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International News: United Kingdom could fall into another COVID-19 wave

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Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2022. 10:27 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: There are indications that the United Kingdom could fall into another COVID-19 wave, CNN reports.

The recent increase in cases in England doesn’t seem to be driven by a new variant, experts say.

Dr. Tim Spector who is a professor of genetic epidemiology at Kings College in London says that usually what happens in the UK is reflected about a month later in the U.S.

Spector oversees the Zoe Health Study, which uses an app to let people in the UK and US report their daily symptoms.

If they start to feel bad, they take a home Covid-19 test and record those results. He says that about 500,000 people are currently logging their symptoms every day to help track trends in the pandemic.

Spector says the study, which has been running since the days of the first lockdown in England in 2020, has accurately captured the start of each wave, and its numbers run about one to two weeks ahead of official government statistics.

After noticing a downward trend for the past few weeks, the Zoe study saw a 30% increase in reported Covid-19 cases within the past week.

“Our current data is definitely showing this is the beginning of the next wave,” Spector said.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., some models have predicted that COVID-19 cases will begin to rise again in October.

 

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