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A new, highly infectious Covid-19 variant in South Africa has sparked worldwide airport restrictions.

The World Health Organization has designated the new coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 and named it Omicron on Friday.

Multiple countries halted airline travel to and from South Africa on Friday.


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Cases have also been reported in Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium.

The WHO calls Omicron a "variant of concern" because it has a large number of spike mutations and is 40% more infectious than previous variants.

The news sent Wall Street stocks plunging and the DOW dropped 900 points on Friday.

The new variant comes amid reports that health officials are "baffled" by the low incidences of Covid-19 in Africa where the vaccination rate is just 6 percent.

Pfizer announced on Friday it is testing "existing vaccines" on the new variant and results are expected within 2 weeks.


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Dr. Anthony Fauci told "CNN New Day" on Friday there is "no indication" this variant is currently in the US. But Fauci claims the new variant is highest among young people in South Africa.

However, blue check marks on Twitter are suspicious of the new variant coming on the heels of Big Pharma's push for vaccine booster shots among young people.
 

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A week after globalist Bill Gates warned of "Smallpox terrorism", vials of smallpox were found in a Merck research facility in Pennsylvania.

The FBI seized 15 suspicious vials -- 5 labeled "smallpox" -- and sent them to the CDC for analysis.
 

What is Smallpox?

Smallpox is an extremely contagious and deadly virus for which there is no known cure. The virus was eradicated from earth in 1980. 15 million people were infected every year and 30% of those infected died.

Smallpox has proven to be one of the most devastating diseases to humankind.

In June, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug to treat smallpox -- even though smallpox is eradicated.

Government and health agencies keep samples of smallpox virus for research purposes.
 

What Are the Symptoms of Smallpox?

Symptoms of smallpox usually appear about a week to 17 days after exposure to the virus (incubation period).

After the incubation period, the following flu-like symptoms occur:

  • high fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • severe back pain
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting

 
The symptoms go away after three days and the patient feels better. Then a rash appears.

The rash starts on the face and spreads to the hands, forearms and the trunk of the body. Within two days, the rash develops into raised abscesses filled with fluid and pus.

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The abscesses break open and scab over. The scabs eventually fall off, leaving pit mark scars. The patient is contagious until the scabs fall off.
 

How Does Smallpox Spread?

Smallpox is an airborne disease that spreads via coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with bodily fluids. The virus can also be spread by touching contaminated clothes or bedding.
 

Is There a Treatment for Smallpox?

There is no known cure for smallpox. Vaccination within one to three days can keep the illness from becoming severe.

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The FBI and Centers for Disease Control are investigating vials marked "Smallpox" that were found in a Merck lab outside Philadelphia.

Samples of smallpox aren't approved to be used in private experiments or research.

The 15 "questionable vials" were found inside a Merck facility freezer in a Pennsylvania vaccine research facility.

An alert was sent to the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday night, indicating that 5 of the vials were labeled "smallpox" and 10 as "vaccinia," reports Yahoo News.

Bill Gates, who is not a doctor, recently warned that the next pandemic will be smallpox.

In a statement to CNN, the CDC said: "There is no indication that anyone has been exposed to the small number of frozen vials."

Smallpox, a highly contagious and deadly virus, was eradicated from earth in 1980.

The smallpox virus infected 15 million people globally every year, killing about 30% of those infected.

By comparison, the Covid-19 virus kills less than 1% of those who are infected.

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Hair and makeup artist Marc Pilcher died unexpectedly of breakthrough Covid-19 on Sunday. He was 53.

Pilcher had no pre-existing conditions and was fully vaccinated when he died, according to his agency Curtis Brown.

His family told Variety in a statement via Curtis Brown:

"It is with the deepest of hearts we confirm that Marc Elliot Pilcher, Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award winning hair and makeup designer/stylist, passed away after a battle with Covid-19 on Sunday 3rd October 2021."

Pilcher recently won the Creative Emmy Award for hairstyling on Sept. 11 for his work on Netflix's "Bridgerton."

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Despite the fact that Pilcher was vaccinated, his colleague Nicola Coughlan (pictured with Regé-Jean Page), tweeted:

"It's a tragedy that he's been taken so young when he had so much yet to do. Please also use this as a reminder that Covid is still a very real and present danger, please get vaccinated and mask up to protect yourself and others."

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (right) is facing backlash after blaming unvaccinated Black people for spreading Covid-19 around the country.

Patrick said Blacks are the "biggest group" of unvaccinated people in America.

The lt. governor made the remarks in an interview with host Laura Ingraham of Fox News show The Ingraham Angle.

He said Black people vote for Democrats and he blamed members of the Democratic Party for not making sure Black people get the experimental messenger RNA vaccine.

"Most of the numbers are with the unvaccinated and the Democrats like to blame Republicans on that. Well, the biggest group in most states are African Americans who have not been vaccinated. The last time I checked over 90 percent of them vote for Democrats in their major cities and major counties, so it's up to the Democrats to get just as that it's up to Republicans to try to get as many people vaccinated."

Patrick said he respects the rights of people who don't want to get the vaccines and they won't be forced. However, Patrick said nothing is being done about vaccine hesitancy in the Black community "that has a significantly high number of unvaccinated people."

Patrick's comments came days after Texas Governor Greg Abbott tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

Black Twitter unloaded on Patrick, referring to him as "racist" and a "white supremacist."

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