‘Worst cold ever’ spreading across UK with stricken Brits struggling to recover

An 'awful' sickness bug described as "the worst lurgy ever" and is beginning to spread across parts of the UK.

People across the north west are now complaining that they feel unwell – and some claim they are struggling to shift it.

Last week, people in the south of England spoke of feeling 'run down' and 'drained' by a cold that were lasting many people weeks of illness, The Mirror reports.

The Liverpool Echo has reported that many people on Merseyside are coming down with something similar.

There is now concerns that it could be spreading, and posts on social media have been filled with people reporting that they have caught the bug.

One woman has claimed that the illness has left her "totally floored" for weeks, and many more have said that they've been ill, or know someone who has.

A GP based in London, Dr Philippa Kaye, said that it's not just the north west and numbers have already been as high as you'd see in a normal winter.

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She told the BBC: "We've actually been seeing a rise in the number of coughs and colds and viral infections.

"We are mixing in a way that we haven't been mixing over the past 18 months.

"During those first lockdowns, we saw numbers of other [non-Covid] infections fall. We think that that was primarily due to the restrictions on meeting up."

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One man, from Merseyside, said he came down with the "worst lurgy he's ever had".

Seven miles away, people from Sefton have posted on Facebook say they have been hit badly by illness.

One woman wrote: "Yep, I've been full of cold for the last few days. First one in over two years and its a doozy!"

Another said: "I've had a terrible cold for nearly three weeks, can't seem to get rid of it."

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One woman, from Maghill, also on Merseyside, wrote: "Two weeks now and it's not funny at all. First cold I've had in years and it's floored me."

Another wrote: "It's gone through my house over the last two weeks. We've all had covid, but we did tests just in case. All were negative, though."

Speaking to Radio 1 show Newsbeat last week, Rebecca London, from Bournemouth said: "Nothing I have had has been like this.

"I barely slept, I'd wake up in the night just coughing, a constantly runny nose and feeling so tired."

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