UKHSA COVID updates now take place on Mondays and Thursdays only. The virus doesn’t take a break 5 days a week. It still spreads and kills people every day in the UK. We will continue to publish the latest COVID data available every day.
First published in May 2022.
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𝗣𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗦𝘆𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗲𝘀
▫ 24h: 119,640↗️
▫ 7d: 826,296
▫ 28d: 4,574,875
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𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝟭-𝗝𝗮𝗻-𝟮𝟮
■ UK Government’s List of symptoms of COVID-19
After two years without updating its list of just three symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to the sense of smell or taste), the NHS has finally updated its list of symptoms of COVID:
😩 Shortness of breath
🥱 Feeling tired or exhausted
🤕 An aching body
🤯 A headache
🤐 A sore throat
🤧 A blocked or runny nose
😞 Loss of appetite
🤮 Feeling sick or being sick
■ ZOE COVID Study’s Top 20 symptoms of COVID-19 (as of 12-May-2022)
- Most clinically extremely vulnerable people taking COVID-19 precautions – ONS
Most people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (referred to throughout as “CEV people”) to COVID-19 were continuing to take precautions to protect themselves.
Of CEV people in England, 13% reported continuing to follow previous shielding advice and 69% were no longer shielding but were taking extra precautions. The majority of CEV people (78%) felt that it should be the law for those who test positive to self-isolate and 59% felt that it should be the law to wear face masks in public spaces.
The percentage who were very or somewhat worried about the effect coronavirus is having on their life right now was statistically significantly higher (46%) than the general adult population of England (34%).
Meanwhile, more than half (59%) of respondents reported that the pandemic had a negative effect on them; whilst 11% reported a positive effect and 30% reported no effect. Additionally, a statistically significantly higher proportion of CEV people reported feeling lonely often or always, compared with the general adult population of England (10% and 6%, respectively).
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Since February, the UKHSA has stopped publishing COVID updates at weekends. Now they take place on Mondays and Thursdays only.
The virus doesn’t take a break at weekends, nor does it show up twice a week only. It still spreads and kills people every day in the UK and around the world.
At PMP, we have decided to continue to publish the latest COVID data available every day, especially the Zoe COVID Study estimates – probably more accurate than the UK Government’s own data especially since free testing has ended in England.
This thing is not over until it is over everywhere.
■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing
“South Africa’s daily coronavirus test positivity rate neared a record, rising above 30% on Saturday for the first time in almost five months as two sublineages of the omicron variant spread rapidly ahead of the nation’s winter season,” Bloomberg reported on Saturday.
🚨 1.8 million people currently live with long COVID in the UK
🚨 2.8% of the UK population currently live with long COVID
🚨 1 in 36 people in the UK has long COVID
🚨 Long COVID symptoms adversely affect the day-to-day activities of 1.2 million people (67% of long COVID sufferers)
🚨 Of those, 346,000 people (19%) are “limited a lot”
🚨 556,000 (31%) first had COVID-19 before Alpha became the main variant; 249,000 (14%) in the Alpha period, 446,000 (25%) in the Delta period, and 438,000 (24%) in the Omicron period.
🚨 Most common symptoms of long COVID:
▫ fatigue (51%)
▫ shortness of breath (33%)
▫ loss of smell (26%)
▫ difficulty concentrating (23%)
🚨 Prevalence of long COVID is greatest in people:
▫ aged 35-49 years
▫ living in more deprived areas
▫ working in social care, teaching, education or health care
▫ with another activity-limiting health condition or disability
■ Absence & Attendance in Schools
■ Number of contact tracing alerts sent (England & Wales)
(Source: University of Oxford)
📚 Data Sources:
- Daily summary: Coronavirus in the UK | UK Government
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHS Advice | PMP Magazine
- Variants: distribution of cases data | UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)
- What’s new | UK Government
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▫ J.N. PAQUET, Author & Journalist, Editor of PMP Magazine.
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