Delmicron is not a new variant of the Coronavirus. It describes the condition when Delta and the Omicron strains together increase COVID-19 cases. Although no proper study has been made till now, yet some experts feel Delmicron surge may be blamed for recent rise in COVID cases in Europe and America. Delmicron is the combination of Delta and Omicron variants of the Coronavirus. So, Delmicron transmission rate is higher.
According to physicians, people with a weak immunity, the aged and the comorbid ones are at higher risk of getting infected by both Delta and Omicron variants. People, who have not been vaccinated, are also at risk.
But researchers are not yet sure whether the combination of the two variants can lead to emergence of a super strain of the Coronavirus. Dr Paul Burton, the chief medical officer of Moderna feels Delta and Omicron variants can come together to swap genes to give birth to a dangerous variant. In South Africa some person with low immunity were found to harbouring both Delta and Omicron variants of the virus. In such situation there is ample scope for emergence of a new super strain of the Coronavirus.
But several genetic researchers say such “recombination events” are extremely rare. But there is always chance of coincidences. Earlier this month, Peter White, a virologist of the University of New South Wales, had also warned about the possibility of emergence of a super strain of the Coronavirus.
At present, descendants of Delta variant are the main strains infecting people in India. Omicron is fast emerging in India. No one can predict how the Delta and Omicron will behave together in India. So, future worry about Delmicron in India cannot be ruled out.