Coronavirus – Science & Analysis

Coronavirus has impacted all our lives. On this page we’re listing news items and articles that look at the underlying science of the virus, the pandemic and the effects on our lives. Understanding often helps in the process of rationalising and coping with a difficult situation.

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    The Pandemic’s Toll On People With Learning Disabilities
    This article, from the BMJ explores how the covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on people with learning disabilities across the world. The linked paper by the OpenSAFELY collaborative led by Williamson and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.n1592) makes an important contribution to the evidence …
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    Report: How We Spent Our Time In Lockdown
    This is a Time Use Survey from the Government explaining the differences between how people in Great Britain spent their time during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in March and April 2020 and March 2021. Main points How we spent our time changed substantially between the first lockdown (March …
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    BMJ Newsletter – Medical Updates
    This is the latest newsletter from the BMJ (British Medical journal). As ever, it draws on a good range of voices and opinions and provides a good overview of the issues of the day (medical and medical-related). The covid-19 pandemic took power from the people Who decides when covid-19 restrictions …
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    Covid-19: Booster vaccine to be rolled out in autumn
    The UK will roll out a covid-19 booster vaccine at the beginning of autumn in order to protect the most vulnerable ahead of winter, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced. As part of this, the government’s vaccines taskforce has secured an additional 60m doses of the Pfizer …
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    Single Vaccine Dose Cuts Virus Transmission
    Adults infected with covid-19 three weeks after receiving one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were 38-49% less likely to pass the virus on to their household contacts than people who were unvaccinated, a preprint released by Public Health England has shown.1 The research …
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    Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 16 April 2021
    The latest Government Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain report is out. It is based on the Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the periods 31 March to 4 April and 7 April to 11 April 2021 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on …
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    Report, Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services
    The Women and Equalities Committee published its Report Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services: full Report (HC 1050), on 22 December 2020. The Women and Equalities Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the …
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    Report: Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England
    Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 18 January to 30 January 2021. This is a Government report which offers analysis of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their behaviours and mental and physical …
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    Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!
    Health services are observing a rise in Coronavirus infections in people shortly after they have received their first vaccination, suggesting that many people are letting their guard down before the vaccine has taken effect. Earlier this month a study led by Public Health England of vaccination in …
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    Department of Public Health Backs Vaccine Safety
    I am worried that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t safe as I’ve heard some countries are stopping using it – should I still have it? It’s a question that’s been concerning some people in recent days! Here’s what the Department for Public Health has said to reassure those of us …
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    Obesity & Covid-19 – A Catalyst for Change
    The evidence is clear that obesity is a risk factor for severe covid-19 disease and death. Writing on the BMJ website, Meera Senthilingam asks what this increased urgency has done to boost action against this other epidemic Studies in the United States have shown that having a BMI over 30—the …
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    Vaccine Safety Data “Reassuring”
    This article first appeared on the British Medical Journal website. The UK’s medicines regulator has described the first safety data related to covid-19 vaccines as “reassuring,” with most side effects reported being mild and in line with those seen with other types of vaccine. “The benefits …
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    Gov’t Report: Coronavirus related deaths by disability status
    A new Government report has been released which focuses on estimates of differences in COVID-19 mortality risk by self-reported disability status and diagnosed learning disability status for deaths occurring up to 20 November 2020, using linked data from the 2011 Census, death registrations, and …
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    Guide: Lateral Flow testing for people without symptoms
    This is an explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic testing and the role these tests play in the national COVID-19 testing programme. Published 27 January 2021 by the government. NHS Test and Trace is making rapid lateral flow antigen testing available alongside standard lab-based PCR …
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    Science: How The Oxford Vaccine Was Developed
    Andrew Pollard has been leading the Oxford vaccine clinical trials in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. He tells Elisabeth Mahase how the Oxford vaccine came to be, how dosing was worked out, and whether it will stand up to the new variants Andrew Pollard was in a French taxi when he realised what …
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    Vitamin D – An Advisable Winter Supplement
    Despite claims that there is not enough evidence that vitamin D supplements protect people against Covid-19, everyone is still advised to take a daily supplement this winter to keep bones and muscles healthy. Free supplements are being offered to the most vulnerable in the UK. Here’s the …
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    Info & Data: Technical briefing documents on the new varient of Coronavirus
    for those of you interested in background info on the Coronavirus pandemic, here are the government’s Technical briefing documents on novel SARS-CoV-2 variant. Published 21 December 2020 and Last updated 8 January 2021 — see all updates – From: Public Health England Documents …
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    Covid-19 vaccination: What’s the evidence for extending the dosing interval?
