Experts warn on long-haul Covid amidst lack of vaccine supplies

Experts warn on long-haul Covid amidst lack of vaccine supplies

A Covid patient flanked by medical workers

Sourced from Agence France-Presse by Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — In view of study finds in the United Kingdom showing that almost one in seven patients suffers long Covid, health experts from the University of the Philippines OCTA Research Group has warned the public against complacency amidst the surge of coronavirus infections and the dwindling Covid-19 vaccine supplies.
The experts stressed that even after the prescribed quarantine period of 14 to 15 days, asymptomatic Covid-positive patients could still infect or transmit the disease to those they come in contact with after their release from quarantine so it would be pertinent that they continue following the minimum health safety measures, particularly the wearing of face masks and shield and the practice of physical distancing.

Based on the latest UK study, nearly one in seven Britons who tested positive for Covid-19 continued to have symptoms for at least 12 weeks.

The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that the study of over 20,000 people who had tested positive from April last year to March this year found 13.7 percent had symptoms that lasted for at least 12 weeks.

This was based on people’s self-reported symptoms of so-called “long Covid”. The list of 13 symptoms included fatigue, muscle pain, and difficulty concentrating as well as loss of taste and smell.

It added that women were more more likely (14.7 percent) to report such long-lasting symptoms than men (12.7 percent) while those individuals aged 35-49 were most likely to report symptoms at five weeks (25.6 percent).

According to Ben Humberstone, head of Health Analysis and Life Events at the ONS, admitted that long Covid “is an emerging phenomenon that is not yet fully understood.”

Great Britain, or the UK, is one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic, recording nearly 127,000 deaths from Covid and 4,350,266 cases. However, the number of daily deaths and positive tests have fallen steadily amid a strong vaccination campaign.

Going back to the local scene, UP-OCTA researchers has reiterated its call for the public to remain vigilant and be aware of the consequences of not following the set standards in fighting Covid-19.

They said that the number one obstacle that they have seen while analyzing the cause for the recent spike in infections was the fact that many of the citizenry disregard the importance of the quarantine protocols to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

They noted that some have even accused the government of using the pandemic for profit while disguising their selfish intent with a seemingly emphatic response to the needs of the people in facing the health crisis and economic downturn it has brought on the country.

Others, however, said that government shouldn’t be blamed as it was ‘caught flat-footed when the pandemic struck early last year.

Echoing the opinion of Health experts, they added that the spike in Covid cases was actually due to complacency and stubbornness of most Pinoy who disregard the health safety measures that should have protected them from further infections and transmissions. (AI/MTVN)

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