Dr. Angelique Coetzee warned South African authorities after many patients came to her clinic with “unusual but mild” Covid-19 symptoms.
The President of the South African Medical Association, Angelique Coetzee, started to pay attention to the risk of the new coronavirus in early November after receiving a series of patients. Coronavirus disease Came to her private clinic in Pretoria with abnormal symptoms.
“There are young people from many different groups of people who are very tired. No one loses their sense of smell or taste. Their symptoms are very different from the general population, and they are much milder. I have treated these people before,” the doctor said. Yesterday Couche.
She issued a warning to the South African Vaccine Advisory Committee on November 18, after a family of four had symptoms of complete exhaustion and tested positive for nCoV.
Dr. Coetzee said that more than 20 of her Covid-19 patients had symptoms of the Omicron strain and half of them were not vaccinated. “A remarkable example is a 6-year-old child with very high body temperature and heart rate, which makes me doubt whether I should receive and treat her. When I checked again two years later, she was much better. Good day,” she said. Said.
Dr. Coetzee confirmed that her patients are young and healthy, and she is worried that the Omicron mutation will seriously affect the elderly, especially those with underlying heart disease and diabetes. She warned: “The worry is that when new strains are spread to the elderly and they are not vaccinated, many people may have severe symptoms of Covid-19.”
Couche earlier expressed dissatisfaction with the responses of various countries in recent days, including the ban on entry of people from southern African countries. “This virus is contagious, but as a doctor, we don’t understand why this issue will be hyped even if the research is incomplete,” she said.
The new nCoV strain named B.1.1.529 was first recorded in South Africa on November 24, and other infections were also found in Botswana, Belgium, Israel, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. Two days later, the World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting to rename the strain Omicron, which was classified as a worrying variant because it was more infectious than Delta.
Omicron has 32 mutations in the spike protein, which most vaccines use to create an immune system against nCoV. Mutations in the spike protein affect the ability of the virus to infect and spread, and make it more difficult for immune cells to attack pathogens.Scientists are racing to determine the threat of the Omicron strain and whether it needs to be adjusted COVID-19 vaccine Current or not.
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