Dr. Helen Wall, clinical director of population health at NHS Greater Manchester, has expressed concern over patients who do not believe their severe viral symptoms might be related to Covid-19. Despite rising coronavirus cases in hospitals since September, many individuals are reluctant to acknowledge their symptoms and seek testing. Dr. Wall has emphasized that the virus is still present and causing havoc within communities.
Currently, approximately 3% of patients in Greater Manchester hospitals have tested positive for Covid-19, although the lack of extensive testing makes it challenging to provide accurate infection rates. Dr. Wall believes that there has been an upsurge of Covid-19 cases and attributes this to factors such as waning vaccine immunity, the emergence of new variants, and the onset of winter.
While patients are reporting well-known symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, Dr. Wall mentions that an increasing number of people are experiencing severe headaches. These symptoms are indicative of viral infections, which could be Covid-19, flu, or other viruses. She underscores the importance of recognizing these symptoms and seeking proper medical guidance.
As Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, Dr. Wall urges everyone to get vaccinated as it significantly reduces the likelihood of contracting the virus, transmitting it to others, and requiring hospitalization. With the approaching winter, the National Health Service (NHS) anticipates facing difficulties due to the backlog from the pandemic and ongoing strikes. However, getting vaccinated remains the most effective strategy to reduce hospital admissions and curb the spread of the virus.
– Dr. Helen Wall, GP and NHS Greater Manchester’s clinical director of population health