The virus has been “wreaking havoc”, according to Doctor Helen Wall – a GP and NHS Greater Manchester’s clinical director of population health, as cases have risen in recent months.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News she shared that many people “don’t seem to believe their severe viral symptoms might be Covid”.
Dr Wall said “It’s been really hard to convince people [that they have Covid].
“Maybe they don’t want to admit it or don’t think it’s a thing anymore.
“People just don’t want to go there. It feels like life is back to normality, but unfortunately working in healthcare, everyday we are faced with the fact that it’s still here and wreaking havoc.”
Since July this year, Covid cases across the UK have risen.
According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), the week up to October 4 saw a 29 percent increase in Covid cases compared to the previous seven days.
There was also a 55 percent increase in the number of Covid deaths, and a 24 percent rise in hospital admissions due to the infection.
Health bodies have linked the rise to the emergence of the Eris and Pirola strains of Covid in the summer, both of which are descendants of Omicron.
Dr Wall said this could be down to a waning vaccine immunity.
Dr Wall said many patients are experiencing “horrific headaches” alongside other symptoms.
“The viruses affect every cell in your body, so if you have headaches, fever, general aches and pains, coughs, chances are you have a virus, whether that’s Covid, flu or something else,” she said.
“Patients that I have seen have had the whole host of symptoms, but the headache seems quite prominent at the moment.”
It is thought the Eris and Pirola variants could be causing symptoms similar to the side effects of Omicron.
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Dr Wall urged eligible people to get vaccinated against Covid this autumn.
“The key message is have the vaccine,” she said. “We know that people with the vaccine are less likely to catch it, pass it on and be hospitalised.
“It’s going to be a difficult winter in the NHS. We are still seeing the backlog of the pandemic, we still have strikes going on.
“People are working incredibly hard, but the main thing you can do to reduce the number of people going into hospital is get vaccinated.”
If you experience symptoms of Covid or test positive the NHS advises staying home and avoiding contact with others for five days.
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