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Omicron could be a mild variant

"It may be it's highly transmissible, but so far the cases we are seeing are extremely mild," Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, told The Guardian on Friday. "Maybe two weeks from now I will have a different opinion, but this is what we are seeing."

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by Anonymousreply 19November 28, 2021 4:20 AM

Hong Kong reported its first Omicron case last week — a 36-year-old man who had recently visited South Africa. The man was asymptomatic and fully vaccinated with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in June, according to Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP). He may have passed the virus to another fully vaccinated traveler — a 62-year-old male — who did show symptoms after testing positive, the CHP reported.

Botswana's health ministry also confirmed four Omicron cases among fully vaccinated travelers in a statement on Friday. The ministry didn't specify whether the infected people had developed any symptoms, but the positive cases were detected as part of Botswana's routine screening of incoming travelers.

by Anonymousreply 1November 27, 2021 4:18 AM

Yeah they say that now.. but we shall see how this will unfold.

by Anonymousreply 2November 27, 2021 4:37 AM

R2 delta made India a hell, lots of people died in Wuhan in the initial outbreak. We haven’t seen it happening in SA so far . Maybe it is a good sign

by Anonymousreply 3November 27, 2021 4:40 AM

😷 [italic] Nobody Knows Nothin'Bout The Omicron

by Anonymousreply 4November 27, 2021 4:43 AM

We still need more data before we decide one way or the other.

by Anonymousreply 5November 27, 2021 4:44 AM

No such thing as a mild variant when every new variant earns a new booster.

by Anonymousreply 6November 27, 2021 4:46 AM

More disaster porn.

by Anonymousreply 7November 27, 2021 4:46 AM

🦇 With #12 Booster Shot you get free egg roll.

by Anonymousreply 8November 27, 2021 4:49 AM

Can we all learn to spell Omicron?

The People are not up to this!

by Anonymousreply 9November 27, 2021 5:49 AM

^^^ Also, how to pronounce it? I thought it was "ahm-nih-cron." But on ABC World News Tonight, reporter and anchor both said "ohm-nih-cron."

by Anonymousreply 10November 27, 2021 5:54 AM

Sorry. I meant "ahm-ih-cron" versus "ohm-ih-cron."

by Anonymousreply 11November 27, 2021 5:55 AM

Covid has mostly been a disappointment. It should have killed most of the people in the sh*thole countries- as well as every Deplorable.

by Anonymousreply 12November 27, 2021 6:01 AM

The media could have reported that the cases may be mild. Instead, they friggin set the world on fire with reports of "OMG, a New Variant!"

The media alarmed everyone worldwide and helped to contribute to the stock market dropping 900 points!! Give us a fucking break! This is our savings and retirement money, assholes! The media doesn't have to cause panic. It could be a bit more tempered and calm in its reporting especially if the initial cases are mild. Jesus.

by Anonymousreply 13November 27, 2021 6:09 AM

In Greek, it's pronounced O-micron, not ah-micron.

by Anonymousreply 14November 27, 2021 6:10 AM

maybe we can call it Abercrombie? It’s close.

by Anonymousreply 15November 27, 2021 6:18 AM

R13 I agree. And especially reporting the OMG news first thing in the morning on a Black Friday.

by Anonymousreply 16November 27, 2021 6:26 AM

Can I have South Africa's stuff?

by Anonymousreply 17November 27, 2021 6:52 AM

If it only presents with mild symptoms for a couple of days with no lingering after effects (I did say "if") then the Omicron variant may in fact save us all. We need more data, especially for at-risk populations such as the elderly and people with co-morbities (not to mention the immune-compromised).

It just might be that Omicron is a highly infectious variant and its spread can inoculate the global population against other SARS-CoV-2 variants.

by Anonymousreply 18November 28, 2021 12:20 AM

I should have added "but relatively benign" to that last sentence. That is:

[quote]It just might be that Omicron is a highly infectious [italic]but relatively benign[/italic] variant and its spread can inoculate the global population against other SARS-CoV-2 variants.

by Anonymousreply 19November 28, 2021 4:20 AM
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