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Doctor on the ‘key factor' that determines how dangerous Covid strain Pirola is


He said: “A key factor in this will be the severity of illness for affected individuals, however, the data for this is currently lacking.”

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have said there is currently “not enough evidence” to know if the variant has altered the severity of the disease.

“In response to this, the UK has brought forward its autumn vaccine booster programme as a precautionary measure,” said Dr Nichols.

All eligible patients will be contacted by their GP and given information on how they can arrange to book their booster.

Dr Nichols clarified: “GP practices will be inviting people in priority order of risk with those most vulnerable being vaccinated first.”

For those over the age of 65, who are concerned because they have not yet been invited for a booster, it’s worthwhile contacting your doctor’s practice.

Symptoms of Pirola

The symptoms of the Pirola variant remain much the same as other Covid strains, said Dr Nichols.

Symptoms of Pirola can include:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Fatigue.

“Asymptomatic or mild illness will understandably cause less problems than more severe disease,” added Dr Nichols.

How to protect yourself against Covid

Aside from vaccination, Dr Nichols advised to “remember hand washing and the basics of good hygiene”.

Additional measures include avoiding other people who are presenting with symptoms and enabling fresh air to circulate in your home.

MyHealthChecked at-home health and wellbeing tests are available online and in-store at Boots.

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