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What are the first symptoms of COVID-19?

The delta variant is surging. So here’s a look at what symptoms to keep an eye out for first

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A Utah resident is given a COVID-19 test.

Ramiro Zavala is given a COVID-19 test by Utah National Guard Staff Sgt. Sorensen (no first name given) at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. So what are the first symptoms of COVID-19?

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

COVID-19 isn’t over. Cases for the novel coronavirus have more than doubled in the last two weeks as the delta variant has been spreading fast, according to New York Times data on COVID-19 cases.

In fact, Johns Hopkins University data shows that 47 states saw new cases jump by 10% in the last week.

  • “Experts are increasingly describing two Americas, divided between the vaccinated and unvaccinated, with the latter group putting themselves and others at risk of infection as the vaccine program grinds to a halt,” according to MarketWatch.

Naturally, people will be interested in knowing what symptoms might appear first, especially if they’re being exposed to COVID-19 and getting infected. We’re here to answer some of those questions.

What are the first symptoms of COVID-19?

The delta variant of the novel coronavirus appears to be its own beast when it comes to symptoms. You can read the list of delta variant symptoms at the Deseret News.

But what are the first signs? In August, I wrote about a study from University of Southern California researchers, who outlined the typical order of symptoms for the novel coronavirus,

The study — which was first published in the medical journal Frontier Public Health — found the first few symptoms to be:

  • Fever
  • Cough and muscle pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The ZOE COVID Symptom study — which has been reviewing symptoms for fully vaccinated people amid the delta variant surge — has not listed diarrhea as one of the top symptoms of COVID-19 so far. However, diarrhea is listed as a possible symptom, overall, for coronavirus patients by the same study, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Do vaccines work against delta variant?

Per The Wall Street Journal, data suggests that vaccines are still working well. A study from the United Kingdom, for example, found that vaccines have been preventing severe illness from the delta variant so far.

  • “The vaccines are as good as first heralded, even against new variants,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “That unvaccinated people are still being hospitalized underscores the continuing need to get as many people vaccinated as possible.”