Is it just a cold or is it Covid?
Doctors are beginning to notice Covid-19 cases that look more like a very bad cold, especially in areas of the country where the highly contagious delta variant is quickly spreading. It is not clear why common cold symptoms are increasingly being reported, though some experts suspect it could be due to the delta variant, which now accounts for about 20 percent of new cases in the U.S.
It's also possible the shift in symptoms has nothing to with the delta variant. Now that most older adults have received the Covid-19 vaccine, new cases are skewing toward younger, mostly unvaccinated, adults. Younger people have generally been spared the worst of Covid-19.
Common cold or Covid? Upper respiratory symptoms are growing more prevalent, docs say (nbcnews.com)