“What we can do is learn to protect ourselves and learn to live with it and have as normal of a life as we can. If we can get our vaccination rates up and our boosted vaccination rates up, if we can continue to test and get our genomic sequences more rapidly available and we all recognize this is a common purpose that we have to move forward with,” Dr. Arvind Venkat, an emergency physician with Allegheny Health Network said about the spread of the new variant Omicron of Covid 19 virus. Venkat also said it’s not the evolving COVID variants that cause mental exhaustion, it’s dealing with people who won’t protect themselves. Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and chair of South African Medical Association, a South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain among patients declared on Sunday that symptoms of the Omicron variant were so far mild and could be treated at home. In fact, she added that a patient having Omicron was “extremely fatigued” for two days with body aches and headache – and that was all. “Most of them are seeing very, very mild symptoms and none of them so far have admitted patients to surgeries.” patients have not reported loss of smell or taste and there has been no major drop in oxygen levels with the new variant.
The variant is affecting people who are 40 or younger. Countries around the world – including Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Austria – reported their first cases of the Omicron variant over the weekend. The World Health Organization on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new Omicron variant.