What are the symptoms of the Delta variant?
Medics have warned the virus is becoming more “unpredictable” as new variants continue to emerge, with some patients now experiencing more unusual symptoms.
Doctors think that gangrene, hearing loss and severe gastric upsets could be caused by the strain first identified in India.
Abdul Ghafur, an infectious disease physician at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, has said he is now seeing more patients with diarrhoea compared to the first wave of the pandemic, the Mirror reports.
Six leading doctors treating patients across India have also identified the following more common symptoms of the Delta strain:
– Stomach pain
– Loss of appetite
– Hearing loss
– Joint pain
As for the new, more unusual symptoms, Ganesh Manudhane, a Mumbai cardiologist, has said some patients develop severe small blood clots, which causes affected tissue to die and develop gangrene, Bloomberg reports.
Mr Manudhane explained that two of his patients had to have their fingers or a foot amputated due to health complications, and added that while he only saw three or four cases of gangrene last year, he is now seeing one patient every week.
If gangrene is left untreated for 24 hours, the chances of survival drop to 50 per cent, Medics warn.
The condition can affect any part of the body but typically starts in the toes, feet, fingers and hands, with signs including redness and swelling, and pain or sores in the affected area.
Hetal Marfatia, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial Hospital, also explained how some patients in India have reported hearing loss, swelling around the neck and severe tonsillitis due to the Delta variant.
Prof Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom study, has said a headache, sort throat and runny nose are now the most commonly reported symptoms of Covid-19 infeciton in the UK, adding that for younger people, catching the Delta variant can feel “more like a bad cold”.