    On 30 December the four UK chief medical officers announced that the second doses of the covid vaccines should be given towards the end of 12 weeks rather than in the previously recommended 3-4 weeks. BMJ journalists Gareth Iacobucci and Elisabeth Mahase look at the questions this has raised, in an …
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    Prioritisation of Coronavirus Vaccination Roll-Out
    Here are links to a couple of interesting Government reports into the prioritisation of Coronavirus vaccination Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for Covid-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 This advice is provided to facilitate the development of policy on …
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    Covid-19 vaccination: What’s the evidence for extending the dosing interval?
    On 30 December the four UK chief medical officers announced that the second doses of the covid vaccines should be given towards the end of 12 weeks rather than in the previously recommended 3-4 weeks. The BMJ’s Gareth Iacobucci and Elisabeth Mahase look at the questions this has raised Why …
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    Gov’t Report: Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services
    “Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services” is a new Government report that looks at how the pandemic has affected people with disabilities. We’ve published the introduction below, but you can read the full report on the Government’s website: Read full …
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    Science: The BMJ on what have we learnt about the new Coronavirus variant in the UK
    Originally published on the BMJ website – written by Elisabeth Mahase Author affiliations The new SARS-CoV-2 variant has evoked scenes reminiscent of the early days of covid-19 when much of the world banned travel to and from Wuhan, China. With large parts of south-east England locked …
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    Report: Impact of COVID-19 on disabled people
    Activity Alliance (previously known as the English Federation of Disability Sport) join members, partners and disabled people to make active lives possible and to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. They have published a really important and insightful …
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    Disability Rights UK Blogger Looks At The Covid-19 Vaccine From A Disability Angle
    Are we really all ready for this first COVID-19 jab? by: Lucy Wilis, blogger for Disability Rights UK The Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine announced last week, marks a new chapter in the UK’s fight against COVID-19, yet there are many unknowns that make the picture more complex for disabled …
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    Coronavirus Vaccine: How It Was Authorised/How It Will Be Delivered
    The momentous news that the first covid-19 vaccine had been approved in the UK has prompted questions about how it was authorised and will be delivered. The BMJ spoke to experts to find out the answers How was the MHRA able to approve the vaccine so quickly? The Medicines and Healthcare Products …
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    Calderdale Coronavirus Rates Falling Quickly
    If you’ve been keeping an eye on local Coronavirus infection rates, you will have been relieved to see that they are falling quickly, following a peak early in November. Meanwhile, we should all continue to do everything we can to stay safe and protect ourselves and others with the well …
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    Avoiding Falls When Wearing a Mask
    Here’s an interesting article from the BMJ website, which looks at the risks of falls whilst wearing a mask and looks at how best to avoid them, making some really insightful points about how we balance along the way: Slowing down may be safer than looking down Public health experts and …
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    90% Effective Covid-19 Vaccine Announcement
    Here’s a round up of the reaction to news that a vaccine may very soon be available for Covid-19, followed by a more analytical piece by the BMJ. The BBC Who will get the vaccine first and when can you have it? Have we finally got a coronavirus vaccine? ‘Milestone’ vaccine offers …
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    Health & Medicine: BMJ News & Articles
    The BMJ (British Medical Journal) puts out a weekly digest of its main news and articles from the previous week. It’s a good source of information if you are looking for an overview of current medical debate and opinion – here’s this week’s selection of articles. The …
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    Covid-19 Science: Why does it spread so fast and why are obesity and age extra risks?
