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Fact Check : Omicron Variant Warning By RSA Doctors Group?

Fact Check : Omicron Variant Warning By RSA Doctors Group?

A warning about the new Omicron COVID-19 variant by the RSA Doctors Group has gone viral!

Take a look at the viral message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Viral Warning : Omicron Variant Warning By RSA Doctors Group!

This warning on the new Omicron COVID-19 variant by the RSA Doctors Group has gone viral on WhatsApp and Facebook.

It’s quite long, so just skip to the next section for the facts!

New variant B.1.1.529 is named as OMICRON

From A Doctors’ group RSA

The virus is back, this time with more energy, tactics and camouflage.
We don’t cough, No fever, it’s joint pain, weakness,
Loss of appetite and Covid pneumonia!

 

Omicron Variant Warning By RSA Doctors Group Is FAKE NEWS!

Unsurprisingly, this is yet another COVID-19 fake story that is being attributed to the “RSA Doctors Group” to make it more believable.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It’s Recycled Delta Variant Fake News

This viral message is recycled fake news that was earlier claimed to be of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

In one example, it was falsely attributed to the Singaporean doctor, Dr. Leong Hoe Nam.

It was fake news then, and it is fake news now.

Read more : Fake COVID-19 Warning Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam

Fact #2 : Viral Message Originated From Nigeria

The viral message is a modification of the opinions of Dr. Taiwo Obembe – a public health specialist at the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

It has nothing to do with the unnamed “RSA Doctors Group”. RSA refers to the Republic of South Africa.

Fact #5 : Omicron Variant Appears To Be Mild

While there are signs that the Omicron variant is more transmissible, that has NOT been confirmed.

However, there are NO SIGNS that the Omicron variant causes more severe disease, or is more fatal.

In fact, the South African doctor who first alerted the authorities to the new variant, Dr. Angelique Coetzee, said that people with the Omicron variant had “unusual but mild symptoms“, compared to other COVID-19 patients.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Variants Do Not Skip The Nasopharynx

The Delta variant has “greater affinity” for lung tissues, which means it will more readily attach to and “invade” lung tissues. It is unknown if the Omicron variant has the same affinity for lung tissues.

However, even if that’s the case – it does not mean the SARS-CoV-2 virus of any variant actually skips the nasopharynx as the viral message claims.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile, and travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe in. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.

As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before it reaches the lungs, that is where most of the virus ends up, and that is why we swab the nasopharynx to detect COVID-19.

Fact #4 : Nasopharyngeal Swab Still Picks Up Omicron Variant

The current standard of obtaining a nasopharyngeal swab to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the Omicron variant.

In fact, genomic testing to confirm the Omicron variant is performed on nasopharyngeal swab samples.

As explained in Fact #3, the coronavirus is carried by droplets and aerosols that has to pass through the nasopharynx before reaching the lungs.

Unless the patient breathes exclusively through the mouth, the nasopharynx is the best place to obtain samples of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fact #5 : Current PCR Tests Can Detect Omicron + Delta

Dr. Obembe’s comments were very controversial as scientists around the world confirmed that both the gold standard rt-PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests worked well in detecting the Delta variant.

The rt-PCR test continues to detect the Omicron variant infections, and is how the new Omicron variant patients are being detected.

While Rapid Antigen Test may deliver more false negative results, it is rare for the “gold standard” rt-PCR test to deliver a false negative result, and extremely rare to deliver two false negative results.

Studies are underway to determine if rapid antigen detection tests are impacted in any way by the Omicron variant.

Read more : PCR Test Cannot Differentiate COVID-19 vs. Influenza?

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Precautions Apply To All Variants

The COVID-19 precautions mentioned in the viral message are NOT unique to the Omicron variant. They apply to all COVID-19 variants.

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Fake COVID-19 Warning Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam

A COVID-19 warning went viral on WhatsApp because it was attributed to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam.

Take a look at it, and find out why it’s just COVID-19 fake news!

 

Viral On WhatsApp : COVID-19 Warning By Dr. Leong Hoe Nam!

This is the COVID-19 warning that has gone viral on WhatsApp, because it was attributed to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam.

You may know him as the Singaporean doctor who has been interviewed on radio and TV very often.

The viral message is long, so just skip to the next section for the facts!

