Last week, the media frenzy around Omicron was subdued, which was exactly the right approach, because it was still too early to know what we were dealing with. This week, as you may have noticed, all bets are off as a wave crashed around the globe at intense speed. It’s really been quite mind boggling watching what’s happened and how quickly.
Even now, we’re still not sure what we’re dealing with and based on UK numbers, it will be after Christmas before we know the real impact, measured in hospitalisation and deaths.
The news coming out of South Africa is not providing conclusive data we can reference either, because it’s not an equal comparison. The average age in South Africa is low 20s, in the UK it’s 40s. Malnutrition is a reality for many being impacted in South Africa, whereas in Western nations it’s underlying health conditions.
One headline below is: Omicron variant multiplies 70 times faster in airways than Delta. The essence of the report is, compared to Delta, Omicron multiplies itself 70 times more quickly in tissues that line airway passages, which may facilitate person-to-person spread. However, in lung tissues, Omicron replicates 10 times more slowly than the original version of the coronavirus, which might contribute to less-severe illness.
Is this right? We still don’t know, because it’s under peer review.
We’ve seen the UK report record cases this week. On Wednesday, it recorded the highest number of daily Covid19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 78,610 reported. In the last 24 hours, it’s gone up to 93,045 cases.
To give you comparison, the previous record was 68,053 on 8th January – when the UK was in lockdown, and before widespread vaccine access was available.
The US is starting to take off too. Not to forget, it hit 800,000 deaths this last week, and this means one of every 100 older American has died since the pandemic began.
My recommendation, keep an eye on Portugal. With almost 88% of Portugal’s population fully vaccinated, and booster shots well underway, what happens there is a story the world is watching.
The key messages coming through
- We’ve underestimated this virus before, let’s not make the same mistake again
- The message of caution is very strong, with some saying this is the most serious stage of the pandemic to date
- And be patient, we still won’t know how serious this is for a few weeks!
With that, for the first time since publishing my Weekend Reads, I’m going to take two weeks off. Like many, I feel exhausted from this year and these last few months have been intense. So it’s time to take a break and give myself space to think, reflect, and hopefully have a few epiphanies about the future.
If we don’t speak, have a happy and safe festive season, and here’s to a better year in 2022.
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And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Super typhoon causes devastation as it rips through Philippines
The woman building a retail community around sustainable fashion and beauty brands tks Susannah Jaffner
Why the next big entrepreneur must come from climate tech tks Samantha Gayfer
Sailing away: superyacht industry booms during Covid pandemic tks Kevin Cottam
COVID-19 in the UK: We’re so fucked tks Phillipa Edwards
We’re Living Through the ‘Boring Apocalypse’ tks Wendy Tan
It is crunch time for humanity. We need everyone to start leading like a woman tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and technology
3 Practical Ways to Be More Productive tks Samantha Gayfer
Rideshares in the sky by 2024: Joby Aviation bets big on air taxis tks Graham Harvey
Social issues and humanity
Holiday Magic Is Made By Women. And It’s Killing Us. Tks Lisa Larson Lee
Muted. Argue with yourself tks Phillipa Edwards
Passion, humour, history
Maria Ressa at the Nobel Peace Prize awarding ceremony – must watch
22 Gorgeous New Hotels For Travel In 2022 And Beyond Tks Scot Toon
The Graham Norton Show 2021 – I found this guy amazing
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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