Although the UKHSA COVID dashboard has now moved to weekly reporting to hide the inconvenient truth about the current rising wave of infection, PMP continues to publish its daily report.


The Zoe COVID Study’s positive symptomatic case estimate is currently 351,546 cases (+9.8% in a week). The 7-day estimate shows 2,377,947 cases in a week (+12.3%). On average, it is now estimated that at least 339,707 people are still infected by coronavirus every day in the UK.

🙈🙉🙊 #CovidIsNotOver


First published in June 2022.







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Latest UK Dashboard


Reminder on data reporting in the UK

From Friday 1 July 2022, the COVID-19 UKHSA Dashboard moves to weekly reporting.
The reporting of ZOE COVID Study data will remain daily.
The reporting of ONS Infection Survey data will remain weekly with a 7-day lag.




(Source: UKHSA | ZOE | ONS)


Zoe COVID Study & ONS Infection Survey UK Latest Estimates




■ Zoe COVID Study





■ ONS Infection Survey UK Latest Estimates







latest guidance


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
🥴 Diarrhoea
🤮 Feeling sick or being sick


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ZOE COVID Study’s Top 20 symptoms of COVID-19 (as of 31-Jun-2022)



People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19
Guidance for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19, or a positive test result for COVID-19.
COVID-19: people with COVID-19 and their contacts
Infectious diseases: schools and other childcare settings
Managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings posters.
Ventilation to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19
Guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including coronavirus (COVID-19).
List of general population COVID-19 testing providers - GOV.UK

(Source: Gov.uk)






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Vaccine lowers hospitalisation for pregnant and non-pregnant women – ONS

Coronavirus (COVID-19) hospital admission rates were lower for women who had been vaccinated at least 14 days before infection, regardless of whether they were pregnant or not when they were infected with COVID-19.

For both pregnant and non-pregnant women, rates of COVID-19 hospital admissions were lower for those who were vaccinated at least 14 days before they were first infected than those who were unvaccinated (8 December 2020 to 31 August 2021).

From 8 December 2020 to 31 August 2021, the rate of hospitalisation, compared with those who were unvaccinated was:

  • 76.3% lower for pregnant women who had received one dose of a vaccine
  • 78.6% lower for non-pregnant women who had received one dose of a vaccine
  • 83.1% lower for double-vaccinated pregnant women
  • 81.6% lower for double-vaccinated non-pregnant women

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Since February 2022, the UKHSA has slowly reduced the publishing of its daily COVID updates, following the UK Government’s narrative that we should all “live with the virus”.

UKHSA now reports only once a week.

The virus doesn’t take a break 6 days a week.
It doesn’t infect people from time to time.
It doesn’t stop at a border either.

The virus still spreads and kills people every day in the UK and around the world. COVID-19 is NOT over.

We, at PMP, 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 since free testing has ended in England,  and the ONS COVID Infection Survey estimates.

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■ 🧬 COG-UK sequencing

  • The BA.5 sub-variant is now dominant in the UK
  • The next sub-variant to worry about, BA.2.75, may be able to spread rapidly and get around immunity from vaccines and previous infection




(Source: COG-UK)






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long covid


🧩 Long COVID


LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE (ONS – 7 July 2022)

🚨 2 million people currently live with long COVID in the UK (vs 2 million last month)
🚨 3% of the UK population currently live with long COVID (vs 3.1%)
🚨 1 in 33 people in the UK has long COVID
🚨 Long COVID symptoms adversely affect the day-to-day activities of 1.4 million people, 74% of long COVID sufferers (vs 1.4 million)
🚨 Of those, 409,000 people (21%) are “limited a lot” (vs 398,000)
🚨 570,000 (29%) first had COVID-19 before Alpha became the main variant; 237,000 (12%) in the Alpha period, 394,000 (20%) in the Delta period, and 642,000 (33%) in the Omicron period.
LONG COVID UK ESTIMATE

🚨 Most common symptoms of long COVID
▫ fatigue (56%)
▫ shortness of breath (31%)
▫ loss of smell (22%)
▫ muscle ache (21%)

🚨 Prevalence of long COVID is greatest in people
▫ aged 35-69 years
▫ females
▫ living in more deprived areas
▫ working in social care, teaching, education or health care
▫ with another activity-limiting health condition or disability

🚨 Long COVID by occupation (ONS – 29 Jun-2022)
▫ Police and protective services (25%)
▫ Education (22%)
▫ Social care sector (22%)









long covid kids


🧩 Long COVID Kids

LONG COVID KIDS

According to a recent systematic review and meta-analyses of Long-COVID in children and adolescents published in Nature:

🚨 Long COVID affects 1 in 4 infected children (25.24%)

🚨 For hospitalised children, prevalence of long-COVID is nearly 1 in 3 infected children (29.19%)

🚨 Most prevalent clinical manifestations of Long COVID in children/adolescents:
▫ mood symptoms (16.50%)
▫ fatigue (9.66%)
▫ sleep disorders (8.42%)
▫ headache (7.84%)
▫ respiratory symptoms (7.62%)
▫ sputum production or nasal congestion (7.53%)
▫ cognitive symptoms (6.27%)
▫ loss of appetite (6.07%)
▫ exercise intolerance (5.73%)
▫ altered smell (5.60%)

🚨 Children infected by COVID-19 have a higher risk of persistent dyspnea, anosmia/ageusia, and/or fever

🚨 Like adults, the pediatric population’s risk factors associated with long-COVID are:
▫ older age children
▫ female gender
▫ severe COVID-19
▫ overweight/obesity
▫ comorbid allergic diseases and other long-term co-morbidities


Conclusion

The authors of the systematic review and meta-analyses of Long-COVID in children and adolescents conclude:

🧾
Protective measures are essential to prevent long-COVID in children. We need to understand the long-COVID pathophysiology and symptomatology to support clinical management systems, establish rehabilitation programs, and design guidelines and therapeutic research.
Long-COVID represents a significant public health concern, and there are no guidelines to address its diagnosis and management.
“Our meta-analyses further support the importance of continuously monitoring the impact of long-COVID in children and adolescents and the need to include all variables and appropriate control cohorts in studies to better understand the real burden of pediatric long-COVID.”






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additional data


Weekly New Hospital Admissions for COVID-19 (per million)




Cumulative number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK

(Source: ONS)



Total Cases & Total Deaths




Estimated ®️ Number

(Sources: UK Health Security Agency + Welsh Government
+ Scottish Government + N-I Ministry of Health)



Population Testing Positive for COVID-19

(Source: ONS)



Number of contact tracing alerts sent (England & Wales)

(Source: NHS)



Stringency Index

(Source: University of Oxford)






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  • Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 12 July 2022. | The authors write in a personal capacity.
  • Data cross-referenced with the latest official data from the UK dashboard.
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