Stop The Hysteria: A sigh of relief in South Africa as Omicron variant appears to be ‘super mild’
Event Africa Contributor 09/12/2021 Uncategorized
The World Health Organization and Coronavirus experts believe that the new Omicron variant is ‘super mild’ and has not led to any major jumps in Covid death rates anywhere in Southern Africa.
The WHO is calling on countries to drop travel bans and end the mass hysteria, and rather be cautiously optimistic as more and more reports out of South Africa suggest the new Omicron variant is not more lethal than the previous Delta variant.
It has in fact been said that there have been no reports on any hospitalisations or deaths as a result of anyone being diagnosed with the new Omicron variant.
Most patients merely experience a severe headache, nausea, dizziness, and a high pulse rate, according to hospitals and medics across Southern Africa.
However, when news broke of the new variant in South Africa, this caused mass hysteria around the world. Markets thumbed and dozens of countries imposed travel restrictions and additional checks, including the UK, US, EU, Israel, Australia, and Japan after the new mutation popped up in the UK, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, and Israel among other countries.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the Omicron variant.
In fact, the WHO fiercely lashed out at the UK and other countries, calling their response “extreme.”
Dr Catherine Smallwood, Senior Emergency Officer at WHO’s Regional Office for Europe, said “these types of interventions are not sustainable. Those types of extreme measures are not our recommendations.”
A GP for over three decades, and chair of the South African Medical Association, Dr. Angelique Coetzee, was the first African doctor to suggest to local authorities Covid had mutated into a new strain.
Coetzee called the response from many European countries, including the UK, “just a hype.”
“Looking at the mildness of the symptoms we are seeing, currently there is no reason for panicking as we don’t see any severely ill patients.”
South Africa’s health minister Joe Phaahla also said the majority of cases of Omicron seen by doctors in his country have been “mild”.
Asked what he knows about how unwell people are who have it, Dr. Phaahla said: “It is still too early at this stage.
He added he has heard from GPs that the “majority of the people they’ve been seeing are mild.”