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This new COVID-19 symptom is more common with the delta variant

The delta variant has a common symptom that hasn’t been mentioned before

An illustration representing the delta variant. Illustration by Alex Cochran, Deseret News

A new COVID-19 symptom as emerged as a result of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

Are earaches a new COVID symptom?

Multiple doctors told WFLA, an affiliate of NBC, that their COVID-19 patients have suffered from a new symptom because of their COVID-19 infection: earaches.

  • “People are coming in believing they have a run-of-the-mill earache or ear infection, but then end up testing positive for COVID,” per Yahoo Life.

Are earaches a new COVID symptom?

Indeed, Dr. Nicole Frommann, medical director for TGH Urgent Care in Florida, told WFLA that the earache symptom makes the delta variant much different than the alpha variant.

  • “The reason we are seeing earaches more often is because sore throat is so prominent (with the delta variant), and the earache is coming from (the) sore throat,” Frommann said.
  • Frommann said the earache issue is “usually associated with other symptoms, especially sore throat.”

What are more delta variant symptoms?

Dr. George Monks, a physician and volunteer teacher the University of Oklahoma, said his COVID-19 patients have reported different symptoms because of delta, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • “The delta variant has slightly different symptoms compared to the original virus,” he wrote on Twitter. “You may not get the loss of taste (and) smell. The delta variant could cause issues like a cough, shortness of breath, a fever, body aches, congestion, and more. Please get tested if you have these.”

Jonathan Leizman, chief medical officer of Premise Health, a health care company headquartered in Tennessee, recently told HuffPost that the delta variant has some common symptoms.

  • “The symptoms are really the same as before. It’s the headache, cough, fatigue, runny nose, fever — those kind of generalized flu-like symptoms,” he said.