Omicron: A Virus Of Concern

Berlin, (The Social Insider)-Omicron, the newest variant of Covid-19 has been labeled, ”a variant of concern,” by the World Health Organisation. The virus was first brought to the worlds attention after South Africa reported it to the WHO on the 24th of November.

Overnight governments of the world began putting travel bans on South Africa and other African countries where traces of the virus was found. For instance, here in Germany, has so far reported three cases of the Omicron virus. In reponse to the new Covid-19 strain, Germany added several African countries to a travel ban. The list includes: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Eswatini, and Lesotho.

The timing of the new virus is a stroke of bad luck for Germany as hospitals here are reaching their limit with Covid patients in ICUs. Currently, Germany has one of the highest infection rates in the EU and many refuse to receive the jab as only 68.5% of the population have received the vaccine. The Netherlands reported that 13 people tested positive for for the new strain who had flown in from South Africa.

Israel has reportedly shut their border for thirteen days. Australia has also delayed the opening of their borders which was scheduled for Dec 1. For many, the emergence of this particular virus isn’t surprising giving people’s carefree attitude towards the pandemic. For the scientist and health care workers on the front line fighting the battle for our future, they know this new strain is just the beginning, far worse are to come.

If say, in the future we lose this fight against Covid-19. Then remember, the culture of me first, the greed of capitalism, politicians incompetence in decision making, and dummies protesting just to be protesting brought down our society. The problem with all of this is that a lot of people are too short sighted to see the long game.

Covid-19 is a long term investor, meaning, you won’t see the consequences right away. But, soon enough you will notice but by then it will be too late.