New COVID variant pops up

COVID-19 booster shots now available for 12 to 17-year-olds.

Omicron and Delta variants combine to form Deltacron.

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Omicron and Delta variants combine to form “Deltacron.”

Natalia Garcia, Staff Writer

   A new COVID variant was discovered by Leon Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, he calls it “Deltacron.” Kostrikis stated that Deltacron has omicron-like genetic signatures within the delta genome. Currently, Kostrikis and his team are investigating the virus’ effects on the immune system and what other impacts it could have. 

   According to statistical analysis of the 25 cases of Deltacron, more people are hospitalized because of the new variant compared to non-hospitalized patients. The media has been debating whether Deltacron is a variant or lab error. Kostrikis has defended his findings and claims that his team has done several processed sequencing procedures, lessening the likelihood of lab errors.

The CDC recommends booster shots for adolescents. (Getty Images)

   Now that Omicron is on the rise, the CDC has recommended that 12 to 17-year-olds receive the COVID booster shot. Adolescents planning to get the booster should wait five months after their initial vaccines. The CDC claims that the shot helps broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other variants. Also, they predict that about one-third of eligible adolescents will possibly return to get the booster dose.  

   Some side effects of the COVID booster include fatigue and pain at the injection site, but most symptoms are mild to moderate. The purpose of the shot is to maintain longer protection from the virus since the first vaccines’ effectiveness begins to decrease over time. The FDA said it is safe to mix and match different brands of COVID boosters. Retail pharmacies, clinics and local vaccination sites are now offering booster appointments.