Of Coffee With Oh My Another Variant

If you were having coffee with me, I would be happy to have you visit my corner of the internet… don’t ask me what shape the internet is or if it has edges and corners, just grab a chair and put your feet up… you are welcome.

Beaton Uncle B

Its nice and sunny today you would think the world is losing its collective marbles over a tiny tiny variant like oh my gosh… Omicron

B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern
B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern

By now, regardless of the rock you live under, you must have heard that WHO declared Omicron a variant of concern. At first, I was kinda startled that we were rapidly speeding through the Greek Variant Alphabet nomenclature to end up at Omicron; when I last checked we were still at the Mu Variant as of 30 August 2021.

WHO decided to skip through two letters Nu and Xi; the former because Nu variant might cause confusion with new variant and the latter because it’s a common last name (its also the name of the president of China…. Some speculate they didn’t want to offend him)

According to a WHO communique  “best practices for naming disease suggest avoiding `causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.”’

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that officially, there isn’t any scientific information to ascertain the actual impact of the new variant, as in is it deadlier, more transmissible or vaccine-resistant compared to the previous variants. Some countries have taken the knee-jerk response to simply ban travellers from countries where the variant was detected… particularly if they are in Africa.

Countries with confirmed Omicron
Omicron Variant cases ban image source @MmusiMaimane

Seems a bit unfair to me, its like South Africa and southern African countries, in general, are getting punished for being transparent in their genomic discoveries. I don’t know about you, but after this, if I was to detect a new variant I would not tell a soul…

The government of Botswana also issued out a communication of interest on how the patients in whom the new variant was discovered were international travellers… Reminds me of the age-old saying about being careful who you point at as the other fingers are pointing right back at you…

Botswana government statement on Covid-19 variant

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that it’s like some parts of the world have this blinkered view of Africa which is super worrying… remember when scientists were cracking their heads trying to understand why COVID related fatalities weren’t as cataclysmic as they had predicted.  Anyway, similarly Prince William has also come under fire for making comments about over-population in Africa how that’s threatening the wild-life.

Fun Fact: 
United Kingdom Size 242,495 square km Population 67,22 million 
Zimbabwe Size 390,757 square km Population 14,86 million

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our Minister of Finance announced the new budget on Thursday… I am not an economist but all I got from it was tax and more tax… I am even wondering if they will soon tax my thoughts… shhhh lets not give them ideas…

Levy on telephone handsets
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It was Black Friday, and yeah, I can’t say I saw anything to write home about, except that it was black because we had no electricity, maybe that was the special Electricity 100% off…. Did you get any Black Friday specials?

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I was in the CBD recently and was shocked at the level of complacency people have with social distancing protocol… It’s just vibes. Earlier in the year the was a prediction of a fourth wave by Christmas and looks like that’s where we are headed. Just when you start thinking life is normalish the variant gets an upgrade….

Traffic is terrible and transport is a nightmare and we have to ride in pirate taxis which are driven like they are stolen… Check out the video below for a clip on what a lift in a pirate taxi looks like.

So what been going on in your neck of the woods?

~B

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25 Comments

  1. Because Ugandans can no longer be disappointed but just laugh am laughing while reading this.

    A known delicacy of this particular season in particular Grasshoppers found there way on Uganda airlines and they resorted to treat it like a life threatening case and steal the idea to include it on their airline menu.

    Latest update hee he

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    1. Laughter is like a shield and a weapon oh and medicine 😂😂😂

      I have been seeing nsenene story And I saw the statement by the airline and was like but why didn’t they just reach out to the vendor and contract him to do it more officially for the airline but no they fire people and steal businesses… Yet it’s just people trying to survive its not like they took a gun and made people buy the nsenene…

      The bigger question is why aren’t the nsenene coming to UG in their abundance as they normally do maybe they want you to admit they should be treated as a national treasure and accorded their respekk
      Are you a fan of these grasshopper delicacies 🤣
      ~B

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      1. Even the Grasshoppers are on strike it’s official. Am not such a fan anymore. Call it over indulgence I think.

        Laughter is our shield today .
        Ugandans will shock, guy is hiring lawyers while they fend off his idea.

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  2. Here in Australia we have politicians who are salivating at the thought of what they can do to us with a new reason to blindly panic with little actual facts. Pretty much just what they have done for the last couple of years.

