OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As concern grows over the spread of the delta variant across the world, health officials are warning of somewhat different symptoms accompanying it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a drastic increase across the country in the number of people contracting COVID-19.
As hospitals begin to fill up with younger, unvaccinated patients, doctors point out that there are new symptoms people should watch out for as the highly contagious delta variant spreads.
“The delta variant has slightly different symptoms from the original virus. You cannot get the loss of taste and smell. The delta variant could cause problems like cough, shortness of breath, fever, body aches, congestion, etc. Please get tested if you have any. Dr George Monks wrote on Twitter.
Without testing, many patients may not realize they have COVID-19 until their symptoms intensify, doctors say.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, According to the CDC.
Experts point out that the delta variant spreads easily and it takes less virus to make someone sick. The variant, a version of the coronavirus first identified in India, was first detected in the United States in January. It is now spreading to over 90 countries.
“This delta variant is more lethal than the original,” said Dr. Mary Clarke, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association.
As of July 14, the CDC reported that the current seven-day moving average of new daily COVID-19 cases has risen 69.3% from the previous week’s numbers.
In addition, the seven-day average of new hospital admissions for COVID-19 was 35.8% higher than the same period the week before.
Officials also point out that deaths were up 26.3% from the moving average of the previous seven days.
In order to protect yourself from the latest variant, the authorities stress that you must continue to wash your hands, keep your distance, wear a mask and get vaccinated.
The monks said that even if you are fully vaccinated, it is still a good idea to wear a mask indoors or in crowded areas.
“If you are still unsure or have questions about the Covid vaccine, please speak to your doctor. The Covid vaccine is safe and very effective in keeping you out of the hospital and keeping you alive. Getting Covid is risky, ”Monks wrote.
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