Angelique Coetzee is the South African doctor who warned about the new variant of coronavirus that worries the world, Ómicron, a strain that brings, according to her analysis, “unusual” symptoms. The woman runs a private clinic in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa and has been practicing her profession for more than 30 years. Coetzee, which treated patients with this new variant, told The Telegraph that none suffered the loss of taste or smell typically associated with COVID-19, but had unusual markers. Some of them were intense fatigue, elevated pulse, muscle aches, a dry cough or “itchy throat,” he described. Another anomaly is that only a few suffered from fever and it was already very low. The variant called Ómicron was discovered on November 18 in a 30-year-old male patient and since then positive cases have already been registered in Britain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong and Australia.Although Ómicron is generating concern in the WHO and governments around the world there are still no studies that show that it is resistant to vaccines or that it is potentially more deadly than the previous ones. coronavirus strains. In addition, Coetzee said the new symptoms he had observed were “mild,” and that all the patients he was treating had recovered well. They were mostly healthy men who came “feeling very tired.” About half of them were not vaccinated.
Even so, several countries such as Israel and Morocco reinforced their controls and restrictive measures for the entry of travelers and tourists. For its part, the United Kingdom tightened the mandatory use of masks and controls at airports.