The arrival of the new strain called omicron keeps the whole world and the scientists working around the clock to study the symptom and potential risks of the new threat that is beginning to spread across all continents. So far it is known that the symptoms of those infected with the new variant are mild.
Variant omicron is the last variant of the coronavirus to be detected and the most mutated to date. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it presents “a very high risk” to the world and it is not yet clear if it is more transmissible compared to other mutations or if it causes a more serious disease.
“Preliminary data suggest that there is an increase in hospitalization rates in South Africa, but this may be due to the rise in the total number of infected people, rather than the result of a specific infection with omicron,” they highlighted from the WHO and added: ” Currently there is no information to suggest that the symptoms associated with omicron are different from those of other variants ”.
From the entity they reported that the infections initially reported were among university students, younger individuals who tend to have a milder disease, but understanding the severity level of the omicron variant will take from days to several weeks.
The cases evaluated so far in South Africa have exhibited flu-like symptoms, dry cough, fever, night sweats, and extensive body aches. There are also feverish pictures and sore throats. In general, the symptoms are quite similar to the other variants detected, although in new cases it has been observed that they did not present loss of taste or smell.
Dr. Unben Pillay, a general practitioner in Gauteng province, where 81% of new cases have been reported, indicated that those vaccinated do much better than the unvaccinated and that all those infected were treated at home, without be notified of hospitalizations.
Over the last ten days, Doctor Angelique Coetzee, who is the president of the South African Medical Association, has received patients with positive COVID tests but with symptoms such as enormous fatigue, muscle aches, dry cough or “itchy throat” and only a few also suffered from a low fever.