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.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
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.
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!
Scientists are running a trial to see if ibuprofen can help hospital patients who are sick with coronavirus.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
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.
All four chief medical officers of the UK nations, including England's Professor Chris Whitty, opposed the prime minister's hopes of lowering the Covid-19 alert level last week.This is why we're still at Level 4 in the UK despite easing the lockdown. TL;DR: We probably shouldn't be easing up yet.
“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.
Downing Street today admitted the coronavirus "alert level" is still 4 - which it has been since the very start of the lockdown on March 23.#politics #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing
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.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
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.
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.Not new news, but an interesting read.
Researchers say it's vital to understand how many are affected this way and whether "silent spreaders" are fuelling the pandemic.
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.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
We’re not highly trained – we’ve been sitting around doing nothing. This programme is not fit to bring Britain out of lockdownOne man's account of the abysmal failure of the UK government to get a track and trace system up and running.
In the Dominic Cummings row, developments are not only unprecedent because they concern an unelected adviser but also because they are impacting on the country’s ability to deal with the health and financial crises. This scandal is thus affecting lives and livelihoods, argues Patrick Dunleavy.How much has the Poundshop Rasputin Dominic Cummings had to do with the abysmal failure of the UK government to deal effectively with the Covid-19 pandemic?
Mounting evidence suggests the coronavirus is more common and less deadly than it first appeared.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.
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.
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.