No severe forms of Omicron Covid-19 strain spotted in South Africa

Source : 112 Ukraine

Fears that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is more fatal than other SARS-CoV-2 mutations may not be confirmed
14:22, 29 November 2021

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In South Africa, patients infected with a new variant of the Omicron coronavirus have not yet faced complications in the course of the disease as Head of the SAMA Angelique Coetzee reported.

According to her, no complications have so far been noted in any monitored patient with this variant of SARS-CoV-2. Angelique Coetzee noted that research on the Omicron option is still at a very early stage.

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The doctor noted that the symptoms of infection with the Omicron variant are unusual, but easily tolerated.

"Most often, patients complain of body aches and excessive fatigue. We observe this in young patients, not in the elderly,” she said.

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Earlier, the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) has named the coronavirus strain B.1.1.529 Omicron with 32 mutations in the spike protein. The virus uses this part to enter the cell of the body with its subsequent infection. The characteristics of the B.1.1.529 virus could give rise to serious concern among scientists about the hazard of this strain. In particular, Omicron was recorded in the Republic of South Africa, Belgium, Israel, Germany, Italy, Austria, Great Britain.


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