Another variant, first started in Japan and it's already in the US, found at a nursing home in Kentucky. Of the 3 residents that died, one was vaccinated, two weren't. One of those 2 had a previous infection but the story doesn't give context on when it happened. While having a previous infection in the last 6 months might give you protection (as has been verified in studies) maybe not farther back. I currently have a relative who recently got covid, and he "thought" he had it back in January of 2020. He might've had it back then but testing for covid wasn't done and he didn't get a flu test, which was available. In the spring of 2020 over 200 people who thought they had covid went to a mass testing site, and it was discovered that over 80% of them actually had the flu, not covid. Even if my relative did have covid it still doesn't mean he's protected by the previous case almost 2 years later, particularly against a more contagious variant.
Another issue is the opinion
in the story of "according to CDC research the vaccinated residents at the facility were 87% less likely to have symptoms
" the author of the story did not actually research whether this opinion was correct or not for this nursing home, just reported on deaths. Either that or that part of the reporter's story was edited out for some reason. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I have been told by someone who used to be a new reporter, that very key facts and data of a controversial non covid story were edited out by the boss, and that boss told this person that this was how the reporter was supposed to write other stories in the future. There was supposedly nothing wrong with the facts of the story, it's just that the facts didn't fit with the kind of slant the boss wanted on the story. If this person had gotten facts which pointed to a different conclusion that would've been okay.
I know it sounds conspiratorial but this person actually showed me a copy of the original story and a copy of what was published. https://www.whio.com/news/trending/new- ... VA55WYQFM/
The variant, named R.1, is believed to have originated in Japan, and has infected more than 10,000 people globally.
While R.1 is not considered a variant of concern, according to Dr. William Haseltine, a former Harvard Medical School professor, it does have mutations that may increase “transmission, replication, and immune suppression.”
The World Health Organization lists three categories of COVID variants: variants of interest, variants of concern and variants of high consequence. The delta variant, which is far and away the main variant in the United States, is a variant of concern.
The R.1 variant is not on the WHO list of concern or interest.
Many of those infected at the Kentucky facility were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. The outbreak took place in March.
While fully vaccinated people can contract the virus, according to CDC research the vaccinated residents at the facility were 87% less likely to have symptoms of the COVID virus compared to those who were unvaccinated.
Of the unvaccinated, infected residents at the facility, four were hospitalized. Three residents died, two of whom had not been vaccinated. One of those two had had a previous COVID-19 infection.
Twenty-six residents and 20 staff members tested positive for the virus during the outbreak, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Of those who tested positive for the virus, 18 of the residents and four staff members were fully vaccinated.