Omicron has the fastest spread in history

In 60 days, a single infected person can infect 14m people

Groups of people in Funchal risk exposure to Omicron
New Year’s Eve in Funchal

The mainland edition of the Diário de Notícias reports that the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, Omicron, detected just over a month ago in South Africa is already considered to have the fastest propagation in history. 

According to US specialists, this virus ‘conquered’ the planet in just one month. It’s stronger than the Measles virus. One person infected with Measles causes 15 infections in 12 days, one infected with Omicron 216. In 60 days, it is estimated that a single person infected with this variant can infect 14 million people.

Dr. Roby Bhattacharyya, a specialist in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, has no doubts: Omicron is the known virus that has the fastest spread in all of history. Within a month, after its identification in a region of South Africa, this new variant of SARS-CoV-2, which came to dethrone the Delta variant, is already dominant in countries all over the world and with more cases than ever. “It’s an incredibly fast spread,” says Roby Bhattacharyya in today’s issue of Spanish newspaper El País.

To support his thesis, the researcher compares the path taken by Ómicron with that of other viruses equally strong in terms of dissemination, such as measles. Bhattacharyya even says that this is the most logical opponent, as it is known as one of the most contagious in the entire history of viruses.

He explains: “A person infected with the Measles virus infects another 15, if they are not vaccinated, Ómicron infects six”, he says, but the key to the faster spread of the Ómicron virus in relation to the measles virus has to do with with the contamination time. That is, in the case of measles, the contamination interval is 12 to 15 days from the time the first person is infected until the others are infected, in the case of Omicron this interval is only four to five days, which the doctor considers “explosive”, underlining: 

“A case of measles will give rise to 15 more cases in 12 days, at least. A case of Omicron gives rise to another six in four days, which means that in eight days it gives rise to 36 cases and in 12 days to 216”, summarizes Bhattacharyya.

There were another 1043 cases recorded in Madeira yesterday – details on the link below as usual.

Thanks to PeterA for the link

COVID-19 in Madeira: previous daily updates can be found in an earlier post

Travel latest: requirements for entering and leaving Madeira: is kept up-to-date on a previous post

New restrictions: a detailed updated explanation of the latest regulations can be found here

37 thoughts on “Omicron has the fastest spread in history”

  1. Omicron, the perfect weapon for delivering biological warfare. I suspect the Chinese government has been carefully studying the progress of the corona virus ever since its first release. They and anyone else wishing to slaughter millions and weaken to west enabling an effective world takeover……….

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    • What the…?!!!
      This is a quote from your post on this site on 23 December (re manual screening of posts):
      “…whilst the Admin is trying to start sensible posts on the subject sadly some are only interested posting this conspiracy theories”.
      So your type of conspiracy theory is OK to post on the comments section of this site, but other people’s are not?

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    • You forgot to mention the Jocks and the Taffies (your words, not mine) who are working secretly together with the Chinese.

      When you said that the UK had left Schengen, I assumed this was just a slip of the tongue.
      When you said that in Wales and Scotland it was “verboten” to celebrate New Year, I assumed that was a poor attempt to be humourous.
      But with this comment, I can only assume that you heve joined the ranks of Joe, Johnny, Susan and other conspiracy theorists.

      Maybe it would be better for this blog, if you would post only on Tobi’s blog – imagine my surprise, when I accidently ended up at the copy blog, and saw your name there.

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      • … Very Immature of you to call Tobi’s a “Copy” blog ,, No Idea what you mean by that?? or what your Motive is? +(in the same way is Pepsi cola a Copy Cola?? or Just a Different and Legitimate Version of similar ingredients and preferred by some wanting Variety and the right to choose …

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    • 你好 Maurice – Another Sinophobe ? – It’s not the Chinese who have invaded and destroyed other countries over
      the last century but we only have to look at the USA’s hegemony. They now have about 750 military bases in at least 80 countries around the world, and have been constantly at war around the globe,
      since the last world war, trying to enforcing their dominance. Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan for
      example, plus I’m sure America must be at the forefront in the development of biological warfare weaponry. Apart from Tibet, I don’t remember China invading other countries during my lifetime.
      To the contrary, they have been invaded and occupied by Japan and many other western countries in the recent past – the opium wars spring to mind Maurice – perhaps you should read about it.
      The phenomenal rise of China economically over the last 40 years, is our own fault, mainly due to the greed of the west’s big business community’s desire for cheap imports and large profits, which in turn
      threw many of our own industries and their workers under the bus.

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      • Firstly, your 750 military bases is slightly over the actual number to say the least…

        Secondly, China’s development over the last decades is a direct result of support from the USA through their financial and purchasing support. Shipping from Chinese companies to residents in the USA is completely free and is handled by the US postal service

        This free trade facility was put in place to help China move forward with it’s manufacturing and to persuade it to become more democratic in it’s governance and outlook

        Barring a few conflicts here and there, we have enjoyed an extended period of world peace since WW2 due to the USA’s military power which it projects globally in order to maintain that global peace and balance

        Without the US military things may not have turned out like they have, how many American lives have been lost maintaining this stability?

