A new strain of Covid-19, dubbed as “Deltacron“, has been discovered in Cyprus combining the traits of both the Delta variant and the Omicron variant.

What is Deltacron?

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Deltacron has been trending online, with several experts opining that it is not a real variant of Covid-19. This occurs at the same time the world is gripped by Omicron, a new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Cyprus has discovered the new Covid-19 strain dubbed ‘Deltacron’, which is a mixture of both the Delta and Omicron variants.

Deltacron has trended online, and several experts say it is not a real variant of Covid-19. This comes as the world grapples with Omicron, a new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Deltacron may not be an actual variant, but rather a result of contamination said virologist Tom Peacock on social media.
After specialists dismissed the finding as to the result of laboratory samples becoming contaminated, a scientist insists his findings are accurate. He claims a new Covid variant combines the traits of Delta and Omicron.

What Has Been Detected In Cyrpus?

The data has been submitted to the GISAID global database by Dr. Leonidos Kostrikis, a biologist at the University of Cyprus. Kostrikis and his colleagues have identified 25 cases of the Deltacron variant, which has led to hospitalization in 11 cases.

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Deltacron EXPLAINED: After specialists dismissed the finding as to the result of laboratory samples becoming contaminated, a scientist insists his findings are accurate. He claims a new Covid variant combines the traits of Delta and Omicron.

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What happened In Cyrpus?

The data has been submitted to the GISAID global database by Dr. Leonidos Kostrikis, a biologist at the University of Cyprus. Kostrikis and his colleagues have identified 25 cases of the Deltacron variant, which has led to hospitalization in 11 cases.

After Dr. Kostrikis’ announcement trended on social media over the weekend, several experts rejected his claims.

According to Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious diseases researcher at the World Health Organization, “Deltacron is not real and is likely the result of sequencing errors (lab contamination of Omicron sequence fragments in a Delta sample).”

Dr. Tom Peacock, an Imperial College London professor, was also responding to the scare.

In addition to the Omicron primer sequencing amplicon in a Delta backbone, the Cypriot Deltacron sequences reported by several large media outlets do not cluster on phylogenetic trees.

Despite decades of Delta sequences with strange mutations in amplicon 72 (for example, Delta + Mu NTD insertion), they always show this non-monophyletic pattern and are almost always more easily explained by a primer issue exacerbating very low levels of contamination.”

What Have Experts Said about Deltacron?

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The global health expert Boghuma Kabisen Titanji also tweeted that Deltacron was probably the result of sample contamination, but he did note: “With SARSCoV2 transmission levels at all-time highs globally, it is likely that recombination is occurring and may occur at a level where we start tracking these events more frequently.”. Does this lead to more concerning variants? Nobody knows whether that is possible or not.”

The best thing we can do in addition to worrying and coining variant names that sound like villains from Transformers is to make sure that vaccines are widely available and combine vaccination with other strategies that limit the threat of the disease spreading.

Symptoms and Awareness

The symptoms are nearly the same as omicron. Usually cough, fever, trout pain, etc. the common symptoms. To save yourself and your families you should maintain proper distance and wear masks. The vaccine available in the market is also effective for this threat. So, maintain the precautions and stay safe.

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