‘Worst ever’ virulent cold sweeps across the UK

The flu is back

The flu is back image: Wikipedia

A ‘worst ever’ nasty and virulent cold is sweeping across the UK.

England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer has issued a warning that influenza is a “significant public health concern” this winter as a nasty and virulent cold is sweeping across the UK, flooring people for up to weeks at a time.

Professor Van-Tam said: “Not many people got flu last year because of Covid-19 restrictions, so there isn’t as much natural immunity in our communities as usual.

virulent cold sweeps the UK
Jonathan Van-Tam is the deputy chief medical officer for England. image: No 10 commons

“We will see flu circulate this winter; it might be higher than usual and that makes it a significant public health concern. Covid-19 will still be circulating and with more people mixing indoors, sadly some increases are possible.

“For the first time, we will have Covid-19 and flu co-circulating. We need to take this seriously and defend ourselves and the NHS by getting the annual flu jab and the Covid-19 booster when called.”

One sufferer of the illness described the cold as being ‘the worst lurgy ever’, it is now reportedly spreading across the UK, with the South West, North West, London and the Midlands all being badly affected.

Another person struck down by the new cold, from Reading in Berkshire, said she’s had to take seven days off as a care worker due to a ‘debilitating’ cold. Her daughter, an NHS worker, had also been struck down by the virus. For some people, diagnosing the condition can be particularly difficult.

Over the past week, there has been an average of 35,000 new coronavirus cases a day, putting the UK at the top of Europe’s infection chart.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing and face coverings meant that common illnesses such as the cold were at an all-time low, however now that those restrictions have lifted it’s to be expected that the virus is back with a vengeance.

London-based GP, Dr Philippa Kaye, told the BBC:

“We’ve actually been seeing a rise in the number of coughs and colds and viral infections. We are mixing in a way that we haven’t been mixing over the past 18 months. During those first lockdowns, we saw a number of other [non-Covid] infections fall. We think that was primarily due to the restrictions on meeting up.”

Twitter posts reveal many people have reported being struck down by the cold. One tweet appears to sum up the experiences of many, garnering over 15k likes and 1.5k retweets.

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Co-infection of COVID-19 with other respiratory pathogens – US National Libray of Records study results: Jun 25 2021

Co-infection of COVID-19 with other respiratory pathogens which may complicate the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of COVID-19 emerge as a new concern. The overlap of COVID-19 and influenza, as two epidemics at the same time, can occur in the cold months of the year. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the rate of such co-infection as a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Eleven prevalence studies with a total of 3,070 patients with COVID-19 and 79 patients with concurrent COVID-19 and influenza were selected for final evaluation. The prevalence of influenza infection was 0.8% in patients with confirmed COVID-19.

The frequency of influenza virus co-infection among patients with COVID-19 was 4.5% in Asia and 0.4% in America. Four prevalence studies reported the sex of patients, which were 30 men and 31 women. The prevalence of co-infection with influenza in men and women with COVID-19 was 5.3 and 9.1%, respectively.

Eight case reports and 7 case series with a total of 123 patients with COVID-19 were selected, 29 of them (16 men, 13 women) with a mean age of 48 years had concurrent infection with influenza viruses A/B. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath were the most common clinical manifestations.

Two of 29 patients died (6.9%), and 17 out of 29 patients recovered (58.6%). Oseltamivir and hydroxychloroquine were the most widely used drugs used for 41.4, and 31% of patients, respectively.

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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!. Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.


    • LJ

      14 November 2021 • 08:40

      I could hear the music to the Banana Splits in my mind’s eye as I read this codswallop.

    • LJ

      14 November 2021 • 08:40

      I could hear the music to the Banana Splits in my mind’s eye as I read this codswallop.

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