First of all, let’s address the Greek letter, “Omicron.” Turns out, the Greek alphabet has two “o” letters, namely Omega (Ω, ω), which we are generally familiar with, as well as Omicron. 😲 Whaz dat? And why so many?
Let’s break it down. “Micron” means small. Clever. Omicron or Omikron letters are O and o; Omega letters are Ω and ω. I consider all of them versions of the “o” that we know of today. Omega was supposedly pronounced a little longer than Omicron, like “ooooo,” since “mega” means big. Omicron was perhaps pronounced like “o!” with staccato. 🤓 I know, right???
Back to the more pressing issue here — this new COVID-19 strain. The B.1.1.529 strain, now called Omicron. We have been expecting you, oh dear Omicron.
Guys! Every new infection is a new chance for the COVID-19 virus to mutate into something different. We welcome the weaker “difference” but ya can’t stop the monsters from popping out of these mutations. We are essentially walking incubators and yes–incubating these baby viruses. Try to continue to stay away from crowds–or keep a distance from anyone outside of your “pod”, including your neighbors. Hah! Just wave to your neighbors! Wave and yell loudly under your mask! Ya don’t need to get up close and personal.
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Think of virus like a bag–a bag filled with genetic material. Pretend that the bag, a circular bag, is the envelop of a virus. Inside the bag, or the virus’s envelop, you can find either DNA or RNA (i.e. the genetic information of the virus).
SARS-CoV-2 is the kind of bag that contains RNA, not DNA. In fact, the SARS-CoV-2 bag only contains a long strand of RNA. The “bag” or the envelop of SARS-CoV-2, like many other viruses, is made of lipid bilayers, i.e. fatty acids chains organized in two layers. (See Figure 1 below)
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Figure 1: The image of the infamous SARS-CoV-2, taken using transmission electron microscope (TEM). (Photo: GEN) The diameter of the virus is around 120 nm (Britannica, accessed March 21, 2020). As a comparison, imagine lining these guys up in a straight line, all 1,000,000 of them, and you will get 1 mm!
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Vaccines are a hot topic in the recent years. Many have strong opinions about it. Yes, we are entitled to our points of view but when it comes to making decisions that will impact the entire population, we have to take full responsibility to make educated, informed decisions.
Vaccines today are quite sophisticated, but it came from a crude beginning.
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