As per the study published in the journal The Lancet Tuesday, people infected with the B.1.1.7. COVID-19 variants, which first emerged in the UK do not experience worse symptoms or have heightened risk of developing long COVID compared to people who got infected with other strains.
However, B.1.1.7. was found to be more transmissible than other strains and also caused higher viral load in patients.
The new studies, published in The Lancet Infectious Disease and The Lancet Public Health, spanned between September and December 2020, when B.1.1.7. emerged and began to spread across the parts of England.
The studies add to the growing evidence that this strain is more transmissible than the first strain detected in Wuhan, China. As per the AIIMS director, Randeep Guleria the mutated virus in India is more infectious, causing a faster spread of the disease.