Coronavirus: Human trial of new vaccine begins in UK

Volunteers have begun being immunised with a new UK coronavirus vaccine. About 300 people will have the vaccine over the coming weeks, as part of a trial led by Prof Robin Shattock and his colleagues, at Imperial College London. Tests in animals suggest the vaccine is safe and triggers an effective immune response. Experts at Oxford University have already started human trials. The trials are among many across the world - there are around 120 vaccine programmes under way. 'I volunteered to help beat the virus' Kathy, 39, who works in finance, is one of the first volunteers taking part in the Imperial trial. She said she volunteered because she wanted to play a part in fighting the virus. "I

Coronavirus: Shielding to stop at end of July in England

The 2.2 million people who have been self-isolating in England during the pandemic will no longer need to shield from 1 August. From 6 July, they will be able to meet up outdoors, in a group, with up to five others and form 'support bubbles' with other households. The measures can be eased because infection rates are falling, the government says. Support packages will remain until the end of July to help people transition. What changes from 6 July? Those who are shielding and live alone in England - including single parents who are shielding - will be able to create a support bubble with one other household of any size. This follows the 'social bubble' rules which were introduced earlier thi

Coronavirus: Scam warning over NHS test and trace

People are being warned to be on their guard against scammers posing as NHS contact tracers. Local councils in England and Wales have issued alerts following reports of bogus calls and messages asking for money to cover the cost of coronavirus testing kits. The councils include Hampshire, Bath and North East Somerset, and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Official tracers will never ask for payment of any kind or bank details. The test and trace system is part of the government's efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus, with contact tracers getting in touch with those who have had recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. However, a number of fraudsters a

Why it’s normal to be anxious about the end of lockdown

The UK’s extreme lockdown has postponed weddings, cut off socialising and even delayed cancer treatments. When the restrictions were imposed on 23 March, many began counting the days to some semblance of real life. With officials gradually moving to relax the lockdown, however, anxiety is setting in as we prepare to adapt to a “new normal”. ‘There are still many unknowns’ Boris Johnson has repeatedly described the coronavirus outbreak as the biggest challenge the UK has faced in peacetime. While the relaxation of extreme restrictions may sound welcome, many have adjusted to a slower pace of life. “We’ve been in some form of lockdown well over the 66 days it typically takes for a new habit to

Coronavirus: WHO advises to wear masks in public areas

The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The global body said new information showed they could provide "a barrier for potentially infectious droplets". Some countries already recommend or mandate face coverings in public. The WHO had previously argued there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks. However, WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that "in light of evolving evidence, the WHO advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread

Coronavirus: How the UK is sleeping under lockdown

More than half the UK population has struggled with sleep during the lockdown, a survey suggests. King's College London researchers said sleep problems were more common in people facing financial hardship, while two in five reported having more vivid dreams than usual. Some people slept for longer than usual, but without feeling rested. The findings are based on online interviews in late May with 2,254 UK residents in the 16-75 age bracket. The study was carried out by market research company Ipsos MORI and King's College London. The researchers said lack of sleep may itself have had knock-on effects on people's capacity to be resilient during the pandemic, and there are signs of a dispropor

Coronavirus: Ibuprofen tested as a treatment

Scientists are running a trial to see if ibuprofen can help hospital patients who are sick with coronavirus. The team from London's Guy's and St Thomas' hospital and King's College believe the drug, which is an anti-inflammatory as well as a painkiller, could treat breathing difficulties. They hope the low-cost treatment can keep patients off ventilators. In the trial, called Liberate, half of the patients will receive ibuprofen in addition to usual care. The trial will use a special formulation of ibuprofen rather than the regular tablets that people might usually buy. Some people already take this lipid capsule form of the drug for conditions like arthritis. Studies in animals suggest it m

Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday

Vulnerable people in England and Wales advised to stay home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday. The change means people will be able to go out with members of their household. Those living alone can meet with someone from another household while maintaining social distancing. Support for shielders, such as food and medicine deliveries, will continue. Shielding advice in Northern Ireland and Scotland has not yet changed. In England, those shielding will be advised that they can go outside once a day, with their household or, if they live alone, to meet one other person at a two-metre distance. In Wales, outdoor exercise for people shielding will

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