The reason your constant coughing won’t go away

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Doctors notice wave of infections is lasting longer than usual as social distancing weakens nation’s immunity.

Coughs that won’t go away may be one infection after another, after social distancing weakened the nation’s immunity, a royal college has warned.

Professor Kamila Hawthorne, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said doctors have observed that the current round of respiratory infections seems to be lasting longer than usual.

The RCGP’s surveillance shows rates of lower and upper respiratory tract infections are well above the average normally seen so far in winter. 

This is echoed in weekly data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which has found high rates of flu and other respiratory viruses.

Prof Hawthorne said: “It’s not clear why some of the current respiratory infections going around do seem to be lasting longer than usual – this has been noticed by doctors as well as patients, but we are not entirely sure why this is happening.

“Most of the public have been socially isolated during the last two winters and this appears to have reduced their resistance to infections – this seems to make it more likely they will pick up infections than in previous years.

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The reason your constant coughing won’t go away

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