WHO Switches To Greek Letters To Name Most Dangerous COVID Mutants

In a decision that echos the WHO’s decision back in early 2020 to rename the novel coronavirus to “COVID-19”, the agency has decided to change the names of the most prominent mutant strains of the coronavirus to letters from the Greek alphabet.

Using letters like Alpha, Beta and Gamma (instead of B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1) to refer to the variants will make it “easier and more practical” to discuss them with non-scientific audiences, the WHO said in a statement. COVID strains believed to be more infectious are deemed “of interest” and “of concern” by the WHO.