(ReliableNews.org) – South African officials first reported the Omicron variant to the World Health Organization on November 24. As of Monday morning, health officials in 15 US states each reported they have detected at least one case of COVID-19 caused by the new variant. A South African medical doctor spoke with Reuters in late November about the new variant.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the head of South Africa’s Medical Association, told the news agency that the patients she treated at her clinic with the Omicron variant experienced “very mild” symptoms from the mutation. According to her, they generally had severe fatigue, headaches and body aches for “one or two days.” Coetzee also related that her clinic hasn’t had to hospitalize any Omicron patients.
South Africa is seeing an increase in COVID-19 reinfections due to the Omicron variant which is fast overtaking Delta to become the dominant variant in the country. But a scientist studying the outbreak said symptoms appear to be mild https://t.co/BVlgSlgRhj pic.twitter.com/PWBWIJBMOV
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 3, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement on December 1, advising that it was actively monitoring the Omicron variant. The CDC also reported that the individual suffering from the first confirmed case of the variant in the US experienced mild symptoms and self-quarantined without the need for hospitalization.
According to the CDC, the new variant will likely spread faster than the original COVID-19 variant. However, it remains unknown whether it will cause more severe illness than other variants.
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