Sunday Brunch: Si King reveals Dave Myers has COVID-19
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Dave has had a turbulent time with his health. A diagnosis with glaucoma left him absolutely “devastated” and fearing that he would lose his sight completely. If the condition had not been caught as early as it was, the chef’s whole career would have been at risk. Thankfully Dave was able to receive successful treatment, but now the chef is again down on his luck and in bad health – this time with Covid.
Si has had to go it alone on both The One Show and BBC Breakfast whilst he promoted the pair’s latest cooking series, which sees them explore the North of England where they were born and bred.
Soon however curious presenters were asking after Dave. Rylan Clark-Neal seemed disappointed by his absence asking: “Si, no Dave? Is he alright?”
It was then when Si revealed that Dave was battling with the deadly virus that has affected the globe for the past year.
He said: “He has Covid. He’s getting there.I think he’s not too well but it’s not bad. It’s very odd to be here without him. It’s a bit odd.
As everyone is aware of the troubling effects the virus has had, many were sending their love to Dave, wishing him a speedy recovery. The NHS explain that the main symptoms of Covid remain the following:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
In a recent study from the ZOE COVID Study app has found that daily cases of the virus have hit 69,000 as one in 69 Brits have Covid symptoms. Further research found that amongst those who are double vaccinated, there are an estimated 18,817 new daily symptomatic cases in the UK.
Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app, comments on the latest data: “The UK seems to be slowly waking up to the fact that COVID cases are too high, but the reality is they’ve been soaring for months and many countries have put us on their red list.
“Infections remain high in young people, and look to be spilling over into the 35-55 year olds. If these increases creep into the over 55s it could spell disaster for the NHS this winter.”
Concern for the older population as we once again head into the winter months was something that spurred the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to allow those more at risk to receive a booster vaccine.
Those eligible for a third dose include the following:
- Those living in residential care homes for older adults
- All adults aged 50 years or over
- Frontline health and social care workers
- All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of Severe COVID-19, and adult carers
- Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
If you or someone you know starts to develop Covid symptoms, even if they are mild, it is important to get a PCR test as soon as possible.In addition to the test, individuals should self-isolate and stay at home until they receive the results of the test.
The UK R value is now estimated to be around 1.0 and regional R values in England are 1.0, Wales, 1.0 and Scotland, 0.9.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 163,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate.
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