Covid surveillance to restart as 1,169,195 people likely to have symptoms

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As with every winter, there will be an influx of seasonal diseases this year, such as flu and, in the wake of the pandemic, Covid.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) stated that surveillance of Covid will soon start up again.

Professor Steven Riley, UKHSA’s director general of data, analytics, and surveillance, elaborated.

He said: “Plans for the restart of COVID-19 surveillance for the winter season, when health pressures usually rise, is in progress.

“And UKHSA will make a further announcement regarding surveillance plans for this winter shortly.”

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Professor Riley added: “Protecting the public from COVID-19 remains one of our top priorities.

“We continue to monitor the threat posed by COVID-19 through our range of surveillance systems and genomics capabilities, which report on infection rates, hospitalisations and the risks posed by new variants.”

Covid and winter flu jabs have been brought forward, now beginning in September (rather than October), to ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected.

The team behind the world’s largest ongoing study of Covid, have reported 93,432 new symptomatic cases of Covid as of September 2, 2023.

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There are around 93,432 new daily cases recorded across the UK, but that doesn’t take into account the number of cases that go unreported.

The ZOE Health Study reported there are 1,169,195 people currently predicted to have symptomatic Covid in the UK as of Monday, September 4.

Covid symptoms can range from a blocked or runny nose to feeling sick, the NHS says.

Symptoms of Covid can include:

  • A high temperature or shivering (chills)
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • An aching body
  • A headache
  • A sore throat
  • A blocked or runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea

People infected by Covid are urged to “stay at home” and to “avoid contact with other people”.

The NHS says: “You can go back to your normal activities when you feel better or do not have a high temperature.”

Anybody concerned about their Covid symptoms can seek support by calling NHS 111 or asking for an urgent GP appointment.

If you are currently eligible for a Covid vaccination, do wait until you are invited by the NHS to have your jab.

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