‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Grips UK As New Virus Strain Triggers Crisis

‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Grips UK As New Virus Strain Triggers Crisis

Markets were staggered Monday as dour news out of the UK undercut risk sentiment and easily overwhelmed whatever incremental bid for risk may have accompanied the finalization of a US stimulus package. The new strain of COVID-19 currently marauding through England spawned a veritable deluge of travel restrictions just hours after Boris Johnson effectively canceled Christmas due to the mutated virus variant. Unfortunately, this comes as the UK ponders a messy divorce from the EU. As Bloomberg o
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9 thoughts on “‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Grips UK As New Virus Strain Triggers Crisis

  1. You bet he has.
    He will also probably not suffer from the consequences of his political “work”.
    That’s for the peasant class.
    It will never, ever cease to amaze me how such a kind of collective insanity as the whole “Brexit” desaster found that many supporters in Great Britain.
    btw I just took a look at the website of the Scotland Food & Drink group, they have a recovery plan called “Recovering from Coronavirus and fuelling Brexit preparation”.

  2. Well, I hope everyone is doing their background reading on this new critter (B.1.1.7 variant). See e.g., virological.org, “Preliminary Genomic Characterization….”. The new variant is distinctive because it sprung forth with more mutations (17) than have ever been seen before in one genetic step with this virus. Researchers speculate that this happened because it was accidentally “manufactured” by evolution within a chronically ill Covid patient. The chronically ill naturally see a diverse set of simple mutants arise within their bodies as the virus reproduces, with errors, for some months. When these patients are treated with convalescent plasma (someone’s antibodies) or remdesivir, it applies evolutionary selection pressure – we kill off the known variants, leaving behind a bunch of single-change mutants, and these surviving virus particles are then more likely to co-infect cells and engage in genetic recombination to create a new variant with multiple mutations, as may have happened here.

    So, the new variant was sequenced in September, presumably from a chronically ill patient infected in, say, June or July. Think about the increase in a metric that measures the person-days of existence of chronically-ill Covid patients world-wide as we’ve rolled out antibody, plasma, and other life-saving treatments over the course of the pandemic. This metric measures the size of the “covid gene lab” currently running. The metric correlates to the probability that we’re creating other new variants like B.1.1.7 with bulk mutations that could have exciting new properties. We’ve always known Covid patients were potential labs for natural mutations, but now we’ve got a much better lab, and lots of ’em. Yay!

    To me, it means that mandatory vaccinations just moved up from “would be nice, if it weren’t politically impossible” to “we darn well better, while we still can”. Also raises questions about how to treat chronically ill Covid patients, if this line of speculation proves true.

  3. I am sorry, but ‘food crisis’ is sensationalist hyperbole. The shortage of certain food items that may be caused by the port issue is a ‘food inconvenience’. Having a shortage of food in the country generally… that is a crisis. I am not aware of anyone claiming this. The closest the UK comes to a ‘food crisis’ is the sharp rise in the use of food banks… but this is not a food supply issue.

  4. The press really likes to stir things up, despite the panic amongst UK ministers the vaccine deliveries will not be impacted by the port closures. The UK government already stated that vaccines would be transported by air, if needed. I suspect that the government’s new lockdown rules were deemed justifiable by the new strain, i.e. it allowed the cabinet to go back on their previous promise regarding families being able to mix over the Christmas period. The new strain of this virus has already been reported in Europe, so I cannot fathom why the rest of Europe reacted in this way and I can’t help feeling that these are Brexit reprisals. The UK government’s announcement also lead to massive congestion at London train stations making it an ideal scenario to spread the virus.

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