Omicron is mild or Without Vaccination, asserts Coetzee

Coetzee said, "Covid patients infected by the Omicron variant, usually experience mild symptoms and no severity, though, in the unvaccinated, they are fatal."

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Angelique Coetzee (in pic)

New Delhi: Angelique Coetzee, who first flagged the ‘omicron variant’ has once again quoted that Covid patients infected by the Omicron variant, usually experience mild symptoms and no severity, though, in the unvaccinated, they are fatal.

Whereas, in the vaccinated individuals, The symptoms last for 2-3 days. In South Africa, Pfizer is one of two vaccines currently being administered. The other one is Johnson & Johnson’s. 

Dr. Coetzee said, “We are seeing breakthrough infections with Pfizer vaccines, but remember more people were vaccinated with Pfizer and not so many with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. So, J&J data needs to be examined”

Coetzee is Chairperson of the South African Medical Association, a professional association for public and private sector medical practitioners, and has been a researcher/doctor for 35 years.

She further added, “Health workers have been vaccinated since February this year with J&J. We saw breakthrough infections in healthcare workers during the third wave too. Even though it was Delta, they were less severe but some doctors died even after being vaccinated, they had health conditions”

However, on the transmissible factor of ‘omicron’, she said, “What we have learned is that it is quite transmissible. Is it more than Delta? We still don’t know. Whether it will infect more people than Delta at the end of the day, we will have to see.”  

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