Expert says 'we will all catch Covid multiple times' as UKHSA issues 'stay at home' plea

The number of people in hospital with Covid has risen amid fears of a 'summer wave'
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A professor has issued a stark warning that we're all likely to contract Covid multiple times as the UK prepares for what some are predicting to be a new wave of infections.

Hospital admissions due to Covid are on an upward trend, with recent statistics indicating a rise from 2.67 individuals per 100,000 to 3.31 per 100,000. The most recent data suggests that around one in every 25,000 people was infected with Covid as of June 26.

Prof Paul Hunter, a specialist in epidemiology at the University of East Anglia, told the BBC: "We are all of us going to get repeated Covid infections from birth through to death. Generally what we've seen is that over the last three years, four years, the severity of illness associated with Covid has gone down a lot.

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"Ultimately, it's going to become another cause of the common cold and, for many people, that's what it is now."

He added: "To be honest, you can't really avoid it because it's so common."

The surge in infections and hospitalisations has coincided with the emergence of new variants - known as KP2, KP3 and J1. The UKHSA has stated that it is keeping a close eye on these new strains, reports Lancs Live.

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The latest Government advice is that anyone who tests positive for Covid should self-isolate for five days, and avoid contact with individuals who are more susceptible to severe illness if they were to contract Covid, such as the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

UKHSA epidemiologist Dr Jamie Lopez Bernal advised: "If you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 or flu, help protect others by staying at home and avoiding contact with other people, especially those who are more vulnerable."