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What are the figures?

Last week we learned that Covid cases had risen in the UK for the first time in two months. Figures from the Office for National Statistics estimated that a total of 989,800 people in private households had the virus in the week ending June 2. That figure was up from 953,900 the week before. The ONS estimated that one in 70 people in England was positive for Covid-19.

Some scientists are warning we could soon be facing a new wave as Omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5 gain ground.

The news could be particularly worrying for those most at risk – the elderly, or people with serious health conditions. But, of course, we are in a very different position now from the beginning of the pandemic when no-one had any protection from vaccination or prior infection. Most people who catch the virus will not become seriously ill – but nevertheless there will be some who are badly hit, and people are still dying of Covid.

There is also a not insignificant number of people who are affected by long Covid. The ONS estimates that around two million people in the UK are suffering from the long term effects of the virus.

What is long Covid?

The NHS says many people will feel better within a few days or weeks of catching Covid-19, and most will be fully recovered within 12 weeks. But some people will find that their symptoms continue. The chances of developing long Covid do not seem to be connected to how ill someone was in the first place. People who have only a mild initial reaction to the virus can go on to suffer significant long-term problems.

What are the symptoms of long Covid

A large list of symptoms include extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pain, “brain fog”, insomnia, palpitations, dizziness, pins and needles, joint pain, depression, tinnitus, diarrhoea, cough, headaches and sore throat. People can experience a number of different symptoms, all at once or at different times. Long Covid does not mean you are still infectious.

Where can I get help?

Anyone who is worried about symptoms four weeks or more after having Covid-19 should contact their GP.

The NHS also has a website – Your Covid Recovery – which aims to help people understand what to expect as part of their recovery and to give advice on what support is available to them.

Anyone whose symptoms are having a big impact on their life could be referred to a specialist rehabilitation service or a specialist, such as a physiotherapist, a dietitian, or an occupational therapist.

How can I reduce the risk?

Vaccines are an important way of reducing the risk from Covid-19. Anyone over the age of 16 in the UK will have been offered two jabs and a booster. The NHS has also been offering spring boosters to people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for the elderly, or people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system.

Although mask wearing is no longer widespread a good quality mask – such as an FFP2 – will offer a high level of protection.

Finally – don’t forget fresh air. It’s much safer to socialise outside. If you are meeting inside it makes sense to open the windows.

If you know someone who would benefit from the peace of mind a stairlift brings, get in touch with our friendly team of experts at Halton Stairlifts. Call 0800 644 7766 to find out more about our full range of curved and straight stairlifts, or to arrange your free home assessment.