Westminster MPs back extension of England's Covid-19 restrictions until 19 July

Andrew Cummings
June 17, 2021

Two doses of the vaccine are also said to be effective against symptomatic Covid-19 infection: 74 per cent effective against the Alpha variant and 64 per cent against the Delta variant.

"This is a variant of interest, it has not yet been classified as a variant of concern", Paul said.

The variant was first identified in March in Europe, said VK Paul, chairperson of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 in India.

When the Alpha, or United Kingdom variant, was dominant in the United Kingdom, the symptoms most strongly linked to infection were chills, muscle aches, loss of appetite and headaches. "Yes, that could be the variant that's causing it, but it may just be also related to their age".

This means a fully vaccinated person has a 92 per cent lower risk of developing severe illness from the Delta variant compared to those who have not been vaccinated.

The Delta variant has been attributed to the rapid outbreak in the small population of Labuan with fewer than 100,000 residents.

Another study out of Public Health England found that two doses of either vaccine were more than 90 per cent effective at keeping people out of the hospital.

The US, the worst hit country by COVID-19 pandemic, has so far reported 33,498,155 confirmed cases and 600,649 deaths.

Although being infected with this variant of coronavirus may feel more like "a bad cold" for younger people, Professor Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom study, has warned it is more transmissible and could seriously affect others if safety measures aren't adhered to.

"I think it's really hard to compare this emerging data to what we know about the other ones because it's not a controlled study", he said. "There's a large umbrella of symptoms that people can get with COVID-19", he told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, sore throat, runny nose, fever and headaches are more common among patients. "It might just feel like a bad cold or some amusing "off" feeling - but do stay at home and do get a test".

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