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Coronavirus: Why surviving the virus may be just the beginning | BBC News


An interesting read on the long road to recovery.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Failing the test: Slow start and flawed decisions in Britain’s coronavirus testing have cost lives, warn health leaders | The Independent

Investigation: A fatally slow start. An opaque decision to build a new lab network. A High Court battle over ‘flawed’ software. And when the Health Secretary declared success in hitting his testing target, lab staff simply felt ‘upset’ at the blatant boost from home tests. Now this system is being expanded at a cost of billions. Insiders tell Shaun Lintern how failures have already cost lives, and why urgent improvements are needed before a second wave
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-testing-lighthouse-labs-nhs-deaths-delay-a9589381.html

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Failing the test: Slow start and flawed decisions in Britain’s coronavirus testing have cost lives, warn health leaders | The Independent

Investigation: A fatally slow start. An opaque decision to build a new lab network. A High Court battle over ‘flawed’ software. And when the Health Secretary declared success in hitting his testing target, lab staff simply felt ‘upset’ at the blatant boost from home tests. Now this system is being expanded at a cost of billions. Insiders tell Shaun Lintern how failures have already cost lives, and why urgent improvements are needed before a second wave
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-testing-lighthouse-labs-nhs-deaths-delay-a9589381.html

#covid-19 #covid19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #health #medicine #UKPolitics
 

Coronavirus: What does Covid-19 do to the brain? | BBC News

Stroke, delirium, anxiety, confusion, fatigue - the list goes on. If you think Covid-19 is just a respiratory disease, think again.
As each week passes, it is becoming increasingly clear that coronavirus can trigger a huge range of neurological problems.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic

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The coronavirus is mutating | The Washington Post

When the first coronavirus cases in Chicago appeared in January, they bore the same genetic signatures as a germ that emerged in China weeks before.
But as Egon Ozer, an infectious-disease specialist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, examined the genetic structure of virus samples from local patients, he noticed something different.
A change in the virus was appearing again and again. This mutation, associated with outbreaks in Europe and New York, eventually took over the city. By May, it was found in 95 percent of all the genomes Ozer sequenced.
It's possible, IMO, that the virus was first spread to various countries in November or December of 2019 but the early form of the virus was neither contagious enough nor deadly enough to spread widely enough to cause alarm, and that this is why a great many people are convinced they've had the virus already.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
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Coronavirus: Human trial of new vaccine begins in UK | BBC News

About 300 people will have the vaccine over the coming weeks, as part of a trial led by Prof Robin Shattock and his colleagues, at Imperial College London.
Tests in animals suggest the vaccine is safe and triggers an effective immune response.
Experts at Oxford University have already started human trials.
The trials are among many across the world - there are around 120 vaccine programmes under way.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Two doses of Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine produces stronger immune response than one | Daily Mail Online

Hopes of a coronavirus vaccine were raised today after scientists found giving two doses of one of the most promising candidates offers more protection against the disease than just one.
I hate posting anything printed in the Daily Mail, but this one could be important.

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Two doses of Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine produces stronger immune response than one | Daily Mail Online

Hopes of a coronavirus vaccine were raised today after scientists found giving two doses of one of the most promising candidates offers more protection against the disease than just one.
I hate posting anything printed in the Daily Mail, but this one could be important.

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Cancer drug: New treatment halts tumour growth | BBC News

A drug that could stop cancer cells repairing themselves has shown early signs of working.
More than half of the 40 patients given berzosertib had the growth of their tumours halted.
Berzosertib was even more effective when given alongside chemotherapy, the trial run by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and the Royal Marsden NHS Trust suggested.
#science #medicine #health #cancer
 

Italy sewage study suggests COVID-19 was there in December 2019 | Reuters

Scientists in Italy have found traces of the new coronavirus in wastewater collected from Milan and Turin in December 2019 - suggesting COVID-19 was already circulating in northern Italy before China reported the first cases.
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Italy sewage study suggests COVID-19 was there in December 2019 | Reuters

Scientists in Italy have found traces of the new coronavirus in wastewater collected from Milan and Turin in December 2019 - suggesting COVID-19 was already circulating in northern Italy before China reported the first cases.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Nanosponges Could Intercept Coronavirus Infection | UC San Diego News Center

