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UK COVID strain symptoms are different than original

UK COVID strain symptoms are different than original”

Prof. Tim Spector of King's College London wrote on Twitter, "Seeing increasing numbers of COVID tongues and unusual mouth ulcers".

The variant, identified in southeast England in December, is thought to be more transmissible, and could also be associated with higher mortality, though data suggesting increased death rates are uncertain and not yet strong.

The NHS now lists the main symptoms of coronavirus as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Now, a new study says a sign of infection could have been right inside your mouth the whole time.

It was first detected in the south east of England in September, but started to cause concern in December when it was thought to be responsible for a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in the region.

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The oral cavity "deserves a specific examination in appropriate circumstances to avoid the risk of contagion", the study authors wrote.

"My mail is full of tongues each morning from people who had tongue problems that coincided with COVID symptoms like fever and fatigue - but baffled doctors", he added. However, the list of COVID symptoms has grown since the pandemic began. Will "Covid tongue" be placed in a similar category?

"Loss of taste and loss of smell were significantly less common in new variant compatible positives than triple positives", the ONS said in an analysis of the characteristics of people in England with COVID-19, covering the period between November 15, 2020 to January 16, 2021.

Dr. Waleed Javaid, director of infection prevention and control at Mount Sinai Downtown in NY, said he wouldn't consider "Covid tongue" as a diagnostic tool for the disease because it seems to occur in a very small population of people.

Researchers will still need to determine whether any mouth and tongue issues are indeed symptoms of COVID-19, NBC reports.

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