There’s been a little bit of confusion regarding the new variant of concern as designated by the World Health Organization. Contrary to reports earlier today, this variant is named “Omicron” and not “Nu”:
The @WHO has named B.1.1.529 Omicron, a Variant of Concern [O, not Nu)
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) November 26, 2021
What makes this funny is that the WHO appears to have skipped over the letter “Xi” when they moved from “Nu” to “Omicron”:
News of new Nu variant, but WHO is jumping the alphabet to call it Omicron, so they can avoid Xi. pic.twitter.com/UJ4xMwg52i
— Martin Kulldorff (@MartinKulldorff) November 26, 2021
“Can’t make this stuff up”:
So the WHO is skipping from Nu variant to Omicron variant… maybe because the Greek letter in between is Xi?! Hahahah. Can’t make this stuff up.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) November 26, 2021
The WHO chose Omicron over Nu for the variant of concern, probably because it sounds too much like "new." But the next letter is not Omicron but Xi. Was that a little too on the nose?
— Jared Walczak (@JaredWalczak) November 26, 2021
Now, as everyone is panicking over Omicron, here’s why we shouldn’t be panicking over Omicron:
Minister of Health of South Africa: There is NO EVIDENCE that the Nu variant evades our current vaccines. https://t.co/SrgQFR5EyR
— Chise 🧬🧫🦠💉🔜 MFF (@sailorrooscout) November 26, 2021
These aged well! Pair of Biden tweets get fresh attention after admin implements travel restrictions over new Covid variant https://t.co/SYo4hhXr0l
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 26, 2021
To change your comments display name, click here.