Symptoms of the Omicron Covid variant to watch out for as they are “very different” from Delta – .

Symptoms of the Omicron Covid variant to watch out for as they are “very different” from Delta – .

Dr Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, who was one of the first to suspect the Omicron Covid strain, said he noticed patients at his private clinic showing symptoms different from the Delta variant. .
The new variant was first detected in southern Africa and has been called a ‘variant of concern’ by the WHO as many countries, including the UK, have tightened travel rules, the Mirror reported.

The variant was first announced by the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on November 25.

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Dr Coetzee told AFP she alerted health authorities to a “clinical picture that does not match Delta” on November 18 when seven patients presented with different symptoms that appeared “to be closely related to a viral infection. normal ”.

What is Omicron?

Number of Omicron Covid-19 cases found in UK has now risen to 11

The Omicron strain, or B.1.1.529, is a super mutant variant that has 50 genetic mutations, more than 30 of which are spike protein mutations.

With traits seen in previous variants as well as three new changes that have never been seen before, scientists have expressed concern about Omicron’s transmissibility and its ability to evade immunity to vaccines and drugs. previous infections.

What are the symptoms of Omicron?

Dr Coetzee told the BBC that Omicron’s symptoms are “mild”.

She said her patients presented with extreme fatigue, mild muscle pain, sore throats and a dry cough.

Unlike previous variations, this one doesn’t cause any loss of taste or smell, she added.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the infections initially reported were in university students with mild illness, adding that the severity of the variant will only be clear in days, if not weeks.

How is it different from the Delta variant?

There are now nine cases of the Omicron variant in the UK

It has been feared that this super mutant is more transmissible and able to evade immunity from vaccines and previous infections.

Compared to the Delta variant, Dr Coetzee said the symptoms were “very, very mild” with no patient having been admitted for surgery for infections so far.

She pointed out that most patients with Omicron could be treated at home.

While the cases are not yet serious, Dr Coetzee warned: “What we need to worry about are the elderly and unvaccinated.

“If they’re not vaccinated, we’re going to see a lot of people with severe disease. “

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What to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19?

Anyone with symptoms of Covid should stay home and self-isolate immediately.

Arrange for a PCR test as soon as possible, whether or not you have received one or two doses of the vaccine.

The UK government is also set to reintroduce masks to public transport and retail stores, as well as requiring people traveling to take a two-day PCR test and self-isolate until they are ‘they get a negative result.

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