With Covid-19 cases rising so close to Christmas, here is How to beat Covid19 quickly during Christmas period, With the government scaling back COVID-19 case number updates, it may seem the virus has disappeared from the public consciousness.
All states and territories have seen a rise in confirmed cases and the number of hospitalizations over the last two and a half months, federal health department data shows.
With case numbers rising close to Christmas, here’s a reminder of the symptoms to watch for and advice from experts on how to beat it quickly.
Are there any new COVID symptoms?
Main Symptoms of COVID-19
Here are the main symptoms:
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
Some of the less common symptoms include:
- Muscle or joint pain
- Nausea or loss of appetite
- Temporary loss of smell and/or taste
Meanwhile, Mater Health infectious disease physician Paul Griffin says the virus has evolved.
“The reason for this eighth wave is that we’ve seen a significant change in COVID,” Dr Griffin says.
Each time the virus changes, our protection from past infection or vaccination declines and that allows more people to get infected, become unwell, and end up in hospital.
Steps to beat Covid-19 quickly during Christmas period
- The basic tips of drinking plenty of water and taking lots of rest haven’t changed since the beginning of the pandemic.
- Health Direct says sipping warm fluids may help soothe a sore throat.
- Over-the-counter medications like paracetamol or ibuprofen can help with treating pain and fever.
- Health Direct recommends making sure your room has good air circulation and points out you should avoid smoking when recovering from the virus.
Dr Griffin and Dr Johnson advice to beat Covid-19 quickly during Christmas period:
- Keep up to date with your vaccinations: Chat with your GP or pharmacist to get the right advice for you. Ask if you’re eligible for another booster
- Take good care of yourself: Stay well hydrated, get plenty of rest and keep up a good, healthy diet
- Try to minimise the spread where possible: Wash your hands and wear a mask
- Get tested: A lot of viruses out there can look like COVID — so find out exactly what you’re dealing with
- Have a plan ready: Prepare for what you’ll do if you develop COVID symptoms, especially if you’re in a high-risk category (depending on your age and whether you’re immunocompromised). For example, some eligible Australians may be able to access antivirals and they work best when used quickly
However, HV.1 was responsible for about a quarter of new coronavirus cases as of late October, rising to the highest prevalence of any strain circulating in the U.S. A new COVID-19 variant has entered the scene in the U.S.
HV.1 was documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in low numbers over the summer. But now the strain has the highest prevalence of any, claiming responsibility for about a quarter of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. as of late October.
The strain is still a subvariant of omicron – as is every strain that’s in circulation. It’s a descendent of EG.5, which is the second most common variant in the U.S. at nearly 22% of new cases, according to estimates from the CDC. Read more here.