Painkiller supplies run low on high street as Omicron patients drive up demand


People affected by the Omicron type coronavirus are buying more paracetamols so things are running low in most stores.

The results published today show that about a third of all drugs are either painkillers or not. Ibuprofen is also in high demand by one in five stores experiencing a decline.

However, those who need pain relief should not have the problem of finding the treatment they need. Data show that 71 percent of stores have high or moderate levels of paracetamol available while 80 percent have adequate ibuprofen.

The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), also show that people are buying more rolls of toilet paper, perhaps to deal with the nerves that are a clear sign of the recent Covid-19 wave.

ONS also reported that one in ten stores had fewer papers while one in 20 ran out over the weekend.

According to government estimates, last week about 125,000 people a day went down with Covid-19, which means that about 900,000 people have been infected. The actual number may be higher as some estimate that twice as many have been diagnosed with the disease.

About two-thirds of people with Covid develop other symptoms, the most common of which are nasal congestion, headaches, fatigue, squeezing and sore throat.

Most of the ONS went from about 6,000 visits to 270 stores in 133 locations around the UK. At each visit, consumers were asked to register whether the items they saw in the 21 categories were high, medium, low or none.

The statistics agency said the results were hypothetical because one person’s perceptions of what caused the deficit could not be the same as another’s. It added that the results did not mean that the supply of goods in warehouses or warehouses was limited.

After lavatory rolls, fresh fish are the most sought after, followed by frozen chips, fresh pork and bottled water. In all 21 groups only 11 percent had low or virtually nonexistent.

Alcohol was a staple of sales while 98 percent of stores had good stocks, perhaps indicating that more people are choosing not to drink because they are sick or have left “Dry January”.

The ONS also reported that approximately 3 percent of workers were on sick leave or inactive due to symptoms of coronavirus, isolation or isolation at the end of last month, the highest rate since the corresponding comparison began in June 2020.

However, the total number is less than the 10 percent non-existent reported by other parts of the NHS. ONS said hair and beauty companies had the highest risk of missing out on 7 per cent of the economy.

These figures also give a grim picture on highways, down only 78 percent of the same week last year.

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