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 285,834 cases (-17.4% in a week). The 7-day estimate shows 2,238,027 cases in a week (-7.8%). On average, it is now estimated that at least 319,718 people are still infected by coronavirus every day in the UK.
First published in July 2022.
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From next week we won’t be publishing the UKHSA data in our daily reporting. Those figures are conveniently and undoubtedly flawed. Instead, we will focus on the ZOE COVID Study and the ONS Infection Survey data.
Our readers deserve the truth about COVID-19 and the UK government has clearly been doing everything – from ending free tests to irregular dashboard reports, delaying and ending some data reports – to make sure the media lose interest in COVID reporting and make the public believe both that they can live with the virus and that the pandemic is over. This is wrong and untrue, as the WHO and public health experts have repeatedly told us.
For these reasons, PMP Magazine has so far, and will continue to publish COVID daily updates because we see it as part of our mission to always report the truth, even if it means we are the last magazine in the UK media to do so.
COVID is not over.
Reminder on data reporting in the UK
▫ Since 1 July 2022, the COVID-19 UKHSA Dashboard has moved to weekly reporting.
▫ The reporting of ZOE COVID Study data has remained daily.
▫ The reporting of ONS Infection Survey data has remained 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
■ 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
■ TRAVEL: ENTRY RULES AND RESTRICTIONS
Check out the latest situation for 20 of the top travel destinations for Brits:
■ ZOE COVID Study’s Top 20 symptoms of COVID-19 (as of 14-Jul-2022)
■ ZOE COVID Study’s Incidence by Age Group (as of 14-Jul-2022)
Infections continued to rise in England – ONS
The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 continued to increase in England, and trends were uncertain in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, in the most recent week.
The estimated percentage of population living in private households (those not in care homes or other communal establishments) that had COVID-19 in the latest week was:
- England (1 in 17 people)
- Wales (1 in 17 people)
- Northern Ireland (1 in 20 people)
- Scotland (1 in 15 people)
Infections continued to increase in the North West, East of England, London and the South East and the trend was uncertain in all other regions of England. Infections also continued to increase in those in school Years 7 to 11, and those aged 50 years and over; trends were uncertain in all other age groups.
Over one-third report wearing a face covering outside the home – ONS
More than a third (36%) of adults wore face coverings when outside their home, according to the latest data from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey collected between 6 July and 17 July 2022.
Three-quarters (75%) reported they always or often wash their hands with soap straight after returning home from a public place. Around 29% said they always or often maintained social distancing when meeting up with people outside their household and 35% avoided older or more vulnerable people.
Around 27% of adults reported opening windows or doors to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and other illnesses when they have visitors in their home.
Reinfection risk much higher in Omicron period – ONS
The risk of reinfection with coronavirus (COVID-19) was about five times higher in the period when Omicron variants were dominant, compared with when Delta was the main variant in the UK.
Omicron variants have been dominant from 20 December 2021 to 1 July 2022. Before then, the Delta variant of coronavirus was dominant from 17 May 2021 to 19 December 2021.
These figures are just for first reinfections, that is, people who have had coronavirus twice. Most people who were reinfected in the Omicron period first caught coronavirus in the Alpha and Delta periods.
Deaths involving COVID-19 increased in Great Britain – ONS
There were 506 deaths involving COVID-19 registered in the week ending 8 July 2022 in Great Britain, an increase from 393 in the previous week. This accounted for 4.5% of all deaths in the latest week; an increase from 3.4% in the previous week. UK figures are not available for the latest week because of a bank holiday in Northern Ireland.
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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
🚨 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.
🚨 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
▫ 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 News
- What causes long COVID? Canadian researchers think they’ve found a key clue | Global News
- Faster Progress Is Needed on Treatments for Long Covid | Bloomberg
- Long COVID Can Hit Kids, Even Babies | HealthDay
- Almost 1 in 20 older pupils have had long COVID | ONS
- As the pandemic ebbs, long-haul Covid still drains patients and confounds doctors | The Guardian
- Long COVID found in 20% of US cases — CDC
- Is Omicron Creating More Cases of Long Covid? — Bloomberg
- Long Covid can lead to trauma and depression — Sunday Times
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
▫ comorbid allergic diseases and other long-term co-morbidities
The authors of the systematic review and meta-analyses of Long-COVID in children and adolescents conclude:
“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.”
■ 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)
- Vaccination Data | UK Government
- What’s new | UK Government
— AUTHOR —
▫ J.N. PAQUET, Author & Journalist, Editor of PMP Magazine.
- Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 22 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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