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World South African doctor says omicron variant symptoms ‘unusual but mild’

23:50  27 november  2021
23:50  27 november  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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The South African doctor who first alerted authorities to the presence of the COVID-19 omicron variant reported that it presents " unusual but mild " symptoms . Dr . Angelique Coetzee, a board member of the South African Medical Association, first noticed otherwise healthy patients demonstrating unusual symptoms on Nov. "It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well," Coetzee explained. "So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer the loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough.

The new variant has been called Omicron . When was the Omicron variant first detected? The B.1.1.529 variant was identified on Tuesday and highlighted as a concern due to its high number of mutations, which could lead it to evade immunity. It was also linked to a surge in case numbers in the Gauteng province of South Africa , an urban area containing Pretoria and Johannesburg, in the past two weeks. Scientists say that the unusual constellation of mutations suggests it may have emerged during a chronic infection of an immunocompromised person, such as an untreated HIV/Aids patient.

The South African doctor who first alerted authorities to the presence of the COVID-19 omicron variant reported that it presents "unusual but mild" symptoms.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a board member of the South African Medical Association, first noticed otherwise healthy patients demonstrating unusual symptoms on Nov. 18.

"Their symptoms were so different and so mild from those I had treated before," Coetzee told The Telegraph.

"It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well," Coetzee explained. "So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer the loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home."

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JOHANNESBURG (Sputnik) - The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus results in mild disease, without prominent syndromes, Angelique Coetzee, the chairwoman of 27.11.2021, Sputnik International.

The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus results in mild disease, without prominent syndromes, Angelique Coetzee, the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, told Sputnik on Saturday. The World Health Organization (WHO) identified on Friday the new South African strain as one of concern, as it is reported to carry a high number of mutations -- 32 So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms . Of those infected some are currently being treated at home," Coetzee said .

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Coetzee reported around two dozen of her patients that tested positive for the coronavirus and displayed these new symptoms. She alerted officials to the possibility of a new variant, which the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday designated the omicron variant.

Most of the patients were men who reported "feeling so tired," and half of them were unvaccinated. The patients comprised a range of ages and ethnicities.

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Coetzee started briefing other African medical associations on Saturday, discussing the variety of symptoms, such as "one very interesting case" of a six-year-old child with a fever and "very high pulse rate."

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The recent announcement by South African scientists of a new COVID-19 variant has sparked fears across the globe, leading to a market sell-off and heightened anxiety about a pandemic entering its second winter. Following the discovery, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared B.1.1.529 a " variant of concern" on Friday and later named the variant omicron . “When we see mutations there, and there are some that are concerning, we worry: Is this more transmissible?

The Omicron variant is more transmissable, but they don't know if it's more dangerous yet (keeping their options open). It originated in Africa , possible mutating in an "untreated AIDS patient" (sick people are breeding grounds for dangerous "mutations"). At least two "Covid denying" African presidents - Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi and John Magufuli of Tanzania - have died suddenly in the last year, and seen their successors immediately reverse their covid policies. So maybe the Omicron Variant is a way of trying to fold Africa into the covid narrative that the other continents have already fully embraced.

"What we have to worry about now is that when older, unvaccinated people are infected with the new variant, and if they are not vaccinated, we are going to see many people with a severe [form of the] disease," Coetzee said.

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So far, the hospitals are not yet overburdened.

Coetzee’s advisement follows a report by Tulio de Oliveira, the director of South Africa’s Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation.

Oliveira told reporters the virus has a "very unusual constellation of mutations," most notably 10 variants on a key protein that helps the virus infect humans compared to the delta variant’s two mutations and the beta variant’s three mutations.

He criticized several countries – including the U.S., U.K., South Korea and various countries in Europe – for enacting travel restrictions on South Africa and several other African nations.

"The world should provide support to South Africa and Africa and not discriminate or isolate it!" Oliveira tweeted. "By protecting and supporting it, we will protect the world!"

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