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Symptoms of the Delta Variant vs. Previous COVID-19 Strains

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  • Written By: Baton Rouge General
Symptoms of the Delta Variant vs. Previous COVID-19 Strains

We all know the signs of COVID-19 - or do we? Flu-like symptoms and shortness of breath, combined with the loss of taste and smell are what we have been looking out for as telltale signs that you have the coronavirus. But, as the newer delta variant hits our area, we may need to start looking out for some different symptoms.

People infected with the delta variant are reporting symptoms that are slightly different than those associated with the original coronavirus strain. Cough, loss of smell, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are less common with the delta variant, though they are still being reported in smaller numbers. The most common symptoms of the delta variant include sore throat, runny nose, headache, and fever.

Because this variant is more contagious than those we’ve seen in the past, it’s important to isolate yourself from others and get tested as soon as you notice any of these symptoms. Don’t assume it’s allergies or a cold.

If you’ve been vaccinated against COVID, you’re more likely to have mild symptoms of the virus that don’t require hospitalization, but you could spread it to someone who is not vaccinated or is unable to get vaccinated – including children under 12.

If you aren’t yet vaccinated, your best line of defense is to get the shot as soon as you can. All three COVID-19 vaccines available provide protection against the most severe symptoms of COVID. At Baton Rouge General, fewer than five percent of our hospitalized COVID patients have been vaccinated.

Most importantly, as the delta variant spreads through our area, be cautious in public. Wear a mask, even if you’re vaccinated. And if you are eligible to get the vaccine, don’t put it off.

Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine at brgeneral.org/vaccine.