauci – the nation’s (so-called) top infectious disease doctor – was unable to answer the question and in fact, readily admitted that he is “not really very deeply familiar with the details of what’s going on at the border… I am really not familiar enough with the situation at the border to be able to make a comment.”

    “As our nation’s top infectious disease doctor, I am deeply troubled that Dr. Fauci is completely unaware of the health crisis on our southern border,”
    said Senator Marshall (an M.D. himself)
    “It is completely hypocritical of Dr. Fauci to lock us down,
    lecture us to wear multiple masks,
    stay six feet apart,
    and stay away from our family and friends but yet have no input on the border crisis where we have MASSES of ILLEGAL Immigrants FLOODING into our nation, including a significant amount who are carrying infectious diseases like COVID-19.
    From an infectious disease standpoint, the Administration’s handling of the border crisis makes no sense.”

  9. CA PATRIOT You wrote:

    ““As our nation’s top infectious disease doctor, I am deeply troubled that Dr. Fauci is completely unaware of the health crisis on our southern border,” said Senator Marshall (an M.D. himself)”

    DR. FAUCI IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH AND TO ATTEMPT DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL, AND HE HAS NO AUTHORITY OR STAFFING REGARDING BORDERS. THAT IS THE RESPONSIBILTY OF ICE AND THE U.S. CUSTOMES AND BORDER PATROL. HE HAS NO POWER IN THAT AREA. WHY ARE YOU MIXING THEM UP? You wrote:

    ““It is completely hypocritical of Dr. Fauci to lock us down, lecture us to wear multiple masks, stay six feet apart, and stay away from our family and friends but yet have no input on the border crisis where we have MASSES of ILLEGAL Immigrants FLOODING into our nation, including a significant amount who are carrying infectious diseases like COVID-19.”

    AGAIN THAT IS NOT HIS JOB, YOU ARE ATTACKING THE WRONG PERSON OR AGENCY. THIS CRAZY TALK HAS GOT TO STOP. IT IOS TIME TO CORRECT THINGS, MASSIVE INVESTMENT IN THE U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL, MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT IN DETENTION FACILITIES AND LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEMS, BUT YOU CANNOT TELL THE READERS HERE THAT DR. FAUCI CAUSED THIS. You wrote:

    “From an infectious disease standpoint, the Administration’s handling of the border crisis makes no sense.”

    THE DONALD TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DID VERY LITTLE ALSO, STOP TRYING TO SELECTIVELY HOLD ONLY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY RESPONSIBLE. THE GOP UNDERCUT FUNDING FOR THIS SYSTEM FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS TOO.

  10. Lol.. StevenG, but an Out-Door Biker Rally is Flip-Flopping-Fauci’s responsibility?
    “..Fauci scolds Sturgis rally as a potential super-spreader event but says NOTHING about ex-President’s birthday bash…” in Martha’s Vineyard…
    Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago – Nothing.
    Obama’s big tent birthday bash – Nothing.

    Celebrity Fauci do research? I doubt he has the time – too busy doing the media hoar circuit.

    Overall your reply seems like more idiotic rants to mislead – or are you too daft to understand Fauci can provide his opinion on the risks of an Open Border and how to safely mitigate the Thousands of COVID infected ILLEGAL Borders crossers being distributed throughout the U.S. by the Biden Admin.

  11. CA PATRIOT You wrote:

    ““..Fauci scolds Sturgis rally as a potential super-spreader event but says NOTHING about ex-President’s birthday bash…” in Martha’s Vineyard…”

    FIRST, 700,000 PEOPLE WENT TO STURGIS, AND THEY WERE NOT WEARING MASKS NOR LIKELY VACCINATED, AND FINALLY WERE NOT DISTANCING. LAST YEAR THE EVENT WAS PROVEN TO CAUSE 260,000 CASES WITH HEALTH COSTS OF $12.2 BILLION BY THE SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE IZA INSTITUTE OF LABOR ECONOMICS. AND YOU KNOW IT. AS FAR AS THAT PARTY GOES, NO MEDICAL EVIDENCE OF CONTACT TRACING WAS OFFERED IN THE STORY WRITTEN BY THE DAILY MAIL.COM BY SHAWN COHEN, WHO MAY BE A REPORTER FOR THAT PUBLICATION. HOWEVER, HE IS NOT A TRAINED JOURNALIST HE HAS A BS IN COMMUNICATION AND PSYCHOLOGY. THUS, HE IS NOT WORKING FOR AN UNBIASED PUBLICATION, NOR DOES HE PROVE HIS WRITINGS VIA 2 AUTHENTICATED RESOURCES. You wrote:

    ““Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago – Nothing.”