    Worldwide more than 41 million people have now been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and over a million people have died. But what makes this virus so difficult to control, and why are some people more at risk than others? Elisabeth Mahase reports for the BMJ website. Why is it so hard to stop SARS-CoV-2 …
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    Encouraging Signs For Oxford Vaccine in Trials
    The University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine that is currently being trialled has been found to produce an immune response in people over the age of 55. The results are encouraging because older people are at an increased risk of becoming severely ill and dying from covid-19, partly because the …
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    Exploring The Scientific Divide on Covid-19
    It is not whether we should open up or lock down. Rather, it’s how we can break the chain of transmission, argue Martin McKee and David Stuckler on the BMJ website. A new theme has emerged in the media discourse on covid-19 in the UK. We are told that the scientific community is divided, between …
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    Disability Right UK: New shielding guidance lacks basic protections
    This article is from Disability Rights UK’s website. The 2.2 million people advised to shield back in March have been advised by government to carry on with life, but at “one step beyond” their area’s current three-tier standing. The new guidance offers little in the way of support to those …
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    Long Covid – Latest interpretation of new syndrome
    Long covid, the name commonly used to explain lasting effects of covid-19, may actually be four different syndromes, according to a review by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).1 A team of researchers and doctors reviewed current evidence and interviewed post-hospitalised and …
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    Covid-19 Vaccine – Latest On Who Will Get It First
    This is interim advice for the Government from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the groups that should be prioritised for vaccination, if and when a vaccine is available. Introduction This update to the interim advice has been developed to facilitate planning for the …
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    Coronavirus Analysis: Two Approaches To “Second Wave”
    Two open letters sent to the UK’s four chief medical officers signal the polarisation of opinion among medical professionals over how the government should tackle the emerging “second wave” of covid-19. One group of doctors and academics is calling for segmentation and shielding of the most …
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    Operation Moonshot: BMJ Assesses Ambitious Testing Plans
    The UK government’s plans to carry out up to 10 million covid-19 tests a day by early next year as part of a £100bn expansion of its national testing programme raise many questions. The BMJ’s Gareth Iacobucci examines the leaked documents: What is Operation Moonshot? It refers to the …
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    Coronavirus: Key Learnings From Leicester “Intervention”
    Occasionally we highlight an article that gives particular insight into the Coronavirus pandemic. In this case it’s the report of Dame Mary Ney’s rapid stocktake of lessons learnt from the Leicester City/Leicestershire experience of responding to a local surge in COVID-19 cases. It is …
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    Covid-19: The Risks of Singing & Using Wind Instruments in Groups
    Singing, playing of wind instruments, and high-volume speech in presentation and performance settings have been singled out as potentially high-risk activities for transmission of SARS CoV-2, following several well-documented outbreaks associated with choirs and performances across the world. These …
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    The Science of Coronavirus: Case Counting
    Novel coronavirus cases in England have been rising steadily since the beginning of July. However, this trend may not tell us what we really need to know about the pandemic and the most serious cases—or what to do about them, says Elisabeth Mahase, writing on the BMJ website. From 10 to 16 August …
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    Is Covid-19 becoming less deadly?
    According to an article on the New Scientist website, Coronavirus is becoming less dangerous. But, as yet, no-ne really knows why. Here’s the opening few paragraphs of the article, which sum up the conundrum. There’s a link to the remainder of the article at the foot of the page. …
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    BMJ’s Covid-19 Analysis, Research & Opinion
    Here are links to some of the best news, features, analysis and opinion currently available on the excellent BMJ website. They offer lots of new perspectives on the pandemic. Research from The BMJ Drug treatments for covid-19 Glucocorticoids probably reduce mortality and mechanical ventilation in …
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    Analysis: Will Local Test & Trace Work
    Last week, the government announced a major shift in its approach to covid-19 contact tracing in England, by giving local council public health teams more responsibility and shrinking the national Test and Trace scheme – in this article, the BMJ asks local public health officials about their …
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    Characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England
    Just released by the Government is this Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, which analyses the characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England, August 2020 It provides data about the characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. …
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    “Long-Covid”: Impact of long term symptoms will be profound!
