Dispensers of hand sanitizer have popped up in malls, schools, workplaces and on public transportation to make it easier for people to disinfect their hands. However, one consequence, documented in France, has been chemical injuries in children who have accidentally gotten sanitizer in their eyes.The advice in this article doesn't go far enough, IMO. Store greeters and security guards should be trained to keep an eye on children and to give first aid, if necessary. Caution signs should have a simple symbol that children can be taught to recognise as many of them can't read yet. Dispenser nozzles could be redesigned to aim straight downwards and not outwards. Perhaps there's some substitute for ethanol that is equally effective. You might think of other ideas.
People who have received a Covid-19 vaccine could still pass the virus on to others and should continue following lockdown rules, England's deputy chief medical officer has warned.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Senior doctors are calling on England's chief medical officer to cut the gap between the first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55777084
Prof Chris Whitty said extending the maximum wait from three to 12 weeks was a "public health decision" to get the first jab to more people across the UK.
But the British Medical Association said that was "difficult to justify" and should be changed to six weeks.
Lots of people are unsure what many of the key words and phrases used by experts and politicians discussing Covid-19 actually mean, research shows.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #language #jargon
Almost half the population is unclear what “antigen” or “epidemiologist” mean, while two in five admit they would struggle to explain “circuit breaker” or “flatten the curve”.
Significant numbers also could not explain, either confidently or at all, what a “support bubble” is, what “stay alert” means and what someone being “asymptomatic” involves.
The authorisation is recommended as a two dose regimen, given as two standard doses with a flexible inter-dose interval of four to twelve weeks, which was shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, with no severe cases and no hospitalisations more than 14 days after the first injection.https://www.research.ox.ac.uk/Article/2020-12-30-oxford-vaccine-regulatory-faq
Foreign NHS workers treating Covid patients are at risk of being denied vaccinations because of internal guidelines about who can receive the jab, the Guardian has learned.Shameful! At least in some cases, they're vaccinating people who currently have no NHS number and then registering them later. These people are often front-line workers who MUST have the vaccine.
Documents circulated among staff at one leading hospital show vaccinators have been told they must not immunise anyone without an NHS number.
Pretend it didn't happen – expert advice on how to behave after receiving a single dose of any of the Covid-19 vaccines.When it's claimed that a single dose of a vaccine is 97% effective, what does that mean? No, I had no idea either, because no one has explained it adequately. This article explains. Whether it does so adequately or not kind of depends on you. If you get your first dose of the vaccine and stay indoors for two weeks, then it probably has.
The harms of the covid-19 pandemic go well beyond the illnesses and deaths directly caused by the virus. One particular repercussion, according to a new study out Thursday, has been more kids getting hurt from alcohol-based hand sanitizer ending up in their eyes.I'm amazed that someone even thought of doing this! Though I probably shouldn't be...
One of the mysteries of Covid-19 is why oxygen levels in the blood can drop to dangerously low levels without the patient noticing.You don't need any medical training to use one, either. You just put it on the end of your finger and turn it on and wait. In a few seconds, it should give you a reading of somewhere between 95 and 100 if you're healthy.
It is known as "silent hypoxia".
As a result, patients have been arriving in hospital in far worse health than they realised and, in some cases, too late to treat effectively.
But a potentially life-saving solution, in the form of a pulse oximeter, allows patients to monitor their oxygen levels at home, and costs about £20.
Germany is the latest country to discover a new mutation of the coronavirus, with a new variant identified among a group of hospital patients in Bavaria.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
An unknown variant of the virus had been discovered among 35 patients at a hospital in the Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southeast Germany.
Further tests are being carried out on virus samples from the patients.
Moderna Inc said on Tuesday it had received a report from California’s health department that several people at a center in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions to its COVID-19 vaccine from a particular batch.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The company’s comments come after California’s top epidemiologist on Sunday issued a statement recommending providers pause vaccination from lot no. 41L20A due to possible allergic reactions that are under investigation.
Behavioural psychologist says many people mistakenly think they are safe as soon as they receive jabI'm pretty sure that most people on Diaspora* aren't stupid, and won't just get their vaccination and go out and party. But I'm posting this in case you know some people who are likely to do just that.
About one in 10 people across the UK tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies in December, roughly double the October figure, data has shown.This is just in the people who were tested.
Estimates from the Office for National Statistics suggest between 8% of people in Northern Ireland and 12% of people in England showed signs of past Covid infection.
Nearly a third of people who were discharged from hospitals in England after being treated for Covid-19 were readmitted within five months – and almost one in eight died, a study suggests.Almost certainly not just in England, but I haven't seen any other figures.
The Apple Watch may be able to detect if a wearer has coronavirus days before they are diagnosed or symptoms appear, a new body of research shows.#technology #tech #Apple #AppleWatch #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
In some cases, wearable devices like Apple Watch or Fitbit devices can predict a COVID-19 infection even before a user becomes symptomatic or the virus is detectable by standard tests, according to studies from a number of leading medical institutions (via CBS News).
