The doctor who first treated the Omicron-infected patient wants to make one thing straight: ‘’ There is nothing thus far about the new variant that warrants the “extreme action” many governments are taking in reaction to the variant’s discovery.’’
In an op-ed shared broadly, she shared a scathing reprimand on the MSM hysteria and political opportunism that is predominant on the news.
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“As chair of the South African Medical Association and a GP of 33 years standing, I have seen a lot over my medical career,” Dr. Angelique Coetzee said. “But nothing has prepared me for the extraordinary global reaction that met my announcement this week that I had seen a young man in my surgery who had a case of Covid that turned out to be the Omicron variant.”
“This version of the virus had been circulating in southern Africa for some time, having been previously identified in Botswana,” she added. “But given my public-facing role, by announcing its presence in my own patient, I unwittingly brought it to global attention.”
“Quite simply, I have been stunned at the response – and especially from Britain,” she said.
“And let me be clear: nothing I have seen about this new variant warrants the extreme action the UK government has taken in response to it,” Dr. Coetzee added.
She continued to explain the facts about the Omicron variant, known until now.
“No one here in South Africa is known to have been hospitalized with the Omicron variant, nor is anyone here believed to have fallen seriously ill with it,” she said.
“Yet Britain and other European nations have reacted with heavy travel restrictions on flights from across southern Africa, as well as imposing tighter rules at home on mask-wearing, fines, and extended quarantines,” she went on.
“In South Africa, we’ve retained a sense of perspective,” she continued. “We’ve had no new regulations or talk of lockdowns because we’re waiting to see what the variant actually means.”
“We’ve also become accustomed here to new Covid variants emerging,” she added. “So when our scientists confirmed the discovery of yet another, nobody made a huge thing of it. Many people didn’t even notice.”
“But after Britain heard about it, the global picture started to change,” Dr. Coetzee pointed out.
“Even as our scientists tried to point out the huge gaps in the world’s knowledge about this variant, European nations immediately and unilaterally banned travel from this part of the world,” she said.
“Our government was understandably angered by this, pointing out that ‘Excellent science should be applauded, not punished,’” she said.
Dr. Coetzee asked the international medical community to do something about this problem. They have to take a level-headed approach.
“If, as some evidence suggests, Omicron turns out to be a fast-spreading virus with mostly mild symptoms for the majority of the people who catch it, that would be a useful step on the road to herd immunity,” she argued.
“We’ll learn in the next two weeks if that’s the case.”
“The worst situation – of course – would be a fast-spreading virus with severe infections,” she continued. “But that’s not where we are at the moment.”
“Here in South Africa, what my GP colleagues and I are seeing doesn’t in any way warrant the knee-jerk reaction we’ve seen from the UK,” she noted. “For one thing, we’re not – at least for now – treating patients who are severely ill.”
The first case of a patient with the Omicron variant in the US was reported on Wednesday. Canada this Tuesday banned the unvaccinated over the age of 12 from traveling on any form of transportation. Botswana’s C-19 Task Force stated that the vaccinated people transmitted the Omicron.