    ABCNEWS HAS REPORTED THAT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF A SUPER SPREADER EVENT. IN FACT THERE WAS ONLY 203 POSITIVE RESULTS OUT OF 100,000. YOU CAN VIEW THE STORY “COVID Chicago: City’s top doctor says ‘no evidence’ Lollapalooza 2021 a super-spreader event”. You wrote:

    “Celebrity Fauci do research? I doubt he has the time – too busy doing the media hoar circuit.

    Overall your reply seems like more idiotic rants to mislead – or are you too daft to understand Fauci can provide his opinion on the risks of an Open Border and how to safely mitigate the Thousands of COVID infected ILLEGAL Borders crossers being distributed throughout the U.S. by the Biden Admin.”

    FAUCI IS NOT EMPLOYED TO DEAL WITH THE TOPIC OF BORDER CONTROL, AND HE DOES NOT BOTHER TO EXPEND ANY ENERGY OTHER THAN THE WORK HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR. AGAIN, PLEASE PROVIDE PROOF THAT THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY THAN THE LAST 50 YEARS THAT WAS CAUSED BY EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO PREVENT BORDER PATROL OPERATIONS. THIS IS VERY TIRESOME TO SEE SO MUCH DISINFORMATION TRYING TO AVOID THE PROBLEM. THE FACT THAT LAMBDA IS GOING TO CAUSE ANOTHER SHUTDOWN IN THE US

  12. Well, lockdowns return 9/15 if Gavin isn’t recalled that much is for sure. If you love your children and your businesses, you’ll likely want to get out to vote.

    On another topic, look at the common sense information provided by the FDA. Debunks all the myths that the health directors are basing their orders on. I sure wish some of our uneducated health officials would read it:

    https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-surgical-masks-and-face-masks

  13. JOE SMITH You wrote:

    On another topic, look at the common sense information provided by the FDA. Debunks all the myths that the health directors are basing their orders on. I sure wish some of our uneducated health officials would read it:

    https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-surgical-masks-and-face-masks

    WOW, NOW THAT WAS ANOTHER “TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT” CLAIM. NOTHING IN THE WEBSITE EVER CLAIMS THAT MASKING IS NOT A PROPER PROTECTION. YOU ARE REALLY TRYING TO MIDDY THE INFORMATION AGAIN. IT IN FACT SAYS:

    “Surgical Masks

    A surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. Surgical masks are regulated under 21 CFR 878.4040. SURGICAL MASKS ARE NOT TO BE SHARED AND MAY BE LABELED AS SURGICAL, ISOLATION, DENTAL, OR MEDICAL PROCEDURE MASKS. THEY MAY COME WITH OR WITHOUT A FACE SHIELD. THESE ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS FACE MASKS, ALTHOUGH NOT ALL FACE MASKS ARE REGULATED AS SURGICAL MASKS.

    Surgical masks are made in different thicknesses and with different ability to protect you from contact with liquids. These properties may also affect how easily you can breathe through the face mask and how well the surgical mask protects you.

    IF WORN PROPERLY, A SURGICAL MASK IS MEANT TO HELP BLOCK LARGE-PARTICLE DROPLETS, SPLASHES, SPRAYS, OR SPLATTER THAT MAY CONTAIN GERMS (VIRUSES AND BACTERIA), KEEPING IT FROM REACHING YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE. SURGICAL MASKS MAY ALSO HELP REDUCE EXPOSURE OF YOUR SALIVA AND RESPIRATORY SECRETIONS TO OTHERS.