An anti-lockdown protester who has been photographing hospital wards in a bid to show they are “empty” has been fined £200 by police.There has been a block on news about what has been happening in UK hospitals, imposed by the NHS Executive, but that has now eased. So we've seen what's happening in the Covid treatment wards; we've been kept informed by top doctors and nurses on Twitter; we know how harrowing it has been for front-line staff. Covid deniers won't be able to get away with this kind of behaviour for much longer.
The disruption to the vaccine rollout comes after parts of the North saw snowfall overnight and more is forecast later today.But, of course, the government planned in advance for the bad weather. Didn't they? Doesn't look like it. The UK pays an obscene amount for the upkeep of military forces. Can they not be deployed to affected areas?
The UK is "taking steps" to keep out cases of a coronavirus variant discovered in Brazil, the prime minister has said.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
A large-scale trial of a new treatment it is hoped will help stop Covid-19 patients from developing severe illness has begun in the UK.Inhaling nebulised interferon beta stimulates the immune system cut the odds of a Covid-19 patient in hospital developing severe disease - such as requiring ventilation - by almost 80%.
Some of the people infected with the novel coronavirus who survive COVID-19 will then experience persistent symptoms for weeks or even months after the illness, in what’s known as “Long COVID.”#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Doctors are still trying to understand the lingering symptoms, with the Westchester Medical Center in New York running a treatment and study program for long haulers.
Now, a new report explains another strange coronavirus symptom that can appear with Long COVID: Some people have experienced skin peeling off their hands and a strange purple discoloration in their fingers.
Boris Johnson was spotted seven miles from Downing Street cycling around the Olympic Park on Sunday afternoon.#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #BorisJohnson #OneRuleForThem
The Prime Minister was wearing his TfL hat and a face mask when he was seen cycling with his security detail in Stratford, east London, at around 2pm.
Official Government guidance on exercise says it should be limited to once a day and “you should not travel outside your local area”.
Stanford University’s freshmen and sophomores will not be allowed on campus for the winter quarter, school officials announced a day after they said 43 students on campus had tested positive for COVID-19.
In a message to the Stanford community, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell announced the changes for the quarter that runs Monday to March 19.
“We had hoped to be able to allow half of all undergraduates — that is, the frosh and sophomore classes — to be in person on campus for the winter quarter,” Stanford spokesman E.J. Miranda said Sunday in an email.
The campuswide communique sent Saturday attributed the change to the uptick in state and local COVID-19 cases and Santa Clara County’s extension of stay-at-home restrictions to help slow the recent surge of the novel coronavirus. ...
This website was created for everyone to have a space to anonymously write about how they are feeling during these difficult times with COVID-19. I hope it helps people feel less alone and more connected to others. Looking after our mental health during the pandemic is so important.An 18-year-old doctor-to-be called Daisy Davidson from Shrewsbury created this.
All of our patients who die, do so alone. There is nobody to hold their hand. Nobody to comfort themReporting restrictions in the UK seem to have been eased recently, as more and more front-line workers are telling us how harrowing it is in the Covid wards.
New research out today looks to bring us closer to understanding how covid-19 can cause brain damage. The study suggests that while the viral infection may not directly reach the brain in most cases, it can spark the sort of destructive inflammation that’s seen with other neurological conditions, like stroke.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
It ignores a number of crucial facts.But it does show that a lot of younger, fitter people, the thousands who have protested in London, for example, seriously undervalue people who are older or less healthy.
James Rebanks the farmer and writer has long had a devoted following on social media for the pictures he posts of his land and animals in the Lake District fells, but the photographs have taken on an extra significance for some in this year of coronavirus. Here he explains how the pandemic has affected him.#photography #countryside #farming #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
This government has failed the people.#politics #uk #Tory #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #Brexit
It has failed to protect lives during the COVID pandemic: the highest death toll in Europe; encouraging easing lockdown with the highest daily deaths; using care homes as death camps for the elderly
Millions more people in the east and south east of England are to enter tier four on Boxing Day, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK
The places moving into the highest level of restrictions - which include a "stay at home" order - border the areas already in tier four.
A number of areas will also move up into tiers three and two.
The UK has detected two cases of another "more transmissible" variant of coronavirus, the health secretary Matt Hancock says.#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #SouthAfrica
Both people had travelled to South Africa, where the variant has been linked to a surge in cases.
Travel restrictions with South Africa have been imposed.
The government was operating an illegal “buy British” policy when it signed contracts with a small UK firm to supply Covid antibody tests, claim lawyers who have filed a case against the health secretary.#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK #government #Tories #crime
The Good Law Project said there were a number of other companies in a better position to supply antibody tests in June and August, when the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) agreed deals worth up to £80m with Abingdon Health without going out to tender.
The government had also agreed a deal to share in the profits the company made, the lawyers say.
The rule, which came into force on December 2 and was updated on December 14, means that Boris and his fiancee Carrie Symonds can meet up with people from one other household over Christmas.#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #Tier4 #BorisJohnson