I’m a virus expert and here’s a sure sign you’ve had Delta

Through dr. Amira Roess, as told to Matt Gillick

to get vaccinated by coronavirus is now a race against the spread of the Delta variant, that is twice as contagious as earlier tribes. Delta accounts for nearly all new cases, with an average of well over 100,000 per day in the United States. While millions of people continue to get vaccinated, millions are still hesitant or skeptical. According to medical experts, this is now mainly a pandemic of unvaccinated people. However, the vaccines do not fully protect against the Delta variant. Breakthrough cases are possible. The protection of the vaccines against contamination with Delta ranges from: 39 percent to 96 percent. Symptoms of breakthrough infections may not exist or, in rare cases, be serious. There are two camps of Delta patients, and depending on a person’s vaccination status, their experience with the virus differs.

dr. Amira Roess is an infectious disease expert and professor of Global Health and Epidemiology in George Mason University’s College of Health and Services. She provided information about the likely indications that someone has the Delta variant for vaccinated and unvaccinated. Read on to find out more – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You May Have Already Had COVID.

Sick woman with flu at home

Sick woman with flu at home

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 this year, there is a good chance that you have been infected with the Delta variant. If you’re experiencing symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who is infected, it’s a good idea to get tested. Symptoms experienced by vaccinated individuals are generally milder than those experienced by unvaccinated individuals. In general, the symptoms are like a mild cold and may include a cough, fever, headache, and loss of taste or smell. These less severe symptoms often do not lead to hospitalization. The majority of COVID hospitals are under unvaccinated individuals. When breakthrough infections occur, they tend to cause asymptomatic or mild symptoms. A small proportion of breakthrough cases end in hospitalization, mainly persons with underlying health problems and elderly people.

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woman covered with a blanket on the couch with high fever and flu

95% of new cases come from the unvaccinated population. Unvaccinated individuals may experience cough, fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, and many other symptoms. They can tolerate these symptoms for much longer than those who have been vaccinated, which can lead to hospitalization. Preliminary data analysis suggests that the Delta variant may cause more severe symptoms than the Alpha variant in unvaccinated individuals. We’re waiting for much-needed data to answer this question. We do know that the Delta variant infects more individuals. There is also convincing evidence for a longer duration of infectivity in unvaccinated compared to the first strain of COVID-19. Individuals infected with the Delta variant can infect about twice as many individuals as we observed in humans infected with the Alpha variant.

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Woman in face mask being vaccinated, coronavirus, covid-19 and vaccination concept.

These vaccines protect people from serious illness and hospitalization by: up to 90%. Wear an N95 mask or face covering to limit the spread. Social distancing indoors and participating in outdoor group activities as much as possible is also crucial to stop the spread of this highly contagious strain.

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Doctor wearing protection mask against covid taking notes during consultation with patient in medical clinic

Says the CDC:

“COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. A wide range of symptoms have been reported in infected people – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms can develop COVID-19 :

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If anyone exhibits any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent chest pain or pressure

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake up or stay awake

  • Pale, gray or blue skin, lips or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Call your health care provider for other symptoms that are serious or worrisome for you.

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Brunette woman wearing a KN95 FPP2 mask.Brunette woman wearing a KN95 FPP2 mask.

Brunette woman wearing a KN95 FPP2 mask.

Follow public health basics and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated as soon as possible; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.