    While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. SURGICAL MASKS ALSO DO NOT PROVIDE COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM GERMS AND OTHER CONTAMINANTS BECAUSE OF THE LOOSE FIT BETWEEN THE SURFACE OF THE MASK AND YOUR FACE.

    SURGICAL MASKS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE USED MORE THAN ONCE. IF YOUR MASK IS DAMAGED OR SOILED, OR IF BREATHING THROUGH THE MASK BECOMES DIFFICULT, YOU SHOULD REMOVE THE FACE MASK, DISCARD IT SAFELY, AND REPLACE IT WITH A NEW ONE. TO SAFELY DISCARD YOUR MASK, PLACE IT IN A PLASTIC BAG AND PUT IT IN THE TRASH. WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER HANDLING THE USED MASK.”

    NOTHING SAYING THAT MASKS ARE NOT EFFECTIVE, UNLESS YOU DO NOT USE THEM CORRECTLY. THEY MUST BE WORN TIGHTLY AND SECURELY TO WORK AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT. YOU ARE JUST TRYING TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR THE FACT YOU ARE TRYING TO GET MORE PEOPLE INFECTED.

  14. VACANCY VAQUERO You wrote:

    “If people stay home, they get it at home. If they go to work, they get it at work.”

    BUT PEOPLE AT WORK ARE RANDOMLY BEING CONTACTED BY STRANGERS, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE IN NO POSITION TO ENFORCE SAFETY REGARDING THEIR EXPOSURE.

    AT LEAST AT HOME THEY CAN CONTROL ACCESS TO THEM AT HOME. TRUE PHYSICAL SECURITY. THEY CAN ACTUALLY ENFORCE SAFE BEHAVIORS REGARDING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. BUT YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS TELL PEOPLE TO NOT WEAR MASKS, AND TO NOT POSSIBLY EVEN BE VACCINATED. IN THE END THE CITIZENS HAVE MORE POWER OVER THEIR RISK OF EXPOSURE AT HOME. AND EVERY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL GROUP KNOWS AND HAS PUBLISHED IT.

    YOU’RE JUST SAYING TO THOSE WHO GET INFECTED “TOO BAD FOR YOU” AND “YOUR EXPENDABLE AS A HUMAN BEING”.

  15. Someone is still getting off on their Panic-Porn.. Alphabet soup for you.
    In Mar 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that “There are around 4,000 variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 around the world now.”
    Many more thousands of variants exist now.
    That is what viruses do – “Natural evolution over time creates small genetic changes as viruses continually make new copies of itself to spread and thrive.”
    Lambda (and 1,000s of other variants) has been in CA since Sep 2020.

    Look at the positive side – increasing cases means increasing Natural Immunity.
    For people who already have natural immunity and those that chose vaccination the likelihood of serious complications is Extremely LOW and even less chance of a resultant death due to Covid.
    That is some 37.5 million “recorded” cases with immunity.

    The Panic-Porn “Break-Thru” infection could easily be labeled as a “booster shot” of immunity since the majority of cases are benign.

    “It appears that natural immunity is better against the Delta variant. When you get infected with COVID, your body’s immune system develops antibodies to the entire surface of the virus,”
    … “Not just the slight protein that the vaccines gives you, but the entire surface. And so you get a more diverse antibody portfolio in your system.”
    data from Israel revealed that natural immunity appears to be 6.7x more effective than being vaccinated when it comes to fighting off COVID-19.
    Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine

    “One of the great failures of our medical leadership has been ignoring the half of America with natural immunity, which is the half of non-vaccinated folks.”

  16. CA PATRIOT You wrote:

    “Look at the positive side – increasing cases means increasing Natural Immunity.”

    INCREASING CASES MEANS MORE LONG HAUL DISABILITY AND LIKELY DEATH. YOUR OWN WORD SHOWS A SOCIOPATHIC INTENT. YOU DON’T CARE WHO GETS SICK OR DIES, BUT OUT U.S. CONSTITUTION DOES, AND THE HYPOCRITIC OATH FORCES DOCTORS TO NOT AT LIKE DR. MENGELE, WHICH IS YOUR MODEL OF MEDICINE. YOU WROTE:

    “For people who already have natural immunity and those that chose vaccination the likelihood of serious complications is Extremely LOW and even less chance of a resultant death due to Covid.
    That is some 37.5 million “recorded” cases with immunity.”