    A third of doctors have treated patients with long term covid-19 symptoms, including chronic fatigue and anosmia, a survey conducted by the BMA has found. Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s GP committee for England, said it was clear that the long term impact of covid-19 on patients and the NHS …
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    BMJ Newsletter – Wide-Ranging Covid-19 Analysis
    This is the latest newsletter from the BMJ, including a wide ranging selection of articles, analysis and opinion pieces. There’s so much to get your teeth into! Behavioural fatigue: a flawed idea central to a flawed pandemic response What is behavioural fatigue? Nobody really knows, but it is …
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    Antibody Tests Suggests 3.4 Million Have Had Covid-19
    Findings published by Imperial College London on 13 August 2020 suggest that 6% of the population in England, around 3.4 million people, have been infected with COVID-19. Over 100,000 volunteers have taken part in the world’s largest home antibody testing programme for coronavirus. A further 2 …
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    Science & Analysis: Superspreading
    Superspreading is integral to the Coronavirus pandemic, says Quentin Leclerc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in an article on the New Scientist website. In one well-studied example, at a choir practice with 61 attendees that took place one evening in March, in Skagit County, …
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    Science & Analysis: BMJ’s weekly round up
    The BMJ is a reliable independent source of news and analysis of health issues – here’s their latest weekly round-up of the top items on their website: Covid-19: Acts of omission The UK government is becoming known for acts of omission. No evidence exists of Russian interference in the …
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    Science & Analysis – BMJ Newsletter
    Here’s the latest newsletter from the BMJ (British Medical Journal) – it’s insightful, as usual, and offers some more scientific and analytical commentary on the Coronavirus situation and other topical medical and health stories. Moving quickly in pandemics Speed is of the essence …
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    Eliminate coronavirus with new strategy, say Independent SAGE scientists
    The UK government has “given up” on trying to eliminate the coronavirus, says a new report published today by Independent SAGE – an independent group of scientists. They propose a new strategy aimed at the complete elimination of covid-19. It would replace what the report calls the government’s …
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    Science: Royal Society President Endorses Mask Wearing
    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence and it publishes many insightful articles on matters of science. Here’s their latest piece on mask wearing during Coronavirus: Everyone should …
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    UK Coronavirus – Why No Second Wave?
    The New Scientist website has an interesting article that looks at a question that’s on the minds of many people in the Uk, namely, will there be a second wave of Covid-19 infections, or will the downward trend continue? Since May 11, there has been a steady relaxing of lockdown restrictions …
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    Covid-19: Is airborne transmission is being underestimated?
    By Owen Dyer for the BMJ Microscopic respiratory droplets generated by talking and breathing can hover in the air for minutes or hours and drift many metres horizontally before infecting people, argue 239 experts from 32 countries, in a commentary published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. “We …
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    BMJ Weekly Newsletter
    The BMJ publish a weekly Newsletter which has a huge range of medical news, articles and features – see below for the latest edition (6/7/2020). Getting it right in the pandemic The pandemic is far from over, but it’s already obvious some countries have done better than others. Germany is …
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    Analysis: Hand Hygiene Effectiveness
    What is the evidence for the effectiveness of hand hygiene in preventing the transmission of respiratory viruses? This is a research paper prepared for the Government and published on 2 July 2020. Key conclusions (Read the full paper here) 1. There is evidence from randomised controlled trials in …
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    Read Latest BMJ Newsletter
    The British Medical Journal (BMJ) is now a global company, sharing medical information and knowledge, much of it free access – here’s their latest newsletter, which contains some excellent analysis of the Coronavirus pandemic. Covid 19: Where’s the strategy for testing? It would be nice …
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    Analysis: Managing Infection Risk
    The Government has published a new paper on managing infection risk in high contact occupations. The full paper is available on their website, whilst we publish the summary below. Although not directly aimed at people with disabilities, it’s an interesting read as it gives a little bit more …
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    British Medical Journal Response To Lockdown Easing
    From http://www.bmj.com/ The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a major relaxation of England’s lockdown rules, including reducing social distancing from two metres to at least one metre “with precautions.” The new guidelines, effective from 4 July, will also allow restaurants and businesses to …
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    Covid-19: Local teams trace 8 times more contacts than national service
    By Elisabeth Mahase, for the BMJ Related content – Test and trace: it didn’t have to be this way – A doctor describes her experience of working in the test and trace service Local health protection teams have traced nearly eight times more contacts (77 642) than the national call …
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    King’s Fund Newsletter – COVID-19 Analysis
    The King’s Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Their vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. They publish some excellent articles and reports on health related matters, plus newsletters – …
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    Vitamin D – Does It Reduce Covid-19 Risks?
