The symptoms of Covid-19 are changing, and you need to be aware so you can keep yourself and those you love healthy.
By now, we realize that COVID-19 recommendations will change as we learn more about this unique and novel virus. We have to accept that recommendations will change as the variants change too. We still have a lot to learn, which frustrates all of us! It is important to continue to learn from reputable sources in order to make informed decisions for you and your own family.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Delta variant, first identified in India, is now the dominant coronavirus variant in the United States. As of July 3rd, this variant was estimated at causing 51.7% of all new cases throughout our 50 states. The highest cases are noted in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska at 80.7% of all new cases. It was just a month ago when the incidence was only 3%! Thus, this news is alarming to our medical professionals and institutions.
The Mercy hospital system in Springfield, Missouri states this outbreak is worse for them than when the pandemic first began. Unvaccinated, rural areas are being hit hard. Hospitalizations are up and many patients require intensive care. They also state younger, healthier people are being adversely affected this time around. And yes, people are still dying.
The United Kingdom has been hit hard by this variant, so we need to learn from their experience. At this time, we know that the Delta variant is far more contagious as compared to the original virus. It also seems to be requiring hospitalization at a greater rate since it does seem to cause more severe disease.
(We will only know if this is true in the days and weeks ahead after there is data available to analyze.)
Based on Dr. Tim Spector’s Zoe Covid Symptom Tracker App, health professionals are seeing a new set of symptoms associated with the Delta variant as well. There is also a difference in symptoms based on vaccination status. And remember—vaccinations do NOT prevent you from getting covid! They help keep people from getting severely ill. But it is different with this Delta variant. Vaccinated people ARE getting sick, and they are being hospitalized.
Here is what you need to know to recognize if you or someone you know has a potential covid infection-
As mentioned by those infected, the top 5 symptoms of Covid for those having had TWO vaccinations are:
2. Runny nose
4. Sore throat
It is worth noting that the symptoms we had associated with Covid initially are absent or low on this current tracker. For instance, persistent cough is ranked 8th, loss of smell is ranked 11th with fever at 12th and shortness of breath ranked all the way at the 29th symptom.
For those who are unvaccinated, the symptom rankings are different. The top 5 symptoms are:
2. Sore throat
3. Runny nose
5. Persistent cough
Shortness of breath is now ranked at 30th on the tracker when it used to be a very common and life-threatening complication.
The best advice in a pandemic is to get vaccinated if appropriate for your health status but act as if you are not. This means to continue your defensive behaviors like wearing a mask, washing your hands, social distancing with adequate ventilation when gathering. If exposed to someone who is ill, then isolate until you have a negative test result.
As we have said all along—this is not over for anyone until it is over for everyone!