Amidst the growing concerns over the increasing Omicron variant cases across the world, the new studies over the possibility that a new super variant could be created if Omicron and delta infect someone at the same time were revealed.
Researchers at FLScience explain that it is possible that a dual infection could create a hybrid variant – after all, it’s happened before with SARS-CoV-2 – but it’s “highly unlikely” to result in a more dangerous virus.
Only three such recombination events have taken place so far. One such event was recorded by British health experts when the alpha variant merged with B.1.177, which first emerged in Spain, in late January.
“Given the increased transmissibility of the omicron variant and the number of mutations in it spike protein and other regions, it is highly unlikely that any recombination event would result in a more dangerous virus,” he added.