What you should know about new variants

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-12-30 06:40
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A medical staff member takes care of a patient at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Nossa Senhora da Conceicao hospital, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Nov 19, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

3. Can it lead to more serious diseases?

There is not enough evidence to conclude this, but scientists think the possibility cannot be ruled out.

A new variant detected in South Africa has a special mutation similar to B.1.1.7, and that variant allows patients to carry a larger virus load, which may lead to more serious symptoms.

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