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July 28, 2021 in COVID

What are the Delta, Gamma, Beta and Alpha Covid variants?

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesThe UK is seeing rising cases of coronavirus caused by a variant called Delta, which was first identified in India. Experts say it is more transmissible than ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

Ian Paterson: Plans for further breast surgeon compensation

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightPA MediaA healthcare provider will offer compensation to thousands more victims of breast surgeon Ian Paterson.Paterson was jailed in 2017 after he was found to have carried out ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

Concussion and sport: How the lives of ex-sportspeople have been affected by concussion

Last updated on 22 July 202122 July 2021.From the section Sport"Lots of anxiety, lots of depression. My eyes and my brain started burning when I looked at the phone screen."BBC Radio 5 Live has been speaking to former ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

Lockdown weight gain averaging half a stone – survey

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesMore than 40% of adults in England have gained weight during the pandemic, a survey suggests, with the average gain being half a stone (just over 3kg). ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

Are middle-aged people more unhealthy than ever?

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesAbout one in three middle-aged Britons has multiple health conditions - such as chronic back pain, mental ill health and high blood pressure, a study suggests.But is ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

Blood inquiry: Former health minister defends blood products advice on Aids

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightuk parliamentThe government was right to say there was "no conclusive proof" that Aids could be transmitted by blood products in 1983, a public inquiry has heard.Giving evidence, ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

NHS England to appoint first female chief executive

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightOtherAmanda Pritchard is set to become the first female chief executive of the NHS in England, BBC News has been told.Ms Pritchard, NHS England's chief operating officer, has ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

Covid: No quarantine for fully jabbed US and EU travellers to England

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightReutersPeople who have been fully vaccinated in the EU or US will not need to isolate when coming to England from an amber list country.The change will come ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

Covid: Deaf woman wins claim over lack of sign language at briefings

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightKatherine RowleyA deaf woman has won a claim against the government after a judge found a lack of sign language at two Covid briefings "served to disempower, to frustrate and to ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

Fully jabbed from EU and US could avoid quarantine

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesSenior cabinet ministers are to discuss allowing fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US to avoid quarantine when they arrive in England.A review of the border ...
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July 28, 2021 in COVID

How to get a Covid test

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesMore people are being offered free rapid coronavirus tests.The UK government says regular testing could be an important tool for easing restrictions.Why is testing ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesSome people across the UK have been able to form household support bubbles or extended households. The aim is to help people who've been cut off from ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

How do we know Covid vaccines are safe?

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesThe Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been linked to very rare cases of blood clots. The chance of this happening to an individual is still extremely low, but as ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Your questions about vaccines and periods answered

Some people who have had the coronavirus vaccine have said they've since had a heavier or delayed period.But experts say this is nothing to worry about, as our immune system affects the sex hormones in our body.We put some of the big questions around Covid and periods to Dr Viki ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Marr on catching Covid after being double vaccinated

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingI can't be sure - but working back, I'm pretty clear I caught the Delta variant of coronavirus during the summit of G7 (Group of Seven) nations, in Cornwall, probably on Sunday ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Chronic health issues for third in late 40s – study

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesAbout one in three middle-aged people has multiple chronic health issues, a long-running British study suggests. The 1970 British Cohort Study has been periodically tracking the lives ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Long Covid: 'I've blood clots, a braced leg and damaged heart… but I'm home'

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightBill WilsonFor 88 days, former BBC journalist Bill Wilson lived a nightmare, trapped behind a plastic facemask and plugged into a life-support machine. Months on, as life in the UK begins ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Why you shouldn't get a second Covid jab too early

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesA government scientific advisor says four weeks is too soon between some Covid jabs.This comes as people have been sharing tips online of some locations giving out ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Covid-19: 'For us it's not freedom day, is it?'

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightRosie DuffinThe end of England's lockdown rules on 19 July has been dubbed "Freedom Day" - but for some people, it's becoming a day to dread. "For us ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Beta coronavirus variant: What is the risk?

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesFully jabbed travellers returning from France are being asked to quarantine, to stop the spread of cases of the Beta variant. The government says it's to protect ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Covid: What happens when people no longer have to wear masks?

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesMasks and face coverings are no longer compulsory in most public places in England but the government is still recommending them in crowded places. So what does ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Covid rules: How can the clinically vulnerable stay safe?

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty ImagesGuidance for people in England identified as being "clinically extremely vulnerable" is being updated from 19 July - but what is actually changing?Formal advice telling them to ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Boris Johnson on Covid infection rates falling for six days

The prime minister has urged people not to “run away with premature conclusions” after a fall in positive Covid tests in the UK.A week after most restrictions were lifted in England, he said the public had “got to remain very cautious”.The number of new infections across the UK has fallen ...
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July 27, 2021 in COVID

Michael Gove on vaccine passports at events with big crowds

People should be “confident” those attending large-scale events are “less likely to be carriers" of the coronavirus, the Cabinet Office minister has said.Speaking on a visit to Glasgow, Michael Gove spoke of the Westminster and Holyrood governments looking at some kind of passporting systems at events, such as top flight ...
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