‘There’s no reason to test if you have no symptoms,’ and two more surprising statements by a South African doctor instrumental in identifying omicron

'There's no reason to test if you have no symptoms,' and two more surprising statements by a South African doctor instrumental in identifying omicron

Notably, Coetzee suggested that asymptomatic cases of the omicron variant are rare, if such a condition exists at all.

Asked during a Christmas Eve interview on MSNBC whether she had intended to indicate that “there was not such a thing as an asymptomatic case of omicron,” Coetzee responded: “We haven’t seen it.”

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Secondly, the private practitioner and chairwoman of the South African Medical Association told MSNBC on Friday that she doesn’t recommend rapid antigen tests for individuals until, and if, symptoms arise from the variant, but rapid tests will identify or confirm cases in those experiencing symptoms. “There’s no reason to test if you don’t have symptoms,” she said.

The doctor stated that in her experience with the omicron strain rapid testing will only work “if you have positive symptoms of omicron.”

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