What we know about Covid-19 variants

Hanno Labuschagne

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What we know about Covid-19 variants

The World Health Organisation recently renamed Covid-19 variants using letters of the Greek Alphabet to replace the common usage of linking a variant to the country where it was first detected.

This was done because naming Covid-19 variants based on the countries where they were discovered politicised the response to the pandemic.

For example, travel bans were imposed on countries where variants originated, and people from these countries were stigmatised and targeted.
 

Jacovdm40

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In my honest opinion, this is a massive money making scheme. If this Delta variant is more resistant towards the antibodies how do these "docters" know that one more vaccine is going to be strong enough.
These people must stop fooling around and experiment with the viruses.
 

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Attention believers...the Bogeyman v4 is here, so please get your jab.
 

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gotta love how the Indian variant is widely known as "delta", but when the South African variant got famous it was widely labelled "South Africa" and travel restrictions still screw us more than Indians as a result

thanks WHO ... also, GFY and die in a fire please!
 

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SARS-CoV-2 Variants
WHO NameFirst country documentedDate discoveredCharactaristics
AlphaUnited KingdomSeptember 2020
  • More transmissible
  • Increased mortality
  • Additional symptoms
BetaSouth AfricaMay 2020
  • More transmissible
  • Reduces effectiveness of antibodies
GammaBrazilNovember 2020
  • Reduces effectiveness of antibodies
  • Reduces efficacy of vaccines
DeltaIndiaOctober 2020
  • More transmissible
  • Different symptoms
  • Reduces effectiveness of antibodies
  • More likely to be hospitalised
  • One vaccine dose less effective

Lambda, Peru, August 2020, ?
 

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In my honest opinion, this is a massive money making scheme. If this Delta variant is more resistant towards the antibodies how do these "docters" know that one more vaccine is going to be strong enough.
These people must stop fooling around and experiment with the viruses.
The virus in novel. No one knows it.
 

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gotta love how the Indian variant is widely known as "delta", but when the South African variant got famous it was widely labelled "South Africa" and travel restrictions still screw us more than Indians as a result

thanks WHO ... also, GFY and die in a fire please!

You have to take under consideration that it was the earliest variation, more scrutiny would apply.
 

Fulcrum29

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Odd, that the list excludes Lambda. It was picked up in August 2020, but WHO only recognised it like two weeks ago.
 

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In my honest opinion, this is a massive money making scheme. If this Delta variant is more resistant towards the antibodies how do these "docters" know that one more vaccine is going to be strong enough.
These people must stop fooling around and experiment with the viruses.

It has been analysed and tested in the UK, hence the reason their 12-week interval dose window has now been reduced to 8 weeks.
 

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What we know about Covid-19 variants

The World Health Organisation recently renamed Covid-19 variants using letters of the Greek Alphabet to replace the common usage of linking a variant to the country where it was first detected.

This was done because naming Covid-19 variants based on the countries where they were discovered politicised the response to the pandemic.

For example, travel bans were imposed on countries where variants originated, and people from these countries were stigmatised and targeted.
Oh well done WHO. Your woke renaming policy is sure to benefit us all.
 
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