England introduces ‘rule of 6’ to combat rise in Covid-19 cases

September 15th, 2020
England introduces ‘rule of 6’ to combat rise in Covid-19 cases

Residents in England are adapting to a new ‘rule of 6’ as ministers grapple with an increase in Covid-19 cases.  From Monday 14th September, people will be required to socialise in groups of six or less. The move comes after a spike in cases in recent weeks. The rule of 6 applies to both indoor […]

NHS Blood and Transplant issues urgent appeal for blood plasma donations in Kirklees

September 9th, 2020
NHS Blood and Transplant issues urgent appeal for blood plasma donations in Kirklees

NHS Blood and Transplant has launched an urgent appeal for people living in Kirklees to come forward and donate blood plasma. In July, there was an outbreak of Covid-19 cases in the area, and NHS representatives are now urging people who had the virus to consider donating their blood plasma to help others. According to […]

UK chief medical adviser warns that missing school is more harmful for children than Coronavirus

August 26th, 2020
UK chief medical adviser warns that missing school is more harmful for children than Coronavirus

The UK’s chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Witty, claims that missing school is more harmful for children than Coronavirus. Research suggests that the risks of developing serious complications or dying from Covid-19 are “incredibly small” among children, and Prof Whitty believes that missing out on going to school is infinitely more damaging, especially in the […]

Health experts urge parents to keep up to date with routine vaccinations

August 19th, 2020
Health experts urge parents to keep up to date with routine vaccinations

Health experts are urging parents to make sure that their children attend appointments for routine vaccinations. Many services have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, but ministers and health workers are keen to stress that the NHS is still very much open and that vaccinations are available. The Local Government Association has encouraged parents to […]

New 90-minute tests for flu and Coronavirus set to be rolled out in the UK

August 4th, 2020
New 90-minute tests for flu and Coronavirus set to be rolled out in the UK

A new rapid test for Coronavirus and flu is set to be rolled out in the UK. From next week (Monday 10th August), the tests, which deliver results in 90 minutes, will be available in care homes and laboratories. The on-the-spot swab tests will help to distinguish between COVID-19 and seasonal illnesses, including flu. It […]

July 15th, 2020

Gloucester barber trains staff to detect signs of mental health issues in clients The owner of a barber shop in Gloucester has trained all staff members to detect signs of mental health issues in clients. The Pride Salon, which is now reopening to the public after the lockdown, has provided staff with training through the […]

DIY Covid-19 test set to be trialled in UK pilot

June 24th, 2020
DIY Covid-19 test set to be trialled in UK pilot

A DIY, no-swab Covid-19 test is set to be piloted in the UK. Researchers based at Southampton University are overseeing a four-week trial of the DIY test, which will involve more than 14,000 participants. The test is a no-swab saliva test, which enables individuals to spit into a tube. The aim is to determine whether […]

British scientists to test drug to target blood clots linked to Covid-19

June 16th, 2020
British scientists to test drug to target blood clots linked to Covid-19

British scientists are testing an experimental drug to target blood clots linked to Covid-19. The trial has been funded by the British Heart Foundation and is designed to provide more information about the relationship between potentially life-threatening blood clots and hormone imbalances. A third of patients who receive hospital treatment for Covid-19 develop blood clots, […]

Scientists suggest malaria drug is not effective in treating Covid-19

June 9th, 2020
Scientists suggest malaria drug is not effective in treating Covid-19

Researchers from the University of Oxford have suggested that a malaria drug, which has been touted as a possible treatment for Covid-19, is not effective. There has been a lot of talk about Hydroxychloroquine in the press, most notably because President Trump admitted to taking it, but researchers have claimed that it is not an […]

ONS survey suggests around 7% of the population have had Coronavirus

June 3rd, 2020
ONS survey suggests around 7% of the population have had Coronavirus

A recent survey conducted by the Office of National Statistics suggests that around 7% of the population has had Coronavirus. Antibody tests sent out to random households suggest that approximately 7% of the population in England has been infected by Covid-19. The findings are based on a sample of 885 people collected after the 26th […]

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