Nanoparticles cloaked in human lung cell membranes and human immune cell membranes can attract and neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus in cell culture, causing the virus to lose its ability to hijack host cells and reproduce.
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Coronavirus: UK's Covid-19 alert level reduced from four to three | BBC News

The UK's coronavirus alert level has been downgraded from four to three, the country's chief medical officers said.
Under level three, the virus is considered to be "in general circulation" and there could be a "gradual relaxation of restrictions".
Previously transmission was considered to be "high or rising exponentially".
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Rats at food markets and restaurants found to carry several strains of coronavirus | The Independent

Rats destined for Southeast Asia’s markets and restaurants have been found to carry multiple coronaviruses, a new study shows, adding to concerns over the trade in wild animals.
While the strains detected in the rodents are different from the Covid-19 disease that caused the ongoing pandemic, researchers say their findings highlight the dangers of transporting large numbers of animals together in confined spaces.
DON'T EAT THE RATS!!!

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

UK virus-tracing app switches to Apple-Google model | BBC News

In a major U-turn, the UK is ditching the way its current coronavirus-tracing app works and shifting to a model based on technology provided by Apple and Google.
Tell you what, government. Keep faffing about and it will never happen. Then you can fall back to the herd immunity position. What’s that? You never left it?

#technology #tech #Apple #Google #science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #TrackAndTrace
 

Coronavirus vaccine triggered immune response in all trial participants, firm says | The Telegraph

A Chinese drug company has announced positive early results of a vaccine against the coronavirus, claiming it induced an immune response in 100 per cent of those who were given it.
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Blood test that can spot 98% of virus cases a 'game-changer' for identifying possible immunity | Mirror Online

A game-changing blood test that spots 98 per cent of coronavirus cases could identify tens of thousands more victims - and might be available from next month.
This could provide Britain's economy with a timely boost and speed up the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Studies suggest as many as eight in 10 cases of Covid-19 are so mild that sufferers don't even notice they're unwell - meaning they are unaware they could already have immunity to the killer bug.
Up to 29 per cent of current screening tests conducted on carriers produce a incorrect negative result, according to research, but the new test is said to more accurately identify the antibodies thought to be crucial to immunity.
This is a blood test. An antibody test. It could tell us who has already had it.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus: 'Major breakthrough' as UK scientists find £5 steroid cuts COVID-19 deaths | UK News | Sky News

The drug, dexamethasone, reduced death rates by a third for patients on ventilators, and by a fifth for patients needing oxygen.
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Covid-19 can damage lungs of victims beyond recognition, expert says | World news | The Guardian

Covid-19 can leave the lungs of people who died from the disease completely unrecognisable, a professor of cardiovascular science has told parliament.
It created such massive damage in those who spent more than a month in hospital that it resulted in “complete disruption of the lung architecture”, said Prof Mauro Giacca of King’s College London.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Color’s COVID-19 testing shows most who test positive had either mild or no symptoms | TechCrunch

Echoing much of the existing data and research on the subject, SF-based Color released data today showing that based on its own testing program, most individuals who test positive for COVID-19 display either mild or no symptoms, including even running a fever.
This is good to know, despite the negative implications. And very useful in countries where the true number of tests, let alone the results of testing, are actually published.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Color’s COVID-19 testing shows most who test positive had either mild or no symptoms
 

Covid-19 can damage lungs of victims beyond recognition, expert says | World news | The Guardian

Covid-19 can leave the lungs of people who died from the disease completely unrecognisable, a professor of cardiovascular science has told parliament.
It created such massive damage in those who spent more than a month in hospital that it resulted in “complete disruption of the lung architecture”, said Prof Mauro Giacca of King’s College London.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus came to UK 'on at least 1,300 separate occasions' | BBC News

Coronavirus was brought into the UK on at least 1,300 separate occasions, a major analysis of the genetics of the virus shows.
The study, by the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (Cog-UK), completely quashes the idea that a single "patient zero" started the whole UK outbreak.
The analysis also finds China, where the pandemic started, had a negligible impact on cases in the UK.
Instead those initial cases came mostly from European countries.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus came to UK 'on at least 1,300 separate occasions' | BBC News

