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Sore throat, headache and runny nose linked to Delta variant of COVID-19

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A sore throat, headaches and a runny nose are the most common symptoms for people infected with the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom.

Although being infected with this variant of coronavirus may feel more like “a bad cold” for younger people, Professor Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom study, has warned it is more transmissible and could seriously affect others if safety measures aren’t adhered to.

COVID-19 Delta variant

“This variant seems to be working slightly differently,” Spector said. “People might think they’ve just got some sort of seasonal cold and they still go out to parties and they might spread around to six other people. We think this is fuelling a lot of the problem.

“The message here is that if you are young, you are going to get milder symptoms anyway. It might just feel like a bad cold or some funny ‘off’ feeling – but do stay at home and do get a test.”

New symptoms: Headaches, runny nose, sore throat

Initially, the classic COVID-19 symptoms were said to be a cough, fever and loss of smell or taste. However, new data from the Zoe app suggests these have now been overtaken by complaints of headaches, a runny nose and sore throat.

The Zoe app invites people to log their symptoms to allow scientists to stay up to date on any developments linked to coronavirus.

Delta variant accounts for majority UK cases

The Delta variant, which first originated in India, now accounts for the majority of COVID-19 cases in the UK, and experts have noticed that people are also experiencing different symptoms.

While loss of smell was a common complaint initially, it has now dropped out of the list of top 10 symptoms.

When the Alpha, or UK variant, was dominant in the UK, the symptoms most strongly linked to infection were chills, muscle aches, loss of appetite and headaches.

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