A variety of reports suggest that the new Omicron variant is a notably milder than the original Covid virus. So much so that the South African doctor who first diagnosed the variant, Dr Angelique Coetzee, who is also the chair of the South African Medical Association, expressed shock at the international reaction to its appearance.
“I have seen a lot over my medical career,” she told the Daily Wire. “But nothing has prepared me for the extraordinary global reaction that met my announcement this week that I had seen a young man in my surgery who had a case of Covid that turned out to be the Omicron variant.”
According to Dr. Coetzee, the symptoms of the new variant are “unusual but mild” and the following report tends to underline this. So why do the media and governments appear to be trying to stoke public anxiety over this new variant?
After all, in the normal course of events a new virus appears and then over time becomes milder as people develop the antibodies to cope with it. This maybe what is happening with Covid-19. So why the ongoing lockdowns and alarm over this new variant?
Or are the powers that be simply trying to panic the public into getting vaccinated? After all, the vaccine don’t provide total immunity from the original virus, so why the ongoing global campaign to promote vaccination?
All 120 partygoers who caught Omicron super-strain from ONE PERSON at Norwegian Xmas work night out have MILD symptoms nearly two weeks later and none are very ill – boosting hopes mutant is weaker than Delta
- Doctors involved in tracing the outbreak say the 120 infected guests so far only suffering very mild symptoms
- Development lends weight to theory Omicron weaker than past variants and could speed up end of pandemic
- But experts warn even if it is milder, if it can infect significantly more then it will lead to more hospitalisations
Connor Boyd – Daily Mail Dec 7, 2021
None of the 100-plus partygoers who caught Omicron at a Norwegian Christmas party believed to be the world’s biggest coronavirus super-spreader event have fallen seriously unwell.
Doctors involved in tracing the outbreak say the infected are so far only suffering very mild symptoms like fevers, coughs, headaches and tiredness following the festive do on November 26.
Some 120 people who attended the Louise Restaurant and Bar in Oslo have tested positive for Covid, all of which are suspected to be Omicron but only 13 have been confirmed in a lab.
Seventy of the infected were employees of solar power company Scatec, who were celebrating their Christmas work night out, while the remaining 50 were other guests at the restaurant. The party was held in a closed room but guests reportedly mingled with other people in the restaurant after 10:30pm, when it turned into a nightclub.
‘Patient zero’ is thought to be a Scatec staffer who had recently returned from the company’s head office in Cape Town, where the variant is already dominant nationally. They tested positive the day after the party. At least one other employee had also recently returned from a trip to South Africa.
The Oslo outbreak made international headlines and was the first warning sign to Europe that the highly-evolved variant was viciously virulent and could outpace Delta on the continent.
But Dr Tine Ravlo, a public health expert in the Norwegian capital involved in tracking the outbreak, said that so far ‘none have become severely ill and none of them have been treated in hospital’.
The development lends weight to the theory that Omicron might be weaker than past variants, and is consistent with reports from doctors in ground zero of the outbreak in South Africa.
Norway’s state epidemiologist, Frode Forland, told The Telegraph that if this turns out to be true, it could signal the beginning of the end of the pandemic.
‘That is the hope. That is the best scenario we can have,’ he said. ‘That it’s getting minder, most people will get it, and they will get a natural immunity.’
Scientists have long predicted the coronavirus is unlikely to ever be eradicated but will instead transition into a milder cold-like virus as the world develops stronger immunity.
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