Day 10 of (supposed) Omicron infection for Bri.
I say ‘supposed’ because anyone who is sharing this journey with me will have noticed that, in the UK at least, NOBODY ever tells you what variant you have got. My deduction that it was Omicron is based on (1) the speed and pervasiveness of the spread of infection in that room – well over half of a group of 40 or so were infected inside 3 days, and (2) the symptoms. I was badly congested, feverish and coughing for around two days, but I never lost my sense of taste or smell, and – much more importantly – never had difficulty with breathing in the lungs. So this new variant is a very different beast from the one which first put all our lives on hold nearly two years ago.
This is the last test update I’m going to put up, because it seems to have little meaning for my case now. My information is that LTF test can remain positive for up to 90 days after infection – because although we are no longer infected or infectiOUS, some Covid organisms remain in the system for a while. Tonight our government reduced the time for quarantine after infection from 14 to SEVEN days ! On that reckoning we are already clear – but we are exercising caution for the next few days anyway. So there it is. I see scientists with conflicting options on the effective of the Booster jabs against Omicron. From 75 per cent to zero ! I do know that there are many very sick covid patients in our hospitals who are unvaccinated – but I also hear that even more are triple jabbed. Form your own conclusions from that !!! It’s clear this new variant is completely out of control. BUT … I am optimistic for the future … I’ll tell you why.
Why am I cautiously optimistic about Covid ?
All the present evidence points to the view that in evolving into the Omicron Variant, the coronavirus has become become
(1) much more efficient at propagating itself, and
(2) less efficient at killing its victims.
In evolutionary terms, as I understand it, BOTH of these changes are beneficial to the ongoing success of the organism around the planet. The first strains of Covid 19 were unquestionably deadly – we all lost dear friends and relatives. I quickly lose patience with the deluded souls who call it a ‘fake’ pandemic. Get real. Ask the nurses if it was fake. However, through a number of mutations this new version has become so successful that it is now, or very soon will be, the dominant variant in the World. I think that’s a good thing for the virus, and it’s ALSO a good thing for us.
WHY ? What’s not generally understood is that a virus doesn’t have to kill its hosts to be successful. Actually quite the reverse. If it kills its victims too efficiently they won’t have time to spread the virus. This is often quoted as the reason that the deadly virus Ebola never became a pandemic. It was contained. But containment was only possible because it killed most of its victims before they had had the chance to infect anyone else.
This virus may not even be natural – it may be man-made – but once it’s out there it is subject to the ’laws’ of Natural Selection like every other organism on Earth. So this direction of evolution of the Covid virus is just what it needs to flourish as a species. But it’s also just what WE need – because this means Humanity can live with it. Hopefully it continues in this direction and becomes just another cold-causing virus. It’s been suggested (search for Prof Marc Van Ranst) – intriguingly – that the pandemic Russian Flu of the 1890’s was caused by a coronavirus very similar to Covid 19, and it evolved into one of the common cold viruses still active today. So, just maybe, by next Christmas we may all find that old ‘normality’ we have been pining for. Let’s pray that the human race will have learned a few lessons by then.