Research by South African scientists suggests that Micron may replace the Delta variant of the coronavirus because infection with the new type boosts immunity against the older type.
The study covered only a small group of people and was not peer-reviewed, but it showed that micron-infected subjects, especially those vaccinated, developed improved immunity against the delta variant.
The analysis included 33 vaccinated and unvaccinated people with the micron variant in South Africa.
Although the authors found that micron neutralization increased 14-fold at 14 days post-registration, they also found that there was a 4.4-fold increase in delta variable neutralization.
“Increased neutralization of the delta variant in micron-infected individuals may lead to a decreased ability of delta to re-infect these individuals,” said the scientists who conducted the study.
The study results, they said, are “consistent with Micron replacing the delta variant because it can stimulate delta-neutralizing immunity, making delta infection less likely.”
According to the scientists, the implications of this change depend on whether the micron is less pathogenic than the delta. “In this case, severe cases of Covid-19 will be reduced and the infection can change to be less harmful to individuals and society.”
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