Wednesday, June 9, 2021

WHO renames COVID variants with Greek letter names to avoid stigma

WHO renames COVID variants with Greek letter names to avoid stigma The new system, which was announced Monday, is based on the letters of the Greek alphabet. The United Kingdom variant, called by scientists B.1.1.7, will now be Alpha. B.1.351, the South Africa variant will be Beta, and the B.1.617.2 variant discovered in India will now be known as Delta.<\i> This seems like a good idea, especially if it increases the likelihood of reporting variants. I can never remember the actual names anyway. The Delta variant, or the variant formerly known as the India variant, has come to New Jersey.

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