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  1. News Article
    Owing to social distancing and a lack of exposure, childhood respiratory illness, RSV is on the rise, according to reports and parents are being warned to look out for signs and symptoms. "This winter, we expect levels of common seasonal illnesses such as cold and flu to increase, as people mix more and given that fewer people will have built up natural immunity during the pandemic. Children under two are at a particular risk of severe infections from common seasonal illnesses," Public Health England, medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle has said. Read full story. Source: BBC News
  2. News Article
    The number of people who have died in each care home has been published for the first time. According to reports, more than 39,000 care home residents died with the virus between 10 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. The data, released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows 21 homes had more than 30 Covid-19 related deaths, with the highest number of deaths in a single care home being 44. Kate Terroni, CQC chief inspector for adult social care has said "Every number represents a life lost". Read full story. Source: BBC News, 21 July 2021
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    In this report Policy Exchange set out recommendations which call on the NHS and Government to: Adopt a relentless focus on ensuring that unknown clinical risks are accounted for by prioritising patients who currently lack a diagnosis. Improve transparency, by showing patients how clinical prioritisation methodologies are being applied to them and supporting them whilst they wait. Learn the positive lessons of the pandemic in embracing new ways of working across the NHS and with its partners. Accept we need to adapt the public conversation around NHS performance relatin
  4. News Article
    In this article, an Alabama doctor describes how her unvaccinated patients are dying from Covid-19. Dr Brytney Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham said in a Facebook post on Sunday, “I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections. One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.” Read full story. Source: Advance Local, 21 July 2021
  5. News Article
    Mandatory mask wearing rules are set to return to Jersey from Wednesday 21 July amid concerns for rising case numbers. The rules stipulate that anyone over the age of 12, must wear a mask when inside indoor public places such as transport, shops and health care settings. Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf has said: "While we have seen a rise in cases over the past two weeks, it is important to remember the effect our vaccination programme has had on the island". Read full story. Source: BBC News, 20 July 2021
  6. News Article
    In the past week, many people have been 'pinged' by the NHS app, informing them they have been in close contact with someone who has had the Covid-19 virus and that they should self-isolate. However, despite this advice there is no legal obligation. Downing street, on the other hand, have urged those who have been 'pinged' to self-isolate when sent the alert via the app. A spokeswoman for No 10 has said "Given the risk of having and spreading the virus when people have been in contact with someone with Covid, it is crucial people isolate when they are told to do so, either by NHS T
  7. News Article
    An NHS consultant has told The Guardian "I work in an NHS Covid ward – and I feel so angry". Providing a first hand account of their experiences working on an NHS Covid ward, the consultant, who wishes to remain anonymous, has expressed their dismay at the rise in cases, the spread of misinformation and the exhaustion felt among staff members dealing with work place stress and mental illness. Read full story. Source: The Guardian, 19 July 2021
  8. News Article
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has called for in-person learning to be prioritised and for schools to prepare to address the mental health needs of their students. The AAP has also urged all who are eligible to get vaccinated, to do so, and recommends a layered approach in making schools safe for all such as wearing masks even if vaccinated. Sonja O’Leary, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on School Health has said “We need to prioritize getting children back into schools alongside their friends and their teachers -- and we all play a role in making sure it happens safel
  9. News Article
    WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove wrote in her notebook before a keynote address "the world needs a reality check" after becoming increasingly concerned about the rise in coronavirus infections. Reports have found Covd-19 has been rising rapidly in places where there has been a low vaccine uptake and it has been confirmed the delta variant is the most transmissible than earlier strains. However, despite this, there has been a lack of social distancing and mask wearing from the public. “We’re getting further away from the end than we should be. We’re in a bad place right now glo
  10. News Article
    UCLH has been awarded £6.8m to conduct what has been regarded as the largest Long Covid clinical study and will focus on understanding the condition, how to diagnose it, manage it and improve the recovery process. The research will be a collaborative effort and will include 30 researchers, health professionals, patients and industry partners from more than 30 organisations and the project will be known as TIMULATE-ICP (Symptoms, Trajectory, Inequalities and Management: Understanding Long-Covid to Address and Transform Existing Integrated Care Pathways). Read full story. Source:
