Even as people began to feel some hope or at least cautious optimism early this summer that the pandemic could recede to the background, there was still the threat that new mutations of the COVID-19 virus could bring it back, and it might be even stronger. Then, the Delta variant surfaced in the United States. First identified in India in December 2020, Delta swept rapidly through that country and Great Britain before reaching the U.S., where it quickly surged. It is now the predominant SARS CoV-2 variant, accounting for more than 99% of COVID-19 cases and leading to an overwhelming increase in hospitalizations in some states. Delta is believed to be more than twice as contagious as previous variants, and studies have shown that it may be more likely than the original virus to put infected people in the hospital.
Early detection of the variant is key and Dr. Suman Radhakrishna MD FACP, Director of Infectious Diseases at Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center, says the symptoms are similar, but with Delta, patients are experiencing GI issues and a sore throat that isn't common with Covid. Delta is more infecting people much younger.
Symptoms are the same with fever, generalized aches and pains, and fatigue. However, delta variant infected individuals are more likely to have a sore throat, cough, nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms with the Delta variant are also more likely to develop sooner after exposure, as early as two days. If you observe these symptoms, see a doctor and take a covid test, if you test positive, you” ll be given a vaccine.
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