Shopping is the MOST RISKY activity for contracting Covid
People who shop weekly are more than twice as likely to catch Covid as those who have their groceries delivered online, an official study suggests.
The SAGE Virus Watch study examined the daily activities of more than 10,000 people in England and Wales between September and November 2021.
Going to stores once a week apparently had the greatest chance of catching the virus, with an increased risk of 2.2%.
This was followed by playing sports outdoors, with those who did 1.36 times more likely to test positive, according to the study.
But the researchers recognized that this could be due in part to the social activities associated with such events, rather than to the sport itself.
The risk of testing positive after going to a pub a few times a week – about 1.3 times higher than otherwise – was the same as taking public transport frequently.
However, the period analyzed means that it will not include any data from the recent wave of Omicron cases which did not resume until mid-December.
This graph shows the probability of being tested positive for Covid after certain events in Sage’s Virus Watch study, the results have been adjusted based on vaccine status, age and region of people
Shopping has proven to be the riskiest activity for people to later test positive for Covid, with those who have been to stores at least once a week just over twice as likely to catch it. the virus than those who did not
Going to the pub and drinking a pint indoors at least once a week was associated with an increased risk of testing positive for Covid, but people could significantly reduce their risk by choosing to have their pint outside at the place
Could Omicron still be LESS fatal than seasonal flu?
Omicron could be even less deadly than the flu, scientists believe in a boost to hope the worst of the pandemic is over.
Some experts have always argued that the coronavirus will eventually turn into a seasonal cold-like virus as the world builds immunity through vaccines and natural infection. But the emergence of the highly mutated variant of Omicron appears to have accelerated the process.
MailOnline analysis shows that Covid killed one in 33 people who tested positive at the height of the devastating second wave last January, up from just one in 670 now. But experts believe the figure could be even lower because of Omicron.
The case fatality rate – the proportion of confirmed infections that end in death – for seasonal influenza is 0.1, the equivalent of one in 1,000.
Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Washington modeling the next stage of the pandemic expect Omicron to kill up to 99% fewer people than Delta, in another clue it could be less deadly than the flu.
No precise Infection Death Rate (IFR), which is still only a fraction of CFR as it reflects deaths among all who catch the virus, has yet been released for Delta.
But UK government advisers estimated the overall figure to be around 0.25% before Omicron burst onto the scene, down from highs of around 1.5% before the advent of life-saving vaccines.
Other higher risk activities include eating indoors at a restaurant or cafe, having to physically commute to work, and go to the gym.
The analysis – which excluded infections believed to have originated in the same household – also found that certain activities carried very little risk of being positive for Covid afterwards.
They found no increased risk for those who attend the theater, movies, concert, or sporting event, or go to a hairdresser, barber, nail salon, or beauty salon.
Likewise, they found no strong evidence of an increased risk of drinking a pint in a pub garden or eating out in a cafe.
Additionally, while frequent use of public transport carried an increased average risk of catching Covid, 1.2 times more likely than those who did not, different types of public transport presented different risks.
Bus users were 1.3 times more likely to test positive for Covid, followed by taxi users, 1.19 times more likely, and finally, overhead train or tram users, 1.18 times more likely.
However, no increased risk has apparently been observed among metro users.
The Virus Watch data has yet to be peer reviewed, and the authors of the latest analysis added that their findings could be affected by a low number of young people in the study group.
Activities were based on monthly surveys that looked at the weekly frequency of certain activities, such as going to the pub or to the movies.
The SAGE document comes as daily cases of Covid in Britain fell for the second day in a row with early signs that NHS admissions are peaking in England – as Sajid Javid reiterated that Omicron is up to 90% less likely to cause serious illness.
There have been 178,250 new positive Covid tests across the UK in the past 24 hours, according to government scorecard data, down 6% from last week’s figure.
The two-day drop in new infections ends nearly a month of solid growth following the emergence of the new ultra-infectious variant.
Another 229 Covid deaths were also recorded across the country today, marking a 13% increase from last Friday. But there are around seven times fewer daily Covid deaths now than in the second wave last January.
Meanwhile, the latest hospital data showed 2,434 more patients were admitted with the virus on January 3, up more than a quarter from the previous week.
But it’s unclear how many new admissions were primarily for Covid, and analysis of NHS statistics suggests up to 40% test positive in hospital for a different disease.
And even though hospitalizations for Covid are increasing in the UK as a whole, they appear to be stagnating in England according to the most recent data. Daily admissions there fell 10 percent in one week on Jan.5, the second day in a row they had fallen.
Admissions to England appear to be on the same trajectory as those in London, which is weeks ahead of the rest of the country and has seen hospitalization rates drop in the past five days.
The promising statistics come shortly after the Health Secretary reminded the nation that boosters reduced Omicron’s risk of serious illness by up to 90% as he appealed to the remaining 10 million eligible Britons who had not accepted the offer of a third dose.