While the global vaccine rollout continues in the fight against COVID-19, we're unfortunately not out of the woods when it comes to infections - and one person who knows this first-hand is Hilary Duff.
The actor and mum of three revealed on Friday that she's contracted the Delta variant, and took to her Instagram Stories to outline the range of symptoms she's been experiencing.
“That delta … she’s a little bitch. symptoms: bad headache. No taste or smell. sinus pressure. Brain fog," Hilary wrote, adding that she was: "Happy to be vaxxed."
Since then, she's been sharing updates with her social media followers and happily, one of her COVID symptoms seems to be improving. On Sunday, Hilary said that her sense of taste had returned, at least when she was eating a bag of almond butter filled pretzel nuggets. (Side note: how good do they sound?!)
It seems Hilary has been hunkering down at home and resting up while she's fighting off the effects of COVID. She'd also posted on her Stories about bingeing TV series and reading the book The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller while cosied up in bed.
In another snap giving a glimpse into the treatment she's receiving, Hilary can be seen hooked to a vitamin drip, and she thanked frontline healthcare workers.
Hilary's flu-like ailments tally up with what we know about the Delta variant's symptoms and how they differ from the typical ones we've been aware of since COVID-19 first turned our lives upside down.
With COVID having basically ruled our lives for the past 18 months, we're all pretty familiar with the key symptoms of the virus. The most common signs are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. But the Delta variant can manifest differently - especially in young people - according to a Professor who has study the virus in-depth.
Professor Tim Spector, who heads up the Zoe COVID Symptom study, has described the variant as feeling "more like a bad cold" for younger people, with two symptoms in particular to look out for: a headache and a runny nose.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan earlier in the year, Bupa UK's Dr Samantha Wild reiterated that the core COVID symptoms can still apply to any variant of the virus. "We’re still very much learning about these new variants," she said. "But at present the key symptoms for any strain of COVID-19 remain the same: a continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours), a temperature and loss of taste or smell."
Having said that, if you notice cold-like symptoms including a runny nose or a headache, it's always better to be on the safe side and take a test before potentially exposing anyone else to the virus.
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