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COVID like ‘super cold’ going around in Australia

As Australians collectively emerge from nearly two years of isolation, immunity against flu and cold is being called into question as there may be yet another threat to consider. 

A virus called the “super cold” has reportedly been spreading significantly within the community. With COVID-19 like symptoms, those afflicted have been rendered unwell and confused about whether or not they have or are developing COVID-19.

Thousands of people are reporting symptoms of body aches, general fatigue, sore throat, cough and runny nose – each synonymous with COVID-19 but without the positive test results.  People with the dubbed “super cold” typically won’t lose their taste or smell like they might with a COVID diagnosis.

Anyone who is confused about the cause of their symptoms is encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.  

Experts are concerned Australians are experiencing “vaccine fatigue”, with only 59 percent of those eligible having had their booster COVID-19 vaccine dose. 

Relaxed mask rules, apparent widespread disregard for recommended social distancing, less focus on hand hygiene, as well as an influx of travellers, are likely to present challenges for COVID-19 and flu infections this year. 

With flu season approaching, we want to strongly encourage everyone to ensure they are up to date with vaccinations for both COVID-19 and flu.

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