The World Health Organization warns that the use of these words is inaccurate with respect to its “relationship” with COVID.
MÉRIDA, Yucatán, (January 11, 2022) .- “Deltacron” and “Flurona” are two words that put the world on alert due to their apparent relationship with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the use of these words is not accurate and asked not to use them.
The epidemiologist who leads the response to the coronavirus by the WHO, Maria VanKerkhove, explained on her Twitter account that the use of these terms implies a situation that is not real.
In other words, the combination would not be a “new variant”, but contamination during virus sequencing.
The specialist asked to be vaccinated against both diseases and to continue taking measures such as the use of a mask, keeping a distance, avoiding crowded places, and ventilating the rooms.
Jumping in late here: Let’s not use words like deltacron, flurona or flurone. Please 🙏— Maria Van Kerkhove (@mvankerkhove) January 10, 2022
These words imply combination of viruses/variants & this is not happening. “Deltacron” is likely contamination during sequencing, #SARSCoV2 continues to evolve & see flu co-infection🧵below. https://t.co/rNuoLwgCzN
COVID and the flu are completely different viruses
In her message on social networks, Maria VanKerkhove shared a study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, which clearly explains that there is no evidence that “Flurona” makes the disease caused by the coronavirus more serious.
Furthermore, the WHO epidemiologist Abdi Mahamud stated in early 2022 that “Flurona”
“These are viruses of completely different species that use different receptors to infect, and there is not much interaction between them.”WHO
The WHO has identified, so far, only seven variants of COVID-19: alpha, beta, gamma, delta, omicron, lambda, and mu.
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