Covid "Deltacron" variant

https://www.timesofisrael.com/cyprus-identifies-combined-del…

**Cyprus identifies combined ‘Deltacron’ COVID strain, but says unlikely to spread far**
**Professor says variant combines characteristics of the two strains, but will probably be displaced by dominant Omicron mutation**
**1/9/2022**

**A team of scientists in Cyprus has identified a strain of the coronavirus that apparently combines many of the characteristics of the Delta and Omicron variants, according to a report on Saturday...**

**Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus and head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology, told Sigma TV in an interview cited by Bloomberg that 25 such cases had been identified so far.**

**“There are currently Omicron and Delta co-infections and we found this strain that is a combination of these two,” Kostrikis said....** [end quote]

Mix and match in a person infected with both strains.

I hope it doesn’t combine the contagiousness of omicron with the deadliness of delta.
Wendy

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I hope it doesn’t combine the contagiousness of omicron with the deadliness of delta.

A friend of mine with a background in cancer research, infectious diseases, and used to work on Watson Health, told me to worry about that very scenario two months ago. He told me today “virus gonna do its thing until it becomes a supervirus. Meanwhile, nurses are sick of being sick and sick of being ignored. Fired due to non-vax is 1%. Leaving/quitting is near 25%”. Also talked about how the non-vaccinated are a reservoir for these mutations to keep happening.

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Mix and match in a person infected with both strains.

While possible, the mix and match took place in the testing lab, i.e., contamination of equipment.

JLC

Mix and match in a person infected with both strains.

While possible, the mix and match took place in the testing lab, i.e., contamination of equipment.

Deltacron: the story of the variant that wasn’t
www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00149-9
The ‘Deltacron’ sequences were generated from virus samples obtained by Kostrikis and his team in December as part of an effort to track the spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants in Cyprus. While examining some of their sequences, the researchers noticed an Omicron-like genetic signature in the gene for the spike protein, which helps the virus to enter cells.

In an e-mail to Nature, Kostrikis explains that his initial hypothesis was that some Delta virus particles had independently evolved mutations in the spike gene similar to those common in Omicron. But after the wide news coverage, other scientists working on genetic sequencing and COVID-19 pointed out another possibility: a lab error.

DB2