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    It has been announced that the UK is set to launch 15 new research programs to study 'Long Covid', allocating nearly 20 million pounds to the projects. The research programs are aiming to understand the condition better as well as identify it and evaluate different treatments. The Department for Health and Social Care have said, "Those people who have long COVID will benefit from the latest research revealed, which will help to understand the condition better, improve diagnosis and find new treatments." Read full story. Source: The Day Chronicle, 18 July 2021
  12. News Article
    While most of the UK is double vaccinated, there is still a steady rise in the number of Covid cases, raising concerns about the safety of the unlocking of the UK. On Monday 19th July, England will lift Covid restrictions including mandatory mask wearing as well as limits on indoor mixing. However, if someone is notified by the NHS app, they will still need to self-isolate, a rule that will no longer apply from 16th August if the person is double vaccinated. Read full story. Source: CNN 18 July 2021
  13. News Article
    Owing to a lack of beds and space, one the of the largest hospitals in the country has had to cancel all it's planned operations for two days. The hospital, which has more than 1,100 beds has had to cancel cancer operations and liver transplants due to an influx in coronavirus patients increasing demand for bed space. Deputy medical director at the University Hospitals Birmingham, Ian Sharp has said “The pressure at the front door, whether its people who should be able to access care elsewhere, or people with Covid, or people with other acute issues, flooding our front door makes i
  14. News Article
    1.6 million people in England have been told to self-isolate in a week and the government say it is unlikely the Covid app will adjusted to make it less sensitive. Robert Jenrick, communities secretary told the BBC, “It is important we have the app, that we take it seriously and that when we do get those messages, we act accordingly”. According to reports, UK coronavirus cases climbed to 48,553 on Thursday, the highest since January. Concerns have now been raised about the climbing number of cases with fears there may be chaos to come. Read full story. Source: The Guardi
  15. News Article
    A major new study has found Long Covid is associated with at least 200 symptoms, the most common of which includes fatigue, post-exertional malaise and cognitive dysfunction. The research led by a team at University College London spoke to thousands of people, many of whom have said they experienced symptoms for months. Other symptoms include: visual hallucinations, tremors, itchy skin, changes to the menstrual cycle, sexual dysfunction, heart palpitations, bladder control issues, shingles, memory loss, blurred vision, diarrhoea, and tinnitus. Read full story. Source: The
  16. News Article
    A new study has found younger adults admitted to hospital with Covid-19 may suffer similar complications as to those over 50 year old. The research, conducted by 7 different universities, the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England found that around half of all adult patients in hospital with Covid-19 suffered a least one complication. Professor Calum Semple who led the work has said, "The message is that this is not just a disease of the elderly and frail". Read full story. Source: BBC News, 16 July 2021
  17. News Article
    Since lockdown, people have not been exposed to viruses that normally circulate during the winter months, but now that restrictions are lifting, there are concerns the viruses may make a comeback. Now, leading medics have warned there will be a surge in respiratory viruses alongside Covid-19 this winter and have urged anyone experiencing symptoms to self-isolate. Testing for flu, Covid and respiratory viruses common in children and elderly may help doctors treat cases quickly, doctors have said. A report by Professor Azra Ghani, from Imperial College London found a surge in winter
  18. News Article
    The Royal College of Nursing has written to the Prime Minister demanding continued protective measures after the loosening of restrictions on July 19th. In a joint letter with the British Medical Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, British Dental Association and College of Optometrists, they ask for support and protection for healthcare staff. The letter says “The need to recognise health and care settings as unique environments for the care and safety of the most vulnerable is paramount. While you state that you would expect the public to continue wearing face coverings i
  19. News Article
    New research has suggested unvaccinated young people may be at a higher risk of getting long-term symptoms. With restrictions being lifted on 19th July, concerns have been raised about the impact of the Delta variant. Professor Danny Altmann has said “From every version of Covid we’ve ever seen on the planet, we’ve got a rule of thumb that any case of Covid, whether it’s asymptomatic, mild, severe, or hospitalised, incurs a 10 to 20% risk of developing long Covid, and we haven’t seen any exceptions to that.” Read full story. Source: The Guardian, 13 July 2021
  20. News Article
    As restrictions are due to lift on the 19th July and the mandatory face masks mandate moving to recommended, Scotland have said they will keep the mandatory rule. BMA Council Chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul has called the decision to lift restrictions 'irresponsible and perilous', with Dr Layla McCay, director of policy at the NHS Confederation saying there was "a real risk that dropping the restrictions including to wear masks, especially in health care settings and to socially distance will lead to a significant COVID-19 surge which will place even more strain on a system struggling to cope".