If you recognize the symptoms, you can get treatment as soon as possible and also take all the precautions to avoid spreading it to others! After all, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta variant is more transmissible than all other variants and affects a larger portion of the population so you should definitely know if you have it!
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy explains that “The more we’ve learned about COVID, we’ve learned that it not only impacts the lungs, but can impact the nervous system, the cardiovascular system. It can impact the kidneys, impact many systems in our body. This is a serious infection.”
So if you suspect something is wrong and want to be sure, here are the signs that you have caught the Delta variant.
You’ve lost your ability to smell and/or taste.
The loss of one’s sense of smell is known as anosmia while the loss of taste is called ageusia and while they are diagnoses not solely linked to COVID-19, there is no doubt that most of us have never thought we’d encounter this issue before the pandemic.
Now, however, chances are you either know someone who’s dealt with this or at least know it’s much more common than usual.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you can experience the loss of either of these senses, if not both, and if you have “Long COVID” it might take months for them to come back and it’s even possible they might never return!
You experience symptoms usually associated with the common cold.
If you have headaches, a sore throat, congestion, and a fever, it’s possible they are just the symptoms of a cold but keep in mind that they are all common symptoms for a Delta infection as well!
Unfortunately, it’s even harder to tell the difference in the case of children since they always seem to be catching and spreading viral infections all year long.
Pediatric Infectious Disease at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, says that “With the Delta variant, we are seeing an increased number of cases among children. Children who are eligible to get vaccinated should get vaccinated.”
Some other symptoms you should look out for.
According to the CDC, some other signs that could be telling of a Delta variant infection are the following:
– Body chills
– Shortness of breath
– Muscle aches
– Nausea or vomiting
– Persistent pressure or pain in your chest
– Trouble waking up or remaining awake
– New confusion
– Pale, grey, or blue lips or nail beds
What if you are vaccinated?
With the emergence of this highly infectious variant, even some of those vaccinated can catch it!
While the chances are much smaller amongst those who have received their shots, they do still happen.
Chief Scientific Officer at AAMC, Dr. Ross McKinney Jr., says that “The people who do come down with the virus are likely to get symptoms. The usual COVID symptoms—congestion, headache, low-grade fever and loss of sense of smell. However, the symptoms appear to be shorter in duration and the length of time you’re shedding virus appeared to be shorter.”
Finally, if you suspect you’ve contracted the Delta variant, here’s what you need to do!
To be very clear, Delta is much more dangerous so if you’ve experienced a handful of these symptoms and even just one of the more uncommon ones, make sure you get a COVID test as soon as possible!
Soon, you will be able to find more at-home kits in drugstores but if possible, get the standard PCR test since medical specialists prefer them.
Aside from that, make sure you follow all safety rules and regulations as not to risk spreading the virus to more vulnerable people.