Covid-19 variants will be given names with Greek letters to avoid stigma | Novel Coronavirus


Coronavirus variants will be named after Greek letters, not where they were first discovered World Health Organization It has been announced that this move is to avoid stigma.

WHO has named four worrying variants, known to the public as Britain/Kent (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), Brazil (P.1) and India (B.1.617.2) Variant. Now, they will get the letters Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta, respectively, to reflect their detection order, and any new variants will follow the pattern of the Greek alphabet.

According to Mark Pallen, a bacteriologist who participated in the negotiations, after months of deliberations with experts, they decided to adopt this naming system. They considered a series of other possibilities, including the Greek gods.