Speculation on CNN on how deer can catch the virus but obviously they want to scare people too. Covid seems to be bad news for Snow Leopards thoughHow would wild deer pick up the virus other than Jean Claude being lonely Quebec Friday night?
The World Health Organisation is to blame.Speculation on CNN on how deer can catch the virus but obviously they want to scare people too.
Wild deer contract coronavirus - The Wildlife Society
The only explanation that I've been able to think of is people passing it to domestic or farmed animals who then in turn pass it on to deer. An example would be people giving it to farmed mink (a known problem) and then deer picking it up when grazing around the mink cages at night.How would wild deer pick up the virus other than Jean Claude being lonely on a Quebec Friday night?
It's Santa. It's all coming out now. He's having relations with anything and everything.The only explanation that I've been able to think of is people passing it to domestic or farmed animals who then in turn pass it on to deer. An example would be people giving it to farmed mink (a known problem) and then deer picking it up when grazing around the mink cages at night.
The more important question is "who is getting infected?" Is this a big outbreak in certain specific settings, or is this across the population?How many of them hospital admissions with serious symptoms?
The NICD also reported a spike in new hospital admissions in the past 24 hours, with 274 people admitted (up from 135 on Wednesday). There are 2,904 people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 related complications.How many of them hospital admissions with serious symptoms?
Of the 6 cases of Omicron reported in Glasgow , it has need reported that a percentage of them have no travel history. So this variant is already in the community.
That poster should be outside every retail and public building, transport hub, etc. Show people the data, let them choose accordingly.
In Europe, unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from non-essential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections.
Merkel announced the measures after a meeting with federal and state leaders, as the nation again topped 70,000 newly confirmed cases in a 24-hour period. She said the steps were necessary to address concerns that hospitals could become overloaded with patients suffering from COVID-19 infections, which are much more likely to be serious in people who have not been vaccinated.
In Asia, Hong Kong authorities will launch a new "health code" mobile phone app next week that travellers to mainland China would be required to use. Unlike China's app, Hong Kong's will not track a user's movement, the government said. Only Hong Kong residents who plan to cross the border are required to use the app, which will be available starting Dec. 10.
In Africa, the omicron variant has been detected in Zimbabwe, according to Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga who is also the health minister, making it the fifth African country to report the variant's presence after Botswana, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria.
The United States is making it mandatory next week for Canadians and other foreign visitors who arrive by air to get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their departure, regardless of their vaccination status, as part of a pandemic battle plan for the winter months.
U.S. health officials confirmed a second case of the variant on Thursday in Minnesota. It involved a vaccinated man who had attended an anime convention just before Thanksgiving in New York City that drew an estimated 50,000 people. That would suggest the variant has begun to spread within the U.S.
In a news release issued Thursday afternoon, the province said that starting on Dec. 13 at 8 a.m. ET, people aged 50 and older will be able to schedule their booster through the COVID-19 vaccination portal, by calling the provincial vaccine contact centre, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, and in select pharmacies and primary care settings.
Durham Region Health Department announced Thursday it has its first case of a person who has tested positive for the omicron variant.
One case of the Omicron variant was also identified in Halton Region Thursday.
I wonder also, assuming that there are reports of it giving mild or almost no symptoms, if it isn't already firmly established in the community in at least those countries reporting a small number of cases.I will make the general observation that in my opinion the countries that aren't reporting cases of omicron are probably countries that aren't looking very hard for it. It has undoubtedly spread much more widely than is currently reported.
See @CaptainRidiculous 's post above about a spike in hospital admissions in South Africa.I wonder also, assuming that there are reports of it giving mild or almost no symptoms, if it isn't already firmly established in the community in at least those countries reporting a small number of cases.
"Previous infection used to protect against Delta but now with Omicron that doesn't seem to be the case," said Anne von Gottberg, microbiologist at NICD.
The full picture in South Africa will not become clear until "people get so sick that they need to go to hospital" which is generally "three, four weeks later," says Prof Salim Abdool Karim of the Africa Task Force for Coronavirus.
"But the feedback we're getting from the ground is that there's really no red flags - we're not seeing anything dramatically different, what we're seeing is what we are used to," he told the BBC's Newsday programme.
Yes, agreed. It occurs to me that the reports of mild symptoms may actually apply only to those who have been vaccinated.See @CaptainRidiculous 's post above about a spike in hospital admissions in South Africa.
South African province where omicron first found sees huge spike in hospitalisations, 10% of them toddlers
Covid: South Africa new cases surge as Omicron spreads
They are also seeing more admissions of younger age groups than was the case with previous variants, including under 2 and 28 to 38.
There is also a lot of talk about "mild symptoms". But I don't think you end up in hospital if you have mild symptoms, unless they are defining "mild" as "not being on a ventilator".
Taking all this together, they might be getting more hospitalizations of people in their 20s and 30s who aren't going on to develop the most severe symptoms. But these may have been people who if they had alpha or delta may not have been in hospital at all.
The BBC story says that it takes 3 or 4 weeks before someone is sick enough to go to hospital in South Africa, so we aren't seeing the full impact yet.
The BBC story also mentions that while vaccines still seem to be working fairly well against omicron, people who were not vaccinated but had a previous infection with a different variant are getting omicron.
There is a lot of contradictory information coming out, and at this stage I think that all we can really say is that we really don't know yet.