While the world is still reeling from the panic due to the Omicron variants, another variant has come into the picture. A combination of the Delta and Omicron variants, Delmicron has raised concerns throughout the world and has dimmed the chances of a pandemic-free 2022. As per the experts, this new strain is the culprit behind the severe surge of COVID cases across Europe and the United States.
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The newly discovered variant is a double variant of the COVID-19 and has brought upon a ‘COVID Tsunami’ in the West. As per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Omicron accounted for over 70% of infections last week. Whereas the UK saw over 100,000 daily cases for the first time due to Omicron.
However, Delmicron is not a new variant unlike Alpha or Beta variants; instead, it is a combination of the two earlier strains. One of these strains is the Delta variant, the variant responsible for millions of deaths across the globe. The strain wreaked havoc throughout mid-April to June and even had long-term post-infection symptoms like brain fog, hair fall, and body aches.
So far, Delmicron's symptoms are similar to those of Delta and Omicron variants. The symptoms include high temperature, loss of smell or taste, headache, runny nose, persistent cough and sore throat.
The severity of Delta and transmissibility of Omicron have been concerning the scientists. Doctors and researchers also fear that a new super-variant may be created if the Delta and Omicron variants infect a person at the same time.
Delmicron was discovered in senior citizens, people with comorbidities or weak immune systems, and those who weren't vaccinated.
As of now, over 350 Omicron cases have been found in India; whereas no Delmicron cases have yet been reported. It is difficult to predict how these two strains will behave in India.
However, upcoming festivities during New Year may result in a surge if precautionary measures are not implemented strictly. The fight against the pandemic is far from over and it is paramount to follow COVID appropriate behaviour at all times.
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