Covid Outbreak Among Fully Vaccinated + Boosted Researchers in Antarctica

It’s almost as if Covid restrictions are pointless:

The Telegraph article is behind a paywall, but I was able to find a copy of the article hosted by a New Zealand-based outlet:

Polar researchers in remote Antarctica have fallen victim to coronavirus, despite taking strict health precautions, being fully vaccinated and miles from civilisation. 

Two thirds of the 25 staff based in Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Polar Station have caught Covid, the Le Soir newspaper reported, proving there is no escape from the global pandemic. 

The Omicron outbreak happened despite all staff passing multiple PCR tests, quarantining and living in one of the most remote places in the world.

All 25 researchers were fully vaccinated and one had a booster shot. Before leaving for the station, they underwent a PCR test in Belgium two hours before flying to South Africa. 

In South Africa, they quarantined for 10 days and took another PCR test. A further test was needed when leaving Cape Town for Antarctica and a final one five days after that. 

One person tested positive seven days after arriving at the station on December 14. The person was isolated but tests revealed two others had caught the virus. The three were evacuated on December 23 but the virus has continued to spread.

No word on whether any of them are actually, you know, symptomatic, or if they’re just experiencing a surge of CASES. Probably the latter.

If none of these people had been tested, would this even be a story at all?

I mean, I’d understand if they’re all actually sick and fighting for their lives, but as far as I can tell, that’s not the case.

If omicron is now the dominant strain of Covid, and omicron is virtually indistinguishable from the common cold, then why are we still testing people for it constantly?

Omicron is the end of Covid-19. At least it should be. It marks the point where Covid-19 is no longer even worth keeping track of, much less freaking out over.

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