Omicron variant emerges; another COVID viral twist-November 27, 2021

Lots of people think the ‘novel’ coronavirus has as little patience as they do; it doesn’t and it’s concern is with its survival and spread. So, the emergence of another variant with more problematic mutations shouldn’t really be a surprise. The omicron variant (variant B.1.1.529) has been found in Southern Africa:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed it a virus ‘of concern’:

The WHO stated: ‘Preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron (ie, people who have previously had COVID-19 could become reinfected more easily with Omicron), as compared to other variants of concern, but information is limited.’

Countries are beginning to close borders as a first response:

The WHO gave an explanation of why we’re now at omicron: ‘Two letters were skipped—Nu and Xi—because Nu is too easily confounded with ‘new’ and Xi was not used because it is a common surname and [the] WHO best practices for naming new diseases … suggest avoiding ‘causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups,’:

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Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

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