Government to email and text people to download app

The government is texting and emailing people across England to inform them of the new contact tracing app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Emails The email will come from ‘NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 App’. The email reads: This is a public health message from […]

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Smoking and obesity can increase risk of severe Covid-19

An international team of scientists, including from Cardiff University, has identified genetic evidence that suggests both smoking and obesity can increase the risk of severe Covid-19. The researchers also found the same was true for the risk of developing sepsis, a dangerous inflammatory response faced by many patients with other […]

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Curved shoe tips make it easier to move – but research suggests they may also weaken foot muscles

Comfortable shoes with a curved tip make it easier to move, but weaken foot muscles. lzf/ Shutterstock Peter Francis, Leeds Beckett University Evolution dictates that the human body adapts to cope with stresses present in the environment. The removal of stress from our environment means we cease to use that […]

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The UK’s new coronavirus restrictions explained by a public health expert

Andrew Lee, University of Sheffield A series of new measures has been announced to stem rising cases of coronavirus in the UK. People are again being encouraged to work from home if they can, while pubs and bars will be required to close at 10pm. Masks will be required for […]

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‘Hope’ isn’t mere wishful thinking – it’s a valuable tool we can put to work in a crisis

alinabuphoto/Shutterstock Christian van Nieuwerburgh, University of East London The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world has prompted job losses and business closures, and an increase in stress and anxiety as lockdowns separate people from their friends and families. It’s become clear that we are struggling to maintain our mental health as […]

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Bid to EU secures funds for UK

Oh, irony of ironies … The UK has secured £31 million in funding through the European Union’s mobility package to assist the UK’s coronavirus response. The UK’s successful bid was £31,024,734 (€34,047,679). This will fund some of the costs associated with the transporting of equipment and items of personal protective […]

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