AS Christmas approaches, nobody desires to be struck down with sickness.
With many individuals at the moment battling with a cough or a sniffle, it may be simple to dismiss your symptoms as a cold.
That is as a result of probably the most common Covid symptoms right now aren’t a lot totally different from a cold.
Infections have been climbing in current weeks, with round 1.3million Brits having caught the bug.
The newest information from the ZOE Well being Examine states that there are ten symptoms Brits are at the moment experiencing.
- a sore throat
- a runny nostril
- a blocked nostril
- a cough with out phlegm
- a headache
- a cough with phlegm
- a hoarse voice
- muscle aches and pains
- an altered sense of scent.
These mirror the illnesses of these logging their symptoms from the 30 days as much as December 5, the consultants mentioned.
Figures from the Workplace for Nationwide statistics final week revealed that Covid infections are rising throughout the entire of the UK as a new Omicron variant spreads earlier than Christmas.
In England, Covid infections have climbed above a million, whereas Scotland and Wales have each seen a rise.
The development in Northern Eire is unsure and there’s a combined image amongst totally different areas and age teams.
A brand new Covid variant, recognized as BQ1 Omicron is driving the brand new surge new cases this Christmas.
Knowledge reveals that 1.3million Brits had the virus within the week to December 5.
That is up 16 per cent from 1.1 million within the earlier week.
Nevertheless deaths from Covid have been falling, with 402 recorded within the seven days to December 10.
Covid jabs and booster injections are nonetheless freely obtainable within the UK and are the very best supply of safety in opposition to the impacts of the virus.
Consultants have warned elevated mixing indoors as a result of cold climate and weakened immunity among the many inhabitants from years of lockdowns could possibly be placing extra individuals in danger to catching bugs and viruses.
For the primary time because the pandemic started there are extra individuals being admitted to hospital with flu than Covid.
Contemporary figures from the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) discovered that flu hospitalisations are the best they have been in 4 years.
The NHS can also be coping with an outbreak of Strep A – which has to date killed 19 youngsters.
The surge in cases is placing a enormous pressure on NHS 111 and pharmacists, with shortages of penicillin and different antibiotics reported throughout the UK, consultants have mentioned.
Is it a cold?
Professor Tim Spector, scientific co-founding father of ZOE beforehand mentioned we are more likely to be hit with a mixture of viruses this winter.
He added that colds on account of rhinovirus are rising quickly and are at the moment round 5 occasions extra common than Covid-19.
If you happen to’re affected by a cold, it is probably you’ll choose up ear infections and infections of the sinuses.
Usually although, it’s possible you’ll expertise:
- runny nostril
- physique aches