Covid-19 Alert – 1 July 2022

The number of Covid-19 infected people in Bucks continues to increase quickly, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today (1 July 2022). Infection levels started to increase 3 weeks ago, and are still increasing very rapidly. The third wave of Covid-19 this year is growing far faster than predicted, and looks at this stage as if it could be as bad as or worse than the previous two waves.

It is important to remember that Covid-19 is NOT mild – it is not the flu, or a cold. While most vaccinated people will not need to go into hospital, Covid-19 can still make vaccinated people very ill at home. Also, of course, if you catch Covid-19, you run a risk of developing serious post-Covid conditions, or permanent damage to your organs and brain.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment: Week Ending 27 June 2022

The THIRD wave of 2022 continues to impact Bucks. Although cases have remained roughly the same, the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has SOARED, and the risk level remains EXTREMELY HIGH. You need to continue or start being Covid-Careful.

The new variants of the Covid virus making up this third wave have evolved to avoid any immunity you may have from vaccination or having caught Covid-19 before. Even if you are fully vaccinated, or have had Covid-19 before, you are still vulnerable to catching it again. Every time you catch Covid-19 increases your chances of being very ill or developing Long Covid, so it is IMPORTANT to protect yourself now, even if you haven’t been Covid-Careful up until now.  

Our advice is to wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends. These simple precautions may save you and your family from serious illness or possibly long-term disability.

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Video Transcript 20th June 2022

The video version of our latest weekly Covid-19 update can be found below with an attached transcript suitable for screen readers.  

WORRYING news, as Bucks sees a massive 44% increase in Covid-19 infections in only a week. The next wave of Covid-19 is arriving much quicker than expected, and BuDS has raised the risk level back up to EXTREMELY HIGH. 1 in every 39 people in Bucks had Covid-19 as of 11 June, and the risk is almost certainly even higher today. 

This video and transcript explain the full risk post for the week ending 20th June which can be read here: https://buds.org.uk/covid-19-risk-assessment-week-ending-20-june-2022/ 

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DPO Conference 2022

On Friday 24 June 2022, BuDS addressed the inaugural DPO (Disabled People’s Organisations) Annual Conference about the Covid-19 pandemic and its implications for DPOs. The conference was online, open to all, free of charge, and accessible for all disabled people, with subtitling, BSL interpretation, and other access features.

You will need to read the speaking notes alongside the PowerPoint presentation slides. We are working on producing an integrated presentation, which will be easier to use. If you need material in another format, or support accessing it, please contact us.

Covid-19 Risk Assessment: Week Ending 20 June 2022

WORRYING news, as Bucks sees a massive 44% increase in Covid-19 infections in only a week. The next wave of Covid-19 is arriving much quicker than expected, and BuDS has raised the risk level back up to EXTREMELY HIGH. 1 in every 39 people in Bucks had Covid-19 as of 11 June, and the risk is almost certainly even higher today.

Even if you have had Covid-19 recently, you can still catch it again. Having had Covid-19 before is only weak protection against the new variants making up this wave. Even vaccination will not prevent you from being seriously ill at home if you catch one of these new variants. Unless you want to take the gamble of being infected or reinfected with Covid-19, you need to start being Covid-Cautious.

Our advice is to wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends. These simple precautions may save you and your family from serious illness or possibly long-term disability.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment: Week Ending 13 June 2022

Last week, we reported the end of Omicron BA.2 wave that has caused so much illness and death in the UK in May. This week, we are sadly reporting the START of the NEXT WAVE, made up of new Omicron variants including BA.5.

The number of infected people is now going up all over the UK. Here in Bucks, we now have 1 in every 61 people infected with Covid-19. This means the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks continues to be VERY HIGH.

With cases on the upturn, BuDS urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. To repeat: the chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is VERY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends. BuDS will continue to update you every week.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment: Week Ending 6 June 2022

This week, we are not able to give you any update about the Covid-19 pandemic in Bucks. The Office for National Statistics (ONS), who provide the data we use, have decided not to publish any regional data for the last week, and instead to publish a fortnightly update on Friday 10 June.

Nationally, the number of people infected with Covid-19 is continuing to slowly decline. Bucks is usually slightly worse than the national average, so we are predicting either a standstill or a slight decline in infection rates in Bucks. However, even with a small decline, the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks is still VERY HIGH.

BuDS still urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. To repeat: the chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is still VERY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends.

BuDS will let continue to keep you up to date every week.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 30 May 2022

There is continuing cautious good news about the Covid-19 pandemic in Bucks. The number of infected people is continuing to fall, but only very slowly. However, with 1 in 57 people in Bucks infected with Covid-19, the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks is still VERY HIGH.

BuDS still urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. To repeat: the chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is still VERY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends.

Because the number of infected people in Bucks has reduced, BuDS has lowered the Covid-19 risk level to very high. Remember that a very high risk is exactly what it sounds like – you have a very high risk of catching Covid-19 in your everyday life if you don’t take precautions.

BuDS will let continue to keep you up to date every week.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 23 May 2022

With 1 in 48 people in Bucks infected with Covid-19, the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks is still EXTREMELY HIGH. Recent falls in the number of infected people have stopped, and early signs are that we may see them rising again soon.

BuDS still urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. To repeat: the chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is still EXTREMELY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends.

The good news is that the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 is continuing to trend downwards. This is because the number of people infected with Omicron BA.2 is falling. However, if the number of infected people starts to rise again as new variants spread (see below), the number of people in hospital will start to go back up again as well.

BuDS will let continue to keep you up to date every week.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 16 May 2022

Sadly, the rapid fall in the number of infected people in Buckinghamshire has come to an end, and the risk of catching Covid when out and about in Bucks is still EXTREMELY HIGH. Worryingly, the number of people going into hospital with Covid-19 has started to go up again, as have deaths.

With 1 in 44 people in Bucks infected with Covid-19, BuDS still urges everyone to be Covid-Cautious and keep taking sensible precautions against catching Covid-19. The chances of coming across a person with Covid in your everyday life is still EXTREMELY HIGH. Wear a FFP2 or N95 filter mask in public places, breathe clean air, avoid crowds and busy places, work from home if you can, and protect your older and vulnerable relatives and friends.

BuDS will let continue to keep you up to date every week.

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