Coronavirus could weaken in UK due to social distancing, experts say


Strains of coronavirus could weaken through social distancing, experts say.The number of deaths and hospital admissions are well below the peak of the pandemic in mid-April, but infection rates remain high.

Not enough is known about the virus to make definitive claims, but it is understood that those who contract Covid-19 largely receive smaller “doses”.

And, therefore, don’t get so sick.

In early July, the infection rate fell as low as 550 a day in Britain, although 150 patients were hospitalized.

People line up to enter a bank in Leeds city center

However, since then infection rates have increased, last week seeing 1,500 people testing positive, but only 51 official deaths.

Since July, the number of new infections has increased, with 1,500 people testing positive last week.

While the number of people currently being treated in the hospital is less than 3% compared to what it was in April.

Dr Elisabetta Groppelli, virologist at St George’s University in London, told The Sun: “If you are exposed to a smaller amount of virus, fewer cells in your body are infected, so it is time for your immune system. to react.

Experts believe social distancing may cause people to contract weaker strains of Covid-19

“If you have a lot of infected cells at once, you’re already starting on the back foot.

“There is no particularly strong data for Covid-19 at the moment, but it makes sense. ”

She added that age and other illnesses also play a major role in how each patient is affected, but reiterated that a lower dose gives the body a much better chance to heal quickly.

Professor Wendy Barclay, head of the infectious disease department at Imperial College London, agreed that when it comes to disease, “it all depends on the size of the armies on either side.”

It comes as the UK has recorded nearly 3,000 new cases of the coronavirus in the past day, the biggest increase in more than three months.

The 2,988 new confirmed infections are up from the 1,813 infections announced yesterday, marking the biggest one-day jump since May 23.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “concerned” about an increase in cases “mainly among young people.”

According to a Reuters tally, more than 26.97 million cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide have been reported and 879,675 people have died.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.


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