Delta variant: Three new symptoms not yet included in

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The Delta variant, first discovered in India, has forced the Government to change its tack in recent weeks. This is due to fears about its greater transmissibility. However, the Government appears to be dragging its feet when it comes to updating the official list of symptoms linked to the new Delta variant. Headache, sore throat and runny nose are now the most commonly reported.

As a journalist pointed in the latest press briefing to Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi, the Government’s “official” website does not reflect this change in symptoms.

The NHS website currently states the main symptoms of coronavirus are:

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

However, this appears to contradict the new symptoms most common in the Delta variant, which has become the dominant strain in the UK.

Professor Tim Spector, who heads up the Zoe Covid Symptom study, recently said that the three main symptoms may be less common now.

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