Media Whines About New Study Finding Omicron Hard to Distinguish From Common Cold
News flash: I’m as tired of writing about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant as you are of reading about it. But here’s the thing. Turns out, there’s a legitimate reason to panic over Omicron. On the left, that is. Based on the results of a new study, it’s hard for people with Omicron to distinguish it from a common cold.
Let’s first back up the bus.
As my colleague Scott Hounsell reported on Friday, a recent Danish study suggests Moderna’s mRNA COVID vaccine actually increases the probability of contracting the Omicron variant after 90 days — a devastating body blow to the narrative of fearmongering liberals everywhere. Turns out, it’s even worse.
According to a COVID symptom study (using the ZOE COVID-19 symptoms app) created by doctors and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, King’s College London, and Stanford University School of Medicine, if you or someone you know has a cold right now, chances are it’s COVID-19. Again, Biden and the Democrats, hardest hit.
Even Business Insider, no doubt devastated, reported the bad news.
New data from the Zoe symptom-tracker app suggests one in two people with new coldlike symptoms will have COVID-19 rather than the common cold. [While] scientists are still racing to find out whether the Omicron variant, which is quickly spreading in several countries including the UK, US, Denmark, and South Africa, [it] does indeed cause milder illness than Delta.
Epidemiologist Tim Spector, the study’s lead author, said in a press release on Thursday (emphasis, mine:
ZOE data clearly shows that the most important symptoms are no longer, a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of taste or smell. For most people, an Omicron-positive case will feel much more like the common cold, starting with a sore throat, runny nose and a headache. You only need to ask a friend who has recently tested positive to find this out.
This “terrible” news apparently panicked the epidemiologist, who instead of thinking through the meaning and logic of the study result — that most Omicron-positive people only experience mild, cold-like symptoms — instead toggled to this:
We need to change public messaging urgently to save lives as half of people with cold-like symptoms now have COVID.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the study results are applicable to kids, as well.
U.S. doctors interviewed this week said that while they are seeing record positive results from children’s c-virus tests, the vast majority of cases so far have been mild & look a lot like the common cold.
Yet, the Wall Street Journal headline reads:
Omicron and children: Pediatric hospitals in parts of U.S. filling fast.
The news content doesn’t match the headline.
“US doctors interviewed this week said that while they are seeing record positive results from children’s c-virus tests, the vast majority of cases so far have been mild & look a lot like the common cold”https://t.co/M9wLvieFtR
— Robert W Malone, MD (@RWMaloneMD) December 25, 2021
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