Coronavirus UK: SAGE say ‘no evidence’ face shields work

Hairdressers and barbers should wear face coverings and not just visors in order to help curb the spread of coronavirus, scientists advising the Government say. The experts warn that plastic face shields being used in hair salons are unlikely to be an effective control for aerosol transmission of Covid-19 – which scientists fear is one … Read more Coronavirus UK: SAGE say ‘no evidence’ face shields work

Covid-19 survivors should be exempt from having to self-isolate, government scientific advisers say 

Covid-19 survivors shouldn’t have to self-isolate if they develop symptoms of the disease because they aren’t likely to be infectious, government scientific advisers suggest Sage studied evidence which found it’s likely survivors can’t be infected again  But admitted it is unclear how long this coronavirus ‘immunity’ would last for Experts dismissed idea of immunity passports, … Read more Covid-19 survivors should be exempt from having to self-isolate, government scientific advisers say 

Do Matt Hancock’s new coronavirus tests even work? Scientists urge government to release data

Ministers were today asked to prove that two new rapid coronavirus tests bought to bolster Britain’s war on coronavirus even work.  The tests – which give results in 90 minutes – will start being rolled out from next week. One is so simple it could soon be deployed in airports, offices, pubs and restaurants – … Read more Do Matt Hancock’s new coronavirus tests even work? Scientists urge government to release data

Do Matt Hancock’s new coronavirus tests even work? Scientists urge government to release data

Ministers were today asked to prove that two new rapid coronavirus tests bought to bolster Britain’s war on coronavirus even work.  The tests – which give results in 90 minutes – will start being rolled out from next week. One is so simple it could soon be deployed in airports, offices, schools, pubs and restaurants … Read more Do Matt Hancock’s new coronavirus tests even work? Scientists urge government to release data

‘Major incident’ in locked down Manchester as coronavirus cases keep going UP

The Government will start testing sewage to track coronavirus and could ban domestic travel to stop local outbreaks.  Infected people are thought to shed coronavirus material in faeces soon after symptoms appear, meaning sewage could act as a quicker indicator of the presence of Covid-19 than swab tests. This has led the government to ramp … Read more ‘Major incident’ in locked down Manchester as coronavirus cases keep going UP

Ministers promise exasperated parents that schools will reopen full-time in the autumn

Ministers promise exasperated parents that schools will reopen full-time in the autumn – despite Whitehall ‘murmurings’ it will only be part-time Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was accused of issuing mixed messages Critics within his party claimed he was ‘rolling over’ in the face of opposition   But Downing Street has moved quickly to try to reassure parents … Read more Ministers promise exasperated parents that schools will reopen full-time in the autumn

Ministers promise exasperated parents that schools will reopen full-time in the autumn

Ministers promise exasperated parents that schools will reopen full-time in the autumn – despite Whitehall ‘murmurings’ it will only be part-time Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was accused of issuing mixed messages Critics within his party claimed he was ‘rolling over’ in the face of opposition   But Downing Street has moved quickly to try to reassure parents … Read more Ministers promise exasperated parents that schools will reopen full-time in the autumn

What trade-offs are likely to be needed to keep the virus under control?

At a gloomy Downing Street press conference yesterday, Boris Johnson was unable to deliver to usual good news of a slight relaxation of lockdown rules, moving the country a step back to normality. After seeing spikes in infection rates across the country, and having to reimpose some measures on Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire … Read more What trade-offs are likely to be needed to keep the virus under control?

What trade-offs are likely to be needed to keep the virus under control?

At a gloomy Downing Street press conference yesterday, Boris Johnson was unable to deliver to usual good news of a slight relaxation of lockdown rules, moving the country a step back to normality. After seeing spikes in infection rates across the country, and having to reimpose some measures on Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire … Read more What trade-offs are likely to be needed to keep the virus under control?

Coronavirus: Chris Whitty says England at ‘limits’ of lockdown

Coronavirus cases are rising in the UK because ministers pushed lockdown easing measures ‘to their limits’, England’s chief medical officer warned today. Professor Chris Whitty poured cold water on Boris Johnson’s plan to get the UK back to normal by Christmas, warning that relaxing rules further would ‘absolutely, inevitably’ lead to a resurgence of the … Read more Coronavirus: Chris Whitty says England at ‘limits’ of lockdown