        The CCP loves to play the victim card in order to get away with all sorts, it will no longer work. If the CCP steps out of line, the USA and and it’s global allies will go in and remove the communists… have NO doubt

        China has grown it’s economy and it’s standard of living because the world has helped it do so, we are capitalists pure and simple

        We want an educated, stable China moving forward as there are enough resources for everyone
        China’s internal economy is maturing along with it’s technical expertise as can be plainly seen in the growing electric vehicle market

        New London black cab, Chinese… London electric buses… Chinese and so on
        Lets hope that China moves toward the innovative nation that history acknowledges

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  2. Yes, Omicron is a much more infectious version of COVID. It is also much less deadly. Omicron will bring this pandemic to an end by out competing Delta and immunising a large proportion of the population most of whom will get either no or mild symptoms. If another variant emerges it is likely to be less deadly than Omicron. That’s the way viruses evolve. As for Biological warfare conspiracy theories I have a sneaky feeling that Maurice may have his tongue firmly in his cheek.

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      • Whether you were winding people up or not is irrelevant. A classic defence when caught out, of course, is that you were not serious, when you may well have been. My point is that you have protested in the past about contributors burdening the comments sections with inappropriate posts about conspiracy theories. Your motive for doing the same is irrelevant; you are doing it yourself.

        I am not privy to global political agendas, but my – maybe naive – view is that the Chinese know it would be crazy to destroy what are nowadays their biggest markets in the West. If anything, China probably has a bigger intent to maintain Western democratic (?) capitalism than do the woke-agenda-driven leaders of the western world (Canada, France, NZ, Australia, and Biden’s USA in particular).

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  3. Some people have obviously not heard of “Virotherapy” using viruses to deliver treatments such as cancer treatment.

    So, if a virus can be used to piggy-back useful treatments one could, in the wrong hands, be used to deliver something more malignant. Not a conspiracy theory, science!

    End of story.

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    • The exact same rationale can be used about injections labeled as “vaccines”. They can be used to deliver something more malignant. Not a conspiracy theory, science! End of story.

      Now that we have a scientific foundation and sound premises, we can look at actual data from multiple legit sources (and not just governments and corporate media!) and discuss like adults the likelihood of the “covid” and/or the “treatment” to be in fact some sort of bio-weapons and/or social/economical engineering tools, etc…

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      • So you actually believe every government in the world is getting their citizens vaccinated to sterilize them or inject tracking chips (🤣🤣🤣), turn them homosexual, kill them etc etc?

        I cannot see any logic in that.

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        • QUOTE: I cannot see any logic in that. (Monsieur Maurice to Susan)

          Well, I can.
          You are both using the same “logic”.

          Of course, there is the possibility that you 2 are in a conspiracy to try to get more hits for this blog.
          In that case, the person that first mentioned “copy blog” is part of the conspiracy too, and so is Russell.
          And if you don’t like my conspiracy theory, thats OK, I have other conspiracy theories too.

          And finally, may I express my admiration for KEN (Jock), who lets it peacefully go by that Monsieur Maurice posted that newyear is verboten in Scotland. Now that is a nice thing to say, isn’t it KEN?

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        • So Maurice Reed’s and John Hardy’s comments are legit, even when completely off-topic re: Madeira, but when I post a perfectly legitimate reply to a previous comment, you start talking about cranks and fraudsters and “this is a Madeira news blog”? Hmm…

          You are such hypocrites…

          Also, everyone please take note, that this blog, a “Madeira news blog”, is mostly posting covid stories (that also appear on the regional corporate media channels in Portuguese).

          Admin, how about some local, Madeira-centered independent investigative journalism, that doesn’t merely parrot and repeat the corporate narratives, only in English? How about visiting a hospitals (and especially the ICU) and see how crowded it really is with covid patients, who are hospitalized BECAUSE of covid and didn’t merely “test positive” upon admittance for completely different reasons? How about obtaining and posting the actual data on how many people died OF covid compared to those who died WITH covid? How about doing some independent research on local VAERS, if such a system is even in place in the region?

          Just some suggestions…

          So, Admin, would you at least consider following through with some truly local and independent investigative journalism?
          Or will you continue the practice of merely repeating the regional corporate media narrative?
          I think it’s a legitimate question.

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  4. I only took the “manual approval” off Comments this morning, and the conspiracy theorists are back in no time! I have no particular position on their views, but do not want to see the blog swamped again with another flood of comments and that are only detrimental to the experience of the average reader who is only looking for useful local news and information. Looks like manual approval will have to go back on, which is a pain in the proverbial ….

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    • Fair enough.

      But Admin, would you at least be kind enough to address what I suggested about perhaps adding some local and independent investigative journalism to the variety of topics already covered on this site? Or would this be completely outside the scope of the purpose of this site?

      Thank you and best wishes.

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  5. Admin, please put on the manual approval of comments back on again…… Really sorry for your work involved doing that, but this series of comments is very unhelpful to say the least.

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  6. Wooo!! I’m keeping out of this one! 🤣

    I would, however, like to express sympathy for admin. They are doing a wonderful job with this blog and adding to their burden is unforgivable, whoever it is or whatever their reason.

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  7. I believe that this blog is supposed to be for people who love Madeira and the people and to provide information. Instead it has been taken over by people with obnoxious views about Covid and other contributors. I would say to Maurice that he is one of the best contributors and should try to avoid comments that spark other ignorant comments. Admin, please take back control.

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