The new variant of COVID-19 differs from previous versions. It is “more dangerous than other variants of the virus,” the CDC says. “The Delta variant is highly contagious, more than 2x as contagious as previous variants,” not to mention, “some data suggest that the Delta variant may cause more severe disease than previous variants in unvaccinated people.” How do you know you have it? Read on for 9 symptoms, get vaccinated if you haven’t already been, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss it Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
The CDC lists congestion or runny nose and sore throat as symptoms of COVID-19. Some studies, as well as anecdotal evidence, indicate that these nose and throat symptoms are more common in Delta than other strains. Professor Tim Spector, who de Zoe Covid Symptom Exam, has said Delta can feel “more like a bad cold” for younger people. That’s why it’s essential to stay aware of any symptoms and get tested.
Temperature dysregulation is very common with COVID, but you can still have COVID without a fever. Most doctors don’t worry until your temperature is above 100.4 degrees — that’s when it’s considered significant. By the way, fever is not a bad thing. dr. Anthony Faucic, the chief medical adviser to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said it’s a sign that your immune response is working. But it’s a worrying sign if you have one during a pandemic.
A COVID cough “is usually a dry (non-productive) cough unless you have an underlying lung condition that normally causes you to cough up phlegm or phlegm,” says the Zoe Symptom Study. “However, if you have COVID-19 and start coughing up yellow or green mucus (‘gunk’), it could be a sign of an additional bacterial infection in the lungs that needs treatment.”
If you’re having trouble breathing, call a medical professional and the CDC says, “look for COVID-19 emergency warning signs. If anyone exhibits any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
Persistent chest pain or pressure
Inability to wake up or stay awake
Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.”
Fatigue — like you have, well, a virus — is a common symptom when you get COVID. It can also take longer than a year, according to a major new study in the Lancet. More than half of those surveyed had at least one symptom that did not resolve after a COVID infection, at least after a year of study. An estimated 30% of people who get COVID may have this problem. The authors found that these “long hikers” suffered from “fatigue or muscle weakness, mobility problems, pain or discomfort, and anxiety or depression,” among other debilitating problems.
dr. Fauci has warned that “long pullers” can develop “myalgia” — or body aches — and they can be caused by an initial infection. These can feel like a heart attack or just a pain in the neck, but are unusual in their appearance as you may not know how they started. If it feels really weird, suspect COVID.
When COVID first hit these shores, symptoms were said to be a dry cough or shortness of breath. The experts knew little at the time, there were many more, including crushing headaches, described by a patient like “an alien feeling in my body and a vise on my head, but nothing that sounded like the typical description of COVID.” Others have called it a “jackhammer”.
The original keystone symptoms of COVID infection, a loss of taste or smell, are anecdotally less common than before, but can still occur and are a telltale sign of COVID.
Nausea or vomiting and diarrhea are symptoms the CDC should look out for. Originally considered a “respiratory disease,” COVID has been proven to disrupt all systems, including gastrointestinal. The CDC notes that “this list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people with serious underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes appear to be with a higher risk of developing more serious complications from COVID-19 disease.”
“From the standpoint of illness, hospitalization, suffering and death, the unvaccinated are much more vulnerable,” Fauci says. “If you look at the country as a whole to bring us back to normal, the unvaccinated — by not getting vaccinated — are allowing the spread and spread of the outbreak, which ultimately affects everyone.” Get tested if you think you have any of the symptoms listed here. And the CDC says, “Get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you’re in an area with substantial or high transmission, wear a mask indoors in public, even if you’re fully vaccinated,” the CDC says. And to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.