A headache, sore throat and runny nose are now the most commonly reported symptoms linked to Covid infection in the UK, researchers say. Prof Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom Study, says catching the Delta variant can feel “more like a bad cold” for younger people. But although they may not feel very ill, they could be contagious and put others at risk.
He added that the top symptoms reported to the app were now different from what they once were. “The number one symptom is headache, followed by runny nose, sore throat and fever. Not the old classic symptoms. “We don’t see loss of smell in the top ten anymore, this variant seems to be working slightly differently.”
Fevers are common. The level of virus in the body rises higher than previously seen during the pandemic. And more people are becoming severely ill within 3 or 4 days. Even people with an asymptomatic infection can pass on the virus to others. n the United Kingdom, where the Delta variant makes up 91 percent of the new cases.
Evidence suggests the delta variant may increase the risk of hospitalisation compared to the Alpha variant, Public Health England (PHE) reported. One analysis by PHE of more than 38,000 COVID-19 cases in England found that people with the Delta variant were 2.61 times more likely to be hospitalised than those with the Alpha variant.