Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
New simplified travel rules have come into force in the UK today, with the traffic light system having been scrapped and replaced by a single red list.
Most fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries will no longer have to take a test before setting off for the UK, making travelling abroad easier and cheaper.
Testing rules have also been eased for people travelling from non-red list destinations who have been vaccinated in the UK, the EU, the US, or 18 other recognised countries.
Anyone under 18 who is resident in these countries can travel to the UK without testing.
All travellers - except children under five years old - will still have to pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.
People who are not fully vaccinated will need a pre-departure test and a PCR test on days two and eight after they return and must self-isolate for 10 days at home.
But those coming from red list countries including Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines and South Africa, must quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel, at a cost of £2,285 for one adult.
For more information visit Gov.uk (external link)
From the 4 October 2021, a number of changes are being made to the service at pharmacies. The changes are being made to increase traceability of test kits and to continue to assist NHS Test and Trace to identify COVID-positive cases in the community and break the chain of transmission.
The changes to the service will apply from 4 October 2021 and they include:
- A reduction in the number of packs of test kits you can collect from pharmacies from 4 to 2.
- Residents will need to register for a collect code through gov.uk/get-collect-code (external link) or by calling 119 before collecting home test kits from a pharmacy;
- If residents do not wish to register for a collect code, you can request an anonymous collection, but you should use collect codes wherever possible;
- Information on the test kit lot number and the number of test kits supplied will be recorded and reported for each transaction
- This data will be recorded daily to help identify areas of COVID-19 testing demand and support traceability of outbreaks.
- The minimum recommended age for a person to collect LFD test kits will be reduced to 16 years old.
For more information on regular rapid lateral flow COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms visit nhs.uk (external site)
A new study shows that 37% of people had at least one long-COVID symptom diagnosed in the 3-6 month period after COVID-19 infection. The most common symptoms are breathing problems, abdominal symptoms, fatigue, pain and anxiety/depression.
The study undertaken by researchers at the Oxford Health BRC investigated long-COVID in over 270,000 people recovering from COVID-19 infection, using data from health records in the United States.
The study reports on how commonly nine core long-COVID symptoms were diagnosed, and how this compared to people recovering from flu. The nine most common long-COVID symptoms are:
Abnormal breathing – 8%
Abdominal symptoms – 8%
Anxiety/depression – 15%
Chest/throat pain – 6%
Cognitive problems (‘brain fog’) – 4%
Fatigue – 6%
Headache – 5%
Myalgia (muscle pain) – 1.5%
Other pain – 7%
Any of the above features – 37%
Severity of infection, age, and sex affected the likelihood of long-COVID symptoms: long-COVID symptoms were more frequent in those who had been hospitalised, and they were slightly commoner in women. These factors also influenced the symptoms people were likely to experience. For example, older people and men had more breathing difficulties and cognitive problems, whereas young people and women had more headaches, abdominal symptoms and anxiety/depression. Many patients had more than one long-COVID symptom.
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