The COVID-19 Delta variant is dangerous because it’s a more contagious mutation of the original strain of COVID-19 virus that has caused a spike in hospitalizations around the nation. At this time, there is still some debate as to whether the variant is associated with worse clinical outcomes. Specifically, it is not known if more people are getting sick because of a combination of high case numbers among vulnerable populations, or low vaccination rates. There also could be impact on patient care and outcomes related to increased stress on hospital systems.
As more and more data are collected, however, it appears that people infected with the COVID-19 delta variant experience different symptoms than those experienced with other strains. With that being said, there’s no indication that the associated symptoms are more severe in nature.
Common symptoms of those infected with the COVID-19 delta variant include fever, headache, sore throat, and runny nose. Unlike the original strain of COVID-19, cough and loss of smell are not common symptoms.
Other reports link the variant to more serious symptoms, including hearing impairment, severe gastrointestinal issues and blood clots leading to tissue death and gangrene.
Being vaccinated does not mean that you cannot become infected with the COVID-19 delta variant. Symptoms can be milder in vaccinated individuals, so we encourage testing even if you think the symptoms are due to allergies.