Omicron may already be in US – what are the ‘unusual’ symptoms to look out for?

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A South African doctor has suggested that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 may cause different symptoms from earlier variants.

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Dr Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association (SAMA), said symptoms in patients with omicorns were “unusual but mild” compared to healthy people.

His remarks came after White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr Anthony Fauci suggested that the feared version may already be taking place in the US.


“We haven’t detected it yet, but when you have a virus that’s showing this degree of transmissibility, and you already have travel-related cases in Israel and Belgium and other places, it’s almost always It’s about to end,” he said.

And following news of the new version, President Joe Biden announced travel restrictions around the eight countries where the version is expected to spread.

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A White House statement indicated that travel to and from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi would be temporarily halted. The new policy does not apply to US citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States.

“As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries. These new restrictions will be effective from November 29. As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by the advice of science and my medical team,” the president said in a prepared statement issued minutes after the ban was announced.

speaking in an interview with Wire, Dr Coetzee remarked that patients with Omicron had “their symptoms so different and so mild that I had previously treated”.

Dr Coetzee explained: “It presents with mild disease in which the symptoms are muscle aches and no feeling of fatigue for a day or two.

“So far, we have found that infected people do not suffer loss of taste or smell. They may have a mild cough. There are no major symptoms. Some of the infected are being treated at home.”

While different symptoms presented with different forms, for example covid symptom study revealed that there are six different types of “clusters” of coronavirus symptoms.

“All those reporting symptoms experienced headache and loss of smell, sometimes with varying combinations of additional symptoms. Some of these, such as confusion, abdominal pain and shortness of breath, are widespread in the COVID- 19 are not known to have symptoms, yet are hallmarks of the most severe forms of the disease,” explained a release from the study.

The CDC’s list of known coronavirus symptoms includes: fever or chills; Cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Tiredness; muscle or body aches; Headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; vomiting or nausea; and Daihoreh.


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