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The variant of coronavirus the UK is trying to live with at the moment is far different to the one that spread at pace through the country in the early part of 2020. Although the variants now in circulation cause less serious illness than before, they are far more transmissible. Furthermore, data suggests they cause symptoms to show after a shorter period of time. When the Alpha and Delta variants were dominant the WHO (World Health Organisation) said it normally took between two days to two weeks for symptoms to appear. Now, with Omicron and variants of Omicron, the data suggests this gap could be much shorter – as little as three or five days.

Speaking of the new variants, Dr Allison Arwady of the Chicago Department of Public Health said: “As we’ve seen with these new variants develop… what we’re seeing is everything gets sped up.

“It is taking less time from when someone is exposed to Covid to potentially develop an infection. It is taking less time to develop symptoms, it is taking less time that someone may be infectious.”

Furthermore, Dr Arwady said that people were overall “taking less time to recover”. The doctor added: “A lot of that is because many more people are vaccinated.”

With regards to how contagious a person is once they have the virus, it is believed this covers a window of five days.

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Researchers believe a person is at their most infectious one to two days before symptoms develop, and for the first two to three days after symptoms start.

Speaking last year, Health Secretary Sajid Javid reported: “Recent analysis from the UK Health Security Agency suggests that the window between infection and infectiousness may be shorter for the Omicron variant than the Delta variant.”

Just as the period of infectiousness has changed, so have the symptoms.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 were a persistent cough, fever, and loss of sense of taste and smell.

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While the symptoms of Covid have changed, one thing has remained the same, the pressure on the NHS.

With restrictions lifted, the health service is seeing a new wave of patients.

Professor Chris Whitty has said the pressure on the NHS is “significant” and the resurgence of Covid shows the pandemic “is not over”.

Professor Whitty was speaking at the annual conference of the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Public Health.

As to where the main pressure was coming from, Whitty said: “It is currently being driven by Omicron rather than new variants, but we need to keep a close eye on this because at any point new variants could emerge anywhere in the world, including the UK, as happened with the Alpha variant.”

The rise in hospitalisations comes days after the government quietly announced it was cutting funding in the Covid Zoe Study, an app which allowed people to input their symptoms.

It was thanks to this app that the government was able to keep track of Covid and remain informed on the changing nature of the symptoms it was causing.

If the government continues to cut funding into Covid surveillance, it will find it harder to spot a new variant should one arise.



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Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment

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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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