South African Medical Association Says Omicron Variant Causes ‘Mild Illness’, Health News, ET HealthWorld


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus causes mild illness without significant syndromes, Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, told Sputnik on Saturday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday identified the new South African strain as worrying because it is believed to carry a high number of mutations – 32 – which may make it more transmissible and dangerous. The WHO nicknamed it Omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.

“He has a mild illness with symptoms such as sore muscles and fatigue for a day or two, not feeling well. So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer from loss of taste or pain. “smell. They may have a slight cough. Among those infected, some are currently being treated at home,” Coetzee said

The official noted that hospitals have not been overcrowded with Omicron patients and the new strain has not been detected in those vaccinated. At the same time, the situation might be different for unvaccinated people.

“We’ll only know after two weeks. Yes, it’s communicable, but right now, as doctors, we don’t know why so much hype is being generated while we’re still looking at it. We will only know after two to three weeks because there are patients admitted and they are young people aged 40 and under, ”added Coetzee.

The president also criticized the decision of some countries to ban flights from South Africa is premature because there is not enough information on the dangerousness.

Following reports of the new variant, the United States, European Union, Canada, Israel, Australia and other countries have restricted travel from several southern African countries due to health concerns. .


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