Hysteria or Cautious Concern? Top South African Doctor Saying Omicron Symptoms “Mild”

Symptoms of the omicron variant are “mild” so far, but the West is still “concerned.” Some are criticizing it as hysteria and overreactions.


According to Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the chair of the South African Medical Association, the symptoms exhibited by those infected with the omicron variant are “extremely mild” so far.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • Huffington Post ran an AP wire report in which the acknowledgement of a lack of data on the variant and uncertainty over whether omicron variant is responsible for an “exponential rise” in cases in South Africa was couched in fear and alarmism. 
  • Newsweek reported on Dr. Coetzee’s anecdotal findings, noting “her patients were all healthy” and highlighted Dr. Anthony Fauci’s TV appearances in which he pronounced the omicron variant is likely already in the United States. 
  • Vox, known for its explainer journalism, turned the hype dial to 11, saying that “while it will take scientists weeks” to get a handle on the science behind the variant, the “mutations on the spike protein” sound the alarm it “could both be more transmissible” and “evade immunity already conferred by vaccines.”



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