Is the Indian variant really such a big threat ?

An emergency meeting of Government scientific advisory group SAGE was convened this morning to address the rapid spread of the variant. One member reportedly warned that a delay to the June 21st lifting of restrictions is “possible”. However, there are few epidemiologists on the committee and none with the knowledge and experience as Sunetra Gupta, an Indian-born British infectious disease epidemiologist and Professor of theoretical epidemiology at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

Is the Indian variant really something we should be afraid of? Although India is currently experiencing a surge in which the variant plays the dominant role, that doesn’t mean the variant will pull the same trick everywhere – viruses aren’t as simple as that. There are all kinds of reasons one variant might come to dominate, and it isn’t necessarily accompanied by a surge in infections.

There is also no evidence that the Indian variant is particularly good at evading vaccines (or causes serious illness when it does), as Oxford Professor Sunetra Gupta told Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO this morning. “This fear around variants mystifies me. Vaccines work against them. Whether infections go up is not relevant.”

Isn’t it past time the Government stopped scaring people with stories of variants and came through on its promise to restore basic freedoms now that the vulnerable are vaccinated? There will be no end to the coming of new variants of contagious diseases. That’s not a good reason to live in a permanent state of quarantine. click full source Lockdown Skeptics.

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