UK Experts Urge Mask Return Amid ‘Erin’ Covid Variant Fear


There is an air of concern in the UK over the rise in Covid cases and hospitalizations. To alarm the diffusion of the EG.5 variant renamed ‘Eris’.

The fear of a new wave of infections

Across the Channel there are many who are agitating fearing a possible new wave of coronavirus. The increase in infections, according to British experts, is due to the spread of ‘Eris’.

According to the health authorities, in fact, one in seven Covid infections is attributable to the new variant. This is why many scientists invoke, also through their social profiles, the return to the use of masks as a preventive measure to reduce infections in view of the colder season.

UK experts: “The time has come to go back to masks”

Trisha Greenhalgh, health policy expert at the University of Oxford and member of the Independent Sage (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies), on Twitter, as reported by the Daily Mail, ‘tweeted’: “Many colleagues feel that it is time to return to wear masks.”

The symptoms of the new Eris variant are very similar to those of the previous Omicron mutations: sore throat, runny or blocked nose, dry cough, headache, wet cough, hoarseness, muscle and joint pain, changes in the sense of smell .

Not only ‘Erin’, also pay attention to the BA.6 variant

In the UK there is also another variety closely monitored by infectious disease specialists. This is a variant not yet officially characterized, but already renamed by some BA.6

This new mutation was first identified in Denmark and Israel and is believed to have over 30 variations in its ‘Spike’ protein, the part of the virus that attaches itself to human cells and causes an infection

At the origin of the increase in infections, scientists have also hypothesized the ‘mix’ between bad weather and the ‘Barbenheimer effect’, i.e. the cinema release of the two blockbuster films ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ ‘.

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