Over 2,000 years ago, Eucleides, ruler or "archon" or ancient Athens, Greece, helped usher in a standardized Greek alphabet. That alphabet eventually led to the Latin letters we now use. But we're all becoming acquainted with Greek letters.
In case you've forgotten — or, rather, you're one of the many people who pretend that things are normal — the coronavirus pandemic is still very active. And with less than 50% of the world's population fully vaccinated, either due to vaccine inequity or willful stubbornness and ignorance, the coronavirus is able to mutate into variants.
These variants can be more infectious or transmissible. They might be able to get around vaccines. And they are given Greek letters as names.
This past summer we dealt with the delta variant. Now we're facing the new omicron variant.
We still don't know much about omicron. Is it more dangerous than delta? Will it slip past our vaccines? All that's certain is until more people are vaccinated, depriving the virus of host bodies to infect, there will be future COVID-19 variants.
And there are still plenty of letters left in the Greek alphabet.
Kevin Necessary is an illustrator and editorial cartoonist. His editorial cartoons appear Sundays in The Enquirer.
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