Bristol Covid mutation ‘has different symptoms’

bristol covid mutation has different symptoms - Bristol Covid mutation 'has different symptoms'

People with the coronavirus mutations found in Bristol and Liverpool may experience different symptoms.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock spoke on Tuesday (February 2) about “cases of mutations of concern” in Bristol and Liverpool. Tests showed a mutation called E484K in 11 Bristol cases and 32 in Liverpool.

Although the cases are a form of the Kent strain, the E484K protein spike is also a feature of the South African variant. There are concerns over how mutations could impact the effectiveness of current vaccines.

Liverpool City Council has now revealed the mutated virus cases in its area have risen to 40, as well as providing a wider list of potential symptoms, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The three main symptoms of Covid are a high temperature, persistent cough and loss of smell or taste.

But Liverpool’s public health team is urging anyone experiencing the following symptoms to take a PCR test:

  • Diarrhoea
  • A persistent headache
  • Fever and chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting.

Bristol Live has asked Bristol City Council if it will issue the same advice for residents with these symptoms.

Liverpool’s public health team has confirmed 40 cases of the mutated virus, split across all boroughs of the Liverpool City Region. Cases have also spread to Warrington, Preston and West Lancashire.

Bristol City Council has not given an update on case figures since Mr Hancock’s announcement of 11 in the area on Tuesday.

To get the latest news straight to your inbox, click here.

Bristol’s public health director Christina Gray has said it is “not appropriate” to reveal areas where E484K cases have been found.

The Liverpool public health boss Matthew Ashton told the Liverpool Echo: “We are concerned that people may not think they have Covid because they are not displaying the classic symptoms and, as a result, could be unwittingly spreading the infection to others.

“The virus is changing all the time, so it is essential that we redouble our efforts so we stay one step ahead of it, and we know some people have been testing positive with other symptoms.

“Testing has a key role to play in helping us keep the virus under control until we have a large proportion of the population immunised, in addition to the all existing measures such as social distancing, washing our hands regularly and wearing face coverings in confined spaces.”

Bristol City Council said yesterday it hoped to reveal details of its testing plan “in the next day or so”.

Ms Gray said the mutated virus in Bristol is not thought to be more transmissible than the Kent variant, though the Kent variant is itself significantly more transmissible than the original form of the virus.

She added it is associated with the South African strain but “not the same thing”.

Dr Susan Hopkins from Public Health England has said existing vaccines may offer less protection against the South African variant, though they should still offer a good level of immunity.

Ms Gray said on Wednesday that Bristol did not have a “tight cluster” of E484K cases but they were spread across different parts of the city.

South Gloucestershire Council has confirmed the cluster includes cases within its own boundaries.

Back to: The Traffic SEOWebsite SEONews and BLOGBristol News

You may also like...