The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued – possibly not in a flash – some official guidelines on the most dangerous “worrying variants”. Of course, South Africa produced one of the most problematic mutations of the coronavirus, but its new name Mzansi could now take some of the stigma away.
New names for the South African AND Indian variants
We will not hold your breath here: A total of four variants have now been renamed letters in the Greek alphabet. The so-called Indian tribe is divided into TWO different monikers – and Great Britain claims the “Alpha” mutation:
- The South African variant , B.1.351, is now Beta
- The British variant , B.1.1.7, becomes Alpha
- The Brazilian varian t, P.1, becomes Gamma .
- The Indian variant , B.1.617 is divided into sub-lines, of which the B.1.617.2 variant of the problem on the Delta < / strong>
- The B. 1.617.1 interesting variant is called Kappa
- In the meantime, line names like B.1.1.7 will continue to be used in scientific circles
WHO wants to remove ‘discrimination’ from mutations
The Greek alphabet contains 24 letters, but there is still no plan of where to go next usted. Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta and Iota have already been attributed to interesting tribes – which will be announced in due course. Meanwhile, an official statement from WHO gives a little more background information on their latest linguistic decisions:
“While they have their merits, scientific names can be tricky themselves remember and are prone to false reports. As a result, people often call variants in the places where they are discovered, which is stigmatizing and discriminatory. “
” To avoid this and to facilitate public communication, WHO is encouraging national authorities, media outlets, and others to adopt these new labels. They will not replace existing scientific names, but are intended to aid public discussion. “
WHO statement on Monday 31 May