As it continues to gain traction, the delta variant is increasingly worrying experts, not least because its symptoms are not exactly the same as those of the original strain of COVID-19.
This type, which first appeared in India, is very similar to the common cold. Accompanying symptoms are headache, sore throat and runny nose.
The situation can be completely misleading for people since the main symptoms of COVID-19, such as loss of smell and taste, do not appear to manifest in the delta variant.
“You have to be very vigilant when you have symptoms that can resemble a cold. You have to think that it could be this famous variant that is really starting to spread more and more, virologist Benoit Barbeau explained, Thursday, in an interview with LCN.
The change in symptoms can be explained by the fact that it is young people who are increasingly affected by the coronavirus disease.
“It’s possible that those are better able to handle the infection itself and actually end up with cold-like symptoms,” he said.
Caution is still required as Quebec continues to advance its unwinding, Mr. Barbeau recalls.
However, the good news is that we have a very effective and effective vaccine against the alternative. […] “This protection is definitely powerful and will prevent you from developing severe symptoms and being hospitalized,” the virologist said.