‘Omicron’, the brand new Covid variant first present in South Africa, doesn’t have the identical signs one would usually see within the Delta variant, the physician who alerted authorities scientists to the potential for a brand new variant instructed NDTV. Mild signs like fatigue and physique ache have been reported however there aren’t any complaints of stuffy noise and sufferers who contracted the brand new pressure do not appear to have excessive temperatures, she added.
Dr Angelique Coetzee, the chairperson of the South African Medical Association, mentioned that individuals should not panic and see a health care provider even when they believe they’ve contracted ‘Omicron’. “These symptoms get better on their own,” she mentioned.
Dr Coetzee mentioned that she will say with some confidence that the brand new pressure is at the very least simply as transmissible because the Delta variant.
“We’re not disputing the transmissibility. It’s difficult for me to say it’s worse than Delta but it’s just as transmissible as the Delta variant at this stage. The scientists might tell you that it’s more and that’s fine. The fact is that it is transmissible and more than the beta variant,” she mentioned.
She mentioned that we’ll know inside two weeks if the brand new pressure is escaping vaccine immunity, whether or not it’s inflicting reinfections, and the way clinically unhealthy it should be. As of now, we do not see the necessity for oxygen or ICU care however we’ll quickly have an thought of what number of contaminated folks will have to be hospitalised, she added.
Pointing out that it isn’t an African illness and has been detected the world over, she mentioned we have to wait and see what is going on on earlier than closing borders.
She mentioned that ‘Omicron’ has been detected in youthful folks, underneath the age of 30, however they don’t seem to be severely ailing. “But it might change,” she cautions.
Stressing the necessity to quickly vaccinate and comply with Covid applicable behaviour, she mentioned that vaccines do not assure safety from this pressure of the virus. “You need to vaccinate, you need to wear masks, and stay away from crowds. But people don’t really listen to what we are saying. There are no guarantees that if you take the vaccine, you are not going to get infected. It’s so that you don’t die, so that your condition doesn’t get severe,” she concluded.