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COVID PANDEMIC AND BACK PAIN…

The Covid Pandemic has meant that millions of people have had to work from home with many having very little space to work from. Making sure your sitting correctly to work on your computer has been something many have not been able to achieve due to space they are working in.

According to the Coventry Telegraph 64 per cent of 18-29-year-olds have reported having back problems since the pandemic.

New research shows two-thirds of young adults are struggling with back pain since the pandemic. Check out this article on Back Pain and Posture which I wrote at the beginning of the pandemic.

What’s being referred to as ‘Covid Back‘ occurs after sitting down for too long – which we all did in lockdown. Covid Back is most likely caused from people working from home on their laptop, watching telly for longer hours at a time and sitting on the sofa to eat dinner.

A survey from www.mindyourbackuk.com asked 1,000 young adults if they had a desk and supportive chair to sit on when working from home as this is the most common cause of back pain.

Mentholatum, makers of Deep Heat and Deep Freeze, estimates back pain costs £10billion every year as four in 10 sick days are back-related.

Dr Gill Jenkins, advisor to www.mindyourbackuk.com, said: “For the six in ten Brits who have been mostly or always working from home during the pandemic and are now hybrid working, almost half don’t have constant access to a table and supportive chair during their working day.

“And unfortunately, 20 per cent have to work while sitting on a sofa or bed. This plays absolute havoc with posture and spine health.

“Caring for our backs can reduce stress and boost energy so we can live our lives to the full, without pains and aches holding us back.

Eleven per cent of people who had to work from home were given correct equipment from their employer, while 17 per cent invested in chairs themselves.

Sitting at your computer is a very important one. They say its because you have to lean forward or stretch out with your arms, both of which can cause back ache. To stop this happening they recommend that you set your keyboard so you rest your arms on the desk to use it, and your screen so that your head is straight when you look at it. My son bought me a special ergonomic key board and computer mouse for when I sit at my desk and worked out the correct height for my laptop which sits on some books and I do feel I can sit a little longer now that is right.

They also say sitting too much can cause back pain as apparently when you sit down, the load going through your discs is increased threefold so they recommend that you move regularly, ideally every 20 minutes.

Check out a previous post I wrote on Tips for Businesses & Workers To Transition out of Lockdown.

Source: Coventry Telegraph Mind Your Back Back Pain Blog

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HOW THE COVID SYMPTOM STUDY APP and NHS COVID-19 APP ARE DIFFERENT – and WHY YOU NEED BOTH!…

A message from Professor Tim Spector, On behalf of the The COVID Symptom Study team.

On the 24th September, the NHS COVID-19 app launched across the UK, as part of the NHS Test and Trace service and NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. We are aware that this new app has been causing some confusion as lots of you have been in touch, so we wanted to briefly explain how the two apps are different and why you need them both.

The COVID Symptom Study app

As most of you already know, the COVID Symptom Study app is a global public science project supported by the UK government and crowd-funding, with more than 4.2 million participants providing vital health data to help researchers and the NHS understand and beat COVID-19. And it’s thanks to your ongoing support since March that we have been able to achieve some pivotal successes in the fight against COVID, like: getting loss of smell recognised officially as a major COVID symptom (as well as delirium as a key symptom in frail older adults), rapidly identifying local hotspots ahead of time, providing the government with daily data updates and much more!

The COVID Symptom Study asks you, our study participants, to log daily health updates across a wide range of potential symptoms. We invite participants to book an NHS test if they report symptoms (including but not limited to the ‘classic’ three) that might be caused by COVID-19. Please note, the COVID Symptom Study does not have any contact tracing or QR check-in facilities. It cannot access your phone’s Bluetooth, GPS, location data or contacts, and does not track you as you move around.

The NHS COVID-19 app

Unlike us, the NHS COVID-19 app has been created to support the government’s efforts to control the spread of the virus through testing and contact tracing. It has a basic symptom checker, which includes the three ‘classic’ symptoms, to help identify people eligible for a test. It also notifies users if they’ve been in ‘close contact’ with someone who then tests positive for coronavirus and allows them to check in to venues using a QR code.

The bottom line

The apps are totally separate and entirely compatible, meaning you can and are highly encouraged to use both to help us all get through the pandemic.

It’s important for as many people as possible to keep using the COVID Symptom Study app to monitor their health on a daily basis and contribute to vital research into the pandemic. You can also log on behalf of family and friends who aren’t able to use the app, including children and the elderly.

We need everyone to play their part to help us all get through this. We urge you to download and use both apps to help us get through COVID-19 over the months ahead.

More details on why we need both apps here.
Keep safe and keep logging.