Headache and runny nose are now most common Delta symptoms

The typical Covid symptoms are changing as the Delta variant takes hold across Britain.

According to research, a headache, sore throat and a runny nose are now the most commonly reported effects of coronavirus infection. 

The data has come from thousands of Covid sufferers who have logged their symptoms on the Zoe Covid Symptom app.

Professor Tim Spector, who runs the study, said the dominant Delta variant – first detected in India – can feel ‘more like a bad cold’ for younger people. 

Speaking in a YouTube video, the expert warned that they can still be contagious and pass the disease on to more vulnerable groups. 

Prof Spector said: ‘This variant seems to be working slightly differently.

‘People might think they’ve just got some sort of seasonal cold and they still go out to parties and they might spread it around to six other people.

‘We think this is fuelling a lot of the problem.


‘The message here is that if you are young, you are going to get milder symptoms anyway.

‘It might just feel like a bad cold or some funny ‘off’ feeling – but do stay at home and do get a test.’

He said the classic symptoms of a cough, fever and loss of smell or taste are now less common.

He added: ‘Since the start of May, we have been looking at the top symptoms in the app users – and they are not the same as they were,’

Loss of smell, once a tell tale sign of the disease, is now not even in the top 10 symptoms, he said.

The Delta variant now accounts for 90% of Covid cases in the UK. 

It comes after an Imperial College London study of the Alpha (Kent) variant, involving more than a million people in England, also found other Covid symptoms, including chills, loss of appetite and muscle aches.

The Government website says the most important signs of the disease continue to be a new continuous cough, high temperature and a loss of or change in smell or taste.

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