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S.African doctor says patients with Omicron variant has “very mild” symptoms

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JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 28 (Reuters) – A South African doctor who used to be one of the first suspicion of a different types of coronavirus among patients said: on Sunday die symptoms of the Omicron variant has so far been mild and could be treated at home.

dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and chairman of South African Medical Association, told Reuters that: on On November 18, she saw seven patients in her clinic who had different symptoms than the dominant Delta variant, albeit “very mild”.

Now designated Omicron by the World Health Organization, the variant was detected and announced by the National Institute of South Africa of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on November 25 out monsters taken from a lab from November 14 to November 16.

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Coetzee said a patient on November 18 reported in her clinic that she was “extremely tired” for two days with body pain and headache.

“Symptoms in that stage were strongly related to a normal viral infection. And because we haven’t seen COVID-19” for the past eight to ten weeks, we decided to: test’ she said, adding that the… patient And his family turned around out be positive.

On the same day, more patients came in with similar symptoms, when she realized that “something else was going on” us, since then, she sees two to three patients a day.

A passenger in a taxi carries a face mask with colors of the South African flag after the announcement of a British ban on flights from South Africa because of the detection of An new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variant, in Soweto, South Africa, Nov. 26, 2021. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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“We have seen a lot” of Delta patients during the third wave. And this past not in the clinical picture,” she said, adding that she warned NICD… on the same day with the clinical results.

“Most of they see very, very mild symptoms and no of they have admitted patients to surgery so far. We have been able treat these patients conservatively at home,” she said.

coetzee, who is also on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on vaccines, in unlike the Delta to date, patients have reported no loss of odor of taste and there is no big drop in oxygen levels with the new variant.

Her experience so far has been that the variant has an influence people who are 40 years old of younger. Almost half of the patients with Omicron Symptoms die she treated were not vaccinated.

“The most predominant clinical complaint is severe fatigue for one of two days. With them, the headache and the body pain and pain.”

The news of the new variant emerging from South Africa led to a rapid response from several countries, including Great Britain, that on Travel ban imposed on Friday on various South African countries with immediately effect, An decision South Africa has fought hard. read more

Since Friday a lot countries to have also forbidden air travel to and from South Africa, including the United States, other European countries, and some Asian countries.

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Reporting by Promit Mukherjee; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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