For some inexplicable reason, late night TV host Jimmy Fallon sang a song last week about the newest strain of the coronavirus, XBB.1.5, spreading across the states.
During Thursday’s edition of the show, the host just hopped up to the front of the stage, grabbed a mic, and started rocking it out like a professional musician.
Jimmy Fallon singing about how XBB.1.5 is the best Covid variant yet.. This is 5th Gen Warfare.. You are under attack pic.twitter.com/NIapNFiOPY
— Matthew Miller Skow (@SkowMatthew) January 7, 2023
“There was Alpha, then Delta, then Omicron next, but this latest variant might be the best. It’s XBB.1.5, another brand of Covid-19 has arrived. It’s a new strain, but it isn’t the same. Sounds more like Elon Musk’s kid’s name. It’s XBB.1.5, not UB40, who sings ‘Red, Red Wine,'” he sings.
“Put on your mask when you’re inside a facility. It could be a robot from a “Star Wars” trilogy. It’s XBB.1.5, not OMG or MP3 or [inaudible] or an eye chart made by a really high guy. Sounds like the password of your parent’s wi-fi. It’s XBB.1.5. XBB.1.5,” Fallon continues.
Despite Fallon’s impressive stage presence — performing seems to come natural to him — his ditty did not provoke applause and praise. Rather, it provoked disgust, mockery, and even a little revulsion.
“What even is this? This isn’t funny nor entertaining – it’s just a puppet dancing on TV for big pharma. Super pathetic @jimmyfallon – there’s no way you’re going to look back on stuff like this down the road and be proud of it. Shameful cringe,” one critic tweeted.
In fairness to Fallon, his ditty didn’t mention the vaccine at all.
“Jimmy turned himself from ridiculous to pathetic. That’s what happens when you sell your soul to the devil,” another critic wrote.
Was it really that serious?
See more responses below:
Jimmy has no friends. A friend would have stopped him from doing this.
— Michael Sanchez (@MickSanchezAU) January 7, 2023
They’re trying really really hard to push Covid still lol I bet Joe and his team asked him to do this
— John Holena (@HolenaJohn) January 8, 2023
Oh my hell. I’m old enough to remember when the tonight show was, you know, funny.
— Buckley (@kylebuckley) January 7, 2023
— Nathan C-K (@NathanCiano) January 7, 2023
This helps explain why @greggutfeld of all people is dominating late night TV.
This is … awful.
Nice ratio btw. pic.twitter.com/CP90skFvm9
— IT Guy (@ITGuy1959) January 8, 2023
Apparently, it was that serious.
As for the variant, it’s “an Omicron offshot” that’s especially problematic because it spreads ultra quickly and is “immune-evasive,” meaning immunity of any type isn’t as likely to thwart it.
Indeed, according to White House COVID response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, the percentage of new COVID infections caused by XBB.1.5 skyrocketed from 4 percent to 41 percent in the United States during December alone.
Over the holidays, you may have heard about Omicron XBB.1.5
It went from 4% of sequences to 40% in just a few weeks
That’s a stunning increase
So what does it mean? Will it cause a wave of serious illness and death?
Here’s what we know, don’t know
— Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@AshishKJha46) January 4, 2023
But how is it spreading so quickly? Thanks to the variant’s spike proteins, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel said Thursday.
“The spike proteins are like suction cups. So, the more it can get a grip … the more easily it transmits from cell to cell,” he explained.
And apparently, XBB.1.5’s “suction cups” are really good at what they do.
They’re so good that XBB.1.5 “is the most transmissible form of Omicron to date,” Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist with the World Health Organization, reportedly said during a press conference Wednesday.
Incidentally, this bombshell fact led former Fox News host Lou Dobbs to ask why the White House isn’t leading on this issue:
Why isn’t this warning coming from the CDC, from the White House? The Biden regime is beyond inept and corrupt–and just how are they stopping the virus? #TheGreatAmericaShow
New COVID variant ‘most transmissible’ yet detected, says WHO https://t.co/bsUNEA6TsL via @YahooNews
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) January 5, 2023
XBB.1.5 has reportedly especially taken root in the northeast portion of the country.
“States including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have some of the highest weekly case rates per 100,000 in the nation, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” ABC News reported Friday.
“What’s more, while seniors across the U.S. are being hospitalized at a rate three times higher than other age groups, it’s five times higher in the Northeast, CDC data shows,” its reporting continued.
Why, though, is it so prevalent in the New England area?
According to ABC News, so-called “public health experts” blame a confluence of factors, including “a higher proportion of elderly people and not many Americans receiving the updated bivalent booster.”
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