The new strain first appeared in Botswana in southern Africa and was confirmed as a new variant on Tuesday, November 23.
Countries around the world have acted quickly to impose travel bans to many locations in Southern Africa, with the UK government also reintroducing a spate of measures to tackle Omicron.
It is not yet clear if the new variant is more dangerous than the dominant Delta variant but there are concerns it may be more transmissible than older versions.
But now new conspiracies surrounding the variant have emerged, and theorists are getting themselves in a frenzy.
‘Omicron no Crimbo’ conspiracy theory
In an strange finding, conspiracy theorists have discovered that Omicron is actually an anagram for ‘No Crimbo’.
The ‘b’ is said to come from B.1.1.529, the name scientists first gave to the variant.
It is also said that Omicron it is an anagram for ‘moronic’.
The bizarre rush of people voicing their Scrooge-channeling theories is a reminder of how easily the internet can jump on a trend without any evidence to back it up.
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This week the Health Secretary Sajid Javid made clear families should continue to plan their Christmas celebrations “as normal” and that there were no current plans to make people work from home or wear masks in pubs or restaurants.
Tuesday morning did see the introduction to masks on public transport and in shops in a bid to “slow down” the spread, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
At a Downing Street press conference he commented: “Our scientists are learning more hour by hour, and it does appear that Omicron spreads very rapidly and can be spread between people who are double vaccinated.”
“We need to slow down the spread of this variant here in the UK, because measures at the border can only ever minimise and delay the arrival of a new variant rather than stop it all together.”
Johnson has insisted that Christmas 2021 would be “considerably better” than 2020.
Why is the new variant called Omicron?
Omicron gets its name from the Greek alphabet after the World Health Organisation began to name variants in an attempt to avoid public confusion.
The naming came into place in May, over half a year before the Omicron variant was discovered, so as to avoid future confusions.
There are now seven ‘variants of interest’ and ‘variants of concern’, with each having been assigned its own Greek letter.
Letters like Xi have been skipped because it shares the name with the Chinese Premier Xi Jinping.
It’s hard to deny that Omicron is easier to remember than B.1.1.529, but this has not stopped conspiracy theorists incorporating the ‘B’ into the anagram to spell ‘no crimbo’.
The issue is that the variant is not called Omicron B and they have pulled together two different names for the same thing in an effort to crowbar a catchy title for their wild theory.