Symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid-19 are similar to seasonal flu, here’s how to tell the difference

KONTAN.CO.ID – Jakarta. The record for the addition of Covid-19 cases continues after the entry of the Delta variant of the corona virus. Get to know how to distinguish the symptoms of Covid-19 due to the Delta variant of the corona virus so that patients can immediately isolate them so they don’t infect others.

The symptoms of Covid-19 due to the Delta variant of the corona virus are different from before. In fact, the symptoms of Covid-19 due to the Delta variant of the corona virus are similar to those of the seasonal flu. Therefore, it is important to know the symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid-19 so that it does not spread to other people.

The delta variant is increasingly dominating the transmission of Covid-19 worldwide. Corona virus variant B.1.617.2 or Delta is a variant of the corona virus that was first found to be mutated in India.

After causing chaos and a severe Covid-19 tsunami in India, this variant has begun to threaten the health of the world’s people. In the United States, the Delta variant is the dominant coronavirus strain that infects people in the country.

The nature of which can be transmitted quickly or more contagious, even when compared to the Alpha variant, the Delta variant is about 50 percent more infectious. In fact, in Indonesia, the first time the Delta variant entered the country, it caused an uncontrollable spike in Covid-19 cases in Bangkalan, Madura and Kudus.

The researchers say that headaches, sore throats and runny noses are now the most commonly reported symptoms of Covid-19 infection in the UK. The researcher who conducted the Zoe Covid Symptom study, Prof Tim Spector, said that people who contracted the Delta variant of the coronavirus could experience ‘more cold’ or seasonal flu-like symptoms, and symptoms of this Delta variant were reported in a younger group of people.

Also read: The difference between the symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid-19 and the general one

However, even though they may have no symptoms or become seriously ill, they can still transmit the virus and harm others. Anyone who thinks they might have Covid-19, researchers advise to keep getting tested.

How to distinguish the symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid-19 from the seasonal flu

As is known, the usual symptoms of Covid-19, which is caused by an early variant of the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus, generally according to the NHS are as follows.

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Loss of smell (anosmia) or taste

However, Prof Spector said now the usual Covid-19 symptoms are less common in people infected with the Delta variant of the corona virus. It seems that the symptoms of this Delta variant of Covid-19 tend to be similar to the seasonal flu.

This is based on data received by researchers at Zoe Covid Symptom, who have recorded the symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid-19 experienced by thousands of people on an app. “Since early May, we have seen the top symptoms in app users, and they (early Covid-19 symptoms) are not the same as before (Delta variant symptoms),” he said.

The change appears to be related to an increase in infections of the delta variant, which was first identified in India. So, what are the symptoms of this Delta variant of Covid-19?

Check out how to distinguish the symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid-19 from the seasonal flu

Symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid-19 are similar to seasonal flu flu

The Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is spreading around the world, has now accounted for 90 per cent of the UK’s Covid-19 cases. “Fever remains fairly common, but (the Covid-19 symptom) loss of smell is no longer present in the top 10 symptoms,” said Spector, who is professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, UK.

Reporting from CNBC, Prof Spector said that due to Covid-19 caused by the current Delta variant, the reported symptoms resembled a bad seasonal flu in a young population. Also read: Symptoms of Covid-19 in Babies to Watch Out for “The number one symptom is a headache, then followed by a sore throat, runny nose and fever,” said Prof Spector.

While the symptoms of Covid-19 that had seemed typical, such as loss of smell or anosmia, are now much less frequently reported. “People might think they’ve just had the seasonal flu and they’re still going to parties and they might be able to spread the virus to six other people. We think this is causing a lot of problems,” explains Prof Spector.

Prof Spector advises that young people, if they get milder Covid-19 symptoms, it may just feel like cold symptoms or a ‘bad’ feeling or feverish like having the flu, stay home and get tested. A study conducted by scientists at Imperial College London React on more than 1 million people in the UK, when the Alpha variant predominated, found some additional symptoms.

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In addition, the symptoms of Covid-19 due to the Delta variant reported include the following.

  • Shivering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain, appears most intense in addition to the classic symptoms.

That’s how to distinguish the symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid-19 from the seasonal flu. Actually, only with a swab test or PCR to make sure people have Covid-19. Therefore, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, people must immediately self-isolate if they experience an unwell body condition.

This article has been published on Kompas.com with the title “Symptoms of the Delta Variant are Similar to Seasonal Flu, What to Watch Out for?“,

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Author : Holy Kartika Nurwigati Sumartiningtyas
Editor: Holy Kartika Nurwigati Sumartiningtyas

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