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The summer COVID wave approaches: Surge in cases and new variants expected

The summer COVID wave approaches: Surge in cases and new variants expected

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Natalia Witulska,
03.07.2024 11:30

While the COVID-19 pandemic has eased and is not as severe as it was a few years ago, the virus is still present. This means that we may continue to experience outbreaks occasionally; the next one is expected in the summer of 2024. Experts advise people to be cautious, practice good hygiene by washing their hands, and look after their health.

Most of us remember March 2020, when the entire world officially faced the threat of COVID-19 and entered a pandemic. Schools, offices, and corporations shut down, and most people began working remotely. We temporarily forgot what it was like to see family and friends, and doctors did everything they could to help the infected. The world simply came to a halt. While we are no longer in such a dire situation, the coronavirus still lingers among us.

Although the pandemic is long over, doctors continue to urge people to take care of themselves and avoid contact with others for five days after testing positive for COVID-19. They also emphasise the importance of vaccines, which experts affirm pose no threat. Meanwhile, doctors in the UK report that the islands are experiencing a "summer COVID wave," with an increasing number of people being hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19.

A summer wave of COVID is flooding the UK

The number of COVID-positive patients being admitted to hospitals in the UK is increasing, but limited testing makes it hard to know the exact scale of the coronavirus outbreak. According to geekweek.interia.pl, the rate of COVID hospital admissions rose slightly to 3.31 per 100,000 people in the week ending 16th June, up from 2.67 per 100,000 in the previous week. The most affected group is those aged 85 and older.

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Doctors reassure the public that there's no need for panic, as the situation is being managed effectively, and medical professionals are well-equipped to treat those infected. However, scientists have identified new variants of COVID-19, collectively named FLiRT. While no new restrictions are expected, individuals are encouraged to monitor their health, get tested, and avoid contact with others if they test positive for COVID-19.

As a reminder, the official symptoms of COVID-19 include high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change of smell or taste, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat, blocked or runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, and nausea or vomiting. It's important to take care of your health.

Source: geekweek.interia.pl

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