Several studies have also shown that the number of hospital admissions is lower because of the variant.
However, there was nothing mild about Omicron for Mr. Emmanuel Milimo when he became infected with it.
As the Pharm Access Foundation’s program manager, Mr Milimo, has trained health workers for the past two years on how to submit Covid-19 data to Covid-Dx, a digital platform used by counties in the Lake Region’s economic bloc.
Before the positive test for Omicron last month, Mr. Milimo had not taken any other variant. He tells his story.
“I had ‘survived’ successfully. I haven’t had any real signs of Covid having manifested in my body since I was first diagnosed in Kenya in March 2020. For a while I thought I was in the middle of the action, but I’ve never been met.
“On December 17, 2021, I woke up with a sore throat, fever, muscle pain, and loss of appetite and taste. I knew from the bottom of my heart that I was into something. Key symptoms suggesting I had Covid-19 were right there. The symptoms weren’t mild, however.
“So this is real? My worst fears were right with me, staring at me! “How will my family take this? Will my wife ban me to a room and lock me up in it? Will my family panic and start a WhatsApp group? Will my wife blame me for bringing Covid into the house? This is just the worst news I can give anyone! ’
“ I realized that I would not be in bed for two weeks and had to act. I went to my wife who was busy preparing breakfast and mentioned to her that I feel like I have Covid and I wanted her to know so she could take precautions.
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“She turned to me in surprise and after staring at me, asked me what I would do next. She also asked me if I would be isolated in a hospital … I felt the fear set in and quickly jumped in with explanations of how it would be okay.
“Just to be on top of that On the safe side, I went to the test and received my result within a short time, a confirmed Covid-19 positive result. The moment of reality! I remember that I had adjusted my mask and for a few minutes I was empty. It’s like someone formatted my brain.
“I wasn’t sure if I should just walk away. I just felt helpless. I needed someone who could tell me something, even if I already know a lot about Covid-19. For some reason, I felt like the only person in the world. There was a palpable silence that I couldn’t explain. I guess that’s called a reality setting.
“I was asked to provide a second sample if I wanted to know which variant I could have. Why not. At least I had a chance to contribute to science, genome sequencing of the variants.
“I really wanted to know which variant attacked me after I escaped Delta. It was the Omicron, the highly contagious variant. The feeling of mild symptoms is not good for the actual patient.
“I went into isolation at home immediately after I had taken medication from the hospital. It also meant that for the first time I couldn’t travel inland to be with my family members for Christmas, a first time for myself; my mother was waiting for me at home. That had never happened before.
“Fast forward to symptoms, even though I wasn’t hospitalized, the symptoms took their toll on me. There was a time when I couldn’t even open my eyes because the headache and the flu were too severe, not to mention the pain in my body and sore throat.
“The feeling was far from mild. If the flu gets you to bed, it’s not mild. I had taken my two doses of AstraZeneca and I was still feeling uncomfortable, how about someone who is not vaccinated and is infected? The symptoms can be severe, “he warns.
” If you are attacked, you are alone. If you can avoid contagion the better and not so carelessly that the variant is mild, remember that it kills people. Insofar as we say it’s mild.
“I was happy to have been vaccinated twice, which sure helped me stay safe. I recommend everyone in the country to get the jabs as soon as possible. “