Dr Leong Hoe Nam who gave an interview in mandarin today !
Dr Leong said the reason why the fully vaccinated people are getting Covid ! Reason is because the people who are getting Covid altho fully vaccinated are the older people ( aged above 60 plus ) is because these people ‘s antibodies are all very Low due to the lapse of time and also these people in this age group mostly taking medications eg for diabetes ,cholesterol,hypertension ,heart disease etc ! The medication tends to neutralise the vaccine efficacy ! So he says it’s important for these seniors to take the booster jab ! The previous jabs now becomes weaker with time n the medications taken !

USE YOUR MASKS BECAUSE NEW COVID-DELTA IS DIFFERENT, DEADLY & UNDETECTABLE:

With the new COVID DELTA VIRUS there is:

NO COUGH
NO FEVER

Just a lot of:

JOINT-PAIN
HEADACHE
NECK PAIN
UPPER BACK PAIN
PNEUMONIA
GENERAL WEEKNESS
NO APPETITE

COVID-DELTA is of course, more Virulent and with a higher Death rate.

It takes less time to go to extremes, Sometimes without symptoms.

 

COVID-19 Warning Is Fake + Falsely Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam!

The truth is – this is yet another COVID-19 fake story, that was falsely attributed to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam to make it more believable.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Rophi Clinic Confirmed That It’s Fake

Rophi Clinic, which is owned by Dr. Leong Hoe Nam, issued a notice on 25 September 2021, calling that viral warning “fake news”.

They also called for people to stop sharing the fake news, as it has “damaging information”.

It has come to our attention that a post quoting Dr Leong Hoe Nam has gone viral.

It was a supposed translation of a Chinese programme. There was no reference to any programme.

This is to state categorically that Dr Leong has never said what was shared. There is a lot of false information. This is a fake news information that is spreading disinformation that serves to hurt the covid 19 epidemic response of Singapore, and the reputation of Dr Leong Hoe Nam

*Please do your part by not spreading the damaging information further as shown attached.*

Fact #2 : Viral Message Is A Mash-Up

The viral message appears to be a mash-up of at least two different messages.

The first paragraph appears to be written by one person, while the rest by another person based on the opinions of Dr. Taiwo Obembe – a public health specialist at the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Fact #3 : Common Medications Do NOT Affect COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

Common medications taken for diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease DO NOT affect the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Generally, only drugs that suppress your immune system will reduce the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, including NSAID painkillers.

They do not “neutralise” the vaccine, but rather – reduce your body’s immune response to each dose. Efficacy is reduced because your immune system does not react as vigorously to the vaccine.

That is why you are asked to continue taking your medications before and after each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but not NSAID painkillers.

Read more : Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Drops With Time + Age

It is true that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy is lower in older people, due to their body’s reduced immune response to new antigens.

It is also true that studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy will wane with time, but even with reduced efficacy, they continue to offer strong protection against hospitalisation and death.

What this mean is the elderly and the immunocompromised may require a booster dose to enhance their immune system’s ability to fight against COVID-19.

Think of the booster dose as a refresher course for your COVID-19 self-defence class!

Read more : Why Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy?

Fact #5 : Delta Variant Do NOT Have Different Symptoms

Generally, patients infected the Delta variant exhibit the SAME SYMPTOMS as other COVID-19 variants :

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • nasal congestion
  • breathing difficulties
  • headache

What’s different appears to be the prevalence of these symptoms.

According to the ZOE COVID Symptom Study, patients with the Delta variant appear to experience MORE fever, headache, nasal congestion and sore throat and LESS cough and loss of smell.

Fact #6 : Delta Variant Is More Transmissible + Deadly

The Delta variant is approximately 50% more transmissible than the Alpha variant, which itself is 50% more transmissible than the original SARS-CoV-2 strain.

It has also shown to be partially resistant to vaccines, and more deadly – leading to more hospitalisations and deaths.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

Fact #7 : Delta Variant Does Not Skip The Nasopharynx

The Delta variant has “greater affinity” for the mucosal lining of the lungs, which means it is more capable than other variants to infect the lungs.

However, it does not mean that the Delta variant “directly affects the lungs”, as the viral message claims.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile, and travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe in. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.

As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before it reaches the lungs, that is where most of the virus ends up, and that is why we swab the nasopharynx to detect COVID-19.

