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Alpha, Delta and Lambda. When I was in college, these Greek letters meant that on Thursday you had to put on your drinking shoes because the weekend was going to be tough at the Fellowship House. They have a whole new meaning in today’s world.

Just like the naming of hurricanes, variants of the coronavirus are also named. Hurricane names begin with the letter A and continue. The letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z are not used, so there are usually only 21 named hurricanes per season. If there are more than 21 hurricanes, the names begin with the first letter of the Greek alphabet – Alpha, Beta and so on. Some names are withdrawn like Katrina because of the devastation.

The COVID variants are named after the Greek alphabet, but it doesn’t appear to be in a specific order. According to the World Health Organization, one of the reasons the Greek letters are used is because they are simple and easy to remember.

We can’t predict where the next variant will come from, and we have no way of knowing what to do next. Other countries should be held responsible for immediately reporting any variant they detect. Then a decision should be made to impose travel bans. Each country should keep its plagues to itself.

Currently, the WHO has identified Eta, Iota, Kappa and Lambda as “variants of interest”. They also follow 13 other variants in the United States, Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia, Colombia, and other countries.

While the Delta is wreaking havoc now, Lambda is apparently worse off. With Delta, people who have had COVID and are fully vaccinated have a better chance of survival if they get Delta. A Houston hospital reported the first case of the Lambda variant last week.

Now we hear that fully vaccinated people who have had Moderna or Pfizer are supposed to receive a third booster eight months after receiving their second booster. No decision has yet been made on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The CDC says many vaccines lose their protective abilities over time, but the extra boost can provide long-lasting protection against the virus. They say that even though protection wanes over time, they recommend a third booster to maximize vaccine-induced protection and extend vaccine durability.

We know that vaccines aren’t 100% effective and some vaccinated people get sick, but it also appears that vaccinated people who get sick are less likely to have serious results, which I guess is the reason. for which a third booster is recommended. The CDC also says it’s highly recommended for people at higher risk.

This virus is unlike anything we have ever seen, but please be aware that there are a lot of people watching and recording the data so that valuable recommendations can be made.

The point is, people get sick and no one can really predict what will happen next. Fortunately there are only 24 letters in the Greek alphabet.

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