After the highly transmissible Delta, and then Omicron, variants emerged and spread, and a new variant is formed called Deltacron which has been popping up in several countries in Europe. Even though it may sound scary, there is currently no reason for great concern.
What is Deltacron?
Deltacron is a covid variant which is the combination of a delta and omicron. It contains genes from both variants Delta and Omicron which is also known as a recombinant virus. Recombination happens when more than one variant infects and replicates in the same person in the same cell.
Where has been this first found?
This variant has been first identified in several regions of France and has been recirculating since the start of the year. Similar cases also have been identified in Denmark and the Netherlands. Many experts have been questioning if this is truly a new virus or not. Or it may be the case of contamination during laboratory testing.
How different it is from covid?
Both the delta and omicron are quite different viruses. They differ in how they infect cells and how they invade immunity. So we are still unknown about how different it is going to be. Since it has been found in many countries so it’s likely that deltacron can spread. we still don’t know if it can cause severe diseases so we need to watch out for it. There are currently too few deltacron cases to conclude these issues. So more experiments are required to determine its properties.
Should we be worried?
So for now there aren’t many cases for us to be worried about the deltacron. Even though it is not that concerning for now it has to be monitored at all times. Since recombinant variants are not uncommon, and Deltacron is not the first variant and is not going to be the last one to occur for Covid, we have to be careful at all times.
If the Deltacron starts to cause severe disease there is a chance that prior infection with other variants, as well as vaccination, will offer protection from this variant. So stay safe and always wear your mask. Thank you for reading till the end. Hope this article was helpful to you Have a good day!