Covid-19: Omicron presents mild symptoms so far, says doctor who detected variant

Patients report fatigue and body pain, but there have been no hospitalizations due to the variant in South Africa, according to Dr. Angelique Coetzee.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who first detected the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, says that infected patients so far show "extremely mild symptoms" - but more time is needed to assess the effect on vulnerable people. She says the first case was identified around November 18.

"It all started with a patient with mild symptoms. He said he had been extremely tired for the past two days and had body aches and a slight headache. Not even a sore throat, more like a scratchy throat. No cough, no loss of smell or taste," Dr . . .

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