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Omicron appears to be producing more mild cases of COVID-19 so far. Public health officials are encouraged—but cautious

By HatetheSwamp
November 29, 2021 4:37 am
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The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has rattled global markets and led countries across the world to enforce new travel bans. But there are some early signs suggesting that Omicron fears may be overblown due to the mild nature of infections caused by the variant so far.

“Currently, there is no reason for panicking, as we don’t see severely ill patients,” Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, told the Telegraph. Coetzee said COVID-19 patients infected with Omicron most often complain of “severe fatigue” for one or two days combined with headaches and body aches before their conditions improve. She said some patients also experience a dry cough or scratchy throat.


I'm not sure why all the brouhaha over this variant but I know my Greek alphabet. There are oodles of letters between delta and omicron. There've been a handful of cases of omicron. Any deaths? None that I've heard of.

So, gang. Let's be reasonable. As far as I can tell, there's no more reason to panic than there was over the lambda variant, or the mu, or the nu... until we know differently.


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  1. by Donna on November 29, 2021 7:04 am
    "Let's be reasonable" - Bill

    Okay. Not sure what made you believe we aren't being reasonable about the Omicron COVID variant. We haven't even had a discussion on it.

    I read the same thing. It's reported to be much more transmissible than any prior COVID type, though, so it shouldn't be taken lightly.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on November 29, 2021 7:18 am

    I wasn't addressing you in particular. I was thinking about all of humanity. The stock market fell, extreme measures are being taken across the globe that weren't taken for lambda, which I heard mentioned, fleetingly,m or mu or nu.

    I'm not sure why this variant is being taken seriously when so many others weren't.

    If there's a reason, and you know, please fill me in.


  3. by Donna on November 29, 2021 7:27 am
    It's being watched closely because it's much more transmissible than any prior COVID type. It has 50 DNA mutations, 30 of which are on the DNA having to do with invading healthy cells. In contrast, Delta only had 2 mutations.

    I'm worried most about elderly people like my mom dying from it (even though she reminds me every time we talk that she wants to die.)


  4. by HatetheSwamp on November 29, 2021 7:28 am

    Your mom's vaxxed?


  5. by Donna on November 29, 2021 7:51 am
    Yeah, but she hasn't gotten the booster. She got double vaxxed back in February (I think). She said that she hasn't heard anything about it.


  6. by HatetheSwamp on November 29, 2021 8:10 am

    Interesting. The place where we live is hyper vigilant, but my sense is that it's moreso than many others...even for people living in apartments and cottages in independent living.

    Our place schedules "clinics" monthly for Covid vaxxes and flu shots. As I noted, we got our booster last month. I get my flu shot this Thursday.


  7. by Donna on November 29, 2021 8:34 am
    Her assisted living facility has been hyper vigilant about COVID. I'm puzzled why she hasn't heard from them about the booster.

    Btw, we saw a friend yesterday that we haven't seen in a long time who had a bad reaction to the Pfizer booster. He got it over a month ago and he said he still hasn't fully recovered. He said for a while he felt so awful he thought he was going to die. He has some other health issues, though, including prostate cancer - said his prostate was removed about a year ago. Maybe that has sonething to do with it.


  8. by Curt_Anderson on November 29, 2021 9:28 am
    Regarding the Omicron variant which reared its ugly head in Africa and maybe South Africa in particular. Africa has a very young population compared to the rest of the world. The average age in South Africa is 27 compared to the average age of 38 in United States.

    Covid symptoms are less severe in young people than in their elders. Of course people with mild symptoms or who are asymptomatic are the ones who spread the disease unknowingly.

    Keep that in mind when South Africa reports that the symptoms of the Omicron variant are mild.


  9. by HatetheSwamp on November 29, 2021 10:16 am

    I just watched the flatulent fool's speech on the new variant.

    Joe's referring to it as the OMNICRON variant, oy vey!

    They're calling this one the OMICRON variant, based on the Greek letter!

    Omicron. Sheeeeeeeeeesh, Joe!


  10. by HatetheSwamp on November 29, 2021 10:25 am

    The former 18 wheeler driver brought his sidekick Fauci along with him. Fauci calls it OMNICRON, too. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, we're in good hands!!!!!




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