COVID-19 variants familiarize us all with Greek letters
More than 2,000 years ago, Euclid, ruler or “archon” of ancient Athens, Greece, contributed to the advent of a standardized Greek alphabet. This alphabet eventually led to the Latin letters we use now. But we are all familiar with the Greek letters.
In case you forgot – or, rather, you are one of the many people who claim things are normal – the coronavirus pandemic is still very active. And with less than 50% of the world’s population fully vaccinated, either due to vaccine inequality or willful stubbornness and ignorance, the coronavirus is capable of mutating into variants.
These variants can be more infectious or transmissible. Maybe they could bypass the vaccines. And we give them Greek letters for names.
Last summer we dealt with the delta variant. Now we are faced with the new omicron variant.
We still don’t know much about omicron. Is it more dangerous than delta? Will he escape our vaccines? All that is certain is that until more people are vaccinated, depriving the virus of host bodies to infect, there will be future variants of COVID-19.
And there are still many letters left in the Greek alphabet.
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Kevin Necessary is an illustrator and editorial designer. His editorial cartoons appear on Sundays in The Enquirer.