Health officials warned citizens that COVID-19 would cause some familiar symptoms, like fever, persistent coughing, and a loss of taste and smell, over a year ago. As the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads globally, it appears new symptoms are on the rise.
Tim Spector MD, KCL genetic epidemiologist and co-founder of ZOE COVID Symptom Study, announced last month that the Delta variant has changed the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Their data indicates the following symptoms as of late:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
As a result, symptoms like cough and loss of taste or smell are becoming less common.
The Delta Variant is Shifting the Symptoms of COVID-19
At present, the United States has four types of cancer: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. Transmissibility rates and vaccine effectiveness differ between them. As a result, it is not surprising that they cause different symptoms.
Some variants of COVID-19 cause more traditional flu symptoms, such as a loss of smell, fever, shortness of breath, or persistent cough. Although the Delta variant often presents like the common cold, such as with sore throats and runny noses.
The core range of symptoms for COVID-19 remains the same regardless of which variant is more likely to trigger its symptoms. Regardless of whether your symptoms are common now, stay cautious if you are experiencing them.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not change its list of symptoms to diagnose infections, Dias says. “Fever, a runny nose, a cough, headaches, and body aches are common symptoms. Vaccination status determines the difference between testing and isolation. In the case of fully vaccinated individuals, it is recommended that they consult their physician before getting tested.
Covid-19 Vaccine Remain Effective
World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D. states that the Delta variant is more transmissible than all other previously identified variants. The strain is also more difficult to detect by the immune system, which may explain why it is quickly becoming a world leader.
Dr. Beyrer, Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, says mRNA vaccines continue to protect against COVID-19, including with its Delta variant.
To protect against the Delta variant, getting only one shot of a two-dose vaccine series isn’t enough. For maximum protection from COVID-19 vaccines, don’t miss the second dose.
Beyrer says vaccine coverage isn’t high enough worldwide to affect the spread of the Delta variant yet. “This is why it is spreading so fast.” It is all the more important for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 since the Delta variant is highly contagious. At this time, the best protection is to be fully vaccinated.
“If you’re sick, stay at home, cover your cough, wash your hands, and wear a mask,” Dias recommends. Currently, our biggest risk is that the current vaccines will not work against the virus if it continues to mutate. It will be necessary to get a booster for the new strain. We can return to normal if we can prevent that by vaccinating enough people.”