    THOSE WERE NOT CASES OF IMMUNITY, THOSE WERE CASES OF DETECTION, AND AT THE SAME TIME 600,000 PEOPLE DIED AND 11 MILLION DISABLED. THE ODDS ARE NOT IN YOUR FAVOR IF 1/3RD OF THE PEOPLE INFECTED ARE PERMEANT ELY DAMAGED. WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR MEDICAL EDUCATION? You wrote:

    “The Panic-Porn “Break-Thru” infection could easily be labeled as a “booster shot” of immunity since the majority of cases are benign.”

    WHAT YOU ALL ARE NOT UNDERSTANDING IS THE BOOSTER SHOT IS DESIGNED FOR THE ALPHA VARIANT, IT IS SIMPLY NOT SCIENTIFIC TO USE AN ALPHA VARIANT VACCINE ON A DELTA, DELTA-PLUS, OR LAMBDA VARIANT. EVEN THE VACCINE MAKERS WILL NOT ENDORSE USE ON A VIRUS IT WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR. You wote:

    “It appears that natural immunity is better against the Delta variant. When you get infected with COVID, your body’s immune system develops antibodies to the entire surface of the virus,”

    “APPEARS” AND “PROVEN” ARE NOT THE SAME. THESE DOCTOR ARE UNDER ENORMOUS PRESSURE NOT TO ACTUALLY DO WHAT HAS BEEN DESIGNED REGARDING A PANDEMIC RESPONSE. WHICH IS CONTROLLING INFECTIOUS VECTORS. THE FACTS ARE MEMORY CELLS DO NOT OCCUR WITH THE MRNA VACCINE. THUS YOU NEED BOTH TO ACTUALLY HAVE ONE VERSION OF A VIRUS TO BE CONTROLLED. VARIANTS HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE ACQUIRED IMMUNE RESPONSE FROM SQUARE ONE, AND THAT IS MEDICAL FACT. THUS YOU ARE EXPOSED TO ANY DANGEROUS IMPACT ALL OVER AGAIN FINALLY YOU WROTE:

    ““One of the great failures of our medical leadership has been ignoring the half of America with natural immunity, which is the half of non-vaccinated folks.”

    WHAT MEDICAL PROOF DO YOU HAVE TO SAY THIS? THAT WAS JUST A MADE UP STORY WITH NO RESEARCH TO SUPPORT IT. WOW YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT INNOCENT VICTIMS DON’T YOU, YOU ARE A “COVID” TRAITOR, WANTING THE VIRUS TO HURT AND EVOLVE SO MUCH THAT IT WIL NEVER STOP.

  17. OH WOW, I THINK I FINALLY UNDERSTAND CA PATRIOT, HE IS AN INVESTOR IN REGENERON. THUS HE WANTS PEOPLE TO GET INFECTED AND GET TREATED WITH THE MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENT INSTEAD OF VACCINATED. WOW THIS IS A REAL DIRTY TRICK AND DANGEROUS.

  18. The basic antibody test for Covid-19 is relatively simple and straightforward (well, to a PhD postdoc in microbiology). But separating the countless variations of Covid-19 via gene sequencing takes a lot more time and effort, which makes the variant test a lot more expensive.

    There is a test for the Lambda variant like the test for the Delta variant. But those tests are so expensive that very few have been done — far too few to reach a valid conclusion about which particular variant is more contagious.

    For example, if Delta is super contagious… wouldn’t almost all new cases of Covid be the Delta variant?

    Without a statistical database consisting of enough tests… who knows?

    Dr. Fauci knows!

    This is the perfect scenario for Dr. Fauci, since everything he says amounts to, “Take my word for it.”

