Fever, cough, and loss of taste and smell are well-known symptoms caused by the coronavirus. Of course, not all infected people have these symptoms. And we know some people don’t have any symptoms.
But the traditional symptoms we’ve been told to watch out for appear to be different with this new Delta variant. That’s according to a new study in the UK. He uses an app that lets the UK public understand how the virus is affecting them.
After analyzing the data, here’s what the researchers found. The number one symptom at the top of the list is headache. Followed by a sore throat, runny nose, then fever. The researchers also noted that young people were more likely to report a “funny feeling” or that they felt like they had a bad cold.
Now you might be thinking ‘these symptoms don’t seem so bad’. But, this Delta variant has been called “COVID on steroids”.
Scientists have estimated that it is 60% more transmissible than the current dominant strain here in the United States, which is the Alpha variant first found in Britain. And a Scottish study just found that the Delta variant had nearly double the risk of hospitalization compared to the Alpha variant.
So if more people don’t get the vaccine in the very near future, it’s very likely that this Delta variant will take over. And that could lead to spikes in communities with low vaccination rates. Which could then lead to higher hospitalization rates, even among the youngest age groups.
Unfortunately, I know there are people who think COVID is not serious. Or that vaccines are not safe. But I strongly support science. And science has shown that COVID can be very dangerous.
Over 600,000 Americans have died from it. And there are plenty of long haulers struggling with debilitating symptoms.
Science has also shown that our vaccines are not only safe, but can protect people against current variants, including the Delta variant. So, again, I urge those who have not been fully vaccinated to schedule your injections as soon as possible.
As more people embrace a vegan lifestyle, Dr. Partha Nandi is exploring the pros and cons of a plant-based diet. He talks to a married couple who have made the decision together to become vegans. And he interviews a nutrition expert who explains the health benefits of veganism, as well as the medical issues that can arise in some people who try a plant-based diet. Plus, a woman talks about why she went vegan after giving birth to her son, and a vegan coach gives helpful tips on how to change your eating habits. See you this Sunday, June 20 at 1 p.m.
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See a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.
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