- Experts have begun to question if the new mutation is any different than the current one, and how the COVID-19 vaccine might be impacted. So far, experts have suggested that the new mutation will be stopped by the vaccine. More research is still being done.
- But questions still linger about the new virus mutation, including what it might be like to have it.
What are the symptoms of the new COVID-19 variant?
Dr. Darren Mareiniss, assistant professor for emergency medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College — Thomas Jefferson University — recently told Eat This, Not That! that the new variant’s symptoms aren’t that different than the original strain.
- He said that “current testing does not discriminate between different strains.”
- The normal symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, chills, sore throat, and loss of taste and smell.
Mareiniss said the bigger problem with the new variant is that it transmits faster.
- “VUI-202012/01 will cause more infections, likely more deaths, and also overwhelm our health care resources more rapidly.”
You may have already had it
- “When you have this amount of spread within a place like the U.K., you really need to assume that it’s here already … it certainly is not the dominant strain but I would certainly not be surprised at all if it is already here.”