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British corona mutation B.1.1.7: New study shows clear differences in symptoms


The virus mutant B.1.1.7 has arrived in Germany. You can find out here what this means in terms of the risk of infection and which symptoms are typical.

The virus mutant B.1.1.7 has arrived in Germany.

You can find out here what this means in terms of the risk of infection and which symptoms are typical.

  • On December 24, 2020, the virus variant B.1.1.7 * was detected for the first time in a woman in Baden-Württemberg, according to the Ärzteblatt.

    She had returned from a visit to the UK when she showed symptoms of corona.

    Since then, cases of infection with the so-called "British coronavirus" have been reported nationwide.

  • The virus variant officially known as B.1.1.7 or VOC 202012/01 bears this nickname because it was detected for the first time in Great Britain.

  • The longer the new mutation has been around, the more medical professionals can say about the symptoms.

    The following symptoms speak more for infection with the “mutated British virus”.

Munich - The British virus mutation VOC 202012/01 is said to be 30 to 70 percent more contagious than the "original virus", according to British researchers, according to the editorial network Germany (RND) have found out.

So far, no scientific evidence has been found that the virus mutation B.1.1.7 is more deadly than the predominant variant


But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns, according to a Tagesschau report on January 23, that there are indications that the new variant of the corona virus is not only more contagious, but also more deadly, as he explained in a press conference.

However, the data situation is still uncertain, added his chief scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance. 

However, there is new knowledge about the symptoms shown by those infected with B.1.1.7.

Certain corona symptoms are said to occur more frequently when infected with the "British virus".

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Common fever and body aches and pains: symptoms after contracting virus mutation from the UK

As the RND quotes a study by the British statistics agency ONS (Office for National Statistics), Covid-19 shows itself slightly different after infection with the virus mutant than a coronavirus infection that is triggered by other known virus variants.

Information from 6,000 randomly selected corona patients was included in the study.

When infected with the British virus mutation,

coughing, tiredness, sore throat, fever and body aches were

slightly more common.

However, the patients reported a loss of taste and smell less often.


to the



there were no differences in terms of corona symptoms

for headache, shortness of breath, diarrhea or vomiting.

In general, the proportion of people who suffer from complaints after being infected is slightly higher with B.1.1.7 than with other virus variants: 52.92 percent compared to 47.7 percent, as the Focus informs.

(jg) * is part of the Germany-wide Ippen-Digital editors network.


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