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UK has ‘more cases than rest of Europe because of lack of masks and distancing’

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People not wearing masks on the Tube and a discarded face covering.
There are fears that double jabbed people may be unwittingly spreading the virus (Picture: PA/Rex/Getty)

A leading coronavirus expert has said that Britain’s high number of cases is due to low levels of mask wearing and limited social distancing.

The lead scientist on the ZOE Covid Symptom Study App also suggested that widespread reports of particularly bad ‘colds’ may actually be people suffering from the virus.

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Professor Tim Spector warned that many fully vaccinated Brits could be unwittingly spreading Covid-19 because they remain ‘ignorant’ of the symptoms.

The ZOE app lists the top five virus symptoms for double-jabbed people as a headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and loss of smell.

His intervention comes as many people report suffering horrible colds – which some experts have linked to limited exposure to other illnesses during the pandemic.

Countless sufferers have not been tested for Covid, but despite that the country still has one of the worst case loads in the region.

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Professor Spector told the Mirror: ‘The UK still has more cases than most of Europe and I believe this is for two main reasons: the first is a lack of masks and social distancing and the second is because we’re ignorant of the symptoms.’

Tourists wearing protective face masks walk past the Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre), Paris.
Higher levels of mask wearing in Europe has been credited for lower case rates (Picture: AFP)

The UK’s vaccination rate remains comparatively high worldwide – despite many developing nations catching up following an initially rapid rollout – but fully vaccinated people can still catch the disease.

They are significantly less likely to become seriously ill or die if they do become infected, however.

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That may have led to some people being less cautious about social distancing and mask wearing – particularly after the government dropped rules making mask wearing compulsory in public settings.

Experts have repeatedly said that wearing face coverings reduces the spread of the virus.

Much of mainland Europe appears to have paid closer attention to that fact, given the higher rates of mask wearing.

Some foreign governments list different symptoms to the UK – with the World Health Organisation naming fever, dry cough and fatigue as the key signs, compared with the British government highlighting high temperature, coughing and changes to smell and taste.

Professor Spector continued: ‘We should be looking out for things like sore throat, runny nose and sneezing. The classic three – cough, fever and anosmia (loss of smell) are rarer these days, yet the government has done nothing.

‘By not updating advice, we’re letting people into care homes, schools, workplaces and large gatherings displaying known signs of Covid.’

He continued: ‘Roughly, 1 in 80 people in the UK have Covid.

‘If we don’t wake up to the fact these cold-like symptoms could be Covid, we will continue to keep numbers high, putting unnecessary strain on an exhausted NHS.’

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