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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
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.
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…
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…
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?
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