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Omicron Symptoms: What To Look For As Doctor Says Completely Different New Variation Of Delta

A doctor in South Africa, one of the first to suspect the emergence of a different viral strain, assured Omicron’s symptoms are “mild” amid growing concerns about the new variant of Covid.

Dr Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, said she noticed seven patients in her clinic who had symptoms different from the Delta variant.

“What brought them to the surgery was this extreme fatigue,” she said. AFP, adding that the patients had mild muscle pain, a “itchy throat” and a dry cough.

Dr Coetzee said he alerted health officials to a “clinical picture that does not match Delta” on Nov. 18, when seven patients presented with different symptoms.

“The symptoms at this point were very much related to a normal viral infection. And because we haven’t seen Covid-19 in the past eight to 10 weeks, we decided to test,” she said. Reuters.

“We have seen a lot of Delta patients in the third wave. And that doesn’t match the clinical picture. Most of them have very, very mild symptoms and none of them have so far. admitted patients for surgery, ”she said. .

Dr Cotezee stressed that they were able to treat patients conservatively at home.

According to the doctor, the variant affects people 40 years of age or younger. Almost 50% of the patients with symptoms of Omicron she treated were not vaccinated, she said.

On Saturday, the first two cases of Omicron in the UK were announced, rising to three on Sunday – all linked to a trip to southern Africa. As of Monday, six new cases involving the Omicron variant had been identified in Scotland, now rising to nine in Scotland on Tuesday morning, the country’s Health Secretary Humza Yousaf confirmed.

The UK total now stands at 14 cases with infections localized in Nottingham, Essex and Westminster.

Sunday the doctor said BBC‘s Andrew Marr that the UK was “unnecessarily panicking” after two people were found infected with the new strain in England.

“I think you already have it out there in your country and you don’t know it, and I would say, yes at this point I would definitely say,” she said.

Following his remarks, the World Health Organization (WHO), which called the new strain a “variant of concern,” urged caution.

“The first reported infections were in college students – younger individuals who tend to have milder disease – but it will take several days to several weeks to understand the level of severity of the Omicron variant,” the WHO said in a press release on Sunday.

The health organization added that “there is currently no information to suggest that the symptoms associated with omicron are different from those of other variants.”

The B.1.1.529 variant was detected and announced by the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on November 25.

Following the discovery of the new strain, the United States, Australia, countries in Europe and Asia have tightened border restrictions and banned air travel from South Africa. In England, mask warrants are back on public transport and in shops to slow the spread of the virus.

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