If this doctor is right, that means that Xi’s Omicron variant had been spreading on the U.K. before it was detected in Southern Africa.
Elad Maor, 45, an Israeli cardiologist who has been fully vaccinated for the China Virus as well as a booster shot, says that he believes that he contracted Xi’s Omicron variant after traveling to the United Kingdom on November 19 to attend a convention in London.
The three-day convention was held at ExCeL London in Newham, east London, and was attended by 1,250 health care professionals.
Dr. Maor took three PRC tests — one on November 20, 21, and 24 — but all three came back negative for SARS-CoV-2.
He tested positive on the fourth PCR test on November 27 which he took after he began experiencing mild symptoms.
He also believes that after he returned, he likely infected a 69-year old colleague who has also tested positive for the virus.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Maor, a cardiologist at Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv, described how he returned to Israel on 23 November after the three-day meeting at ExCeL London, a large convention centre in Newham, east London. He began experiencing symptoms within days, and tested positive on 27 November.
The time from exposure to symptom onset (known as the incubation period) is thought to be up to 14 days, though symptoms typically appear within five days of exposure.
The 45-year-old, a father of three and an associate professor of cardiology at Tel Aviv University, arrived in London on 19 November and stayed four nights at a hotel in Islington, north London. Maor has so far shown mild Covid-19 symptoms, including a fever, muscle ache and a sore throat.
Speaking to the Guardian from his home in Israel, where he is self-isolating, Maor also said he had probably infected a 69-year-old colleague with the virus after flying back from London. The colleague has since tested positive for the Omicron variant.
While he cannot be certain how or when he became infected, Maor, who had received three doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, is convinced it occurred in the UK. “I got the Omicron in London, for sure,” he said. “That is interesting because that was 10 days ago in London – really, really early.”
Dr. Maor’s wife who was traveling with him at the time has not tested positive for the China Virus, nor have his children.
“That’s reassuring, I think,” said Dr. Maor, “I think the transmissibility of this [variant] is not completely different or extremely different to what I know about Delta.”
Since the first three tests came back negative, Dr. Maor suspects that he contracted the virus on the last day of the conference.
“The only reasonable explanation is that I got infected on the last day of the meeting – maybe at the airport, maybe at the meeting,” he said. “That’s why the [third] PCR was too early to detect the infection. So either the second day of the meeting or the last day of the meeting because there is a lag between the time you get infected, and when the PCR turns positive.”
Having initially tested negative for Covid-19 when returning to Israel, he returned to work at the Sheba Medical Centre before developing symptoms, and a fourth PCR test said he was positive. Maor has since been told he is the third confirmed Omicron case in Israel, and the first in the country with no travel links to southern Africa.
Maor said it “feels weird” to be one of the first people in the world to become infected with the Omicron variant. “As a physician I am not used to being under the spotlight.”
Source: The GuarDian
There’s still so much that we don’t know about Xi’s Omicron Variant, but even though it does seem to spread easily — even among the vaccinated — so far it has only produced mild symptoms. If this continues to be the case, it could mean an end to the ongoing madness that has taken hold of the world.
Professor Karl Lauterbach, a clinical epidemiologist who is in the running to be Germany’s next health minister, said the early reports means Omicron could be a Christmas gift and may even speed up the end of the pandemic.
He suggested that it has so many mutations — 32 on the spike protein alone, twice as many as Delta — which could mean it is optimised to infect and be less lethal, in line with how most respiratory viruses evolve.
Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious diseases expert at the University of East Anglia, said the theory ‘may prove to be true’ but said that high levels of previous infection and vaccination may be offering protection against the strain.
This would also be a positive sign, because it shows that the highly-mutated variant is not completely unrecognisable to the immune system of Covid survivors or vaccines.
Scientists have long-warned the coronavirus is unlikely to ever be eradicated but will instead transition into a milder cold-like virus.
Source: Daily Mail
This would be great.
It would mean that lives would be saved if the infection is mild and we’d have a better chance of treating the severe cases.
We need to stop the panic around the virus and the resulting authoritarian overreaches.
This Omicron Variant could be a great present after almost two years of hell.