A new study has revealed that people who tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant discovered in the United Kingdom will likely display different symptoms compared to the other variant of the virus.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there is high possibilities that persons infected with the new strain will not lose their sense of smell and taste.
ONS, however, noted that other symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, fatigue, muscle ache and fever were “more common” among those who caught the new variant.
It added: “There is no evidence of difference in the gastrointestinal symptoms, shortness of breath or headaches.”
ONS findings also revealed that people with the new variant are more likely to report having symptoms.
The new variant was discovered in the UK in mid-December. Many countries have restricted travellers from the UK in order to curb the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson admitted there is “some evidence that the new variant may be associated with a higher degree of mortality”.
Johnson also noted that some evidence indicates that the three vaccines approved for use in the UK “remain effective against the old coronavirus variant and this new one”.