The new, highly contagious mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was discovered in the U.K. a month ago. Since then, it has made its way to the U.S., spreading to at least 28 states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that it will likely become the dominant strain in the states by March. Along with being a more transmissible variant, a new study found that it also presents different symptoms.
Continue reading to learn what you should know about the new COVID Strain and what symptoms to look out for.
What Do Researchers Know?
BBC reports a new study from the U.K. government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). A random sample of 6,000 patients in England who tested positive for the coronavirus between mid-November and mid-January were analyzed.
There were four common symptoms found from 3,500 patients who were positive for the new U.K variant. These symptoms differed from the 2,500 who were positive by other variants.
Experts believe that the shape of SARS-CoV-2 mutations seems to cause this sudden change in symptoms.
Lawrence Young, Ph.D., virologist and professor of molecular oncology at the University of Warwick in the U.K., told the BBC that “some of these changes in different parts of the virus could affect the body’s immune response and also influence the range of symptoms associated with infection,”
Now, you’re probably wondering which symptoms the new study finds to be more likely for those who contract the U.K. variant. Read on to find out.
U.K. variant: 35% of patients
Different variants: 28% of patients
U.K. variant: 32% of patients
Different variants: 29% of patients
2. Muscle aches and pains
U.K. variant: 25% of patients
Different variants: 21% of patients
1. Sore throat
U.K. variant: 21.8% of patients
Different variants: 19% of patients