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      1. Yeah the media are beating this up as usual but there is some caution from politicians as they might just finally be realising that people are fed up with there heavy handed approach.

        Still I think there will be blood on the streets as some governments try the old double down on the stuff that doesn’t work. Also we have the Victorian thing with draconian legislation that would give the government there overwhelming powers regardless of if there is a pandemic or not. Scary stuff!

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      2. From personal experience I can say that our tolerance to heavy handed measures is waning… Initially people would be proactive in following the measures but now without enforcement the will be little compliance… It’s like we being left with two choices prevention of a potentially fatal infection or starve.. And the starvation is the more immediate threat..
        There’s definitely going to be blood on the streets if we continue on the path we on…

        Wouldnt want to be in the shoes of current person one hand you get bashed for complacency on the other hand you get bashed for draconian measures, there’s no winning
        ~B

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    1. And now our government has with immediate effect declared that anyone travelling here will have a PCR test on arrival and then subject to mandatory quarantine (at cost) irregardless 🤣 yes it’s a word and I’m using it of their results…
      On one hand that makes perfect sense in light of circumstances and they as for yet haven’t decided to just decide to ban travelers especially when most would be those returning home for the holidays…on the other hand returning home for the holidays might mean spending time in quarantine and it won’t matter if you are fully vaccinated and had mandatory covid test12 hours before travel which was negative and another upon arrival which was again negative…

      Oh it’s December happy new month and compliments of the season!!!

      ~B

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  3. There’s so much madness in the world these days… why me a humble human of little importance can work out that the chances of a Christmas cases surge is likely and yet these so called ‘educated’ people that run the countries can’t I have no idea… It’s crap that other countries treat Africa so badly – I think it’s becasue they need a scapegoat and who they pick is no based on any real data let’s just say that.
    Keep well 🙂

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    1. Maybe us humble humans of little thought must run these highest offices 🤔🤔
      Or just like the power corrupts these offices will change you into exactly what was before?

      Just now saw an article about how tests are now suggesting that this new variant was actually in Europe way before it was detected in Africa…. And so what happens now, anyway it’s like that situation where you padlock the barn after the horses have bolted…

      Thanks for dropping by and happy new month Simon
      ~B

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  4. Wow…foreign nationals bring a new COVID variant to Africa, so we punish African nations? Doesn’t seem fair, but it’s hardly surprising.

    Also, foreign conservationists talking smack about Africa is irritating as well. Comments like the Prince’s don’t help the cause of conservation, because they agitate people by making plain the stereotypical views that many foreigners have of Africa.

    Finally, riding in a pirate taxi looks fun! One day I’m going to make it to an African nation with pirate taxis and ride in one, just for fun 😆

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    1. And now it’s coming out that the new variant was actually in Europe before it got detected in Africa…. Now am curious to know if “they” knew about it and kept a lid on it… Or does it mean in Africa we have superior genomic sequencing tests that pick up what the world miss🤔🤔 in which case they better start taking us more seriously…

      I mean yeah sure African countries have their fair share of problems but if you are going to be talking about it be factual about it

      Hahaha the pirate taxi adventure seems like fun but it’s also got a dark side, you can never really trust a pirate… If you get a minute you can pop by this post which recounts a typical ride sharing experience.

      ~B

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      1. Well, I typically try to avoid conspiracy theories, but countries do have certain images that they like to maintain…

        I’m definitely gonna check out that pirate taxi post soon 👍

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  5. So am thinking that since I may be stuck here cos I can’t afford the mandatory
    Micron Covid quarantine regulations for all returning residents I might as well just relax and try to apply for a micron covid asylum visa here. Meantime let me go down to the beach to play. 😀

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  6. Hello from the UK
    Thank you for this post. It is very interesting to find out what is going on in Africa.
    As regards the Omicron variant, did you know it is an anagram of moronic? I have tried to explain the different variants and what is going on on my website if you are interested.
    As regards Prince William’s comments, I have tried to see an original full speech in context. There are a lot of people who want to try and stir up trouble between nations as this keeps arms busy and arms manufacturers in business making a lot of money. Main Stream Media has a lot to answer for.
    But the rubbish about Africa and variants make me cry and laugh at the same time. Anyway, perhaps you might be interested in my recent post on variants. It might make you and others laugh, and you will find out the truth about what is really going on.
    https://alphaandomegacloud.wordpress.com/2021/12/02/various-variants-covid-19/
    Kind regards
    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

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