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Is Omicron XBB 5X More Virulent Than Delta Variant?!

Is Omicron XBB 5X More Virulent Than Delta Variant?!

Is the Omicron XBB variant 5X more virulent than the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Omicron XBB Is 5X More Virulent Than Delta Variant!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook particularly in India, claiming that the Omicron XBB variant is 5X more virulent than the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus!

Note : It’s rather long, so please feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

XBB variant

Let’s pay attention to the following information:

Everyone is advised to wear a mask because the new variant of the COVID-Omicron XBB coronavirus is different, deadly and not easy to detect correctly.

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Truth : Omicron XBB Variant Advice From Singapore Is Fake News!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : XBB Is An Omicron Subvariant

First, let me just clarify a common misconception. XBB is technically not a COVID-19 variant. It is a subvariant of the Omicron variant.

As per WHO definition, XBB is a recombinant subvariant of BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75 sublineages of the Omicron variant. In other words – XBB is a mix of the BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75 subvariants of Omicron.

Fact #2 : Omicron XBB Is Detected Like Any Other COVID-19 Variant

The viral message falsely claims that XBB is not easily detected.

XBB is nothing more than a subvariant of Omicron. It is just as easily detected by the same PCR or RTK tests as the original Omicron variant.

Read more : Was New XBB Variant Just Discovered In Singapore?!

Fact #3 : Omicron XBB Symptoms Similar To Other Omicron Variants

The viral message falsely claims that XBB infections do not present with cough or fever.

XBB is just one of the many Omicron subvariants that include BA.5, BA.2.75, BJ.1, and BA.4.6. While they have changes to their spike protein, they have similar symptoms to the Omicron variant.

They are just different versions of the Omicron variant, and present with common symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat, cold, body aches.

Fact #4 : Omicron XBB Is Not 5X More Virulent Than Delta Variant

The viral message falsely claims that XBB is 5X more virulent than the Delta variant.

On 27 October 2022, the WHO Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) reported that there is no “substantial differences in disease severity for XBB infections”.

In other words – XBB infections produce similarly mild disease to Omicron. That is not surprising, because XBB is after all an Omicron subvariant.

The Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which caused havoc in mid 2021, causes more severe disease than any other COVID-19 variants, particularly in people who were not vaccinated.

An April 2022 study published in Nature showed that Omicron variant infections had 2X to 5X fewer fatalities than Delta variant infections.

Read more : Fact Check : Singapore Advice On Omicron XBB?!

Fact #5 : Omicron XBB Does Not Skip The Nasopharynx

This COVID-19 variant skips the nasopharynx and attacks the lungs directly is an old hoax that keeps getting rehashed for the variant of the day.

You may recall when Delta variant was the hot topic, people claimed that this is the variant that skips the nasopharynx and infects the lungs directly.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile, and travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe in. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.

As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before it reaches the lungs, that is where most of the virus ends up, and that is why we swab the nasopharynx to detect COVID-19.

Read more : Fake COVID-19 Warning Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam

Fact #6 : Nasal / Nasopharyngeal Swab Test Will Still Pick Up XBB

The false claim that nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests will turn up negative also keeps getting rehashed for the variant of the day.

People too earlier claimed that the nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests would turn up negative for the Delta variant. It was nonsense then, it’s nonsense today.

Nasal or better still, nasopharyngeal swab, to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the XBB subvariant.

Fact #7 : Indian Ministry of Health Call This Fake News

As of November 2022, Omicron XBB accounts for 65.6% of COVID-19 cases in India, where this viral message has recently gone viral.

This led to the Indian Ministry of Health posting an official notice, calling it fake and misleading.

#FakeNews

This message is circulating in some Whatsapp groups regarding XBB variant of #COVID19.

The message is #FAKE and #MISLEADING.

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New Symptoms + Dangers of Omicron BA4, BA5?!

Take a look at the viral warnings about the new symptoms and dangers of Omicron BA4 and BA5 variants, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : New Symptoms + Dangers of Omicron BA4, BA5!

This warning about the new symptoms and dangers of Omicron BA4 and BA5 variants has gone viral on WhatsApp, and on social media.

It’s rather long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

International news, the epidemic has become serious again in the United States, so experts want everyone to know the following two things!

Recommended : Fact Check : Singapore Advice On Omicron XBB?!

