The discovery of the new variant of the Covid-19 omicron has worried the world. This virus was first discovered in South Africa included the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of concern (VOC).

It was Angelique Coetzee, the first doctor in South Africa (South Africa) who reported the symptoms of a new variant of Omicron. Unusual but mild symptoms appeared in some of the patients treated at his clinic, which is in the capital Pretoria. This has been happening since early November.

In an interview, Coetzee explained that patients present with Covid-19 symptoms “do not immediately make sense”. Patients including young people from various backgrounds and ethnicities came in with great exhaustion, there was even a six year old child with a very high pulse.

However, none of them suffered from loss of taste or smell, aka anosmia. This is the most common symptom of Covid-19 sufferers.

“Their symptoms are very different and very mild from any I’ve had before,” said Coetzee, a 33-year-old general practitioner who also heads the South African Medical Association.

“We had one very interesting case, a child, about six years old, with a very high temperature and pulse, and I wondered if I should take it. But when I followed up two days later, he was much better.” .

On November 18, he discovered that four family members who were receiving treatment had tested positive for Covid-19 with complete exhaustion. This was announced by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD) of South Africa from samples taken from laboratories from November 14 to November 16.

He said, in total, around 24 of his patients tested positive for Covid-19 with symptoms of a new variant. They were mostly healthy men who felt very tired with about half of them not being vaccinated.

Coetzee explained that his patients were all healthy, but he was concerned if the new variant hit the older group. Especially if they have comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, or with other severity.

“What we have to worry about now is when older, unvaccinated people get infected with the new variant, and if they don’t get vaccinated, we’re going to see a lot of people with severe disease,” he said.

South Africa’s demographics are very different from other countries. Only about 6% of the population is over the age of 65. This means that older individuals, a group more susceptible to Covid-19, may take some time to emerge.

 

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