Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 Lineage at Outpatient Testing Site, Berlin, Germany, January-March 2021

Emerg Infect Dis. 2021 Jul;27(7):1931-1934. doi: 10.3201/eid2707.210845.


Within 5 weeks in 2021, B.1.1.7 became the dominant severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 lineage at an outpatient testing site in Berlin, Germany. Compared with outpatients with wild-type virus infection, patients with B.1.1.7 had similar cycle threshold values, more frequent sore throat and travel history, and less frequent anosmia/ageusia.

Keywords: B.1.1.7; Berlin; COVID-19; Germany; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus disease; respiratory infections; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; viral load; viruses; zoonoses.

MeSH terms

  • Berlin
  • COVID-19*
  • Germany / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Outpatients
  • SARS-CoV-2*