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What Are The Symptoms Of The Delta Variant And When Should I Get Tested?

We remain in the COVID-19 pandemic. Joe Gastaldo, MD, reminds us that regardless of vaccination status, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms: stop and get tested.

Symptomatology associated with a Delta variant is described differently than the original alpha variant or ancestral strain. Based on information out of the United Kingdom, the top three symptoms associated with infection with a Delta variant are headache, rhinorrhea – runny nose or a sore throat. More symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection than a lower respiratory tract infection. The common symptoms of a change in taste and smell are mentioned less with the delta variant.

If you have symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection, even sinusitis, you should pause and consider getting tested for COVID-19.

Want to learn more about common COVID-19 questions? Check our Fast Facts page.

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