Facebook Twitter

Does the delta variant cause different symptoms?

Worried about the delta variant of the coronavirus? Here’s what to expect

SHARE Does the delta variant cause different symptoms?
A sign lists symptoms for COVID-19 in Maine.

A sign lists symptoms that would require a rescheduled appointment at a COVID-19 mass vaccination site on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty, Associated Press

The delta variant of the novel coronavirus continues to be the most dominant strain of the coronavirus in the U.S. right now — and naturally, questions are rising about symptoms you might expect.

What are the delta variant symptoms?

Dr. Otto Yang of UCLA recently talked to The Los Angeles Times about the differences between the normal mutation of the coronavirus and the new delta variant. He explained that the symptoms might seem different, but they’re mostly the same.

  • “It can look more like a runny nose, which is not as common previously. There are mild differences like that, but overall it’s very, very similar,” he said.
  • He added, “The most important symptoms of course are still cough, shortness of breath and fever.”

What if you’re vaccinated?

The ZOE COVID Symptom study has been keeping data on reported symptoms from fully vaccinated Americans. These Americans are those who have been fully vaccinated but still experience symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

Those symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell

How to stay safe from delta variant

Yang told The Los Angeles Times that vaccinations are only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to staying safe from the delta variant.

  • “We have to realize this virus is still a threat. And we have to take reasonable precautions to protect ourselves from getting infected even if we’re vaccinated,” he said.
  • “Even though the vaccine may make it so that illness is milder and that we may be personally protected, we have to keep in mind that there are many people who aren’t vaccinated who are vulnerable,” he added. “There are also people in whom the vaccine doesn’t work who are vulnerable. As a society, we need to be responsible about protecting everybody.”