- Specifically, the variant has “omicron-like genetic signatures within the delta genomes,” according to CNBC.
Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, said 25 cases of the virus had been found. Any transmissibility and severity of the data remain unclear, according to CNBC.
- “We will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail,” Kostrikis said.
- “New subtype of scariant that isn’t even a real variant but scares a lot of people, unnecessarily,” he tweeted.
Kostrikis defended his findings, though, telling Bloomberg that the cases he identified “indicate an evolutionary pressure to an ancestral strain to acquire these mutations and not a result of a single recombination event.”
It’s unclear if the deltacron variant is real or not. But it’s another sign of the potential for the novel coronavirus, which continues to grow and mutate as more variants are created.