Omicron variant symptoms unusual but mild, says SA Doctor


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A south Africa doctor who first reported the Omicron variant confirmed to the Telegraph that its symptoms are unusual but mild.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee who runs a private hospital in Pretoria, South Africa noted how she received patients with all COVID-19 symptoms but some could not make sense at all.

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According to Coetzee the patients who included the young from different races complained of fatigue, high pulse rate but none of them reported loss of taste or smell.

At one time in November, she received four members of the same family who all confirmed being tired before reporting the matter to South Africa vaccine advisory committee.

Coetzee continued by saying as at now about tow dozens of her patients have reported symptoms of the new variant and all of them were health people complaining of fatigue.

At one time she received a six-year-old with the symptoms and two days later all the symptoms had cleared and was fine.

She is now worried about the effects of the variant to older people especially those in Europe who could be affected by the symptoms especially high pulse rate and fatigue.

Tracking Omicron variant

The variant which was first identified in Botswana in November has also been detected in a number of countries including South Africa, UK, Israel, Belgium, Netherlands and Hong Kong.

Scientists are currently working around the clock to track the variant and follow up its response to the vaccines. Some are worried its mutation may not respond to the vaccine and spread quickly unlike the previous variants.

UK officials have stepped up testing for the new variant after two cases were confirmed Essex and Nottinghamshire.

South Africans have been angered by travel restriction imposed claiming that they are being punished for being open in their investigations.

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