Angelique Coetzee, the doctor who discovered the Omicron Covid-19 strain, says European governments pressured her not to reveal its mild nature.
When asked if it's true, Coetzee replied: "I was told not to state publicly that it was a mild illness. I have been asked to refrain from making such statements and to say that it is a serious illness. I declined," Germany's Welt writes.
South African doctor Angelique Coetzee, one of the first scientists to discover the Omicron variant, says she was pressured by scientists and politicians from around the globe to make the virus SOUND WORSE than it actually is.https://t.co/Q9mqAwOMx4
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The president of the South African Medical Association, Angelique Coetzee, “In #SouthAfrica, it [#Omicron] is a mild disease, but it’s a serious, serious, serious illness in #Europe, because politicians want me to say it” pic.twitter.com/H2w7gtv1es
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Zero Hedge reported:
"What does that mean?" replied Welt.
"I am a clinician and based on the clinical picture there are no indications that we are dealing with a very serious disease. The course is mostly mild. I'm not saying you won't get sick if you're mild.
"The definition of mild Covid-19 disease is clear, and it is a WHO definition: patients can be treated at home and oxygen or hospitalization is not required," she said, adding: "A serious illness is one in which we see acute pulmonary respiratory infections: people need oxygen, maybe even artificial respiration. We saw that with Delta - but not with Omikron. So I said to people, "I can't say it like that because it's not what we're seeing.""
When asked why she was prevented from telling the truth, Coetzee said "They tried, but they didn't make it."
"What I said at one point – because I was just tired of it – was: In South Africa this is a mild illness, but in Europe it is a very serious one. That's what your politicians wanted to hear."
According to Coetzee, she wasn't pressured by South African authorities - and was instead criticized by scientists in the UK and Netherlands, who said "How can you explain that it's a mild disease? It's a serious illness. Look at the mutations."
My reports have thrown them off track. In a pandemic, you also have to look at what is happening at the grassroots level. The general practitioners who treat the sick every day must be asked what they experience, how the clinical picture presents itself. -Welt
The Daily Mail added:
She said she couldn't understand why politicians wouldn't listen to her, despite her seeing the effects first hand.
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant had echoed Dr Coetzee's statements when the state saw a surge in Omicron cases.
She said that based on evidence from overseas as well as in Australia, hospitalisations from the variant were a lot less common than they were from the Delta strain.
'It indicates that infection with Omicron is likely to be milder than infection with Delta, with the risk of hospitalisation being around 60 per cent to 80 per cent less than for Delta,' Dr Chant said in December.
In reality, SARS C0V-2 has mutated to being comparable to the common cold. Yet, power-hungry politicians and public health officials want people to live in fear forever.
They're desperate to cling onto newfound power they've never held before.
But it's time the people seize power back from them and return our lives to sanity.