Coronavirus was brought into the UK on at least 1,300 separate occasions, a major analysis of the genetics of the virus shows.
The study, by the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (Cog-UK), completely quashes the idea that a single "patient zero" started the whole UK outbreak.
The analysis also finds China, where the pandemic started, had a negligible impact on cases in the UK.
Instead those initial cases came mostly from European countries.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic coronavirus spread: What's the difference, and why does it matter? | CNN

This novel coronavirus is bizarre for many reasons, making its spread unpredictable and hard to control.
One oddity is how easily people can get infected by someone without symptoms. But there's a difference between asymptomatic spread and pre-symptomatic spread.
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Stimulated Brain Waves Offer a Possible Treatment for Alzheimer’s | Quanta Magazine

Neuroscientists could use brain waves to spur immune cells into action against the disease — but the process is almost too fantastic to believe.

Scientists must specialize to succeed. Biologists studying microglia don’t tend to read papers about brain waves, and brain wave researchers are generally unaware of glial research. A study that bridges these two traditionally separate disciplines may fail to gain traction. But this study needed attention: Incredible as it may sound, the researchers improved the brains of animals with Alzheimer’s simply by using LED lights that flashed 40 times a second. Even sound played at this charmed frequency, 40 hertz, had a similar effect.
#science #medicine #health #dementia #Alzheimers
 

Are we underestimating how many people are resistant to Covid-19? | World news | The Guardian

During the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, cities were in general affected worse than smaller conurbations or rural areas. Yet in Italy, Rome was relatively spared while the villages of Lombardy experienced very high rates of sickness and death. Then again, one Lombard village – Ferrara Erbognone – stood out for not recording a single case of Covid-19 at the height of the wave. Nobody knows why.
The puzzle is not just Italian. From the beginning, Covid-19 struck unevenly across the globe, and scientists have been trying to understand the reasons. Why are some populations or sectors of a population more vulnerable than others? Or to turn the question around, why are some groups relatively protected?
Are people more immune than the scientists first thought?

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Vitamin K could help fight coronavirus, study suggests | Science | The Guardian

Patients who have died or been admitted to intensive care with Covid-19 have been found to be deficient in a vitamin found in spinach, eggs, and hard and blue cheeses, raising hopes that dietary change might be one part of the answer to combating the disease.
Researchers studying patients who were admitted to the Canisius Wilhelmina hospital in the Dutch city of Nijmegen have extolled the benefits of vitamin K after discovering a link between deficiency and the worst coronavirus outcomes.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus: Contact-tracing head quizzed over test accuracy | BBC News

A fifth of people with negative coronavirus tests might have the virus, the chair of the Commons health committee has said. Jeremy Hunt said evidence suggested 20% of negative results could be false.
False negatives? Just what we need. What a circus!

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK
 

Coronavirus: Ibuprofen tested as a treatment | BBC News

Scientists are running a trial to see if ibuprofen can help hospital patients who are sick with coronavirus.
The team from London's Guy's and St Thomas' hospital and King's College believe the drug, which is an anti-inflammatory as well as a painkiller, could treat breathing difficulties.
They hope the low-cost treatment can keep patients off ventilators.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Could Covid-19 have reached the UK earlier than thought? | World news | The Guardian

“The reports I am getting are from people who were ill from early January onwards and strongly suggest they had Covid-19 but were not recognised as such,” the epidemiologist professor Tim Spector said last month.
It now seems obvious that it hit the UK before the start of the new year. We should have had track and trace from late January onwards in the UK. And they should have manufactured antibody tests as soon as possible, and started testing the entire population. There are probably many thousands of people who had COVID-19 and either survived it or had few or no symptoms, and who still want answers. So the WHO asking countries to investigate any suspicious deaths. Really?! I have to wonder if anyone is going to learn anything from this pandemic. Thousands of deaths might have been avoided if it had been handled properly.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

UK hospitals to trial five new drugs in search for coronavirus treatment | World news | The Guardian

Five new drugs are to be trialled in 30 hospitals across the country in the race to find a treatment for Covid-19, it has emerged.
Just days after global trials of hydroxychloroquine, the drug promoted by Donald Trump as a cure, were halted, British scientists are looking to sign up hundreds of patients for trials of medicines they hope will prevent people becoming ill enough to need intensive care or ventilators.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus: The mystery of 'silent spreaders' | BBC News

As the crisis has unfolded, scientists have discovered more evidence about a strange and worrying feature of the coronavirus. While many people who become infected develop a cough, fever and loss of taste and smell, others have no symptoms at all and never realise they're carrying Covid-19.
Researchers say it's vital to understand how many are affected this way and whether "silent spreaders" are fuelling the pandemic.
Not new news, but an interesting read.

