Omicron Variant: Initial Data suggests Virus is mild and less pathogenic


The first South African doctor, who alerted the authorities about the omicron variant that led to havoc around the world has now provided a little sigh of relief. As per the doctor, the symptoms of the new variant are ‘unusual but mild’ and the virus seems less pathogenic.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee, The South African Medical association he South African Medical Association, has confirmed the same that the patients are positive till now have “mild disease without prominent symptoms.”
While addressing the media, Coetzee said, “As per initial reports, the Omicron shows mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two. So far, we have detected that those who are infected do not suffer the loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Most of them being treated at home.”

She however added this does not mean the virus is overhyped and urged the world not to let the guard down. She said, “The variant is transmissible, but for now, as medical practitioners, we do not know why so much hype is being driven as we are still looking into it. We will only know after two to three weeks. At present, there are some patients admitted and these are young people aged 40 and younger.”

As per Coetzee, more than two dozen of the patients have tested positive for Covid-19 with symptoms of the new variant. They were mostly healthy men who turned up “feeling so tired”. Half of them are unvaccinated and the vaccinated ones are mostly at home as of now.
However, the association worries about older and unvaccinated people infected with the new variant. The association seeks a sort of protection from the variant if vaccinated.
The B.1.1.529 variant or Omicron variant, was first identified in Botswana on 11th November. The virus has spread rapidly in the UK as well as South Africa, Israel, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Belgium.
India has pushed all these nations at the “high risk” category to avoid viruses entering India.


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