[Ads-l] strand = 'strain'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 23 06:05:15 EST 2020


I heard BBC correspondent Katty Kay mention a new "strand" of covid on
MSNBC yesterday.  Here's one from the 'Net:

2020
https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/HealthU/2020/08/12/covid-19-and-flu-season-what-it-may-mean-for-you/
<https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/HealthU/2020/08/12/covid-19-and-flu-season-what-it-may-mean-for-you/>:
Each year, there can be a different strand of the virus that goes around.

Viruses do have "strands," but these examples are errors for "strains."

JL

On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 8:42 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 2:45 PM, Jonathan Lighter
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> > Could be. OTOH, a "strain" is something you feel and a "strand" is
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> > you can see. So, if those are the choices. . . .
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