A leading document has claimed all Britons should self-isolate even if they just have a COLD in a move that could cripple the economy and wreak havoc on the NHS.
Sir Frank Atherton – Wales’ chief medical officer – has insisted anyone with a runny nose should confine themselves for “several days”.
The move will cause chaos for the already understaffed NHS – as worst estimates suggest that up to a quarter of public sector staff could self-isolate as Omicron is so easily caught.
That’s more than a million frontline workers stuck at home for seven days or more as hospitalizations rise.
Ministers are now facing calls to follow US lead and reduce isolation to five days to free up the British lockdown.
The potential reduction in isolation days comes after it was found that the Omicron variant – which currently causes 90% of cases in the UK – is milder, with most people presenting with cold-like symptoms. .
An extremely positive series of studies shows that Omicron IS is milder than other strains, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization compared to Delta.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
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Sir Frank, Chris Whitty’s counterpart in Wales, told Radio era that Britons should self-isolate if they have “a cold, or symptoms of a cold, runny nose or cough or sneeze” so they don’t spread the virus.
“Looking beyond the current wave, we need to think about how we behave as a society when we contract any of these infections,” he added.
“Whether it’s the flu or the common cold, or the coronavirus, we probably need to move to a position where anyone who gets a virus of that nature gets better on their own, whether they’re an adult or a child. em, for a few days, only to stop. it’s transmitting.”
He said this applies to “anyone who has a cold, or symptoms of a cold, runny nose, or cough or sneeze”.
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Sir Frank added: “Are you really fit to take the train or the plane or the bus? Stay home, get better.”
Experts have warned that continuing with current isolation plans will mean the NHS is understaffed.
Professor Alison Leary, chair of healthcare and workforce modeling at London Southbank University, said up to 40% of the workforce could be absent in the coming weeks.
Professor Sir John Bell last week said that the biggest threat facing the NHS today is isolation in terms of the impact it is having on staff levels.
He said: “The strain on the health service at the moment, particularly in London, is the effect of the loss of staff because they are quarantined because they have been in contact with each other. [with someone testing positive.
“So I think there will be a workforce issue emerging from that quite soon.”
Covid cases rose by 137,583 in England and Wales yesterday as Omicron continues to spread.
A further 73 people died from the virus – but only 789 of patients in hospital with Covid are on ventilators, data revealed.
On Saturday, Covid infections reached a record high for the fifth day in a row with 162,572 cases recorded in England alone.
But this figure seems to have dipped on Sunday.
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