What Are The Risks In This Christmas For Covid, flu and RSV

Flu or Cold Symptoms? Vital Things To Note

Despite the allure of holiday gatherings and parties, doctors continue to advise those who feel ill or have flu-like symptoms to stay at home.

The flu and COVID hospital admission rates have been steadily increasing, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

According to Theguardian.com, The overall weekly hospital admission rate for influenza increased to 8.27 per 100,000 in the week beginning 12 December, from 6.80 per 100,000 the previous week, with the highest rate of hospital admissions observed in the north-east.

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Early in December, flu admissions passed Covid admissions; however, they have since fallen behind, despite the fact that both sets of rates are still rising week after week.

It has started to feel a lot more like Christmas in 2022 as Covid vaccines have held up effectively against serious illness.

Calum Semple said the UKHSA advice was correct. “If you have got symptoms – runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache and you feel flu-like – then please do stay at home,” he said. “You don’t know if the person sitting next to you or in the shop might have an underlying cancer or other susceptibility.”

However, with infection rates rising once more, the flu striking hard and early, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causing illness, particularly in small children, doctors are advising individuals to take precautions to lessen their risk of spreading disease to others.

Dr Mary Ramsay, UKHSA’s director of public health programmes said. “Both Covid-19 and flu can cause severe illness or even death for those most vulnerable in our communities, and so it is also important to avoid contact with other people if you are unwell in order to stop infections spread over the Christmas and new year period,”

According to BBC.com, Shauna Liptrot, a nurse from Wigan, has cancelled her plans to visit family over Christmas after coming down with flu symptoms earlier this week.

“I was supposed to be visiting quite a lot of family members over Christmas – I’m going to be staying at home in bed now,”

Common Symptoms Of Covid, flu and RSV

According to Nhs.uk, Cold symptoms come on gradually and can include:

  • a blocked or runny nose
  • a sore throat
  • headaches
  • muscle aches
  • coughs
  • sneezing
  • a raised temperature
  • pressure in your ears and face
  • loss of taste and smell

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