The Omikron variant has now also arrived in Europe. A doctor in South Africa, who was the first to alert the authorities, reports a changed clinical picture in patients.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee is one of the first doctors in South Africa to have patients with the Omicron variant in their practice. In an interview with the English newspaper “The Telegraph” she reported unusual symptoms.
She became aware of the fact that young people were very tired, whereas a small baby had an exceptionally high pulse. In contrast to known variants, no patient would have complained of a loss of smell.
“Her symptoms were so different and so mild from those I had previously treated,” said Dr. Coetzee, who has been a general practitioner for 33 years, but also chair of the South African Medical Association.
In her practice alone, 24 patients tested positive for the new variant. The doctor told the Russian portal Sputnik: “We will only know after two weeks. Yes, it is transferable, but at the moment we as doctors do not know why there is so much hype while we are still investigating it. There are some Patients who are admitted to the hospital, and these are young people over 40 “.
She expressed concern about elderly and unvaccinated people who could be hit particularly hard by the Omicron variant.