At most major papers, the person who wrote the article is not the same person who wrote the headline; this editor is good friends with a woman who used to write headlines for the New York Post. This sometimes gets the journalist in trouble if the headline is particularly bad, like this one:
Oh no. Covid has learnt to speak…next variant might have mind control powers. 😱 pic.twitter.com/HbSLKt4H1f
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) January 9, 2023
By Eric Topol. Shocking 🙄😂
— Meghan Maureen (@Keggs719) January 9, 2023
Topol translates from coronavirus to English:
While there is no indication that XBB.1.5 is more pathogenic or virulent, its ability to spread seems striking, given how quickly it rose to dominance in New York and contiguous states. XBB.1.5 now comprises well beyond 75 percent of infections in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Hospitalizations have risen among seniors to levels only the first omicron wave surpassed.
Of course, it is hard to solely attribute this to XBB.1.5, given the population’s waning immunity, less frequent use of masks and other mitigation measures, and indoor gatherings during the holiday season. But the spike in hospitalizations in these states is significantly greater than in other regions in the country. And it is people 65 and older who, along with the immunocompromised, are the most vulnerable.
What can be done to defend against XBB.1.5? It is essential to get boosted, as new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show….
We’ve moved from complacency to frank capitulation at just the wrong time. If XBB.1.5 is telling us one thing, it’s that we can’t be oblivious. We’re all tired, but we’re up against a force that isn’t. We have the intelligence, resourcefulness and ingenuity to finally get ahead of the virus, but politics and unwillingness to invest is holding us back. We cannot afford that gridlock.
If XBB.1.5 is telling us one thing …
I bet it's speaking Chinese.
— Daniel (@VoteLewko) January 9, 2023
Judging by the way people acted in 2020 you could argue the original variant had mind control powers.
— Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) January 9, 2023
Mind control hell, it might be carrying a board with a nail in it
— John Oldham (@OldBonesJohnny) January 9, 2023
The Covid virus right now pic.twitter.com/dYvd9nRb25
— John The Savage (@YaldaJohn) January 9, 2023
It told me to take some Mucinex and go take a nap when I had it a couple of weeks ago. I did and now I'm just fine.
— CarolEckstein (@CarolEckstein3) January 9, 2023
It’s getting ramped up for its 2024 run
— Some Call Me….Tim? (@TimothyRyans) January 9, 2023
Few more mutations and he'll have pronouns
— Nakul Tomar (@NakulTo22985369) January 9, 2023
I bet it sounds exactly like Fauci.
— Rick Carroll (@RickCarroll1958) January 9, 2023
If it develops opposable thumbs we're bolloxed. 😂
— Soshul Distan Singh (@Deaks8968) January 9, 2023
Covid carjacked me at the red light. Dang thug!
— TNGLOCK (@TNglock) January 9, 2023
This is what Covid looks like: pic.twitter.com/xPceRtH79Z
— Iain Russell (@IainRusty) January 9, 2023
It was already the most socially conscious virus ever. It knew that if you were participating in any DEM/BLM protest or riot then it would not infect you
But if you are a REP that met with any other REP or participated in any GOP event, then it knew to become a super spreader
— the Notable Exception (@rlpage_insp) January 9, 2023
If it’s speaking, ask it to confirm that it came from Wuhan lab as a bio weapon and Fauci is it’s daddy
— Dariusz Golczewski (@DariuszGolczew1) January 9, 2023
It should wear a mask and stop talking.
— WEF UK (@wef_uk) January 9, 2023
So the latest variant might spread more quickly than omicron but also be less dangerous, right? We’re confident that the Biden administration has a plan in place to keep us all safe.
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 9, 2023