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After writing my list of things I would like to achieve in 2023 I was keen to get started. However, my health wouldn’t let me. I started feeling a bit off colour on New Years Eve with a loss of my voice first then I just went down hill from there.

Three days on and I am now on antibiotics and steroid tablets for a bad chest infection. It has really knocked me sideways. I’ve looked at my laptop to write a few posts but my energy has just dissappeared.

I have read and seen on the news how many are suffering from this years bout of Flu and Covid and even my GP said it could also be flu. I am just hoping it clears up soon.

I love our house all decked up with lights for Christmas but they need to be down by Thursday and just the thought of sorting them all out sounds daunting. It’s funny as I alsways think that our house looks so much bigger when we have put all the decorations and lights away. We decorated up early on the 1st of December and I don’t think I can ever remember a month flying by so quickly.

I hope none of my readers are suffering from all these germs flying around at the moment and I should soon be back to normal with posts a little bit more interesting than this one.

A Happy New Year to all my readers and take care.

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The BBC writes that a recent study found one in 20 people suffer from long-term covid symptoms.

The study which was led by the University of Glasgow showed that the effects of covid were more likely to occur after the injections were severe enough to require hospitalisation. It also showed that the most at-risk people were older women from deprived communities.

It also found that people who were vaccinated before they became unwell with covid appeared to be protected from the long-term covid symptoms.

The most reported symptoms included breathlessness, chest pain, palpitations, and confusion or “brain fog”.

It is also possible that long Covid was more likely in those with pre-existing physical and mental health problems, such as respiratory disease or depression.

Jill Pell, professor of Public Health who led the study, said: “While most people recover quickly and completely after infection with Covid, some people develop a wide variety of long-term problems.

The research found that 6% of people felt they had not recovered at all, while 42% reported feeling only partially recovered between six and 18 months following the Covid infection.

The study also found that those with asymptomatic infection had no long-term impact.

I have recently recovered from Covid and I had all my vaccinations but I have had a number of steroid injections over the last year which they did warn me could affect how poorly I was should I contract Covid.

For me personally, the worst was the aches and pains and the rapid heart rate. I felt as though I was coming down with a cold a few days earlier with the usual sore throat and feeling rough but the fatigue which came with it has taken the longest to get over. I am still extremely tired 4 weeks after having the condition but I think a lot of that is due to my Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain. However, I feel sure had I not had all my vaccinations I would have suffered much worse.

By now I think we must all know that being fully vaccinated can reduce the likelihood of developing long Covid and I would encourage anyone who is eligible to take the opportunity to enhance their protection by getting vaccinated.

Source: BBC

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So, basically, the only way we truly know if we have contracted Covid-19 is by doing a Rapid Antigen Test but how come you can start with the symptoms and yet not test positive for a few days?

I started feeling really rough 4 evenings ago. The muscle aches and pains seemed to zoom straight into my spine and all my muscles throughout my body. It was so bad that it kept me awake for most of the night and when my other half woke up the following morning I told him I MUST have Covid as I felt so awful.

I took the test which came up negative but I continued throughout the day to show all the usual symptoms of Covid-19. I carried on taking my painkillers which did not even touch the sides of the pain and slowly went downhill all day.

I went to bed early but the discomfort and cough woke me up yet again. I was sure the test the following morning had to be positive but yet again it was showing negative. I told my daughter that it had to be flu if it wasn’t Covid-19 as so many of the symptoms were similar and I just carried on taking my usual medications throughout the day.

By the evening of Day 3 I felt like I had just about everything on the symptom list for Covid-19 but tried to convince myself it had to be flu. I had a Covid-19 booster and Flu jab booked for the following day which I cancelled in case my next test came up positive.

I’d had yet another awful night on Day 3 and I was just beginning to wonder if I was imagining all this so I took another test on Day 4. This time it came up positive.

According to I NewsIt is believed people are at their most infectious one to two days before the onset of symptoms, and during the two to three days afterwards.

This means that whoever I was with one to two days before my symptoms started could pick up this virus from me as well as during the two to three days after the symptoms have started so the test I did would have made no difference whatsoever to whom I have mixed with over the last 7 days.

I now have to isolate for 5 days even though the most infectious days have well passed the sell-by date.

The NHS website now says that you should –

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you:

  • have any symptoms of COVID-19, and have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities
  • have tested positive for COVID-19 – this means it’s very likely you have the virus

If you have COVID-19, you can pass on the virus to other people for up to 10 days from when your infection starts. Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days.

You should:

  • try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days
  • avoiding meeting people at higher risk from COVID-19 for 10 days, especially if their immune system means they’re at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, even if they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine

This starts from the day after you did the test.

They also suggest that you follow the same procedure if you are feeling unwell but did not test positive or test negative for Covid-19.

Different websites state different ways to deal with Covid-19 if you test positive. The Imperial College of London noting that ‘While there is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19, many people still want to isolate until they are not infectious.’

The National Heart & Lung Institute writes “Based on our findings, we recommend that people with COVID-19 isolate for five days after symptoms begin, then use lateral flow tests to safely leave isolation.”Dr Seran Hakki National Heart & Lung Institute

Some people say that Rapid antigen tests have lower accuracy than PCR tests, and while they have been (and continue to be) a vital part of the response to the disease, they are prone to mistakes.

I will now have to wait another 28 days before I get my Covid-19 booster.

Source: I News, NHS Imperial Collect of London National Heart & Lung Institute Mirror