 

Truth : New Symptoms + Dangers of Omicron BA4, BA5

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Omicron Infections Still Confer Immunity

The viral message falsely claims that Omicron infections do not confer any immunity, and that you would keep getting it over and over again.

The truth is – whenever our immune system succeeds in fighting off a new COVID-19 variant, it gains the ability to fight off a future infection by the same variant.

In fact, that is how the COVID-19 vaccine works – it presents a copy of SARS-CoV-2 so that our own immune system can learn how to fight against the real virus.

Fact #2 : Original COVID-19 Vaccines Still Work Against Omicron

The viral message falsely claims that COVID-19 vaccines no longer work against Omicron.

It is true that the virus mutates in every infected person, and through the process of evolution, can potentially develop variants that are better at escaping antibodies created by natural immunity and/or vaccines.

But while new variants can have better “immunity escape” ability, you are still protected by the antibodies and immunological memory created by the original COVID-19 vaccines and/or previous COVID-19 infections.

New Omicron vaccines have been developed, and offer better protection against Omicron and its many subvariants.

Read more : Omicron Variant Warning By RSA Doctors Group?

Fact #3 : BA4 + BA5 Are Omicron Subvariants

The viral message falsely claims that BA4 is a new extended variant of BA5, and is a different virus.

The truth is – BA4 and BA5 are not new COVID-19 variants, just subvariants of the Omicron variant.

As per WHO definition, the Omicron variant includes BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4, BA.5 and descendent lineages, including the new XBB subvariant.

Think of them as different model years of the same car – a BMW X5, for example. They may look slightly different, and have upgraded features, but are ultimately BMW X5 models that handle similarly, and different from Mercedes C300 cars.

Fact #4 : BA4 + BA5 Symptoms Similar To Other Omicron Variants

The viral message falsely claims that BA4 and BA5 infections do not present with cough or fever.

BA4 and BA5 are just Omicron subvariants, and present with common symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat, cold, body aches.

Fact #5 : BA4 + BA5 Are Not 5X More Toxic Than Delta Variant

The term “toxic” is nonsensical when it comes to viruses, and tells us that the writer does not understand basic science, never mind virology.

The fake news creator probably meant “virulent” or “virulence”, which refers to the virus’ ability to cause damage to its host. In any case, that is a false claim.

Omicron and its subvariants notably causes less severe illness than the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) that caused havoc in mid 2021.

In fact, the Delta variant causes more severe disease than any other COVID-19 variants, particularly in people who were not vaccinated.

Read more : Was New XBB Variant Just Discovered In Singapore?!

Fact #6 : BA4 + BA5 Do Not Skip The Nasopharynx

The viral message falsely claims that BA4 and BA5 subvariants skip the nasopharynx.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile, and travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe in. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.

As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before it reaches the lungs, that is where most of the virus ends up, and that is why we swab the nasopharynx to detect COVID-19.

Fact #7 : BA4 + BA5 Are Detected Like Any Other COVID-19 Variant

The viral message falsely claims that BA4 and BA5 subvariants are not easily detected.

Again, BA4 and BA5 are Omicron subvariants, and are detected by the same PCR or RTK tests as the original Omicron variant.

Fact #8 : Nasal / Nasopharyngeal Swab Test Will Still Pick Up BA4 / BA5

The false claim that nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests will turn up negative also keeps getting rehashed for the variant of the day.

People too earlier claimed that the nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests would turn up negative for the Delta variant. It was nonsense then, it’s nonsense today.

Nasal or better still, nasopharyngeal swab, to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the BA4 and BA5 subvariants.

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Fact #9 : Omicron Wave Is Not Deadlier Than First COVID-19 Wave

While Omicron is certainly more infectious than the ancestral COVID-19 virus, it is less virulent.

Even though it causes massive waves of infections, severe illness and deaths have been significantly lower. That’s why hospital did not run out of ICU beds or oxygen supply during Omicron waves.

On the other hand, because Omicron is so infectious, it infects many more people. So in very large waves, the large number of infectious could result in large numbers of hospitalisations and deaths.

That’s why health authorities keep advising people to get vaccinated, and if possible, protect themselves by wearing face masks in crowded and/or public areas.

Fact #10 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda

This is just another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).

From the odd syntax, it is clear that this viral warning was written / translated from Chinese. It also peculiarly focused on the Omicron wave in the United States when most countries in the world have been hit by Omicron waves of their own.

