The Omicron variant is a variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It was first reported to the World Health Organization from South Africa on 24 November 2021. On 26 November 2021, the WHO designated it as a variant of concern and named it after omicron, the fifteenth letter in the Greek alphabet
Is COVID-19 variant Omicron worse than Delta variant?
In general, it’s too early to make a claim that omicron has better or worse symptoms than delta. Although anecdotal evidence shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 caused by omicron have caused mild symptoms, most of those people have been younger, according to South Africa’s health department.
What is the meaning of the name Omicron for the COVID-19 variant?
“Mikron,” a form of “mikros,” means “little,” so it is literally a “little o.” It contrasts with the final letter of the Greek alphabet, “omega,” which comes from “o mega” or “large o.” The two letters got their names because “omicron” represents a short vowel in Greek and “omega” a long vowel