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See the full figures on the NHS Digital website here
Why have the numbers decreased for the first time in 8 years?
The decrease in hospital admissions for allergy are largely accounted for a by a decrease in admissions for allergic asthma. This is in line with several recent research studies which have reported that the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures have led to a reduction in hospital admissions for asthma for a number of proposed reasons including: –
All of the studies are observational, which means we can’t be certain that the factors proposed caused the decrease.
Sarah Baker, Interim CEO of the Anaphylaxis Campaign said: –
‘Whilst is encouraging to see less people needing to be admitted to hospital because of their allergies or anaphylaxis, we must take into account the possibility that these figures represent a temporary decrease due factors relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we emerge into our new normal, we will continue our work to create a safe post pandemic environment for all people with allergies by working with and educating those in schools, universities, the food industry, health care professionals and other key audiences.’
We have a number of resources available to help enable those at risk to manage their allergy successfully. These include;
If you would like further information and support, please call our national helpline on 01252 542029 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, open between 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday.