What’s Covid-22 Worse Than Delta? That’s what the health experts all say

KOMPAS.com – The term Covid-22 is circulating on social media such as Twitter. What is it actually, does it still belong to the Covid-19 group?

Covid-19 is known to refer to diseases caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

The number “19” at the end of the word Covid refers to the year in which the virus was first discovered, December 2019.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus continues to mutate and produce so many variants.

In other words, there is no term Covid-20 or Covid-21 as all the variants that emerged during the pandemic come from the same lineage or family as SARS-CoV-2.

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Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, Lambda and other variants are included in Variant of concern or Variant of interest WHO, all come from progressive mutations in the genetic material of the original SARS-CoV-2.

Be known, Variant of concern or Concerning Variants is a category for variants of the coronavirus that are more contagious, cause more serious illness, reduce neutralization by antibodies, or are resistant to treatment and vaccines.

In the interim Variant of interest or interest variants more research is needed to fully understand their properties.

In other words, all of these variants are derivatives of the original version that began to spread.

By Monday afternoon (August 24th, 2021) there were more than 58,000 tweets about Covid-22 from all over the world.

Most people get confused by this term. Is this the new official term from the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, or some other organization?

Reported by Forbes, Monday (8/24/2021), Bruce Y. Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York (CUNY) stated that the term Covid-22 comes from what Sai Reddy, PhD, a. was placed as a professor of immunology at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

On the news The sun, Reddy warned that a new variant could appear in 2022 that could pose a great risk.

“Covid-22 could be worse than what we are experiencing now,” Reddy said in the report The sun.

In the article, Reddy used the term Covid-21 to refer to the Delta variant.

According to Lee, the use of the term Covid-21 in relation to Delta is confusing. He gives three reasons.

First of all, please note that the Delta variant was first discovered in India in October 2020, not 2021.

Second, the delta variant is the result of a mutation in the original SARS-CoV-2 that causes Covid-19.

“So the term Covid-21 should not be used to describe the Delta variant,” wrote Lee for Forbes.

“If you really want to use numbers to describe the delta variant, you can call it variant B.1.617.2, which is a different term.”

Third, there is currently no Covid-22 because nobody knows what will happen next year.

Right now, the most worrying variants in the world are the Delta and Delta Plus variants, which are more contagious than the original vrius version.

In addition to Delta, there are also Lambda variants that are technically still in the Variant of interest, No Variant of concern in the WHO classification. Lambda variants have spread in more than 30 countries.

Lee also said that all of the Covid-19 vaccines in circulation to date still offer protection against the coronavirus variant.

However, there are concerns that the vaccine may not be effective enough against the Delta and Lambda variants when compared to other variants.

Could a more infectious variant emerge in the next year, 2022?

Lee said there was a chance a more contagious variety than the delta could emerge next year. But this is still a possibility.

“As long as the virus continues to reproduce and spread, new, worse variants can emerge,” he said.

He explained that any time a virus reproduces in a person’s cells, the genetic code of the resulting virus can mutate.

The mutation could make the virus weaker or stronger.

“As long as the structure of the spike protein in the virus does not change too much, vaccination protection can prevent the situation from getting worse.”

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One of the biggest concerns about variance is the emergence of “outlier variants”.

An escape variant is a version of a virus that is so different from the original that it can escape or evade vaccine protection and natural immunity.

When a virus is very different from the original version, the immune system cannot adequately recognize the virus or trigger a response to fight it.

“Remember, viral changes tend to be gradual,” Lee said.