New variants, new symptoms

Emerging variants of the coronavirus are bringing with them a list of new symptoms of infection.

The Delta variant has changed the face of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Now comprising more than half of new cases, it has also led to a change in the symptoms experienced by people who have contracted the virus.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic were fatigue, fever, shortness of breath, and the notorious loss of smell and taste. But a new study of COVID symptoms has uncovered new common symptoms.

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The most usual symptoms of COVID-19 are now a headache, runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing.

According to the Zoe COVID Symptom Study, symptoms are also different depending on whether a person is vaccinated or not. For example, fully-vaccinated individuals are more likely to report a loss of smell than people who are still unvaccinated.

The reporting data comes from the users of a COVID-19 tracking app that was deployed early on in the pandemic throughout the U.S. and U.K.

You can read more on their blog.