South African doctor: Omicron variant produces ‘unusual but mild’ symptoms

The long holiday weekend was filled with frantic news reports of a supposedly devastating new coronavirus variant poised to sweep the world, but to the certain chagrin of liberals ready to reimpose draconian mitigation measures, at least one expert now reports that the disease observed thus far has yielded only mild symptoms, as Fox News reports.

As the BBC noted over the weekend, the World Health Organization (WHO) stepped forward to declare a new viral variant to be one “of concern,” naming it omicron as a means to distinguish it from the early pandemic version of COVID-19 and the subsequent delta variant that led to prior infectious surges.

First identified in South Africa, the virus is said to have a startling number of mutations from the original strain, with some of those prompting particular worry among epidemiologists, some of whom fear that omicron may be more transmissible and more capable of evading the effectiveness of currently available vaccines.

As a result of the new variant’s potential spread, growing numbers of countries have begun putting travel bans back in place as well as instituting testing and isolation requirements for those who are allowed to cross their borders from abroad, as CNBC noted.

However, according to Fox News, the South African doctor responsible for initially reporting the new variant to authorities has indicated that based on data collected thus far, the omicron variant appears to bring about “unusual but mild” symptoms.

Speaking to the U.K. Telegraph, Dr. Angelique Coetzee, who sits on the board of the South African Medical Association, said of a group of largely young, unvaccinated patients infected with the new variant, “Their symptoms were so different and so mild from those I had treated before.”

According to Coetzee, omicron “presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well,” adding, “So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer the loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms.”

Even so, Democrat politicians in this country – perhaps longing for the unfettered authoritarianism they exercised in early 2020 – are clearly champing at the bit to begin priming the populace for a return to all manner of restrictions, a tendency evidenced by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s glaringly premature declaration of a state of emergency to handle the ravages of omicron because, as she put it, “it’s coming.”

Given the extraordinary damage to the economy, the educational system, and the mental health of millions of Americans wrought by prior lockdowns, if liberal leaders think the citizenry will again submit to onerous limitations on their liberty simply to ward off “unusual but mild” illness, they have a very rude awakening in store.