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Most patients infected with Omicron COVID-19 variant get mild symptoms – Expert

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  The president of the South African Medical Association SAMA said that most patients infected with the Omicron COVID 19 variant exhibited mild symptoms while unvaccinated patients exhibited relatively severe symptoms Angelique Cootze who has treated 70 patients diagnosed with the new variant said she had seen most of the patients with mild symptoms such as headaches body aches and sore throats in the past two weeks She said these symptoms were different from the Delta variant although this could change as the cases increased Omicron is different There is no loss of smell or taste and there is no need for oxygen at this stage and we do not know what could happen as cases continue to increase This variant is more on the muscle he told Xinhua on Tuesday Cootze said the symptoms of the new variant were worse in patients who had not been vaccinated There was severe fatigue and other symptoms that were quite intense in unvaccinated people he said The National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Monday reported 6 381 new COVID 19 cases and nine related deaths in South Africa over the past 24 hours Health Minister Joe Phaahla recently said that the increase in cases was being driven by a variance Xinhua Source NAN
Most patients infected with Omicron COVID-19 variant get mild symptoms – Expert

1 The president of the South African Medical Association (SAMA) said that most patients infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant exhibited mild symptoms, while unvaccinated patients exhibited relatively severe symptoms.

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2 Angelique Cootze, who has treated 70 patients diagnosed with the new variant, said she had seen most of the patients with mild symptoms such as headaches, body aches and sore throats in the past two weeks.

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3 She said these symptoms were different from the Delta variant, although this could change as the cases increased.

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4 “Omicron is different. There is no loss of smell or taste and there is no need for oxygen at this stage and we do not know what could happen as cases continue to increase.

5 “This variant is more on the muscle,” he told Xinhua on Tuesday.

6 Cootze said the symptoms of the new variant were worse in patients who had not been vaccinated.

7 “There was severe fatigue and other symptoms that were quite intense in unvaccinated people,” he said.

8 The National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Monday reported 6,381 new COVID-19 cases and nine related deaths in South Africa over the past 24 hours.

9 Health Minister Joe Phaahla recently said that the increase in cases was being driven by a variance. (Xinhua /)

10 Source: NAN

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