WHO warns of Omicron+Delta recombinant virus as study finds 1st solid evidence; explains severity, transmissibility
The recombinant virus was identified in several regions of France and has been circulating since early January 2022.
As a recent study revealed that the first solid evidence for a Delta and Omicron recombinant virus has been found, the World Health Organisation (WHO) noted that this was expected with both Omicron and Delta variants of COVID circulating widely. WHO also assured that several studies are underway to understand its severity and transmissibility.
The WHO official, during a press conference, also asserted, currently, no changes are being observed in its severity and transmissibility, but several studies are underway on the topic. At this stage, testing remains critical.
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Previously, when people started the recombination virus as deltacron, the WHO official had said that the phrase, "Deltacron", which suggests that Delta and Omicron have combined, is not really a thing.
“In fact, what we think that it's a result of contamination that has happened during the sequencing process," she also said.
She, however, clarified saying that it's possible for an individual to be infected with different variants of SARS-CoV-2. The WHO technical lead also stated that there have been examples of coinfection, in which people were infected with both influenza and Covid-19 “throughout this pandemic."
Deltacron, a lab error?
Earlier this year, experts have said that an alleged hybrid Covid-19 mutation dubbed "Deltacron" reportedly discovered in a Cyprus lab is most likely the result of a lab contamination, and not a new worrying variant.
Cypriot media reported it describing it as having "the genetic background of the Delta variant along with some of the mutations of Omicron".
While it is possible for coronaviruses to genetically combine, it is rare, and scientists analysing the discovery of so-called "Deltacron" say it is unlikely.
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