What’s going on?
A new survey from the United Kingdom — created by University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust — discovered that there might be a difference in symptoms from those who have COVID-19 from a normal variant and the new variant.
- The U.K. variant patients were less likely to report loss of taste and smell compared to those with the normal variant, according to the survey.
- More frequent cough, sore throat, fatigue and myalgia were reported for those with the U.K. variant, too.
Why it matters
- “Many people feel that if they can still smell and they can still taste, then it can’t be COVID-19,” she told NBC DFW. “So if someone is experiencing fever, sore throat, achiness, but they can still taste and they can still smell, as the new variant becomes prevalent in the U.S., they should reach out to their physician and consider getting a COVID-19 test.”
New variants on the way
The novel coronavirus variant originally discovered in the United Kingdom has mutated again, researchers recently told BBC News. The U.K. variant has undergone “worrying” new changes, scientists told BBC News, which might help the virus evade antibodies.
- “It’s developed a superpower. This is a mutation in the South African variant that seems not only help it infect cells but also to evade the immune system,” Sky News correspondent Thomas Moore said, according to The Express. “The reason being that spike protein that all the COVID viruses use to latch onto humans cells changes shapes and that means the antibodies don’t recognise it in quite the same way.”