Was South Africa ignored over mild Omicron evidence?

Prof Karim acknowledged that Omicron’s high transmissibility was causing temporary problems for countries like the US, but, citing South Africa’s own experience, he said “the good thing is that because [the infection rate] has gone up that fast, it’ll go down that fast too, so the pressure on hospitals will be much less”. Source link

South Africa says Omicron wave may have peaked

Officials relax restrictions noting lower hospital admissions from the Omicron variant than feared. Source link

Omicron: South African scientists probe link between variants and untreated HIV

Covid variants may be mutating inside people with suppressed immunity. Source link

Omicron: What can we learn from South Africa's experience so far?

We can learn some things from what’s happening in South Africa, but there are also uncertainties. Source link

Covid vaccine: Why our black and South Asian friends and family still won't have a jab

“Instead of pointing the finger at the people who are unvaccinated, maybe we should point the finger at the fact that this vaccine is just not good enough,” she says, referencing that people who have been vaccinated can still catch and pass on Covid. Source link

South Africa COVID-19 Cases Almost Double in 24 Hours

Dec. 2, 2021 — South Africa’s COVID-19 cases almost doubled within 24 hours, jumping from a reported 4,300 new cases on Tuesday to 8,500 new daily cases on Wednesday, according to the BBC. Health officials have confirmed that the new Omicron variant has become the dominant coronavirus strain in South Africa and is driving a… Continue reading South Africa COVID-19 Cases Almost Double in 24 Hours

Covid: South Africa new cases double in 24 hours as Omicron spreads

The new Omicron variant has now become dominant, the country’s top medical scientists say. Source link

Omicron symptoms mild so far, says South African doctor who spotted it

Dr Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who first spotted the new Covid variant Omicron, says the patients seen so far have had “extremely mild symptoms” – but more time is needed before we know the seriousness of the disease for vulnerable people. Watch her tell the BBC’s Andrew Marr how patients in South Africa… Continue reading Omicron symptoms mild so far, says South African doctor who spotted it

High-risk Covid gene more common in South Asians

About 60% of people from South Asian backgrounds carry a gene that puts them at higher risk. Source link

Call for South Asian bone marrow donors to save four-year-old

A four-year-old girl from London with leukaemia has been given only weeks to live unless she can find a stem cell donor. Esha Nadeswaran was diagnosed with leukaemia back in May. Her family are desperately looking for South Asians who can save her life – but it is proving difficult. They are organising drop-in testing… Continue reading Call for South Asian bone marrow donors to save four-year-old