Runny nose could be Delta variant of Covid-19, warns UCT expert
People with the fast-spreading Delta variant of Covid-19, which is driving SA's third wave of infections, may think they just have a cold.
This was the warning on Thursday from Prof Mary-Ann Davies, director of the University of Cape Town Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research.
Speaking at the weekly Western Cape government Covid-19 briefing, she said the Delta variant’s symptom profile is different from previous variants.
Symptoms are often milder, and a simple “runny nose” could mean you have Covid-19 and need to self-isolate, she said.
Davies said more work was needed to understand why the Delta variant's symptom profile was different.
Provincial health boss Dr Keith Cloete said hospitals were 82% full but only 13% of patients had Covid-19.
It appeared the level 4 lockdown ban on alcohol sales, introduced on Sunday, was already reducing trauma admissions, he said.