There is widespread growth of the epidemic across the country and the R number has risen to between 1.1 and 1.4, say the government's scientific advisers.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK
Officials are warning of "far worse things to come" as cases are thought to exceed 6,000 a day in England.
A rapid test can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes without needing a specialist laboratory, say scientists.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The study by Imperial College London showed the "lab-on-a-chip" gave comparable results to current tests.
A Canadian company has developed a wall-mounted device it claims can detect the presence of coronavirus in the air, and send an alert.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Kontrol Energy hopes its BioCloud devices could be used in hospitals, transport systems and schools - but has no orders as yet.
One expert, who independently tested the system, said he believed it worked.
But another told the BBC it would need many more tests before he was convinced of its efficacy.
Dining out raises the risk of contracting Covid-19 more than other activities, such as shopping or going to a salon, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Leaked documents reportedly show the government plans to carry out up to 10 million coronavirus tests a day by early next year, but critics say the proposals represent "waste/corruption on a cosmic scale".#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK #politics #corruption
The government's scientific advisory group earlier said mass testing could lead to a large number of false positive results.
Anthony Costello, a former World Health Organisation director and UCL professor, wrote on Twitter: "The PMs Moonshot nonsense (no science, feasibility, evidence) has been earmarked for £100bn, almost the entire NHS budget, w contracts for Astra, Serco and G4S.
"This is waste/corruption on a cosmic scale."
Final clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, have been put on hold after a participant had a suspected adverse reaction in the UK.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Officials are clearly alarmed by the latest rise in coronavirus cases. Newly diagnosed cases have topped 2,000 for the past three days.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #uk
The average rate of new infections is now four times higher than it was in mid-July. But is the rise in cases quite as sharp as it looks? Here are five things to consider before hitting the panic button.
A new study details another asymptomatic manifestation of the coronavirus infection that may outlast COVID-19.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The virus continues to replicate in the gut even after it is cleared from a patient’s lungs.
The coronavirus might not cause additional symptoms, but researchers think the finding could help with future screening and treatment protocols.
The world-altering coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic is thought to be just 60 nanometres to 120 nanometres in size. This is so mind bogglingly small that you could fit more than 400 of these virus particles into the width of a single hair on your head. In fact, coronaviruses are so small that we can’t see them with normal microscopes and require much fancier electron microscopes to study them. How can we battle a foe so minuscule that we cannot see it?#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The main test used to diagnose coronavirus is so sensitive it could be picking up fragments of dead virus from old infections, scientists say.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Most people are infectious only for about a week, but could test positive weeks afterwards.
Researchers say this could be leading to an over-estimate of the current scale of the pandemic.
Plastic visors and masks with valves could increase coronavirus transmission rates, according to new research.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The study by scientists at Florida Atlantic University has visualised how aerosol droplets spread around visors and pass through mask valves, showing these coverings don't perform as well as cloth ones and medical masks.
A new website that predicts COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ in England and Wales has suggested Cardiff, Leeds and Breckland could all see a major uptick in cases.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #ImperialCollege
Imperial College London has used reported cases and deaths to estimate the probability of different regions becoming hotspots for the virus in the next three weeks and has published the results on an interactive website.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday, looked at blood samples collected from over 30,000 people in Iceland, a bit under 10% percent of the small Nordic country’s total population. These included more than 4,000 people who had either tested positive for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, or were suspected to have been exposed to someone with the virus. The samples were tested for several different types of antibodies tailored specifically to the virus.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The latest study brings together all clinical trials involving steroids on coronavirus patients around the world.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
It confirms dexamethasone works and that another steroid, hydrocortisone, is equally effective.
Changing age profile of infections and improved care are among the factors driving a reduction in mortality ratesMy guess is that ending the rote practice of intubating patients with low oxygen levels might also have helped.
...the biggest single advance was the breakthrough that administering the steroid dexamethasone cuts mortality in hospitalised Covid patients.
I grew up thinking I just didn’t fit it. Now, I immediately tell people I can’t recognise faces – and their response is a good measure of kindness versus ego#science #health #psychology #neurology
Do masks really work? Ask the dozens of Starbucks customers who tested positive for COVID-19 in Seoul this month after a woman with coronavirus sat under one of the cafe’s air-conditioners.Preaching to the choir here, I know.
According to a local news report, at least 56 coronavirus cases have been linked to that one customer. The kicker: The four masked workers avoided infection.
Thousands of coronavirus-deniers have gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to protest against lockdowns and vaccination programmes.Just like Berlin, London had its own Covid-19 suicide party in Trafalgar Square today. Banners were waved claiming that black is white, madness is sanity, and Covid-19 is fake. With such a large number of people, not only was the 'protest' an illegal meeting, it also significantly raises the chances of there being far fewer such 'protesters' in future.
The ‘Unite for Freedom’ rally started at noon and called for an ‘end to Government lies’ and the ‘restoration of all freedoms.’
Pictures from the demonstration showed a sizeable crowd gathered in the square, holding signs warning that coronavirus is a ‘scam’ and a ‘hoax.’