RELAX: Omicron, the New Variant Scaring Everyone, Has Mild Symptoms

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While the world loses its mind over Omicron, the new strain of Covid-19 that is the most-mutated version of the virus yet and might be vaccine resistant, everyone would probably be better off if they took a step back, drew in a deep breath, and relaxed.

Why?

Because the doctor who first sounded the alarm about the variant says that it has “unsual but mild” symptoms, and simply suggested that it was a new variant because her patients were showing atypical symptoms. That doesn’t mean it’s more dangerous. So relax.

“Their symptoms were so different and so mild from those I had treated before,” said Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the chair of the South African Medical Association, said, in explaining why she suspected a new variant.

“It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well,” Coetzee said. “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. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home.”

The new variant doesn’t appear to pose much of any risk to healthy people; the concern is rather that it could be worse for people who have comorbidities or are immunocompromised.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


20 COMMENTS

  1. everyone would probably be better off if they took a step back, & reopen this Israeli border at once, and recoup the losses this past Friday on the world’s stock markets.

  2. Please feel free not to post.
    Please don’t post such dangerous articles. If Israel and other countries are banning people from coming, obviously there is a reason.

  3. The boy who cried WOLF!
    Damage to economies and people’s travel plans is done regardless!
    Will all those countries who imposed travel restrictions back down now? Will Israel reopen its borders and allow for visitors to come enjoy and spend money? Likely not.

  4. Little is known about this varient of SARS-Cov2 (the “Covid virus”). It may be be a big nothing or it may be a killer. People should be cautious. Also, even if infection with this virus produces “milder” symptoms we do not know it’s long term effects on those infected. Please do not give your readers a false sense of security when we do not know if that is warranted.

  5. RELAX? I think you are giving the wrong message – At present it is not known what the Omicron variant effect will be.

    Your article suggest that a doctor who treated a few patients with it says the symptoms were mild.
    How old were the patients? Were they vulnerable? Were they diabetic?

    The WHO has raised concerns about it and at present we should not relax but follow the new guidelines that each country’s Government are putting in place to counter the new variant.

    Please amend your headline to “Omicron, the New Variant” – I think Das Torah would say we have to follow the WHO/Government guidelines rather than the opinion of one doctor.

  6. The new variant is not “scaring” anyone. The government is doing that. This was they can keep extending their emergencies…. And keep everyone under their thumb

  7. This is a highly irresponsible post. While the information is true, it leads the reader to dismiss or “Mach Aveck” from the potential dangers of this mutation. I surely hope you are right, but there is a reason that Israel, EU, the WHO and the US are taking a more cautious approach while knowing everything you wrote. Let’s have a little humility especially when it comes to things we know very little about and can affect life and death. Some wait and see would be a much more responsible post.

  8. Everyone here needs to relax-

    I’m sure the editor who approved that headline will post his medical credentials sooner than later so let’s all be patient

  9. A very misleading article.
    The variants until now also cause mild symptoms in most people.
    Nobody ever suggested Omicron caused worse symptoms, though that may also Ch’v be true.
    The reason for the scare is the possibility (and some say probability) of a) higher transmissibility and b) vaccine resistance

  10. It is really sick for commentators hereto blame Yeshiva world, or any publication for causing their readers to do whatever it is that they choose to do. Every reader is responsible for themselves and can decide what sources to trust and what sources to mistrust. Yeshiva World here has been attempting to scare us with covid for the past 2 years, they have had no success. Most people have enough brains to not turn to Yeshiva world for health advice, and if they don’t, than there is nothing that can help them…

  11. Closing borders is simply a prudent way of slowing the spread of the new variant until there is more information on transmission dynamics and the efficacy of existing vaccines and anti-viral drugs. Shutting down flights may provide 2 or 3 weeks of additional time before transmission becomes more widespread. You may recall that after the Delta variant was first identified, it took 4-6 weeks before there was widespread transmission and months before it became the dominant version of the Covid virus showing up in hospitalizations

  12. Relax? This is the worst article about corona ever! Half of the information are missing!!

    In the real article, where this article refer to, is written the Omicron-variant causing mild and different symptoms by children……! But it also written that this doctor who discovered the virus are worried about the effect of the virus on old people……!

    Relax!? One after the another state closes their borders….. Main scientists are not sure what is really is! But are super worried….

    Sorry, but there is nothing to relax. It’s a misleading article and I want to ask the person who wrote it, how much more dead people he wants to see??

  13. Several commenters here have claimed that we should accept the word of WHO and government health bureaucrats. One idiot even claimed that this was “Das Torah”!

    ARE YOU NUTS?! HAVE YOU GONE OUT OF YOUR EVERLOVING MIND?!

    How can any sane person give any credence whatsoever to anything the WHO says? If there’s one thing we’ve learned for certain in the last two years it’s that the WHO is wholly owned and operated by the Chinese Communist Party. Every word it says and everything it does is dictated from Peking. You are better off trusting a tarot-card reader than the WHO!

    And why would anyone give special trust to government bureaucrats either? Since when are they special? That was always, but now we know exactly who these people are. They are power-hungry megalomaniacs, who enjoy controlling people’s lives, destroying lives, and being looked up to as if they were saviors. Bureaucrats should never be trusted in any field, but particularly now in this field they have tasted power and don’t want to give it up. If someone works for a government health agency, do not listen to one word they say. And any rov who relies on their advice should not be listened to either; his psokim are Daas Roznim, not Daas Torah.