    Dr. Fauci Warns Against New, Highly Contagious Delta Variant…

    Without a statistical baseline, he’s just blowing smoke. As with the Delta variant, there is no inexpensive, readily available test for the Lambda variant. That means from Dr. Fauci on down, everything we’re hearing about “variants” are baseless opinions since no one really knows who has which Covid variant, or if it even matters.

    If 5% of airborne bacteria get sucked into our lungs with every breath we take, how does that translate to viruses? Class? Anyone want to hazard a guess…?

    The average dot.EDU Cali-matriculatoid from a gov’t equality factory probably thinks bacteria and viruses are like giraffes and hippos — they’re same general size, but they look different through a microscope. Sorta like… different races!

    But bacteria and viruses are not even in the same ballpark, size-wise. If your average bacterium was the size of your average house, then your typical virus would be about the size of a ping-pong ball.

    What was that about “highly contagious,” again? We’re discussing viruses and masks.

    In this episode of Dr. Fauci’s Theatre Of The Absurd, wearing a paper mask makes us invulnerable to the latest cootie variant, protecting us like it’s Covid Kryptonite. Ya think?

    Me, neither.

    Dr. Fauci says a paper mask is an impenetrable barrier that will stop a Covid virus.
    Ha, ha! That Dr. F, always kidding around! …Wait, What? He was serious?!

    If I may re-phrase Dr. F: A paper mask will stop a Covid virus… about as effectively as a barbed wire fence will stop a flea.

    Even an N-95 mask, properly fitted (few are) will still allow 95% of bacteria-size particles through — and since they cost maybe 25¢ versus 10¢, not many people opt for the N-95 variety.

    IMHO, this mask nonsense is a message, from the gov’t to us, making it clear who the boss is. And it ain’t We The People any more.

    We are fast approaching the final stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
    ~ Ayn Rand

  19. SMOKEY wrote:

    “Even an N-95 mask, properly fitted (few are) will still allow 95% of bacteria-size particles through — and since they cost maybe 25¢ versus 10¢, not many people opt for the N-95 variety.

    THAT IS MATERIALLY FALSE TO SAY HERE IS SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT WAS WRONG FROM THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION ARTICLE TITLED “Do N95 respirators provide 95% protection level against airborne viruses, and how adequate are surgical masks?”

    “Do N95 respirators provide 95% protection level against airborne viruses, and how adequate are surgical masks?

    Abstract

    Conclusion: The N95 filtering face piece respirators may not provide the expected protection level against small virions. Some surgical masks may let a significant fraction of airborne viruses penetrate through their filters, PROVIDING VERY LOW PROTECTION AGAINST AEROSOLIZED INFECTIOUS AGENTS IN THE SIZE RANGE OF 10 TO 80 NM. It should be noted that the surgical masks are primarily designed to protect the environment from the wearer, whereas the respirators are supposed to protect the wearer from the environment.”

    HOWEVER, COVID IS 100 NM IN SIZE IF YOU LOOK AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION ARTICLE TITLED “SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by the numbers.” SO YES N95 MASKS WORK, AND ARE EFFECTIVE AGAINST THIS SIZE OF VIRUS. BECAUSE THE ARE DESIGNED TO BLOCK ANY MATERIAL LARGER THAN 95 NM. BUT YOU JUST WANT TO SPREAD DISINFORMATION.

  20. Smokey, et al., Disregard the ALL CAPS Clown – he is fixated on replying with whatever blather he can come up with to “sound” intelligent.
    And NO the N95 is not specified to block particles larger than 95nm (just like the AR in AR-15 does NOT refer to Automatic Rifle).

    “According to the standards of NIOSH, filtering respirators can be classified as the N95, N99 and N100 masks, which can respectively block at least 95%, 99% and 99.97% of particles with MEDIAN diameter of 0.3 μm (or 300nm) from entering (CDC, 2020).”
    And that requires a proper FIT and Wearing of the N95 mask.

    “Research found avian flu virus passing through the N95 mask, … In addition, influenza is generally transmitted through small aerosol particles with a diameter of 1–10 μm. It is possible that a single virus particle can be transmitted from person to person (Wiwanitkit, 2006).”

