South African doctor raises alarm over Omicron variant: Symptoms are unusual but mild
Dr Angelique Coetzee is the South African doctor who warned authorities about the new Omicron variant, she said in a statement to the Telegraph that the symptoms are unusual but mild.
Dr Angelique Coetzee said she was initially alerted to the possibility of a new variant when patients at her private clinic began coming in earlier this month with symptoms of Covid-19 that did not make immediate sense.
Patients included young people of different backgrounds and ethnicities with intense fatigue and a 6-year-old child with very high blood pressure, she said. None of them had problems with taste and smell.
"Their symptoms were so different and so mild from the ones I had treated before," Dr Coetzee said.
She stated that in total, about 20 of her patients have tested positive for the new variant. She added that half of them were unvaccinated.
"We had a very interesting case, a child, about six years old, with a very high temperature and blood pressure, and I wondered if I should accept it. "But when I followed her two days later, she was much better," she added.
Dr Coetzee, who was briefing other African medical associations on Saturday, made it clear that her patients were all well and she was concerned that the new variant could still hit older people - with comorbidities like diabetes or heart dissases.