India: Experts warn of 'third coronavirus wave' in Autumn
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Even though a total of 73,359,099 have been vaccinated within the UK, the jabs do not provide 100 percent protection and it’s still possible to become infected. However, it’s not the classic three symptoms of Covid you should be looking out for. According to the scientist Professor Tim Spector – and the wealth of data collected in the Zoe Covid Symptom Study – vaccinated individuals may share one “common” symptom if they’re infected. “We’ve found that sneezing, a lot, is a more common sign of infection in those who’ve been vaccinated,” said Professor Spector.
Sneezing isn’t considered a typical symptom of Covid, and is much more likely to be a sign of a regular cold or allergy.
However, data from the Zoe Covid Symptom Study suggests that “sneezing more than usual can be a sign of Covid, but only in people who’ve been vaccinated”.
“If you’ve been vaccinated and start sneezing a lot without an explanation, you should stay home and get a COVID test,” advised Professor Spector.
Most people who have been vaccinated, who do end up catching the infection, are likely to experience “milder and shorter” symptoms of Covid.
As well as sneezing more frequently, there are still 20 symptoms of the disease to be aware of, such as:
- Chills or shivers
- Persistent cough
- Loss or change in smell
- Loss or change in taste
- Sore throat
- Sudden confusion
- Skin rash
- Changes in the mouth or tongue
- Red and sore fingers or toes
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Muscle pains
- Hoarse voice
- Reduced appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Runny nose.
“We also know that more people have asymptomatic COVID-19 after their jab,” added Professor Spector.
Being asymptomatic means that you could be carrying (and spreading) the disease without experiencing any symptoms.
This is why the Government recommends everybody to take weekly rapid lateral flow tests – available for free on the NHS.
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If you receive a positive rapid flow test, you must then have a PCR test to confirm your diagnosis.
“Sneezing is a key way that viruses spread,” Professor Spector added. “Try to cover all coughs and sneezes with tissue or the inside of your elbow to minimise the spread of droplets.
“Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth until you wash your hands.”
Whether you’ve had both Covid jabs or not, it’s still important to do all that you can to try and prevent the disease from spreading further.
Thanks to the highly successful vaccination programme, the number of people admitted to hospital and dying from the disease in the UK is not as rapid as it was during the first and second waves.
However, there has been a slight increase in the figures now admitted to hospital.
The latest Government report shows that in the past seven days, 1,373 people have been admitted to hospital.
This is a significant rise compared to the week prior – detailing a 40 percent growth in the number of patients now receiving hospital care.
In the same time period, 72 people have sadly lost their lives because of the virus.
In light of these statistics, the so-called “Freedom Day” has been postponed to July 19.
However, the number of wedding guests is no longer limited to 30 people and children can go on overnight trips in groups of 30, for example, if they’re in the Scouts.
At present, nightclubs remained closed and pubs, clubs and theatres have to operate within capacity limits.
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