February 8, 2023

People with coughs and colds should avoid elderly relatives to protect them from a wave of winter viruses, health officials have advised.

The message from experts is: if you are not feeling well, stay at home.

The guidelines were issued as the British prepare for their least limited Christmas since then COVID curbs and subsequent guidance forced some families to stay apart.

The NHS has come under a lot of pressure in recent weeks, with the number of people in hospital rises by two-thirds in a weekshowed data from NHS England.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has urged anyone with symptoms to stay home if they feel unwell and advised them to wear a mask in enclosed areas, such as on public transport or supermarkets.

Dr. Jamie Lopez Bernal, consultant epidemiologist for immunization and countermeasures at UKHSA, said: “If you’re not feeling well this winter, try to stay home and avoid contact with other people, especially the elderly or frail – this will help prevent the infection spreads. .”

A “near record” demand for NHS 111 services, believed to be driven in part by parents’ concerns about Streep Acontributed to the pressure on healthcare workers.

The data showed that last week an average of 1,939 people were hospitalized with the flu every day, a 67% increase from the previous week. 1,162 the previous week.

In comparison, the daily average at the end of November was 482.

Hospital chiefs said difficulties in dealing with the resurgence of viruses had been “exacerbated” by strikes by nurses and paramedics, with health workers announcing another two days of strikes in January yesterday.

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The number of flu patients in hospitals in England is rising enormously

In the week before paramedics went on strikedelays in ambulance handovers reached a new high as one in four patients waited more than an hour to be handed over to A&E teams.

NHS trusts aim for 100% of patients to be transferred within 60 minutes and 95% within the first 30 minutes.

Calls to NHS 111 last week were nearly 60% higher than the same week in 2021, rising from 706,129 the previous week to 721,301 last week.

The rise in demand is believed to be partly due to parents’ concerns about Strep A symptoms.

Cases of scarlet fever, an infection linked to Strep A, are more than twice as high as previously thought, the UKHSA said on Tuesday.

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