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Deltacron variant of COVID-19: Should you worry?

Deltacron

Just when everything is going back to normal, researchers discover a new COVID-19 variant they call Deltacron. It’s a hybrid variant of the delta and omicron strains identified in Europe and the United States. Here’s a look at what scientists know about the new variant so far.

What is Deltacron?

The name itself is an indication that this SARS-CoV-2 variant came from a hybrid fusion of the Delta and Omicron variants. Deltacron is a recombinant variant, which means its DNA is the combination of two different strains of the virus. 

This newer version of the coronavirus was first detected in France in January of 2022. Several cases were also reported across the United States and Europe.

Is Deltacron contagious?

Based on the recent reports by the World Health Organization, they identified Deltacron as a variant still under monitoring. Experts are still observing the new variant’s transmissibility and severity as they’re not yet as alarming as the previous strains.

How severe is Deltacron compared to other variants?

As of now, researchers are still learning about Deltacron since they received reports of only a few number of cases. Doctors expect it to act similarly to Delta and Omicron mutation but they have yet to identify which traits of the two variants are present in the recombinant strain.

Symptoms of Deltacron

Scientists are still in the process of studying the new variant and they are yet to identify the actual symptoms. With this, public health experts are advising everyone to be wary of symptoms that may be indicative of Deltacron, such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Persistent cough
  • Hoarse voice
  • Chills or shivers
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Brain fog
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of smell
  • Chest pain

 

Is Deltacron a big concern?

People should expect recombinant variants with an evolving virus like COVID-19. It’s not unusual and it won’t be the last time scientists would find a new variant from two or more strains. 

At the moment, infection levels are too low to provide enough information to determine if Deltacron is something we should worry about. Also, experts need more information to determine how effectively vaccines are against it.

What you can do to protect yourself

Because there have been so few verified cases and minimal evidence, it’s too early to tell if Deltacron can cause serious symptoms or complications. Every new variant should be taken seriously and given how quickly Coronavirus may spread, it’s highly recommended to get a COVID-19 test on a frequent basis. It’s the best way to prevent the virus from spreading and for keeping your family and community safe.

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