Amid the global concern over a new coronavirus strain has been one piece of hopeful news. Those infected with the Omicron variant appear to have “very mild” symptoms, according to the South African doctor who first spotted the variant. She also added two “unusual and different” symptoms she had found differing from the Delta variant.
“We had one very interesting case, a kid about six years old, with a temperature and a very high pulse rate, and I wondered if I should admit her.
“But when I followed up two days later, she was so much better.”
Describing the Omicron symptoms she has seen, Dr Coetzee said: “They were so different and so mild from those I had treated before.
“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 weeks, we decided to test,” she told Reuters.
“We have seen a lot of Delta patients in the third wave. And this does not fit the clinical picture.
“Most of them are seeing very, very mild symptoms and none of them so far have admitted patients to surgeries.”
The exact location as to where this variant began has been thrown into turmoil.
A new report found Omicron was in the UK for at least four days prior to South Africa warning the world of the new variant with nine cases in Scotland traced back to before the UK introduced travel restrictions.
Elad Maor, 45, cardiologist at Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv, travelled to London on November 19 and stayed at a hotel in Islington while attending the three-day convention at ExCeL London in Newham, east London, before returning to Israel.
He then tested positive for the virus four days later, on November 27, and suffered mild symptoms including a sore throat, fever and muscle ache.