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South African doctor who discovered Omicron describes symptoms — Analysis

People infected with the new Omicron strain of Covid-19 present “unusual symptoms” that are somewhat different from those associated with the Delta variant, a South African doctor who was one of the first to spot it has said.

Patients with covid symptoms infected by the latest strain of Covid began appearing on November 18, according to Dr. Angelique Cetzee, who is the chairperson of the South African Medical Association. She told BBC this Sunday. One man in his 30s told Dr. Angelique Coetzee that he was the first patient. “extremely tired”for many days. Also, referred to body aches “a bit of headache,”Sie said.

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This patient didn’t have symptoms that are usually associated with Delta, or other Covid-19 strains like a loss of taste or smell or a cough. “scratchy throat”Instead of a sore one the doctor said.

Coetzee stated that similar cases were reported by her colleagues of Omicron-infected patients. All had what she described as “a very unpleasant experience.” “extremely mild symptoms.”Aside from that, she said there was no Omicron infected patient who had been admitted into a hospital.

Her observations were partly confirmed by Professor Barry Schoub, a virologist and the head of South Africa’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 vaccines. “So far, the cases have been pretty mild,”Sky News interviewed him on Sunday. “We have a hospital surveillance program here as well and it has not shown any significant uptick [in hospitalizations],”He added.

So far, all Omicron cases have been “mild to moderate,”Schoub stated. Schoub warned that they are not. “the early days”You have to be patient and wait to see the true danger of this strain.

Professor also acknowledged that the virus can spread. “very rapidly”And the Omicron case reports in South Africa increased by more than 3200 per day. This is a significant increase from under 300 Omicron cases per day.

Omicron has spread from southern Africa to Europe, where it was first discovered. The strain’s discovery triggered a wave of international response measures including flight and travel restrictions.  Japan, Israel, and Morocco banned foreign travel from their countries, while Australia delayed opening its borders for two more weeks.

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