Covid: Deltacron, a new fusion of the Delta and Omicron variants?

Published by Graziella L. · Published on 10 January 2022 at 12h16
As the world is faced with an increase in contaminations because of the Omicron variant, a Cypriot professor thinks he has discovered a new Covid-19 strain mixing the Delta and Omicron variants.

Will Covid-19 ever end? A new mutation seems to have broken out, called “Deltacron”, according to Cyprus University biologic science professor Leondios Kostrikis. This new variant shares the genetic background of the Delta variant with some mutations of Omicron, hence the compound name.

There are currently omicron and delta co-infections and we found this strain that is a combination of these two” the Cypriot scientist claimed. His team and he have identified the Delta variant in 25 samples of Omicron cases, 11 of them coming from people hospitalized because of Covid-19.

Although the Omicron variant let us to expect an improvement over time, a mix of the two strains could lead to more hospitalizations. For now, data collected have been set to GISAID, the international database that tracks changes in the virus. The professor adds: “It's too early to tell the kind of impact the Deltacron will have”, but expects feedbacks from the global scientific community. The question is if this Deltacron variant will be more contagious or dangerous than the previous ones.

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