Currently, the most prevalent COVID-19 variant in the United States is the Delta variant. People who are infected with this highly contagious variant have almost the same symptoms in a specific order. If you have the symptoms, make sure to contact your doctor or a hospital immediately and do not socialize with others to help keep them healthy.
The order of symptoms came from studies by scientists learning about the COVID-19 virus’s pattern. One of the studies is from the COVID Symptom Study, which tracks the initial signs of new COVID cases through an app.
The response from the vaccinated population said that they first have a headache, followed by a sore throat, then a runny nose, fever, and persistent cough. For the unvaccinated population, the symptoms are similar to the earlier COVID-19 strain if the patient has a severe condition. Some of the symptoms include shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste and/or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and more.
Dr. Andrew T. Chan, an epidemiologist and one of the COVID Symptom Study’s lead investigators, shared with the New York Times that the most common symptom of the Delta variant now is the common cold.
Chan added, “We are still seeing people presenting with a cough, but we are also seeing a higher prevalence of things like runny nose and sneezing.”
Another thing you need to know about the Delta variant is it is much more transmissible than the previous COVID-19 strains. It also causes more severe disease and is twice likely to cause hospitalization. The Delta variant is known to make the unvaccinated population sicker and at a faster rate.
So, if you experience any of the symptoms listed, get checked out and make sure you are already vaccinated. Research shows that vaccines decrease the chance of being hospitalized, developing severe disease, or dying from COVID-19. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that if you get vaccinated, the risk is around 1 in 5,000 per day.
Further, even if you are already vaccinated, ensure that you follow public health guidelines to ensure that you have a lower chance of getting infected with COVID-19.