INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – According to Cypriot scientists, a new mutation of the coronavirus has emerged.
They say it’s a combination of the omicron and delta variants.
The researchers named it “deltacron”. It’s a COVID-19 variant that brings together the best of the worst of the delta and the omicron, the severity of the delta and the contagiousness of the omicron.
According to the first reports, scientists have identified 25 cases of deltacron in hospitalized and out-of-hospital patients. They identified that co-infection exhibits both omicron-like features in the delta DNA sequence.
News 8 spoke to Dr Christopher Doehring, vice president of medical affairs at Franciscan Health, who said that despite its emergence, there is no need to panic.
“I think the good news is that at this time, with omicron and delta spreading over the past three or four months – omicron recently over the past few weeks – we continue to develop widespread natural immunity. accordingly, “he said. So if another strain emerged that was a combination of these two, the protection that has been acquired over the past few months should provide good protection for this next variant.
Doehring says it’s too early to say what a threat deltacron may pose to the United States. Several previous variations took hold in certain countries but never had the same impact when they landed in the United States. “Super-delta” is just one example.
The doctor goes on to say that it’s possible for the deltacron to decline as quickly as it can reach its peak, but we’ll have to wait until more evidence is available to confirm.