Brazil coronavirus strain detected in UK says expert
The UK is in the middle of a third national lockdown, after rising infection rates across the country. The public are told to be extra cautious and vigilant of potential symptoms warning of an infection. However, many may not realise they have already been infected and could have an immunity to the infection for up to five months. Experiencing any of these ten symptoms could indicate you were already infected.
Studies have indicated that those who have had COVID-19 may have up to five months of immunity.
Health experts strongly advise the importance of knowing whether or not you have had a COVID-19 infection so as to ensure your immunity.
Many people don’t show signs of the virus, but then go on to develop key indicators.
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Professor Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser at PHE and the Siren study lead, warned: “We now know that most of those who have had the virus, and developed antibodies, are protected from reinfection, but this is not total, and we do not yet know how long protection lasts.
“Crucially, we believe people may still be able to pass the virus on.
“This means, even if you believe you already had the disease and are protected, you can be reassured it is highly unlikely you will develop severe infections, but there is still a risk that you could acquire an infection and transmit to others.”
The Mirror has compiled a list of signs that indicate you may have had COVID-19 and might as a result now be immune.
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Potential signs indicating you may have had a COVID- infection include:
- Memory loss and brain fog
- Covid tongue
- Stomach ache
- Eye infections
- Difficulty breathing
- Hair loss
- Anxiety and insomnia
- Hearing loss and tinnitus
Having a difficulty concentrating and remembering details is a common complaint of those who have had COVID-19 and didn’t realise.
Labour’s Andrew Gwynne said that his memory was “shot to pieces”.
The MP explained he began to feel “grotty and run down” in March, went on to display COVID-19 symptoms, and his initial illness lasted for about 12 days although he still feels the effects today.
The MP for Denton and Reddish told the Commons: “My condition is not as severe as it was even just a few months back, there have been real improvements, but it’s been a hard slog to get here.
“For the first seven months or so the exhaustion came back frequently and to the point where doing just simple tasks around the house brought me out in massive sweats like I’d run the London Marathon.
“I had lots of dizzy spells, I’ve never had vertigo before this, and oh the brain fog – in a job where you have to be razor sharp, my short-term memory is shot to pieces.
“I’ve had to learn to pace myself, trying to push my limits would set me back.”
One of the “less common” warning signs of Covid may be developing in the mouth, according to Professor Tim Spector, who runs the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app.
Around 20 percent of all patients exhibit signs that aren’t on the Government’s official list of coronavirus symptoms, he said.
Any new skin rash or mouth ulcer could be caused by COVID-19, he added.
But Spector also warned that some patients may develop ‘Covid tongues’.
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