Coronavirus Last updated on 2022-02-04 22:53:59
What is Delmicron?
- Dr. Sreelekha Daruvuri
- 2 Min Read
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What exactly is Delmicron? No sooner had we finished discussing the Omicron than a new variant has struck the headlines. A pandemic-free 2022 seems highly improbable after news emerged about the Delmicron variant in India. As of 29 December 2021, 350 cases of the Omicron variant have been found in India. Read all about Omicron.
What is Delmicron?There is no evidence so far that this strain has emerged but a few scientists have made a caution that this could happen since mutations are common in Viruses. As the name suggests, the Delmicron variant could be a combination of Delta and Omicron variants. i.e., they may have combined genetic capabilities of the Delta and Omicron variants. Immunocompromised people are more likely to harbor both strains of variants than healthy people (Paul Burton, December 2021).
Delta Vs Omicron VariantsWhile the Delta variant causes more severe symptoms (hospitalization, ICU and deaths) than Omicron, the latter is said to have higher transmissibility rates. The mortality rate is also higher among those infected with Delta than the Omicron variant. For now, it's uncertain how the Delmicron variant would emerge and how it could behave. However, they're more likely to be severe and have higher transmissibility rates than all other previous variants we've had so far.
Who is more likely to be infected?As of now, due to limited data, it's uncertain who is at a greater risk of infection. However, as per Dr. Paul Burton, Chief Medical Officer at Moderna Inc., immunocompromised people are more likely than others to harbor the new strain of the virus. Also, Unvaccinated individuals are at risk. Taking precautionary methods such as washing hands, wearing masks, getting vaccinated can help us stay protected.
Symptoms of DelmicronThe symptoms could be similar to other Covid-19 variants, but they may differ in their severity.
- High fever
- Persistent cough
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell and taste
- Runny nose.
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