  21. CA PATRIOT You wrote:

    ““According to the standards of NIOSH, filtering respirators can be classified as the N95, N99 and N100 masks, which can respectively block at least 95%, 99% and 99.97% of particles with MEDIAN diameter of 0.3 μm (or 300nm) from entering (CDC, 2020).”

    And that requires a proper FIT and Wearing of the N95 mask.”

    BUT THE COVID VIRUS CANNOT BE SPREAD WITHOUT BEING INSIDE A WATER DROPLET. THE SCIENTISTS CLEARLY HAVE SAID WITHOUT A WATER DROPLET, THE COVID VIRUS CANNOT SURVIVE, IT DEHYDRATES TO DEATH.

    THUS MASKS PREVENTING AEROSOL SPRAY OF SALIVA AND PREVENTING AIRBORNE SALIVA FROM BEING INHALED DOE PREVENT THE COVID INFECTION, AND WATER DROPLETS ARE FAR LARGER THAN 300 NM. THE VIRUS IS CONTAINED IN THOSE DROPLETS. AND YOU KNOW IT

    “Research found avian flu virus passing through the N95 mask, … In addition, influenza is generally transmitted through small aerosol particles with a diameter of 1–10 μm. It is possible that a single virus particle can be transmitted from person to person (Wiwanitkit, 2006).”

    BUT HERE IS THE REST OF THE STORY FROM THAT REPORT:

    “HOWEVER, TRANSMISSION THROUGH THE N-95 MASK DOES NOT MEAN A PERSON WILL BE INFECTED. There are many other factors that contribute to infection. IN ADDITION, INFLUENZA TRANSMISSION GENERALLY OCCURS THROUGH SMALL AEROSOL PARTICLES IN THE RANGE OF 1-10 ΜM IN DIAMETER. It is possible that individual virions are transmitted person to person, BUT MOST TRANSMISSIONS OCCUR IN SMALL AGGREGATES OF VIRUSES THAT WOULD BE EFFECTIVELY BLOCKED BY AN N-95 MASK. USING A MASK DOES REDUCE THE RISK OF INFECTION COMPARED WITH NOT USING A MASK. ALSO, THE GENERAL UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS, ESPECIALLY WASHING THE HANDS AFTER CONTACT WITH A PERSON WITH RESPIRATORY INFECTION, SHOULD BE FOLLOWED.”

    FROM YOU OWN RESEARCH, BUT YOU OMITTED IT TO DECEIVE THE READERS

  22. Lol, At least someone is getting “Educated” on N95 masks.. what should his next look-up be?
    Amusing how these behaviors compare …The 5 Behaviors of a “Know-It-All”..
    4. SHIFTING GOAL POSTS: the KNOW-IT-ALL type of person often have something closer to the “ILLUSION of KNOWLEDGE.” They aren’t aware that they don’t know something, which Makes them Think That They KNOW … well … Everything.
    So, when caught in being Wrong, a know-it-all will often shift the goalposts of their argument.

  23. CA PATRIOT

    I CLEARLY SAY I DO NOT KNOW IT ALL, BUT I KNOW ENOUGH.

    YOU WANT TO HELP PEOPLE GET SICK, WHY? BECAUSE YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE MONOCOLNAL TREATMENT MAKER, AND YOU WANT TO MAKE BIG BUCKS OFF OF OTHERS SUFFERING. SO YOU WANT NO MORE MASKS, AND GET PEOPLE FORCED TO TAKE A MEDICINE THAT SO FAR IS NOT YET PROVEN TO BE A REAL TREATMENT. IT IS USED UNDER EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATON TOO.

    STILL STOP TRYING TO DISINFORM THE READERS HERE.

    IF THAT IS YOUR ONLY EVIDENCE TO PRESENT, THAT IS SIMPLY A EMPTY PROMISE

  24. CA PATRIOT,

    We’re on the same page. Like many if not most readers, I ignore all caps comments/replies. No one likes shouting, which takes the place of reasonable debate, and it poisons the well. I just skip them… all of them.

    Anyway, I’m happy to be one of the growing list of folks under attack by the All-Caps Creature, assuming that’s what it was. We’re like the “Be That Guy” picture/meme, except there’s more than one of us.

