Summer Covid symptoms in full as cases rise with FliRT variant

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A "summer covid wave" has seen a steady increase in cases week-on-week.

In the week leading up to June 19, there was a rise of more than a third, 33.5pc, in people reporting positive results, with 2,815 new cases. Covid-related deaths also saw an increase of 5pc in the week leading up to June 14, rising from 139 to 146.

However, the number of patients admitted to healthcare settings with covid fell in the week leading up to May 29 - from 1,718 to 1,567, according to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). This new wave is believed to be linked to the FliRT variants, which have quickly become the dominant strains in the UK.

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The new variant has been named FliRT after the technical name for its mutation and this group includes the KP.3, KP. 2 and KP, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Experts have stated that there is no evidence that the variant causes more severe disease than previous strains, but they also warned that contracting covid, driven by FliRT, is not "risk-free".

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According to the NHS, symptoms can include:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

  • shortness of breath

  • feeling tired or exhausted

  • an aching body

  • a headache

  • a sore throat

  • a blocked or runny nose

  • loss of appetite

  • diarrhoea

  • feeling sick or being sick

The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.

Most people feel better within a few days or weeks of their first Covid-19 symptoms and make a full recovery within 12 weeks. For some people, it can be a more serious illness and their symptoms can last longer.