July 8, A Sonnet for Omicron
From the Omicron variant, BA. 5,
New infection rates rise, though death rates stay down.
Mutation, selection make BA. 5 thrive
And it’s spreading worldwide; it’s come to your town.
If you have contracted BA.1 or 2,
Antibodies you made might not be quite right.
The BA. 5 variant may infect you;
It has new mutations: how viruses fight.
A lesson from Darwin, this Covid 19,
Infection, immunity, a hostile dance.
We have the drug, Paxlovid to intervene,
Though BA. 5 still may evolve tolerance.
So, Omicron thrives. Will it go on and on?
We can’t firmly predict when it will be gone.