All of the wumao articles and videos that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.

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Fact Check : Singapore Advice On Omicron XBB?!

Take a look at the viral advice on the new Omicron XBB variant from Singapore, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Omicron XBB Variant Advice From Singapore!

This message, purportedly advice on the new Omicron XBB variant from Singapore, has gone viral on WhatsApp, and on social media.

It’s rather long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Singapore news!
Everyone is advised to wear a mask because the new COVID-Omicron XBB variant coronavirus is different, deadly and not easily detected properly:-

Symptoms of the novel COVID-Omicron XBB virus are as follows:-

 

Truth : Omicron XBB Variant Advice From Singapore Is Fake News!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : XBB Is An Omicron Subvariant

First, let me just clarify a common misconception. XBB is technically not a COVID-19 variant. It is a subvariant of the Omicron variant.

As per WHO definition, XBB is a recombinant subvariant of BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75 sublineages. In other words – XBB is a mix of the BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75 subvariants.

Fact #2 : XBB Is Detected Like Any Other COVID-19 Variant

The viral message falsely claims that XBB is not easily detected.

XBB is nothing more than a subvariant of Omicron. It is just as easily detected by the same PCR or RTK tests, as the original Omicron variant.

Fact #3 : XBB Symptoms Similar To Other Omicron Variants

The viral message falsely claims that XBB infections do not present with cough or fever.

XBB is just one of the many Omicron subvariants that include BA.5, BA.2.75, BJ.1, and BA.4.6. While they have changes to their spike protein, they have similar symptoms to the Omicron variant.

They are just different versions of the Omicron variant, and present with common symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat, cold, body aches.

Read more : Was New XBB Variant Just Discovered In Singapore?!

Fact #4 : XBB Is Not 5X More Toxic Than Delta Variant

The term “toxic” is nonsensical when it comes to viruses, and tells us that the writer does not understand basic science, never mind virology.

He/she probably meant “virulent” or “virulence”, which refers to the virus’ ability to cause damage to its host. In any case, that is a false claim.

On 27 October 2022, the WHO Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) reported that there is no “substantial differences in disease severity for XBB infections”.

In other words – XBB infections produce similarly mild disease to Omicron. That is not surprising, because XBB is after all an Omicron subvariant.

The Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which caused havoc in mid 2021, causes more severe disease than any other COVID-19 variants, particularly in people who were not vaccinated.

An April 2022 study published in Nature showed that Omicron variant infections had 2X to 5X fewer fatalities than Delta variant infections.

Read more : Fact Check : Singapore Advice On Omicron XBB?!

Fact #5 : XBB Does Not Skip The Nasopharynx

This COVID-19 variant skips the nasopharynx and attacks the lungs directly is an old hoax that keeps getting rehashed for the variant of the day.

You may recall when Delta variant was the hot topic, people claimed that this is the variant that skips the nasopharynx and infects the lungs directly.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile, and travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe in. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.

As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before it reaches the lungs, that is where most of the virus ends up, and that is why we swab the nasopharynx to detect COVID-19.

Read more : Fake COVID-19 Warning Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam

Fact #6 : Nasal / Nasopharyngeal Swab Test Will Still Pick Up XBB

The false claim that nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests will turn up negative also keeps getting rehashed for the variant of the day.

People too earlier claimed that the nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests would turn up negative for the Delta variant. It was nonsense then, it’s nonsense today.

Nasal or better still, nasopharyngeal swab, to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the XBB subvariant.

Fact #7 : XBB Wave Is Not Deadlier Than First COVID-19 Wave

While the XBB wave is driving up cases in Singapore, the Ministry of Health there confirmed that the number of severe cases from XBB remained low:

This is very likely due to the resilience built up through vaccination and previous waves of infection. We are monitoring the trajectory closely.

More importantly, there is also no evidence of XBB causing more severe illness. So far, the large majority of patients continue to report mild symptoms such as sore throat or slight fever, especially if they have been vaccinated.

On October 11, for example, Singapore recorded over 11,000 new cases, but only 11 of them needed to be treated in the ICU, and only 50 needed oxygen supplementation.

That was much lower than the 171 ICU cases and 308 cases requiring oxygen supplementation at the peak of the Delta wave, and 54 ICU cases and 232 cases requiring oxygen supplementation at the peak of the Omicron wave.

 

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He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

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