We’re all familiar with the symptoms of Covid-19 by now.
As the dangerous new Delta variant continues to spread, however, health experts have warned that the telltale signs to look out for have changed.
“The latest data is showing clear increases in incidence of disease right across the country. There is no question that the Delta variant is having a considerable impact on transmission of COVID-19.” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.
“Delta also appears to be presenting with a different variety of symptoms than we have seen with other variants, including headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose.
“If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu it is vital that you isolate immediately and arrange a test.”
Hayfever sufferers are also advised to consider their symptoms carefully and isolate and get tested for Covid-19 if they suspect they could be infected.
When are you considered fully vaccinated?
According to the latest stats, the Delta variant now makes up more than 80% of new coronavirus infections in Ireland. Meanwhile, 70% of the adult population have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and almost 60% of adults are now fully vaccinated.
“It is really important that when your turn comes, you take your Covid-19 vaccine and that when called for a second dose, that you complete your dosing schedule and wait the appropriate period for full protection,” advised Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.
“You are considered fully vaccinated: two weeks after you receive the one-dose Janssen vaccine, one week after your second dose of Pfizer, two weeks after your second dose of AstraZeneca and two weeks after your second dose of Moderna.”