A nasty, difficult-to-treat cold is sweeping across the United Kingdom.
As they struggle to overcome the cold, some people describe it as the ‘worst lurgy they’ve ever had.
For some time, it has been anticipated that this winter would increase colds and flu cases because many more people are socializing freely for the first time since March 2020.
On Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford admitted that he was “extremely concerned” that the flu would spread more widely this year.
However, given the prevalence of Covid-19, which continues to circulate in the UK, it is critical to rule that out given the similarity of many symptoms.
According to ZOE, the world’s most extensive ongoing study of Covid-19, a negative result from a lateral flow test does not guarantee that you are not infected, so if your symptoms persist, it is best to obtain a PCR test to be specific.
The signs and symptoms, as well as what you should do
- The lurgy’s symptoms can be similar to those of a severe cold or the flu, including the following:
- nose that is obstructed or runny
- a scratchy throat
- aches in the muscles
- a temperature increase
- a feeling of pressure in your ears and face
- sensory and olfactory impairment
According to NHS guidelines, the following symptoms should be treated:
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- relaxation and slumber
- maintain a comfortable temperature
- Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water (fruit juice or squash mixed with water is acceptable).
- To soothe a sore throat, gargle with salt water (not suitable for children)
- However, you should consult a physician if:
- After three weeks, your symptoms do not improve
- Your symptoms suddenly deteriorate
- Your temperature is extremely high, or you feel extremely hot and shaky.
- You’re concerned about the symptoms your child is experiencing.
- you experience shortness of breath or chest pain
- You have a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes or a heart, lung, or kidney disease.
- you have a compromised immune system – for example, as a result of chemotherapy
Additionally, the guidance states that you can avoid contracting a cold by regularly washing your hands with warm water and soap, refraining from sharing towels or other household items with someone contagious, staying fit and healthy, and avoiding touching your face.