People suffer from horrible symptoms as 'worst lurgy ever' spreads

by 24britishtvOct. 10, 2021, 1 p.m. 26
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People are complaining of horrible symptoms as the 'worst lurgy ever' sweeps across Sussex.

Many are being left with a sandpaper throat, chesty cough and a runny nose - all which seem to be hard to get rid of.

There will likely be a rise in colds and flu this winter since it will be the first time since March last year people are socialising without any restrictions.

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One woman has said how she has been left 'totally floored' for weeks as more and more people say they are suffering from the illness, as the Liverpool Echo reports.

Dr Philippa Kaye, a GP based in London, said that it's not just Sussex - numbers have already been as high as you'd see in a normal winter.

She told the BBC: "We've actually been seeing a rise in the number of coughs and colds and viral infections.

"We are mixing in a way that we haven't been mixing over the past 18 months.

"During those first lockdowns, we saw numbers of other [non-COVID] infections fall. We think that that was primarily due to the restrictions on meeting up."

One man, who lives in Merseyside, shared his experience on social media and said he has come down with the "worst lurgy he's ever had".

Others posted on Facebook to say they have been badly hit by illness.

One woman wrote: "Yep, I've been full of cold for the last few days. First one in over two years and its a doozy!"

Another said: "I've had a terrible cold for nearly three weeks, can't seem to get rid of it."

One woman wrote: "Two weeks now and it's not funny at all. First cold I've had in years and it's floored me."

Another told: "It's gone through my house over the last two weeks. We've all had COVID, but we did tests just in case. All were negative, though."

What you can do

If it's just a cold you're experiencing, your symptoms can be managed at home.

However, it's important to ensure you do not have COVID-19 since many of the symptoms are the same.

ZOE, the world’s largest ongoing study into COVID-19, said: "A negative result from a lateral flow test is not reliable enough to be sure you’re definitely not infected, so if your symptoms persist it’s best to get a PCR test to be sure."

NHS guidance says you should treat a cold with:
• Drink plenty of water (fruit juice or squash mixed with water is okay) to avoid dehydration
• Gargle salt water to soothe a sore throat (not suitable for children)

You should see a GP if:
• Your symptoms do not improve after 3 weeks
• Your temperature is very high or you feel hot and shivery
• You have a long-term medical condition – for example, diabetes, or a heart, lung or kidney condition
• You have a weakened immune system – for example, because you're having chemotherapy

You can avoid catching a cold by washing your hands regularly with warm water and soap, not sharing towels or other household items with someone who has a cold, staying fit and healthy, and avoiding touching your face.

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