THE GUARDIAN: England World Cup success could drive up Covid infections, scientists warn

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Period4 Dec 2022

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  • TitleEngland World Cup success could drive up Covid infections, scientists warn
    Media name/outletThe Guardian
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionNevertheless, scientists warn there is potential for a jump in cases this winter. “We are in a triple dynamic of infections,” said immunologist Sheena Cruickshank of Manchester University. “We have Covid, we have respiratory syncytial virus – RSV – and we have influenza.

    “At the same time, we are seeing increases in hospitalisations for all three of these diseases. For good measure, none of them are at the point of peaking. It is a worry, especially as we know how stretched the NHS is.”
    The problem was compounded because so many people were not getting vaccinated, Cruickshank added. “For example, the fact that only 54% of people aged between 50 and 64 years have taken the offer of a booster is worrying. That means we have the potential for a lot of waning immunity in a lot of people.”People should think twice about going to parties; consider involving themselves in more outdoor activities; wear masks whenever appropriate and have a vaccine whenever offered one, she added.
    PersonsSheena Cruickshank


  • public health
  • winter illness