To make sure that you do not spread COVID-19 to others if you catch it, it is important to know and easily identify all the early signs that you might have it.
The holidays are upon us and people are starting to spend more and more time together indoors, partying or simply just gathering with family and friends from outside the household.
With that being said, almost 70 percent of adult Americans have been fully vaccinated and cases are steadily declining but that is not to say that we should let our guards down, especially since it’s flu season and we can easily confuse COVID-19 symptoms with common viral season ones.
To avoid infecting others read on to learn what you should look out for.
- Common Early Symptoms
According to COVID Symptom Study researchers who have been tracking the symptoms of the most recent COVID cases, the signs have changed quite a bit from the beginning of the pandemic almost 2 years ago.
More precisely, the newer symptoms you should pay attention to are:
– Runny nose
– Persistent headaches
– Loss of smell
However, just keep in mind that in the case of those unvaccinated, the early symptoms of infection are actually still pretty similar to the ones experienced in the early days of the pandemic:
– Severe cough
– Runny nose
– Sore throat
- Signs Usually Associated With The Common Cold
COVID Symptom Study scientists explain that “At the beginning of the pandemic back in 2020, the main symptoms of COVID-19 were thought to be fever, cough and loss of smell, often known as the ‘classic three or triad.’ Many of the symptoms of COVID are now the same as a regular cold, especially for people who have received their two doses of the vaccine, making it hard to tell the difference.”
It may be quite tricky to tell them apart but the researchers stress that a loss of smell is still one of the most obvious signs.
However, if you don’t experience it but instead only have cold or flu-like symptoms, the experts still recommend that you get tested for COVID-19, just to know for sure.
As you wait for the test results, you should also self-quarantine until you get a negative result.
- Other Common Symptoms
The CDC mentions that other signs of infection are:
– Fever or chills
– Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
– Loss of smell and/or taste
– Congestion or a runny nose
– Vomiting or nausea
Just like in the case of the other symptoms previously mentioned, make sure to get tested as soon as possible, even if you have received your vaccine and boosters.
- The Delta Variant Dangers
Specialists claim that the Delta variant is actually much more transmissible than all the other strains of the virus before it.
Not only that but it also looks like it is able to cause more serious symptoms and make people sicker quicker.
Furthermore, they are twice as likely to need hospitalization.
The only known solution at this point is getting vaccinated, even though that does not protect you from catching COVID-19 a hundred percent.
The New York Times reported not too long ago that “The risks of getting any version of the virus remain small for the vaccinated, and the risks of getting badly sick remain minuscule.”
It has been proven that vaccination significantly reduces your risks of getting really sick, needing hospitalization and most importantly, dying of COVID-19.
As mentioned before, breakthrough cases still happen but they are mostly mild and really rare.
More precisely, if you are fully vaccinated, your chances of catching the virus are 1 in 5,000 per day and they can be lowered even more if you follow all the other precautions such as avoiding crowded places and wearing your mask.
Living in a highly vaccinated area can also majorly lower your risk of infection.
- Here’s What You Need to Do to Remain Safe
Make sure to follow all the safety precautions recommended by the CDC, regardless of where you live.
– If you live in an area with high vaccination rates, don’t forget to at least wear a N95 mask to increase your safety in public.
– Avoid traveling, practice social distancing as much as possible and stay away from crowds
– Don’t spend time indoors with people from outside your household
– Wash your hands often and thoroughly.