COVID-19: So far omicron variant patients have ‘mild symptoms’ in South Africa | Health | Magazine

They are passing their convalescence without the need for hospitalization. In addition to fatigue, they suffered from muscle aches, a dry cough, or “itchy throat.”

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A South African doctor, who has treated some thirty patients with COVID-19 infected by the new omicron variant, affirms that they only have “mild symptoms” and that for now they are passing their convalescence without the need for hospitalization.

During the last ten days, Angelique Coetzee, who is also the president of the South African Medical Association, has received patients with positive COVID tests but with unusual symptoms.

“What led them to consult me” in Pretoria, “was (above all) great fatigue,” he told the AFP.

The majority were men under 40 years of age. Just under half were vaccinated.

In addition to the enormous fatigue, they suffered from muscle aches, a dry cough or “itchy throat,” he added. Only a few also suffered from a low fever.

On November 18, Coetzee alerted health authorities to this “clinical picture that does not coincide with delta”, until now the predominant variant in South Africa. The doctor was not taken by surprise since this picture was already being studied.

Days later, on November 25, South African researchers announced that they had identified the variant B.1.1.529, called the next day omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO), which has multiple mutations and is probably highly contagious. (I)

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