Fact #8 : Nasopharyngeal Swab Still Picks Up Delta Variant

The current standard of obtaining a nasopharyngeal swab to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the Delta variant.

That is how Delta variant patients are detected. In fact, genomic testing to confirm the Delta variant is performed on nasopharyngeal swab samples.

As explained in Fact #7, the coronavirus is carried by droplets and aerosols that has to pass through the nasopharynx before reaching the lungs.

So unless the patient breathes exclusively through the mouth, the nasopharynx is the best place to obtain samples of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fact #9 : Current Tests Still Detect Delta Variant

Both the rt-PCR test and the Rapid Antigen Test continue to detect all COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant.

While Rapid Antigen Test may deliver more false negative results, it is rare for the “gold standard” rt-PCR test to deliver a false negative result, and extremely rare to deliver two false negative results.

Fact #10 : COVID-19 Precautions Apply To All Variants

The COVID-19 precautions mentioned in the viral message are NOT unique to the Delta variant. They apply to all COVID-19 variants.

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Chloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!

Health officials in Nigeria and the United States are reporting chloroquine poisoning cases with at least one death, after US President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the US FDA approved chloroquine for the treatment and/or prevention of COVID-19.

Here’s what’s going on, and why you should NOT use chloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19!

 

Donald Trump Falsely Claimed Chloroquine Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19

US President Donald Trump recently stunned doctors, scientists and even the US FDA itself, when he claimed on a televised press conference that the US FDA approved chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force almost immediately stepped up to correct him.

The fact of the matter is the US FDA approved chloroquine in 1944, and hydroxychloroquine in 1955, but neither have been approved for use against COVID-19.

On 19 March 2020, the US FDA issued a statement, clarifying that chloroquine is merely being studied to determine if it can be used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19.

They also reiterated that “there are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.

Recommended : Did The Chinese Use Tea To Cure COVID-19 In Wuhan?

 

Chloroquine Poisoning In United States

Banner Health in the US has just confirmed that a man has died and his wife is under critical care, after they both consumed chloroquine phosphate in an apparent attempt to prevent COVID-19.

Within 30 minutes of taking chloroquine, the couple, both in their 60s, experienced immediate side effects and had to be admitted to a nearby Banner Health hospital.

“Given the uncertainty around COVID-19, we understand that people are trying to find new ways to prevent or treat this virus, but self-medicating is not the way to do so,” said Dr. Daniel Brooks, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center medical director. “The last thing that we want right now is to inundate our emergency departments with patients who believe they found a vague and risky solution that could potentially jeopardize their health.”

 

Chloroquine Poisoning In Nigeria

Nigerian officials also reported that three people were hospitalised in Lagos for chloroquine poisoning, after taking chloroquine to prevent COVID-19.

They later issued a statement telling people not to use chloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19 :

According to CNN, Trump’s endorsement of chloroquine has led to price surges in Nigeria as people rush to purchase it.

Kayode Fabunmi, a Lagos-based lawyer, said: “The pharmacist knew the market and was saying to every incoming customer, ‘You know Donald Trump has said this thing cures coronavirus,’ and the price kept changing.

“The original price was 200 naira (around 50 cents), then it became 500 naira ($1.38) then it became 1,000 naira ($2.77) while I was there,” he said.

The Lagos State Health Ministry also issued a statement, with a video of Professor Akin Abayomi (Lagos State Commission for Health) :

 

Chloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!

It is possible that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine MIGHT have some effect on COVID-19. That is the reason it is one of the twenty or so drugs being tested.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci was reticent about letting even US President Donald Trump declare that it works, because there is no proof yet that it works against COVID-19.

Even if it can be used to treat COVID-19, they have to determine the therapeutic dose, and whether the dose will be harmful to patients.

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Let us remind you that chloroquine itself can cause shortness of breath, as well as other side effects like itchiness, blurred vision, nausea, vomitting, headache, diarrhoea, muscle weakness and easy bruising.

In addition, people can easily overdose on chloroquine and die from it.

Please do NOT believe anything Donald Trump tells you. Listen to your Dr. Fauci and qualified scientists and doctors.

Stay safe, wherever you are!

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :

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  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?
Recommended : Surgical Mask : How To CORRECTLY Wear + Remove!

 

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