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People infected with UK COVID variant less likely to report losing taste and smell, data suggests

Written by on 27/01/2021

People infected with the new coronavirus variant discovered in the UK are less likely to report losing taste and smell as part of their symptoms, a study has found.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the condition was “significantly less common” in patients who tested positive for the new variant compared to those with other variants of COVID-19.

But other symptoms were “more common” among those who caught the new variant, it added – including a cough, sore throat, fatigue, muscle ache and fever.

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The organisation, which has been running a months-long mass survey into coronavirus in the UK, added there was “no evidence” of any difference in symptoms reported to do with shortness of breath or headaches.

It also found people with the new variant were more likely to report having symptoms.

The findings are part of the ONS’s weekly update on its infection survey, which covers the period from 15 November 2020 to 16 January 2021.

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