COVID-19 — Omicron Variant : Does WHO Know the ABC?

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet — William Shakespeare

November 28 2021 — The World Health Organisation has flagged the new SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529. The WHO has been naming coronavirus variants after the Greek alphabet and the next available letter was ‘Nu’. So why is it named Omicron? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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After the WHO’s panel met on Friday, they designated the new strain found in South Africa and Botswana as a ‘variant of concern’ and announced that it would be called the ‘Omicron’ variant.

In doing so, they skipped two letters of the Greek alphabet – Nu and Xi. Why on earth?

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Quite possibly, WHO decided to skip the Nu letter to avoid the confusion with the English word NEW.

That seems fine. But why did they skip a second letter?

Epidemiologist Martin Kulldorf — a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School — provided a plausible explanation.

Kulldorf argues that the WHO had jumped the alphabet and named the new variant ‘Omicron’ in order to avoid the potential situation of ever having to call a coronavirus variant the ‘Xi’ strain.

Is reality officially beyond satire? It is hard to parody people who are already a parody of themselves.

WHO Skips Two Letters Of Greek Alphabet ‘Nu’ & ‘Xi’

REFERENCES

New Covid variant: Will new measures against Omicron work? — BBC News

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COVID-19 — Omicron Variant : Does WHO Know the ABC?

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