Lambda variant was first detected in Peru in August 2020 and has been reported in about 29 countries since. Experts claim that this variant has many mutations in the spike protein, which could hold a direct like to it’s transmissibility rate.
While the United Kingdom reported 35,204 new cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant in the last week, the Public Health England (PHE) reported six cases that have been discovered from February 23 to June 7. For now, PHE has categorised the Lambda (C.37) variant as a ‘variant under investigation (VUI)’.
The health body has said that two vaccine doses are still effective against the risk of hospitalization.
What are the symptoms of the Lambda variant?
As of now, the PHE said that the new variant is under investigation and there has been no indication that the variant can cause more severe infection or prove the vaccines less effective.
However, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) laid down a list of symptoms for people to watch out for. Some of the symptoms are as follows.
– New or continuous cough
– Loss of sense of smell and taste
As per experts, infected people may experience at least one of these symptoms.
Therefore, immediate and regular testing is advised in order to avoid the spread of the virus.