Lambda Variant Raises Dire Concerns About the Pandemic’s Future Trajectory

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      eridani
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      https://truthout.org/articles/lambda-variant-raises-dire-concerns-about-the-pandemics-future-trajectory/

      But while the lambda variant may not be more infectious than delta, it prophesies what the future of the pandemic may look like — and reveals why it is important to educate the public about how mutant strains work. For biological reasons, virus mutations have a tendency to crop up as vaccination rates rise. As vaccination rates increase and SARS-CoV-2 has fewer people to infect, it inevitably evolves in a way that lets it thrive in new, less auspicious environments.

      “The virus needs to develop ways to increase its transmissibility as there are less targets to infect,” Dr. Jonathan Zenilman, an infectious disease specialist and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, wrote to Salon. He noted the regularity with which mutations arise: “We have been seeing a progression of increasingly transmissible variants about every two to three months.”

      In the case of the lambda variant, health experts’ concern is that it appears to resist some of our body’s immune responses better than other mutant variants which have emerged. According to Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, that, plus its higher infectivity, “puts it on the list of viruses to watch.” “Should it mutate in a more favorable form for infectiousness or lethality it could be a real problem,” he added. If that happened, scientists would at the very least need to update our vaccines.

      At this point, Benjamin emphasized, the delta variant is the priority for now, in part because no one can predict the future of the lambda variant with any accuracy and it has not presently proved itself to be more infectious than delta. In the event that lambda outbreaks happen, we may need to again close schools, businesses and other facilities to protect people.

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      A Simple Game
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      For biological reasons, virus mutations have a tendency to crop up as vaccination rates rise. As vaccination rates increase and SARS-CoV-2 has fewer people to infect, it inevitably evolves in a way that lets it thrive in new, less auspicious environments.

      Haven’t we always been told that we need to vaccinate as many as possible to provide fewer host for the virus to mutate in?  The above makes it sound as if the virus is a thinking being and takes a head count to see if it needs to produce a mutation.  It also makes it sound as if getting the vaccination is counter productive.  My understanding of natural mutations was that they were random and only survived if they were as viable or more viable than the originating source virus.  A mutation could also adapt to a new source for hosts.  I also thought that more original viruses would/could result in more mutations.

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        Ohio Barbarian
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        The whole point is to have an excuse for lockdowns in order to prevent a mass movement from happening in the streets. I’m convinced of that now. Well, that, and to crush all the small businesses that didn’t go under the first time so people like Bezos and Zuckerberg can make more in profits.

        The whole point of a vaccine is to prevent serious illness when one is exposed to a virus, not to eliminate infections from a common cold virus that mutates as fast as such viruses normally do.

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          eridani
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          Which is exactly what the COVID vaccine is doing.

          Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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