COVID-19 Feb 2023 Sympoms: South Africa

COVID has been on a break for a while, but it looks like the latest season is out. We’re seeing a sudden increase in testing at our centres. Whilst, BQ.1 (the kraken) has shot up in the number of cases, many of the people in the following cases likely had a previous sub-variant.

You can learn more about that on the NICD helpful report, which tracks which variants are infecting people in South Africa, here.

What Did The Positive Cases Look Like?

On average, positive cases were between 30 and 50 years old.

61% were women and 39% were men.

83% had not received their COVID-19 vaccine.

77.3% said they were feeling COVID symptoms.

Past COVID-19 Symptoms: South Africa

See how omicrons symptoms compare against past variants. We use our surveys to get you the facts on how COVID symptoms have changed since the pandemic has changed.

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