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‘Worst lurgy ever’ is spreading across UK – complete with ‘horrible symptoms’

As the ‘worst cold ever’ sweeps Britain, experts warn this winter would see an increase in colds and flu as people socialise without any restrictions for the first time since March, 2020

The lurgy is leaving people with a sandpaper throat, chesty cough and runny nose that’s difficult to to shift.

The ‘worst lurgy ever‘ is spreading across the UK with sufferers say it has ‘horrible symptoms’.

It is leaving people with a sandpaper throat, chesty cough and runny nose that’s reportedly difficult to to shift.

Experts have warned for some time that this winter would see an increase in colds and flu.

This is because people are socialising largely without any restrictions for the first time since March, 2020.

One woman explained she had been ‘totally floored’ for weeks and more and more people are saying they have been ill, or know someone who is under the weather, according to the Liverpool Echo.

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Experts have warned for some time that this winter would see an increase in colds and flu
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Dr Philippa Kaye, a GP based in London, said that it’s not just the north west, numbers have already been as high as you’d see in a normal winter.

She told the BBC: “We’ve actually been seeing a rise in the number of coughs and colds and viral infections.

“We are mixing in a way that we haven’t been mixing over the past 18 months.



The lurgy has floored some sufferers
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“During those first lockdowns, we saw numbers of other [non-Covid] infections fall. We think that that was primarily due to the restrictions on meeting up.”

Sharing his experience on social media, one man, who lives in Formby, Merseyside, said he has come down with the “worst lurgy he’s ever had”.

Others posted on Facebook to say they have been badly hit by illness.

One woman wrote: “Yep, I’ve been full of cold for the last few days. First one in over two years and its a doozy!”

Another said: “I’ve had a terrible cold for nearly three weeks, can’t seem to get rid of it.”

Others posted on Facebook to say they have been badly hit by illness.



Some sufferers have had a terrible cold for nearly three weeks and can’t get rid of it
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One woman wrote: “Yep, I’ve been full of cold for the last few days. First one in over two years and its a doozy!”

Another said: “I’ve had a terrible cold for nearly three weeks, can’t seem to get rid of it.”

One woman wrote: “Two weeks now and it’s not funny at all. First cold I’ve had in years and it’s floored me.”

Another said: “It’s gone through my house over the last two weeks. We’ve all had covid, but we did tests just in case. All were negative, though.”







If it is just a cold, your symptoms can be managed at home.

Because Covid-19 continues to circulate in the UK, it’s important to rule that out as many symptoms are the same.

ZOE, the world’s largest ongoing study into Covid-19, said: “A negative result from a lateral flow test is not reliable enough to be sure you’re definitely not infected, so if your symptoms persist it’s best to get a PCR test to be sure.”


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