Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

Is Omicron killing everyone or is it just a cold?

Yesterday the doctor at the epicenter of the new VARIANT of the SARS-CoV-2 virus said that those testing positive have mild symptoms and none have required hospitalizations. Today, in the Wall Street Journal, Omicron is driving a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the very place in which the doctor said no one is admitted in the hospital for this VARIANT. Which is true and which is bullshit?

Perhaps reassuringly for those who are worrying about this new development, Coetzee noted that none of the cases she knew of were serious. “What we are seeing clinically in South Africa, and remember that I’m at the epicenter, that’s where I’m practicing, is extremely mild…We haven’t admitted anyone [to hospital]. I spoke to other colleagues of mine: The same picture,” she told the BBC.

What are the symptoms of the omicron variant? — Quartz (

The emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in South Africa has driven a sharp increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations in the country’s hot-spot province over the past two weeks, although fewer patients are being treated for severe disease, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases said.

There has also been an unusually high number of hospitalizations of children under 2 years old around the capital, Pretoria, where cases started rising first, although some of these may be precautionary, the institute said.

Omicron Variant Drives Rise in Covid-19 Hospitalizations in South Africa Hot Spot – WSJ

It’s all bullshit.

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