Cough, fatigue, sore throat and muscle aches are among the most common symptoms in people infected with the new variant of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom, according to a study by the National Institute of Statistics in London. BBC, according to AFP.
The study findings are based on the course of the disease in a random sample of 6,000 people in England.
High temperature, a continuous cough, and loss or change of smell or taste are among the most common symptoms listed by the NHS website. Most people infected with the virus develop at least one of these symptoms.
The new variant, which was first seen in Kent in September 2020, is spreading more easily than the rods that have circulated so far and have spread across the UK.
The ONS analyzed human-reported symptoms a week before testing positive for the new coronavirus variant, compared to those that were positive for the earlier variant.
3,500 people infected with the new variant of the coronavirus:
- 35% – in tuşit
- 32% – complained of fatigue
- 25% – had muscle pain
- 21.8% – had a sore throat
2,500 people infected with the old version of the coronavirus:
- 28% – in tuşit
- 29% – complained of fatigue
- 21% – had muscle pain
The study found that 16% of those with the new variant lost their taste, while 15% lost their smell.
This was slightly lower than reported by people with the previous version (18% for both).
23 changes from the original virus
Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist and professor of molecular oncology at the University of Warwick, said the new variant of the virus has 23 changes compared to the original virus in Wuhan.
“Some of these changes could affect the body’s immune response and also influence the range of symptoms associated with infection,” said Professor Lawrence Young.
The ONS analysis is part of a long-term study to monitor the coronavirus in the UK population, conducted jointly with Public Health England, the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester.