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How to stop all that washing wreaking havoc with your hands

Frequent hand-washing is key to reducing the spread of Covid-19, and with lockdown easing, it is even more important. But if your hands are sore, chapped and red as a result, you’re far from alone. Pharmacists are reporting a huge increase in customers seeking treatments for hands irritated by more frequent and thorough washing, compounded […]

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Blood cancer drug helped severely ill COVID-19 patients come off supplemental oxygen and ventilator

A blood cancer drug may help improve the conditions of severely ill coronavirus patients, a new small study suggests.  Acalabrutinib, sold under the brandname Calquence by AstraZeneca, is a medication with anti-inflammatory properties that scientists believe can control the immune system’s overreaction to the virus. The majority of patients given the drugs came off supplemental […]

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Coronavirus UK: 22 June ‘earmarked’ for pubs to reopen

Boris Johnson has earmarked June 22 as the date when pubs and restaurants across the nation could be allowed to reopen, it was claimed today.  The Prime Minister is believed to be keen to accelerate the easing of lockdown after he was warned prolonging the shutdown of the hospitality sector could cost more than three […]

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Pet owners warned they CAN give their cats and dogs COVID-19 but unlikely animals can infect humans

Pet animals are unlikely to give people the novel coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.   So far, during the pandemic, two domestic cats have been confirmed to have the respiratory illness, both owned by persons with suspected or confirmed cases. What’s more, these people began exhibiting symptoms more than a week […]

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China’s top coronavirus expert says first COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for use in autumn

Beijing’s leading medical advisor has claimed that China‘s first COVID-19 vaccines could be ready to use as early as autumn. Dr Zhong Nanshan, who was appointed to lead the country’s fight against COVID-19, said on Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic should be tackled with mass vaccination, not herd immunity. The epidemiologist slammed the latter – a […]

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Shutdowns prevented 60 MILLION coronavirus cases in the US, study finds

Half a billion infections of the novel coronavirus were prevented worldwide from lockdowns, a new study finds. Researchers found that stay-at-home orders, business shutdowns and school closures prevented up to 60 million infections in the US alone. Additionally, the guidelines helped avert 470 million more cases from cropping up across Asia and Europe. Several American politicians […]

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Doctors blast report they say did nothing to explain why Covid hits black and ethnic minorities hard

Doctors have said there is a ‘crisis of confidence’ in Public Health England following a ‘profoundly disappointing’ report on how coronavirus hits ethnic minorities harder.  More than 30 ethnic minority doctors’ groups joined the doctors’ union in signing a letter saying they were ‘aghast’ at the research, which has come under criticism for lacking substance. […]

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Coronavirus UK: Spike feared after Black Lives Matter protests

The Health Secretary argued the evidence was ‘clear’ that not obeying social distancing rules designed to curb the outbreak ‘risks increasing the spread of the virus’ Matt Hancock today said it was a ‘mistake’ for Britons to have participated in Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend with the coronavirus still spreading across the UK.  […]

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Coronavirus UK: Death toll hits 40,597 with 55 new fatalities

Britain today announced 55 more Covid-19 deaths in the lowest daily toll since before lockdown was imposed, as London recorded no new hospital fatalities for the first time since March and both Scotland and Northern Ireland posted no victims for the second day in a row. Department of Health statistics show the official number of […]

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UK’s antibody testing fiasco exposed: PHE test misses up to a third of cases

Antibody tests being used by Public Health England could be missing a third of positive results, a study has shown as Britain’s coronavirus testing fiasco deepens. A company given £1million of Government funding in March has produced a test that doesn’t yet meet ‘challenging’ official standards. And the Department of Health has already cancelled orders […]