It's now part of daily life for many of us - struggling to work out what someone in a supermarket or at work is saying when they're wearing a face mask.#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #deaf #HearingImpaired #communication
But for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, masks can prevent them understanding anything at all.
Dr John Wright of Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) describes some of the trials under way to find a cure for Covid-19, and suggests that a combination of three different types of drug may hold the key.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
There is only a 50% chance of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine working because cases in the UK are declining so fast, one of the scientists behind it has warned.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
When you talk to intensive care doctors across the UK, exhausted after weeks of dealing with the ravages of Covid-19, the phrase that emerges time after time is, "We've never seen anything like this before."#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
Most people infected with the coronavirus have only mild symptoms, or sometimes none at all. But in many thousands of patients who fall critically ill, Covid-19 is a disease of alarming complexity.
Britain’s physical distancing advice to stay 2 metres from other people is a “precautionary approach” and could change to allow closer contact, top officials from Public Health England have said.I think I might now need to keep 3 metres distance...
The guidance is out of line with advice in most other countries and with recommendations from the World Health Organization, which says people should stay just one metre apart.
Microsoft has issued an alert to users concerning a new widespread Covid-19 themed phishing campaign.TLDR: If you get an email from the John Hopkins Center, don't open the spreadsheet attachment.
The threat installs the NetSupport Manager remote administration tool to completely take over a user's system and even execute commands on it remotely.
A potentially “game-changing” spit test for coronavirus is set to be trialled by the government on 5,000 police and army staff amid growing concern about the accuracy of invasive nasal swabs.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
The two-minute test requires someone to spit in a tube, and is thought to be as accurate, if not more so, than the throat and nose swab that detects if someone has Covid-19.
Apple and Google created a coronavirus contact tracing API to help governments create their own apps – but an initial report suggests that take-up hasn’t been high. Just 22 countries and a handful of US states have so far requested access, and a subsequent iOS and Android update to allow contact tracing to work without an app appears to be some months away.#technology #tech #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #ContactTracking
What should have then happened was for governments to say yes please, and to release apps the moment the API was available. That, however, hasn’t happened – and isn’t going to happen. We’ve had conflicting standards proposals. We’ve had long-winded debates. We’ve had white papers. We’ve had promises. What we haven’t had are contact tracing apps.
iOS 13.5 dropped Wednesday, introducing a slew of upgrades — including, most notably, the API for Apple’s coronavirus contact-tracing tool, developed in conjunction with Google.#technology #tech #security #privacy #hacking #Apple #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #ContactTracking
But, despite what you might hear online, this is neither an “app” or an update that means downloaders are being tracked without their knowledge. Let’s correct a few popular misconceptions.
People who recover from COVID-19 but test positive for the virus again days or weeks later are not shedding viral particles and are not infectious, according to data released Tuesday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
Security experts have exposed laughable flaws in the NHS' contact tracing app.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #ContactTracing #NHS
Source code analysis revealed seven holes.
Staggeringly, the random ID code used to protect user privacy only changes once every 24 hours, and the beta for the app was published before encryption was finished.
The first hints that a vaccine can train people's immune system to fight coronavirus have been reported by a company in the US.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
Moderna said neutralising antibodies were found in the first eight people who took part in their safety trials.
It also said the immune response was similar to people infected with the actual virus.
Larger trials to see whether the jab actually protects against infection are expected to start in July.
The Chinese province of Jilin has placed about 108 million people into lockdown on Monday after roughly 34 new cases of coronavirus and one death were identified in the region over the past few weeks, according to a new report from Bloomberg News. The new lockdown demonstrates widespread fear in China of witnessing another uncontrollable outbreak like the one in Wuhan that set off the global covid-19 pandemic in December 2019.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
I know we’re all supposed to live for today, live in the moment.#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #rainbow #children
It’s something I regularly tell myself, my family and any angry-looking passers-by (from a safe two-metre distance). But, also, as a parent, there has to be a certain amount of looking to the future.
We’re living through something unprecedented right now. And so are our children…
Doctors have identified a group of blood compounds that may help to reveal which children are most at risk of developing a rare but life-threatening immune reaction to coronavirus.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
An Oxford University team has signed a deal with pharma giant AstraZeneca which could mean a large delivery of doses this autumn. But it's 'a big if', Business Secretary Alok Sharma said#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus