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Deltacron: Lab Contamination or New Corona Virus? What do we know so far?


What is "Deltacron" Coronavirus Variant?

According to Bloomberg News on Saturday, a researcher in Cyprus found a coronavirus variant that mixes the “Delta” and “Omicron” variants.

The Deltacron variant arrives as omicron continues to spread rapidly around the world, resulting in an increase in Covid-19 cases. 

According to a CNBC review of statistics from Johns Hopkins University, the United States is reporting more than 600,000 new cases per day on a seven-day average. 

This represents a 72 percent increase over the previous week and a new pandemic high.

The variant was nick-named “deltacron” by Leondios Kostrikis, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus a small island country in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. 

Because the variant has 10 of the mutations from Omicron-like genetic signatures within the Delta genomes,.

In an interview with Sigma TV on Friday, Kostrikis added, “We’ll see in the future if this mutation is more pathological or communicable, or if it will prevail” over the two prevalent strains, Delta, and Omicron. He also predicts that omicron will surpass Deltacron.

According to Bloomberg, the researchers submitted their findings to GISAID, an international viral database.

According to the study, Kostrikis and his team have discovered 25 cases of the virus thus far. 

According to Cyprus Mail, a local English daily, Deltacron instances were detected in 25 samples taken in Cyprus, 11 from patients hospitalized with Covid and 14 from the general public. 

It’s still too early to determine if the mutation has spread farther or what effects it might have.

What is the Cyprus government's stand on the new variant?

Cyprus’s Health Minister, Michalis Hadjipandelas, declared on January 8 that the new strain was not currently a reason for concern.

According to The Jerusalem Post, he also expressed pride in the country’s experts for discovering the new variant.

Other Experts claim Deltacron is Lab contamination.

An investigator, however, questioned the ‘deltacron’ version, claiming that it could have resulted from laboratory contamination.

“It’s a cute name, to be sure.” That is not an official name, nor is it what WHO or anyone else refers to it as “GSU Public Health’s Dr. Richard Rothenberg stated.

“It’s a virus that seems to have the main aspects of the delta, but it has around ten or twelve modifications linked with omicron.””

“If it’s confirmed as a new variant, WHO will give it an official nomenclature and a nickname, like delta-omicron or anything,” Rothenberg added.

Dr. Tom Peacock, an Imperial College virologist, also stated that the findings are “very clearly contaminated” and do not fit the requirements for being considered a new strain.

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, a communicable diseases expert at the World Health Organization, claims that the Deltacron is “not real” and was most likely contaminated in the lab.

Leonidos Kostrikis, a Cypriot scientist, defended his claim. In an email to Bloomberg, he stated that the cases he has seen “suggest an evolutionary pressure to an ancestral strain to acquire these mutations rather than a single recombination event.”

Despite this, doctors in Cyprus believe ‘Deltacron’ is real, according to the presence of delta and omicron mutations in the majority of hospitalized patients.

Are Variants common in coronavirus?

Viruses are continually changing due to mutation, and these mutations can result in a new form of the virus. 

Some varieties appear and then vanish, while others survive. New varieties will develop in the future. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health organizations monitor all variations of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the United States and around the world.

According to the Daily Mail, Paul Burton, Moderna’s chief medical officer, informed the United Kingdom’s House of Commons in December 2021 that the coexistence of delta and omicron boosted the possibilities of a new variant as a result of them changing genes.

According to the New York Times, such recombination is normal in coronaviruses.

Several studies have revealed that recombination may cause the virus to alter in “hazardous ways,” but it may also aid researchers in developing medications to cure the infection, according to the Times.

Are there Any Deltacron Cases are in the United States?

n the United States, no incidences of the Deltacron variant have been reported so far.

The U.S. has now surpassed 60 million Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began as the country’s health care system struggles to cope with the surging omicron variant.

Delta, Omicron, IHU, or Deltacron, in whatever names coronavirus variant may come, We have Vaccines to fight against all variants.

So, Please Get vaccinated, Wear a mask, avoid crowds, maintain social distancing, Wash your hands with soap water, or use sanitizer, Eat healthy foods, sleep better. Have a healthy Life…

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