The team from the British Covid Sympton Study project, which collects information on symptoms most frequently associated with covid-19, concludes that there appears to be a shift in symptomatology, with young people infected with SARS-CoV-2 reporting more frequent symptoms of constipation such as runny nose, sore throat and headaches and less often coughing or loss of smell and taste.
“Since the beginning of May we have seen that the main symptoms in the app users are not the same as they were up to now,” Tim Spector, head of the project, told BBC. It’s something they associate with the Indian variant (delta), now responsible for 90% of cases in the country and which has led to a resurgence of the epidemic in England, with some experts admitting that there may be a third wave.
Having a fever is still relatively common, but the loss of smell no longer appears among the 10 most common symptoms, said the person responsible for the project.
“The variant seems to be working differently. People might think it’s just a seasonal cold, they go to parties and broadcast to an average of six people. We think this is fueling the problem,” warns Tim Spector.
In Portugal, the English variant is still more common, but the Indian variant is the one that has been growing the most and the Ricardo Jorge Institute confirmed at the end of last week that there are already cases of community transmission, that is, cases in which the people appear infected without immediately realizing what the chain of transmission was. According to the DGS and INSA monitoring report of the red lines, transmission of the Indian variant is “most evident” in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region.