As state officials reduce the epidemic by relaxing restrictions and permitting unrestricted travel, a US-based epidemiologist has slammed the practise of making it appear as though the pandemic is coming to an end. Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding has warned the world that it is on the verge of another tsunami. The United States has decommissioned numerous testing facilities, while the United Kingdom has relaxed travel restrictions for overseas visitors. Other countries are also loosening measures to open their economies. Australia, which is regarded for having the harshest quarantine standards, has also been discussing with health committees about relaxing quarantine limits for close connections.
Dr. Ding’s warning comes just a day after another hybrid form of SARS-CoV-2, a recombinant of Delta and omicron known as the Deltacron, was discovered in Europe and the United States. According to the health economist, the United States will be only a few weeks behind Europe in terms of the Deltacron spike.
“We live in the STUPIDEST timeline – #BA2 is growing and inevitably surging, yet many states close the majority of their mass testing centres despite public health professionals warning it is a TERRIBLE HORRIBLE NO GOOD VERY BAD IDEA,” he said on Twitter.
“Testing locations give data to health officials that allows them to anticipate future outbreaks and variations in ways that at-home fast testing cannot.”
According to preliminary results, Deltacron possesses the worst characteristics of both strains, Delta and Omicron, making it exceedingly powerful and contagious. According to Jeremy Kamil, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Louisiana State University, the new strain Delta has seized Omicron’s spike protein in order to connect to a cell. The strain’s genomes are acrobatic, with the ability to leap and recombine together. He even likened the new hybrid strain to a software upgrade for the Delta strain, which was wearing Omicron’s invisibility cloak.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization’s Maria Van Kerkhove has cautioned that instances of the new type will increase in the next weeks but are now at extremely low levels.
Scientists believe the mutation resulted from a person being infected with both strains at the same time, allowing both strains to bind to one other and develop. A more potent hybrid strain.