New York (Dagbladet): A new alternative to viruses is spreading uncertainty and fear across the world. Experts do not yet know how dangerous this is, but the European Union, the United Kingdom, Israel, the United States and Australia have already imposed entry restrictions from countries in South Africa.
At the same time, cases of the new variant were recorded in many countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. Danish authorities suspect that at least two people, who recently returned from a trip to South Africa, have been infected with Omicron.
The South African doctor and leader of the country’s Medical Association, Angélique Coetzee, was the first to sound the alarm about a potential new alternative. The British newspaper tells telegraph On how patients arrived at her clinic in Pretoria with unusual but mild symptoms of corona.
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Her patients were young men from different ethnic backgrounds and they suffered from severe exhaustion. One of her patients, a six-year-old, had a very high heart rate. None of the patients experienced a loss of taste or smell.
Their symptoms were very different and very mild compared to those I treated before, the experienced doctor tells the newspaper.
November 18, a family of four tested positive for the coronavirus. Everyone was totally exhausted, and that was when Coetzee reported to the South African Vaccine Committee.
She says she has had more than two dozen patients, who have tested positive for symptoms of the new variant. Most of them were healthy men who “felt very tired”. Half of the patients were not vaccinated.
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– We had a very interesting case with a six-year-old who had a fever and a very high pulse. I was wondering if I should put it on. But when I followed it up two days later, it was much better, Coetzee told The Telegraph.
On Saturday, she shared her experience with other medical organizations in Africa. She is particularly concerned about how the new variable will affect older adults — those with underlying conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
What we should worry about now is that older, unvaccinated people are infected with the new variant. Coetzee estimates that if people are not vaccinated, we will see many more people with a dangerous course of the disease.
Only about 24 percent of the population in South Africa has been vaccinated, compared to about 70 percent in Norway.
The World Health Organization describes the new corona variant omicron as a variant of concern. Researchers are concerned that the mutated virus will spread faster and that vaccines are not effective.
Professor and microbiologist at the University of Tromsø, Organ Olsvik, believes that there is currently no control over whether our vaccines work against the new corona variant is dangerous.
According to the first sequencing, the new variant contains up to 32 mutations of the spiky gene. That’s a lot. Olsvik told Dagbladet that the delta and alpha variant, for example, have only two and three mutations in this gene.