Out celebrating the Bucks’ win? Doctors say you should watch for these COVID symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated

MADISON, Wis. — The Deer District is the center of the sports world, but could it soon make Wisconsin the next COVID epicenter?

Public health officials warn a surge in cases isn’t a matter of if, but when, as Bucks fans continue to celebrate and cases continue to climb. In Wisconsin, the number of people testing positive and being hospitalized for COVID has been growing for two weeks straight, and 80% of new cases are now the highly-contagious delta strain.

“We’ve had breakthrough cases,” explained Brittany Grogan, data analyst for Public Health Madison & Dane County. “Those are vaccinated people who’ve gotten COVID. Luckily, they’re often mild, but they are still happening.”

Breakthrough cases mainly affect at-risk, immunocompromised people, who may be taking other medications. Although we don’t know the total number of breakthroughs in Dane County yet, most recent cases have been among people in their mid-20’s and 30’s.

Even COVID doesn’t make you dangerously sick, you could infect others, doctors warn. The symptoms of the delta variant, now responsible for 80% of local cases, are slightly different than the original strain.

Here are the specific symptoms you should watch for, again, even if you are fully vaccinated:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Potential loss of smell (less frequent than the original strain)

If you have trouble breathing or chest pains, doctors say you should call them immediately.