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New Xmas virus that ‘feels like Covid’ sweeping UK – but it isn’t coronavirus

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    A winter bug that "feels like Covid but isn't" is baffling people who are rushing to test for coronavirus and getting negative results.

    Among the unpleasant symptoms being reported are nasty coughs, headaches and blocked noses.

    And many people have been taking to social media to say they were surprised when their Covid tests didn't show a positive result.

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    One person who highlighted his bad cold was football presenter turned newsreader Dan Walker.

    "Quick – completely unscientific – question… is anyone else currently experiencing the worst, and longest lasting, cold they have ever had?" he tweeted on Thursday (December 15), with scores of people rushing to agree with him.

    One person said: "Yes, [it] seems to go away and hours later smacks the crap out of me; for months now."

    Another added: "I had the same thing. I would be fine for most the day, but by the time I get home, I'm coughing a lot of flem, soar throat, and generally feeling garbage."

    Even pop star Lily Allen responded, saying she has a bad chest because of the mystery bug.

    "It moves, mine started in back, moved to head and sinuses, then became chesty cough, then sore throat and mild cough. Literally no energy throughout," she wrote.

    TV writer Daran Little posted on on Twitter: "Anyone else down with something that feels like Covid but isn't?"

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    The bug has been called the "worst winter lurgy ever" by people fed up of feeling poorly, Stoke on Trent Live reports.

    GP Dr Rob Barnett, secretary of the Liverpool Local Medical Committee, told the Liverpool Echo: "We always see an increase in colds and other winter illnesses at this time of year, but for most people, symptoms will get better without treatment, or with medicines readily available from local pharmacies, and they don’t need to see a GP.

    "If you need advice on how to manage your symptoms at home, speak to your local community pharmacist.

    "If your symptoms worsen and you don’t know what to do, call 111 or visit, they can direct you to the right care, and book you an appointment with a healthcare professional if needed.

    "It's also important to be up-to-date with your Covid vaccinations, and if you’re eligible for the autumn booster and flu vaccines, book these as soon as possible to help you stay well this winter."


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