Patients mostly suffered from mild muscle aches, scratchy throat and dry cough
Dr Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, said she noticed seven patients at her clinic who had symptoms different from the Delta variant.
“What brought them to the surgery was this extreme tiredness,” 彼女は言った AFP, adding that the patients had mild muscle aches, a “scratchy throat” and dry cough.
Dr Coetzee said she alerted health officials of a “clinical picture that doesn’t fit Delta” オン 18 November when seven patients showed different symptoms.
“Symptoms at that stage was very much related to normal viral infection. And because we haven’t seen COVID-19 for the past eight to 10 数週間, we decided to test,” 彼女は言った ロイター.
“We have seen a lot of Delta patients during the third wave. And this doesn’t fit in the clinical picture. Most of them are seeing very, very mild symptoms and none of them so far have admitted patients to surgeries,” 彼女は言いました.
Dr Cotezee highlighted that they were able to treat the patients conservatively at home.
According to the doctor, the variant is affecting people who are 40 or younger. ほとんど 50 per cent of the patients with symptoms of Omicron that she treated were not vaccinated, 彼女は言いました.
日曜日に, the doctor told BBC‘s Andrew Marr that the UK was “panicking unnecessarily” after two persons were found infected with the new strain in England.
“I think you already have it there in your country and you’re not knowing it, and I would say, はい, at this stage I would say definitely,” 彼女は言いました.
Following her remarks, 世界保健機関 (WHO), which called the new strain “a variant of concern” urged caution.
“Initial reported infections were among university students—younger individuals who tend to have more mild disease—but understanding the level of severity of the Omicron variant will take days to several weeks,” WHO said in a statement on Sunday.
The health body added that “there is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with omicron are different from those from other variants.”
The B.1.1.529 variant was detected and announced by South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) オン 25 11月.
新株の発見をきっかけに, アメリカ合衆国, オーストラリア, countries in Europe and Asia have tightened their border restrictions and banned air travel from South Africa.