    As agencies announce they are examining whether vitamin D supplements could reduce the risk of covid-19, the BMJ’s Ingrid Torjesen finds out what the existing evidence shows Public health agencies in England and Scotland are conducting urgent reviews into the potential for vitamin D to reduce …
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    Coronavirus Statistics/Data
    Below we list several excellent sources of statistics and data about the Coronavirus – Office for National Statistics: Catch up on the latest data and analysis related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on our economy and society. NHS Data: Data published on potential …
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    Science – Top Coronavirus Stories & Analysis of the Week
    The New Scientist magazine produces a weekly email round-up of the top science-themed news stories of the week – here’s this week’s selection Preventing pandemics We knew how to prevent a pandemic like the coronavirus, so what went wrong? In this special feature, we examine how …
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    Priority Groups for COVID-19 Vaccination
    The Government have published (Published 18 June 2020) an independent report by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in which they outline interim advice on which groups should receive COVID-19 vaccination as a priority. This needs to be read as a work in progress, but gives a good …
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    The Health Foundation Covid-19 survey
    The Health Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a representative poll of the general public in Great Britain to understand opinion on a range of issues. A report has now been published and looks at topics including: • Experience of using NHS services during the pandemic and perceptions as …
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    Steroid cuts death in ventilated patients by a third
    Low dose dexamethasone reduces deaths in patients hospitalised with covid-19 who need ventilation, according to preliminary results from the RECOVERY trial. The drug was also found to reduce deaths by one fifth in other hospitalised patients receiving oxygen only, but no benefit was seen among …
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    Human trials of Imperial College COVID-19 vaccine
    Clinical researchers will begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College London. Beginning this week (w/c 15 June), the study will be the first time the vaccine has been trialled in humans and will test whether it is well-tolerated and produces an …
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    We cannot reduce excess deaths unless we know what’s causing them
    Author: Veena S Raleigh for the BMJ – June 2020 The number of deaths from covid-19 in the UK is among the highest reported internationally, second only to the US.1 This covid-19 related mortality surge comes on the heels of the historical legacy of stalling improvements in life expectancy in …
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    R-Number Set To Go Regional – And Become Less Relevant!
    With the UK government set to release R-numbers regionally, somewhat ironically the R-number is becoming less relevant as the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK begins to tail off. The excellent New Scientist website looked into the R-number and its changing role and relevance in the UK: The south west …
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    Analysis: Is it safe for shielders to go out?
    Here’s an article from the New Scientist website that looks at the complicated issues surrounding the easing of lockdown for people who are vulnerable and shielding. It’s a good counterpoint to government advice and draws on some solid sources. The New Scientist website is an excellent …
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    Analysis: Social & Health Impacts of Coronavirus
    Here are three contrasting articles from the King’s Fund website, looking at health and social impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK. Covid-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes: This is a descriptive review of data on disparities in the risk and outcomes from Covid-19. This …
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    Why so many coronavirus deaths in the UK?
