Dr. Unben Pillay, director of the Africa Health Research Institute in Johannesburg, said that he is seeing fewer cases of the disease than previously thought. There have been fewer hospitalisations compared to earlier outbreaks, and most patients are recovering within 10-14 days. But Dr. Pillay also points out that it is important to keep an eye on case counts, as it is possible that the virus is not as severe as previously suspected.
The South African doctors who are seeing cases of the virus are not sending patients to the hospital for treatment yet. That’s because omicron is a much milder version of delta, and it can be controlled at home. But if you have symptoms of either type of covid, you’ll want to consult a doctor right away. Omicron is a strain of the virus that can be more difficult to treat, so it’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible.
While patients with Delta suffer from more serious symptoms, the omicron strain is generally easier to treat. Most people recover within 10-14 days. Those infected with omicron have symptoms that differ from those of delta patients. They often complain of head and body aches, and occasionally cough and sore throat. However, the older patients are at an increased risk of severe illness.
“At the moment, virtually everything points toward it being milder disease,” Willem Hanekom, director of the Africa Health Research Institute, said, citing the national institute’s figures and other reports. “It’s early days, and we need to get the final data. Often hospitalizations and deaths happen later, and we are only two weeks into this wave.”