    Next, maybe I wasn’t clear enough, but I agree about the N-95 = 95%. They’re fairly effective in keeping bacteria out, but they’re fairly worthless when it comes to viruses — which aren’t spread well by droplets (aerosols aren’t droplets, and vice-versa.)

    Here’s the first of a series on Covid-19. It begins with a reasonable explanation of the mask issue, and it doesn’t emit the partisan hyper-emotion (or all caps) that gets rained down on us non-stop, 24/7/365:

    https://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2021/08/crazy-government-responses-to-covid-part-1-understanding-incentives.html

  25. CA PATRIOT,

    I agree, I just skip all caps replies. They’re tedious, and they usually poison the well. Who needs that?

    There’s a good series on Covid-19, but links seem to defenestrate comments with hotlinks, so give this a try: coyoteblog, then a dotcom, a slash coyote underscore blog slash 2021 slash 08 slash crazy-government-responses-to-covid-part-1-understanding-incentives dot html

    It’s reasonable, and there’s no hyper partisan lecturing, dictating, or holier-than-thou emotion. As Joe Friday might have said, it’s “just the facts, ma’am…”

    I learned something, but that was easy since I don’t claim to be an Authority. Take a look if you like. And the author doesn’t use all caps, ever; none, nada, none a-tall. It was refreshing.

  26. SMOKEY AND CA PATRIOT,

    OF ALL THINGS TO USE A BLOG POSTING FROM AN UNIDENTIFIED PERSON IS CRAZY.

    IT IS NOT A SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL, NOR EVEN WRITTEN APPARENTLY BY A SCIENTIDT.

    THIS IS NOT RESEARCH, IT IS OPINIONS WRITTEN BY AN ANONYOMUS AUTHOR WITH NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE.

    YOU REALLY NEED TO FIND BETTER EVIDENCE

  27. AND BY THE WAY THE SHERIFF IS LIKLEY GOING TO BE PROSECUTED FOR FEDERAL LAW VIOLATIONS, GIVEN THAT SHE PARTICIPATED IN A CONSPIRACY REGARDING FRAUD:

    THE BASICS ON FEDERAL FRAUD CONSPIRACY CHARGES

    Federal law describes fraud as the intentional deception of another person for illegal gain. Federal conspiracy charges are covered generally by 18 U.S.C. 371. Fraud conspiracy charges are distinct from standalone fraud charges. If an individual commits fraud on his own, he may be charged with the underlying offense of fraud. However, if the defendant acts in agreement with at least one other person to commit a fraudulent activity, this qualifies as fraud conspiracy. Even if the defendant does not follow all the way through with the fraudulent act underlying the conspiracy, he can still be charged and convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud under federal law. This area of law is very complex, so if you believe that you have run afoul of federal fraud statutes, you need to speak with a fraud attorney as soon as possible.

    The most important elements to keep in mind that the government must prove in a federal conspiracy case are the intention of the defendant to commit the crime and the involvement of at least one other person in the agreement to commit the crime. Another important aspect of federal fraud cases is that there must be at least one overt act taken by one or more members of the conspiracy to further the crime. A defendant who has been charged with federal fraud conspiracy does not necessarily have to be the individual who took a step in furtherance of the crime. By speaking with one of our fraud lawyers, we can evaluate the facts of your conspiracy to commit fraud case to determine if this overt act has occurred.

    Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §371, the penalty for a person convicted of federal fraud conspiracy can be up to five years in federal prison in addition to applicable fines. If the underlying fraud crime would be classified as a misdemeanor instead of a felony, the maximum amount of time that a defendant would have to serve on a conspiracy conviction is up to one year in jail.

  28. Good think Lambda isn’t detected very often. If COVID weren’t detected very often we could all go back to a normal life… regardless of the fact that viruses surround and will do so for eternity.

  29. This is getting funny. Should we now start talking about the mythical undefined “micro droplets”. How absurd the whole leaky mask idea is. Yet, all the MDs went ‘all in’ on the nonsense. I remain embarrassed for our generation.

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