Media meets skeptical response after moving on to ‘Delta-plus’, other ‘doomsday’ variants

America are still coming to grips with the media hysteria over the delta variant of COVID-19, which is surging across the country and prompting President Joe Biden to “make drastic moves… even if he’s not sure they’re legal,” as a CNN headline declared on Wednesday.

But while we quake in our boots over all the fearmongering, which seldom includes information on death rates for some odd reason, the media is moving on to the next boogeyman, essentially proving skeptics correct in warning the pandemic will never end.

Next in line is a “delta-plus variant.” A new supersized variant “some experts believe to be more transmissible than the original delta variant,” according to the Washington Post.

The newspaper reported Tuesday that South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency said it had recorded at least two cases of the new delta-plus variant, which is “causing alarm among governments and health officials.”

The new and improved variant has been detected in the United Kingdom, the United States and India, according to the article.

More from the Post:

Last month, experts in India labeled the variant one of concern and warned that it appeared to be more transmissible than most. Citing studies, the country’s health ministry said that the variant has the ability to bind more easily to lung cells and could be resistant to therapies used to treat the infection. […]

How India has weathered the devastation of the delta variant and how it has named the delta-plus variant as one of concern should place public health leaders on notice, said James E.K. Hildreth, president and chief executive of Meharry Medical College.

“We’ve got to be more willing to consider observations made in other countries dealing with [the coronavirus],” he said, noting that the relative of the highly contagious delta variant is concerning. “Again, we saw what happen with delta in India and how quickly it spread … Why would we think the delta-plus variant would be different?”

 

While the jury is still out here, at least the Washington Post is not throwing around headlines like the one seen Wednesday by Newsweek: “A Doomsday COVID Variant Worse Than Delta and Lambda May Be Coming, Scientists Say”

Readers are told that scientists “keep underestimating the coronavirus,” and cites Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota to say the delta outbreak “is going to get much worse.”

More from Newsweek:

It’s too soon to say whether Lambda will turn out to be the next big, bad thing that COVID-19 unleashes on us. But it’s a good time to wonder: Just how destructive can these variants get? Will future variants expand their attack from the lungs to the brain, the heart and other organs? Will they take a page from HIV and trick people into thinking they’ve recovered, only to make them sick later? Is there a Doomsday variant out there that shrugs off vaccines, spreads like wildfire and leaves more of its victims much sicker than anything we’ve yet seen?

The odds are not high that we will see such a triple threat, but experts can’t rule it out. Delta has already shown how much worse things can get.

 

That’s enough to keep folks awake at night. In the end, it adds to the ongoing cycle of misinformation coming from authorities and the media. What we’re told is false today turns out to be true tomorrow and vice versus.

The only certainty is that this cabal controls the information and if you find yourself on the wrong side of the day’s accepted narrative, you may end up being censored by Big Tech.

Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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