Posts for health

The government should be up front about the trade-offs behind its new social distancing measures

Graham Loomes, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick When the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced the reduction of social distancing from two metres to “one-metre plus”, he reassured the public that the decision was based on expert advice. He claimed that by adhering to a raft of “mitigating” measures […]

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Swimming makes you hungrier and likely to eat more at the next meal – new research

The reasons for this appetite gain are still unknown. Nok Lek/ Shutterstock Alice Thackray, Loughborough University; David Broom, Coventry University; David Stensel, Loughborough University, and James King, Loughborough University People often believe that exercise can make you hungrier, so they may therefore eat more during subsequent meals. But for the […]

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Driving lessons can restart on 4th July

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England from Saturday 4 July 2020. The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England, including private practice with someone you live with or in your support bubble. […]

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Shielding changes announced

The Health and Social Care Secretary confirmed that those shielding, will, from Monday 6 July, be able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to 6 people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing. Those who are shielding and live alone or are single parents […]

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Coronavirus: scientists uncover why some people lose their sense of smell

Syda Productions/Shutterstock Simon Gane, City, University of London and Jane Parker, University of Reading From the first reports coming out of Wuhan, Iran and later Italy, we knew that losing your sense of smell (anosmia) was a significant symptom of the disease. Now, after months of reports, both anecdotal and […]

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One metre or two? The science behind social distancing

eamesBot/Shutterstock Lena Ciric, UCL What constitutes a safe distance when it comes to the spread of COVID-19? The answer depends on where you live. China, Denmark and France recommend social distancing of one metre; Australia, Germany and Italy recommend 1.5 metres, and the US recommends six feet, or 1.8 metres. […]

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Govn notes tracing app difficulties

There have been delays with the government’s contact tracing app which is not working as they hoped. Basically, Apple’s help is needed as it only works reasonably well on Android phones at the moment. Joint statement from Baroness Dido Harding, Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace and Matthew Gould, CEO, […]

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Can we please stop talking about a second wave of COVID-19

Jeremy Rossman, University of Kent Lockdown is easing. People are returning to work and shops are lifting their shutters. But we don’t have a vaccine and we’re a long way from achieving herd immunity – so this new-found freedom is tainted with fear: fear of a second wave of infections. […]

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World first coronavirus treatment approved for NHS use by government

Ground-breaking coronavirus treatment approved for use across the NHS from today Government-funded UK trial showed drug saved lives by significantly reducing risk of death in hospitalised patients who require oxygen Government ensures drug is available across all NHS healthcare settings and across the whole of the UK with immediate effect […]

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Clinical trials start on Covid-19 vaccine

From the Government:   Clinical researchers will begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College London. Beginning this week, the study will be the first time the vaccine has been trialled in humans and will test whether it is well-tolerated and produces an effective immune […]

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