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Global report: new clues about role of pangolins in Covid-19 as US severs ties with WHO | World news | The Guardian

Scientists claim to have unearthed more clues about how the new coronavirus could have spread from bats through pangolins and into humans, as India reported its worst single-day rise in new cases, and the number of Covid-19 infections worldwide neared six million.
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Sweden’s death toll unnerves its Nordic neighbours | Financial Times - Free to read


Just a week or two ago, some of us were reading how marvellously Sweden was doing during covid-19.

It's doing badly now; the Swedish government's strategy (or non-strategy) seems to have thoroughly backfired.

https://www.ft.com/content/46733256-5a84-4429-89e0-8cce9d4095e4
Sweden has the highest mortality rate per capita at this stage of the epidemic, according to a Financial Times tracker [https://bit.ly/2ZN15BV] that uses a seven-day rolling average of new deaths. It has overtaken the UK, Italy and Belgium in recent days.
#Sweden #covid19 #covid-19 #health #medicine
 

Sweden’s death toll unnerves its Nordic neighbours | Financial Times - Free to read


Just a week or two ago, some of us were reading how marvellously Sweden was doing during covid-19.

It's doing badly now; the Swedish government's strategy (or non-strategy) seems to have thoroughly backfired.

https://www.ft.com/content/46733256-5a84-4429-89e0-8cce9d4095e4
Sweden has the highest mortality rate per capita at this stage of the epidemic, according to a Financial Times tracker [https://bit.ly/2ZN15BV] that uses a seven-day rolling average of new deaths. It has overtaken the UK, Italy and Belgium in recent days.
#Sweden #covid19 #covid-19 #health #medicine
 

Coronavirus Antibody Testing Shows Lower Fatality Rate For Infection | NPR

Mounting evidence suggests the coronavirus is more common and less deadly than it first appeared.
The evidence comes from tests that detect antibodies to the coronavirus in a person's blood rather than the virus itself.
The tests are finding large numbers of people in the U.S. who were infected but never became seriously ill. And when these mild infections are included in coronavirus statistics, the virus appears less dangerous.
TLDR: This doesn't necessarily mean it's less dangerous for you, especially if you're over 70, from a BAME ethnic background, and have a serious pre-existing health condition. We already know all that. This research shows that the virus is statistically less dangerous over the entire population than was previously thought.

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Coronavirus doctor's diary: The drug combination that may help us beat Covid-19 - BBC News

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.
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Research reveals gene role in both dementia and severe Covid-19 | World news | The Guardian

Having two copies of e4 variant of ApoE gene linked to double risk of severe Covid-19, study suggests
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Coronavirus 'disappearing' so fast Oxford vaccine has 'only 50% chance of working' | UK News | Sky News

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.
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Coronavirus: How scared should we be? | BBC News


What are the risks? What are our chances of dying if we get the coronavirus? Statistically, they’re no worse than usual unless you have an existing health condition.

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Coronavirus: 'Baffling' observations from the front line | BBC News

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."
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.
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Distancing advice in England could change to allow closer contact | World news | The Guardian

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.
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.
I think I might now need to keep 3 metres distance...

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus-19 #CoronaVirus
 

UK Covid-19 saliva test to be trialled on 5,000 key workers | World news | The Guardian

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
 

Did the UK government prepare for the wrong kind of pandemic? | World news | The Guardian

Britain’s highly rated disease preparation failed on coronavirus – possibly because ministers followed a plan for flu
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Recovered COVID-19 patients test positive but not infectious, data finds | Ars Technica

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.
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Laughable security flaws identified in NHS contact tracing app | iMore

Security experts have exposed laughable flaws in the NHS' contact tracing app.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #ContactTracing #NHS
 

Coronavirus vaccine: First evidence jab can train immune system | BBC News

The first hints that a vaccine can train people's immune system to fight coronavirus have been reported by a company in the US.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
 

108 Million People in China Put Into Lockdown After 34 New Coronavirus Cases Detected | Gizmodo

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
 

Doctors raise hopes of blood test for children with coronavirus-linked syndrome | Science | The Guardian

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
 
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