What to Know About the Delta Variant


In reviewing data since the Delta variant of the coronavirus was detected in the country, experts have found the new strain as contagious as chickenpox—and in fact twice as infectious as the variants before it—so it is essential and advantageous for any individual to know if one has caught the virus. After all, you want to seek care ASAP—and don’t want to pass it along to someone else, especially a loved one or a family member.


But what’s interesting is that the Delta variant may be presenting itself differently in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Read on to see what Delta symptoms usually appear like—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these sure signs you have ‘long’ Covid and may not even know it.


For those vaccinated:

1. You may have symptoms very much like a common cold.
2. You may have headaches or a sore throat.
3. You may have a fever or lose your sense of taste or smell.


For those unvaccinated:

Symptoms of Covid for unvaccinated people include the cold-like symptoms but also traditional symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.


What to do if you feel you have Delta

There’s still a lot with don’t know about Covid-19 and we are still learning, according New York University Langone Vaccine Center director and chief of infectious diseases Dr. Mark Mulligan.

“Be cautious and err on the side of caution in terms of going ahead and getting a test. And to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of the places you’re most likely to catch the virus,” Mulligan advises. (TRC/JuanManila)

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