    There’s a good analytical article in the New Scientist website, by Adam Vaughan, that tries to get to the bottom of this question, which we have all asked ourselves at one time or another. Below are a few of the key factors that seem to have influenced the number of deaths in this country. …
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    The Lancet – Coronavirus Science & Analysis Online
    The Lancet is a renowned medical journal and as you might expect, it is the source of some excellent analysis of the Coronavirus pandemic. Much of their content is made available online and, if a deeper understanding of the condition is your goal, there’s no better place to look. Here is a …
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    COVID-19 – Review of who was/is at most risk
    The Government has published the following review of data on disparities in the risk and outcomes from COVID19. Below is the detailed summary of the review. View Full Report: Disparities in the risk and outcomes from COVID-19 This review presents findings based on surveillance data available to PHE …
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    Face Coverings – Some of the Background To UK Advice
    This paper provides a bit of background to the science and politics behind face coverings and their use in the UK. The paper was prepared by Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours on the evidence about the behavioural impact of recommending mask use, reflecting the potential for both …
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    How To Lower Your Coronavirus Risk in Different Settings
    At work, school and seeing friends: How to lower your coronavirus risk is an excellent new article on the New Scientist website, by Linda Geddes. Here we have some of the key points, though the whole article contains more detail, including workplace advice and is well worth a read. THE coronavirus …
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    Science: How COVID-19 is Transmitted
    Research compiled by the Environmental and Modelling Group for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and Published on 26 May 2020. This paper looks at transmission through airborne, droplet and contact routes. It considers the evidence relating to time spent in an environment, …
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    Selected NHS patients to access coronavirus treatment remdesivir
    The anti-viral drug remdesivir will be made available to patients meeting certain clinical criteria to support their recovery in hospital. Innovative medicine with promising results in clinical trials to be made available to selected UK COVID-19 patients Government working in collaboration with …
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    New Scientist COVID-19 FAQ
    The New Scientist magazine has compiled a broad COVID-19 FAQ based on questions submitted by its readers – if you want to know the answers to any or all the questions below, visit the New Scientist website (an excellent place to visit anyway!!). Why do people without underlying health …
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    New Scientist – What They Are Suggesting Your Read/View About COVID-19
    The New Scientist magazine also has a thriving online presence and it provides a good source of information about Coronavirus that is generally more analytical and scientific. Here’s their latest round-up of recommended articles and other media on the virus. Latest on coronavirus from New …
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    SAGE Report – Covid-19: What is needed for the future?
    The Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – Covid-19: What is needed for the future? This report gives a really good overview of current scientific thinking on how the UK might continue and win the fight against COVID-19. It doesn’t hold back from identifying …
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    Government begins large scale study of coronavirus immunity
    Government Press Release – Published 17 May 2020 Antibody testing will help to understand levels of immunity and the role of genetics Up to 20,000 people of all ages and walks of life to take part for at least 6 months Up to 20,000 people are being asked to take part in a new …
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    SAGE Report – Covid-19: what are the options for the UK?
    The Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – Covid-19: what are the options for the UK? This report, which we have the “Executive Summary” of below (Report published in full here), gives a really good overview of current scientific thinking on how the UK …
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    COVID-19 Science and Policy Newsletter
    Below is a selection of science and policy reports and papers from a range of sources, collated in their latest newsletter by The King’s Fund, an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. The King’s Fund website is full of useful and informative …
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    Oxford University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tests
    University of Oxford researchers have began testing a COVID-19 vaccine in human volunteers in Oxford in late April. Around 1,110 people will take part in the trial, half receiving the vaccine and the other half (the control group) receiving a widely available meningitis vaccine. The article below …
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    COVID-19 Deaths Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
    An article from the website sciencealert.com A vitamin commonly produced by sun-exposed skin cells might play a role in preventing death by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, according to new research. Preliminary results from a yet-to-be-peer-reviewed study carried out by scientists from the Queen …
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    Testing times: the government’s approach to Covid-19 testing
    Here’s an excellent article looking at the government’s testing for Covid-19 and the underlying strategies and science. The article is by The King’s Fund, an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Our vision is that the best possible …
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    Large-scale infection & antibody test study begins
    20,000 households in England are being contacted to take part in the first wave of a major new government study to track coronavirus (COVID-19) in the general population. Major long-term study will track spread of COVID-19 in general population Study will include antibody testing to help understand …
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    BBC Inside Science Programme
    Looking to learn more about Coronavirus, but avoid the “news”? This week’s BBC Inside Science programme is an excellent listen, with a wide range of science covered. One of our favourites anyway, this is an outstanding edition https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000glnw For more …