British doctor Lloyd reports unusual rash in 15% of children infected with the omicron strain.
“Unusual” rash can manifest itself in children infected with the “omicron” strain of the coronavirus , British doctor David Lloyd told Sky News .
As noted by the physician, there are some differences in symptoms in children infected with omicron compared to adults. “Things like fatigue, headache and loss of appetite seem to be very important, as does the rash,” he said.
Lloyd stressed that a small group of patients with COVID-19 have always had rashes, however, according to him, “up to 15 percent of children with omicron experience a rash, an unusual rash.”
The doctor added that doctors are gradually learning more about this strain of the virus. “Let’s hope that this option is not as deadly as the ‘delta’, and that we can cope with it. But yes, times are alarming,” – concluded the specialist.
The new strain B.1.1.529 was discovered in Botswana and South Africa on the twentieth of November. It contains dozens of mutations in the S-protein, which the pathogen needs to infect cells. According to the researchers, many of the new changes in the SARS-CoV-2 genome indicate a high transmissibility of this variant and resistance to protective antibodies of those who have been ill and vaccinated, although it is too early to draw final conclusions. Presumably, B.1.1.529 originally developed in a person with a weakened immune system: an AIDS patient or an HIV-infected person.
The World Health Organization has designated B.1.1.529 as “of concern” and named it “omicron” after the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. Experts believe that those who have already been ill and vaccinated can become infected, and symptoms range from fatigue to headaches and body aches.