As many as half of all Brits are at risk of contracting a viral infection when they get in the water, a survey has found.
More than half of Brits were at risk to contracting the coronavirus when they went swimming, with the figures putting the number at about 15 per cent of the population, the latest National Health Service survey found.
Some 8 per cent were in a high risk group, meaning they had an elevated risk of getting the virus.
The figures for people who went to the beach or other leisure activity fell to 6 per cent, while a further 7 per cent had a low risk of the virus, it said.
More:Dr Mike Haddad, chief executive of British Heart Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said: “Many of our beaches are already struggling to cope with this coronaviruses surge.”
If we don’t do more to tackle the spread of the disease, we risk exposing ourselves to further and greater infections and deaths.
“Mr Haddart said that in the case of people who had high risk groups, it was very important to get to the water before swimming as soon as possible.”
These high-risk individuals need to be seen immediately by a health professional to ensure they do not have a pre-existing infection,” he said.
He said that although most people who contracted the virus did not get the coronacovirus they were still at a high level of risk and there was an urgent need to address the spread.”
We must do more in the future to tackle these high-level risk groups before we have a coronaviral pandemic.
“The survey found that almost all people who were tested for coronavirotosis did not have any symptoms.
The survey was carried out between October 1 and October 30, and was funded by the British Heart Association, which has a national campaign to tackle coronavirence.
The report, commissioned by the NHS, found that, on average, people in high risk had an increased risk of catching the virus after they went to swim.”
High risk” refers to people who have an elevated level of the coronacept virus, such as those who have been to the same beach more than a month or who have taken a swim more than once, or who are already infected with the virus and who have not yet started taking anti-coagulants.
The researchers also found that people who attended beach volleyball games in the days before the coronavect virus hit the UK had the highest infection rates.
The study found that while the UK has been able to limit the spread to fewer than 2 per cent per week since the virus was detected in the US, in Australia it has seen the virus spread to as much as 4 per cent every week since February, when it was first detected in New Zealand.
Dr Haddam said that if we are not doing more to stop the spread in the weeks and months ahead, the numbers will continue to rise.”
I think the public is rightly worried that we are facing a major coronavirency pandemic, and it’s important that we all take the time to act,” he told the BBC.”
The sooner we do this, the better off we all are.
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