So far, victims of the corona variant Omigran in South Africa have not been seriously ill. But they show unusual symptoms.
Cape Town – New so far Corona– According to the Local Medical Association (SAMA), people affected by variant Omikron in South Africa are not yet seriously ill. Angélique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, told the British BBC the Omicron cases found so far in his country were not serious. However, studies of this variation are still at an early stage. In the country, only 24 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
“Patients often complain of physical aches and pains and fatigue, extreme fatigue, and we see this in the younger generation, not the elderly,” he said. Godzi said it was not about patients being admitted directly to the hospital.
He told the Telegraph that one should worry that the new variant could hit the elderly more severely with diabetes or heart disease. In South Africa, only about six percent of the population is over 65 years of age.
Symptoms of corona variation Omikron are unusual, but so far mild
He added that while the symptoms of the new variant of the corona were unusual, they were mild. He first became aware of the possibility of a new variant when patients with unusual Govt 19 symptoms came to his training in Pretoria in early November.
Would have suffered from severe fatigue. None of them complained of loss of taste or smell. “His symptoms were very different and milder than the ones I had treated before.” Godzi is said to be the first South African doctor to warn authorities on November 18 about patients with the new variant.
An overview of Omigran symptoms according to Kotzi:
- Severe fatigue
- Sore body
- No loss of taste or smell
The Omigron variant is “worrying” according to the WHO
The Omigron variant (b.1.1.529) was first detected in South Africa. The first infections have appeared in Germany, including a suspicious case since arriving at Frankfurt airport. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies them as “extremely worrying”.
The EU Health Commission ECDC speaks of serious concerns that this variant could significantly reduce the effectiveness of corona vaccines and increase the risk of recurrent infections. The exact effects of the variation have not yet been determined. (kke / dpa)
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