If Delta variant is just like a cold ...

(165 Posts)
Dustyboots Mon 14-Jun-21 17:42:31

Why all the fuss?

www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/14/delta-variant-covid-symptoms-include-headaches-sore-throat-and-runny-nose

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HarrietOh Mon 14-Jun-21 17:44:48

Headache has been the main symptom on Zoe app since last year. I only had a headache with covid last year, with a loss of smell the only other symptom (that caused me to test) - but as I’m not the type to get headaches I did become paranoid and start sniffing everything… I think otherwise I wouldn’t have known I had covid to be honest.

JesusInTheCabbageVan Mon 14-Jun-21 17:46:33

...because it has killed lots of people?

purplesequins Mon 14-Jun-21 17:46:45

it's mild for most people but not everyone.

Cornettoninja Mon 14-Jun-21 17:48:08

Because, just like previous variants, there are varying degrees of severity depending on who catches it. Delta has made itself stand out because it’s more transmissible by a significant percentage than what we’ve had experience of.

BIWI Mon 14-Jun-21 17:49:15

Because it's much more transmissible, which means more people will catch it

Because it's affecting even people who have been vaccinated

Because the vaccines haven't yet broken the link between illness and death

Because even if younger people catch it and don't suffer as much, they are at greater risk of long Covid, especially women

Baluchistan95 Mon 14-Jun-21 17:51:35

JesusInTheCabbageVan

...because it has killed lots of people?

Do you have evidence of that?

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Reallybadidea Mon 14-Jun-21 17:53:27

The answer is in the article - more transmissible and more likely to need hospital treatment.

brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Mon 14-Jun-21 17:54:24

www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/india/

JesusInTheCabbageVan Mon 14-Jun-21 17:57:12

@Baluchistan95 as per brrrrrrrrrrrrr's post (thank you brrrrrrrr).

JesusInTheCabbageVan Mon 14-Jun-21 18:06:03

The message in the Guardian article isn't 'It's just a bad cold, relax.' The message is 'If you're one of the ones who get mild symptoms, you might THINK it's only a cold. But you should still get tested.'

Whichjab Mon 14-Jun-21 18:08:30

JesusInTheCabbageVan

The message in the Guardian article isn't 'It's just a bad cold, relax.' The message is 'If you're one of the ones who get mild symptoms, you might THINK it's only a cold. But you should still get tested.'

Because its the people who are going about with 'just a cold' that are spending it.

ineedaholidaynow Mon 14-Jun-21 18:10:47

You just have to see on MN people saying I'm not having a test because I know it is a cold. Well they more than likely don't know it is just a cold

hedgehogger1 Mon 14-Jun-21 18:11:39

I've got a bad cold. Just tried to see if I could get a PCR test. It said no

BarbarianMum Mon 14-Jun-21 18:12:46

@Baluchistan95 yes there is plenty of evidence it can and is lethal in unvaccinated people. It's more likely to put you in hospital than the Kent (alpha) varient fi. Juries out on its effect on the vaccinated but early evidence is suggesting that a single vaccine is less effective against this vatient.

Have you being hiding in a box for the past month or something?

mum2jakie Mon 14-Jun-21 18:12:59

We've just finished isolating after one of the kids bought it back from school. (Confirmed Delta variant following outbreak across our local schools.)

Child 1: (13) Very mild cold, slight runny nose, felt a bit tired and achey. If this was pre-covid, I would cheerfully have insisted on school!

Child 2: No symptoms at all

Child 3: Tested negative despite full exposure to rest of household

Adult 1: positive despite having both vaccines months ago. Felt tired, achey, flu like symptoms

Adult 2: Double dosed, negative throughout

Chloemol Mon 14-Jun-21 18:13:50

Don’t be so ridiculous. What a stupid ignorant post

JassyRadlett Mon 14-Jun-21 18:14:30

Because it’s the kind of cold that puts 1 in 20 people who currently gets it in hospital.

rainbowunicorn Mon 14-Jun-21 18:17:25

FFS what is wrong with people. I think OP is just trying to be goady. There is no other explanation for this level of ignorance. Did you not see the scenes in India a few weeks ago?

Hamilbamil Mon 14-Jun-21 18:19:45

@Baluchistan95

* Do you have evidence of that?*

Have the news from India over the past couple of months completely passed you by?! hmm

Dustyboots Mon 14-Jun-21 18:20:00

Because it's affecting even people who have been vaccinated

But it’s just like a bad cold ...

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Dustyboots Mon 14-Jun-21 18:21:28

The answer is in the article - more transmissible and more likely to need hospital treatment.

The article says it’s more transmissible but not that it’s more likely to need hospital treatment.

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Ipanemama Mon 14-Jun-21 18:23:16

A friend in her late forties is quite poorly with this variant at the moment. Had to visit hospital because of her breathing. She had one vaccine back in April.

We all want to get out of this, if we have to delay for a month then that’s what we do.

itsgettingwierd Mon 14-Jun-21 18:24:49

JesusInTheCabbageVan

The message in the Guardian article isn't 'It's just a bad cold, relax.' The message is 'If you're one of the ones who get mild symptoms, you might THINK it's only a cold. But you should still get tested.'


This.

For some it's just a mild illness.

For 150k people - it was fatal.

That's all variants. They differ slightly in transmissibility and severity but so far we've heard reports the delta variant is both.

JesusInTheCabbageVan Mon 14-Jun-21 18:26:11

Dustyboots

*The answer is in the article - more transmissible and more likely to need hospital treatment.*

The article says it’s more transmissible but not that it’s more likely to need hospital treatment.

The article literally says:

Data suggests that the Delta variant is at least 40% more transmissible than the Alpha variant first detected in Kent, and appears to double the risk of hospitalisation. It also renders vaccines somewhat less effective, particularly after only one dose.

Is there someone with you who can read it out to you?

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