A Sage expert has warned so-called “acute Covid” risks “damaging young people” as it rips through their organs causing long-lasting injuries.
Professor Calum Semple, a specialist in child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, warned there have been “a lot” of cases of such kidney and lung injuries caused by the virus.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said there has been a noticeable rise in under-50s going into hospital with “nearly all” of them being unvaccinated.
“They’re nearly all unvaccinated, and what’s surprising is that although they’re not dying, they are suffering quite a lot of injuries, so we’re seeing a lot of kidney injuries and lung injuries in these younger people,” he said.
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“My concern now is not so much about death, although every death is a tragedy, my concern now is about otherwise healthy people that would normally be economically important and working and going about their daily lives, they’re going to get damaged, they’re going to get lung scarring and kidney disease …
“This is actually different to long Covid, this is acute Covid injury.”
His comments come as the government faces questions over its move to end lockdown in less than a week amid soaring Covid cases and warnings of 100,000 daily infections or 200 deaths if all restrictions are lifted.
But according to Professor Semple, “we probably won’t see” such number if people take caution.
On July 19 a raft of coronavirus restrictions are set to be lifted including legal requirements on wearing masks and the ‘rule of six’ for meeting indoors.
A ban on nightclubs opening is also set to be scrapped.
But the government’s decision to go ahead with the fourth and final step towards ending lockdown has been widely criticised amid fears it will cause yet more grief.
Up to 1,200 scientists recently hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to lift lockdown as daily cases are currently at their highest since record numbers in January.
The group of doctors and health experts wrote to medical journal The Lancet to raise their concerns over the planned changes, with a the statement saying the planned relaxation “involves recklessly exposing millions to the acute and long-term impacts of mass infection.”
The group said: “We believe this is a terrible mistake.
“This strategy is already putting intense pressure on struggling healthcare services and will lead to many avoidable deaths and long-term illness.
“The narrative of ‘caution, vigilance and personal responsibility’ is an abdication of the government’s fundamental duty to protect public health.
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“‘Personal responsibility’ does not work in the face of an airborne, highly-contagious infectious disease.
“Infectious diseases are a matter of collective, rather than individual responsibility.”
There were 42,302 new cases and 49 deaths recorded on Wednesday, according to Public Health England.
That while 87.4 per cent of adults has had the first dose of a Covid jab, and 66.7 per cent have had both doses.