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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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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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Mayflower 400: the science of sailing across the ocean in 1620

Jonathan Ridley, Solent University It is July 1620 in Southampton, England. Arriving into port is the Speedwell, a ship carrying a small religious group from the Netherlands. Anchored just off of the west quay of the town is the Mayflower, a larger ship with more passengers aboard, which is loading […]

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A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Still think yours is secure?

Paul Haskell-Dowland, Author provided Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University and Brianna O’Shea, Edith Cowan University Passwords have been used for thousands of years as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times, to computers. It’s a simple concept – a shared piece of information, kept secret […]

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Citizens Advice on evictions as ban comes to an end

The ban on evictions comes to an end this weekend, and new figures from Citizens Advice suggest that concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home. The number of people seeking help from Citizens Advice about issues to do with private rented properties increased by 43% […]

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Money for social care sector in which 19,384 died of Covid-related illness Mar-Jun

About time, too, you may say. Care providers in England will benefit from over half a billion pounds extra funding to reduce COVID-19 transmission and help protect residents and staff throughout winter. The Infection Control Fund, set up in May, has now been extended until March 2021, with an extra […]

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Does wearing glasses protect you from coronavirus?

As a myopic I find this fascinating, but am not taking it too seriously …   paulaphoto/Shutterstock Simon Kolstoe, University of Portsmouth Researchers in China have found that people who wear glasses appear to be at lower risk of catching COVID-19. The authors of the study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, […]

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Redundancy? Check your rights …

This week marks the cut-off point for companies to launch consultations if they want to make 100 or more workers redundant before the furlough scheme ends. Citizens Advice, which is helping someone every two minutes with one-to-one redundancy advice, is urging workers to check their rights are being protected. The […]

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