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COVID-19: 10 Statistics You Should Know About The Virus In The UK

#1 Overall casualties

According to the coronavirus.data.gov.uk website, which is a government-funded organisation founded to track Coronavirus and its rampage throughout the UK as well as providing free information to citizens who may be uninformed about the virus, there have been 206,468 deaths in the UK alone with COVID-19 on the death certificate. For deaths within 28 days of testing positive, the count is at 177,977. 

#2 Recent casualties

In the last 7 days, roughly 625 people have died from COVID-19 in the UK. This is a -29% change to the previous 7 day period that was recorded, which clearly indicates that the death count from the virus is steadily diminishing. In other words, the death count is down exactly -249 from last week. The daily death count wildly varies, hence it is not possible to put down a precise average here. However, we can tell you that the number seems to jump between 20-80 deaths each day, which is in line with the stats mentioned above.

#3 Public well-being improved since the pandemic began

In a survey conducted by ons.gov.uk, people in the UK reported record-low satisfaction with their lives and a sense of what they were doing being worthwhile. This was also true for another survey conducted in which they aimed to determine people's general happiness and anxiety levels, which were as you might expect to be during the beginning of the pandemic. However, in a rerun of the test conducted a year later, people's overall happiness, satisfaction and anxiety levels seemed to be returning to normality, showing mostly pre-pandemic numbers.

#4 Vaccinations

According to coronavirus.data.gov.uk, in total 151,248,820 vaccinations have been given so far. As the UK was one of the first countries to adopt the vaccine, this is hardly a surprising number. These are split into first, second and third or booster doses. This is because some vaccines, such as the J&J vaccine, only require you to have one dose, whereas the Pfizer vaccine require you to have two doses. Furthermore, many people in the UK have either had a third dose or a booster in order to increase their protection. First dosages make up 53,813,491 of the total, second dosages make up 50,762,968, and boosters/third dosages make up 40,373,987.

#5 Antibody count

According to coronavirus.data.gov.uk, the total COVID-19 antibody count remains high in the UK for adults. A high proportion of adults have antibodies at or above the threshold of 179 nanograms per millilitre (ng/ml) level. This covers an estimated 95% of adults in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. In simple terms, antibodies are proteins that protect you when an unwanted substance enters the body. In the case of COVID-19, COVID-19 antibodies are proteins that will protect you from the virus and make it nigh-impossible for you to suffer with it if a certain threshold has been reached. This stat shows that a majority of adults in the UK are safe from COVID-19.

#6 Infections rising in Northern Ireland and Scotland

According to data printed on 28th October, 2022, infections have been steadily decreasing in Wales, increasing in Northern Ireland and Scotland and balanced in England in the latest week as of the record (the week ending 17th October 2022). Reasons for this are unknown, however as we move into the colder months it will become easier for pathogens to travel and contact other humans, which will likely lead to a small surge in infection rates.

#7 Autumn booster vaccine for adults

In preparation for the winter, most adults in the UK have been offered the autumn booster vaccine or will be offered it at some point in order to reinforce their immune systems against the virus. In a survey conducted by the government, a total of 77% of adults (8 in 10) reported that they would be likely to accept an offer to receive a further booster in the Autumn months if they were offered it.

#8 COVID-19 and the economy

Virtually every single nation in the world suffered dire ramifications due to the effect of COVID-19 on local and global economy, and the UK is no different. While it has recovered much of the brunt of the damage since the onset of the pandemic, there is still much work to be done as the current government faces an economic crisis and the country faces higher living costs than ever. There has been a dramatic decrease in total exports for British industry, such as the vehicle and trailer manufacturing workforce in the West Midlands, as well as service exports falling in most areas except London and Northern Ireland.

#9 Omicron variant

The main factor in the resurgence of infections and cases, other than the changing of the seasons, is considered to be the dangerous Omicron variant. This was reported about by several news outlets when it made its way into the UK. The Omicron is considered to be an extra effective, extra agile variant of the virus with a much higher infection rate than other variants. Looking at the statistics, it is clear that a majority of reinfections (catching the virus after you've already been through it) have happened after the Omicron variant became dominant in December 2021.

#10 Obesity and other factors

External factors such as obesity have been linked to a high death rate from COVID-19. On the ons.gov.uk website, it reads that adults with obesity are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than those without obesity. This is likely due to the fact that those with obesity are already suffering health conditions causing their overall physical wellbeing to be worse, as well as obesity which is itself a dangerous health condition. The same increase in death rate has been seen for habitual smokers, those suffering from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and asthma as well.

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