Some health officials are calling it a hopeful sign that the first people known to be infected with the Omicron variant have had mild symptoms of COVID-19, though they warned it’s far too early to understand the implications of the latest worrying coronavirus variant. to understand .
A report released this weekend by the South African Medical Research Council said most patients at a hospital in Pretoria believed to be infected with Omicron were not hospitalized because they had COVID-19, but because of COVID-19. another medical reason.
Of the 42 patients, approximately 70% have no difficulty breathing and do not require oxygen support.
“This is a photo not seen in previous waves,” the report said; even at the beginning of previous waves, most of the hospitalized COVID patients had difficulty breathing. Still, “more time is needed to fully answer questions about the severity of COVID-19 caused by the new Omicron variant.”
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