Deltacron Cases Detected in Europe, U.S. Patients
Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. The warning came amid the decreasing cases of coronavirus in several nations and the easing of the restrictions.
The WHO said that the pandemic will not be over anywhere as long as it is not over everywhere. It also cited the struggles in the transport of the vaccines now and the possibility of the mutated versions of the virus.
Currently, several countries have yet to achieve herd immunity against the COVID-19 virus. Even kids now of certain age groups are getting their jabs against the virus.
Unfortunately, recently, a new version of the COVID-19 virus was detected – the Deltacron. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, researchers found that the said hybrid version combines the genes of the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19. These are two (2) of the versions of coronavirus that became variants of concern.
According to the report, at least 17 patients in the United States and Europe were identified to have been infected by the Deltacron variant. According to Philippe Colson of IHU Mediterranee Infection in Marseille, France, it is too soon to know about the behavior of this hybrid version of COVID-19 as there are only a few cases now.
His team identified in three (3) patients of Deltacron in France that the said hybrid version got the Omicron variant’s spike protein with the Delta variant as its “body”.
Currently, countries are in the pursuit to achieve the herd immunity against the COVID-19 pandemic through the vaccinations. Most borders now have been opened and some nations are starting to get back to the “normal” setting.
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