Covid: NHS staff testing 'dismantled' in virus hotspots
15/10/2020 | news | health | 115
Health leaders' representative says it has taken a "herculean effort" to restore capacity.
Coronavirus: 'Long Covid could be four different syndromes'
15/10/2020 | news | health | 820
People with long-lasting effects of coronavirus infection are not being believed or treated, a review says.
Covid: Two-week circuit breaker 'may halve deaths', report says
14/10/2020 | news | health | 1,668
A circuit breaker could change the course of the epidemic and buy more time, a report says.
Shielding not needed yet, despite rising Covid rate
13/10/2020 | news | health | 953
The most clinically vulnerable people in England will get a letter to explain how to stay safe.
Covid reinfection: Man gets Covid twice and second hit 'more severe'
13/10/2020 | news | health | 878
The report raises questions about how much immunity can be built up to the virus and how long it may last.
Covid-19: Are we still listening to the science?
13/10/2020 | news | health | 713
Sage and Prof Chris Whitty appear at odds with the political decisions made by government.
Covid: Nightingale hospitals in northern England told to get ready
12/10/2020 | news | health | 3,214
Advisers say the situation is "hotting up", and hospitals in England must prepare for more Covid patients.
Flu jab 'essential' for pregnant women this winter
12/10/2020 | news | health | 17
In rare cases, flu can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth and the death of the mother, health experts say.
Covid cases increase rapidly as next steps planned
09/10/2020 | news | health | 2,905
There has been a marked increase in cases over recent weeks in England, especially in the north.
Coronavirus: Rapid bedside test shows promise in hospitals
09/10/2020 | news | health | 92
The rapid test could help combat the spread of the virus in hospitals, researchers say.
Coronavirus: Year-long waits for NHS care at highest since 2008
08/10/2020 | news | health | 501
Hospitals struggle to get care back to normal as pandemic causes major disruption to core services.
Covid deaths three times higher than flu and pneumonia
08/10/2020 | news | health | 1,943
Office for National Statistics data looked at the underlying cause of death in England and Wales.
Health experts join global anti-lockdown movement
07/10/2020 | news | health | 1,622
Scientists warn of the "devastating" effect of Covid-19 policies, calling for a return to normal for healthy people.
Covid can be airborne, US CDC guidelines now say
06/10/2020 | news | health | 129
The US has updated its guidance to reflect how the virus can linger in the air, sometimes for hours.
Europe experiencing 'Covid fatigue'
06/10/2020 | news | health | 606
WHO urges people to redouble efforts to fight virus in spite of understandable exhaustion.
'Long Covid': Why are some people not recovering?
06/10/2020 | news | health | 633
Why is coronavirus leaving some people with long-term health problems including fatigue?
Growth in Covid cases 'may be levelling off'
02/10/2020 | news | health | 898
New infections might be rising more slowly than in previous weeks - but the R number remains above one.
Vaccine will 'not return life to normal in spring'
01/10/2020 | news | health | 1,550
Leading scientists call for realism about what a vaccine against Covid can achieve next year.
Growth in Covid cases may be slowing
01/10/2020 | news | health | 768
But case numbers remain high and we are still at "a very critical period", a study suggests.
Coronavirus: What is the R number and how is it calculated?
01/10/2020 | news | health | 2,001
The simple but crucial number at the heart of lockdown decisions across the UK.
01/10/2020 | news | health | 49
Flu jab delays amid high demand
29/09/2020 | news | health | 428
Officials in England say there will be enough stock to protect the vulnerable, but some will have to wait.
NHS faces pandemic 'triple whammy' this winter
29/09/2020 | news | health | 244
Health bosses warn about rising Covid-19 cases, a major backlog in treatment and reduced capacity.
Is it time we learned to live with the virus?
28/09/2020 | news | health | 2,315
Infections are rising and new restrictions being introduced. But is that the right thing to do?
How close are we to a coronavirus vaccine?
25/09/2020 | news | health | 352
About 200 groups of medical researchers around the world are working on a vaccine for Covid-19.
New coronavirus vaccine begins trials in the UK
25/09/2020 | news | health | 345
It is only the second vaccine to enter large scale trials in the UK and early signs suggest it can trigger an immune response.
Coronavirus: Test turnaround times getting longer in England
24/09/2020 | news | health | 594
Under a third of tests done in community testing centres in England are processed within 24 hours.
Flu jabs limited due to high demand
24/09/2020 | news | health | 60
A leading chain, facing unprecedented demand, suspends its appointment booking system.
UK volunteers could be given virus to test vaccine
24/09/2020 | news | health | 336
'Human challenge trials' to test the effectiveness of possible Covid vaccines may be held in London.
Last throw of dice before the really tough call
22/09/2020 | news | health | 165
New restrictions are being introduced - but there is fear this will not be enough to curb the spread.
Covid a factor in 1% of England and Wales deaths
22/09/2020 | news | health | 593
Deaths remain low - but government advisers warn they are set to rise again.
Flu jab 'more important than ever' this winter
22/09/2020 | news | health | 564
People can catch flu and coronavirus at the same time with serious or deadly consequences, experts warn.
Have local lockdowns worked?
22/09/2020 | news | health | 429
One in five people in the UK is currently subject to local interventions to prevent the spread of Covid, some more stringent than others. Do these local lockdowns work?
18/09/2020 | news | health | 4,729
18/09/2020 | news | health | 723
People waiting longer for virus test results
17/09/2020 | news | health | 985
Only one in three tests carried out in community testing centres in England are processed within 24 hours.
Coronavirus: Trial urges people to call 111 before going to A&E
17/09/2020 | news | health | 84
The pilots aim to help hospitals cope with winter pressures, including coronavirus and flu.
'Not enough tests for five months due to winter coughs'
16/09/2020 | news | health | 123
Normal coughs and fevers alone will lead to high demand for coronavirus tests over winter, it says.
'Soaring alcohol misuse' could overwhelm service
15/09/2020 | news | health | 382
People are drinking more during the pandemic and addiction services may not cope, experts warn.
Antibody treatment to be given to Covid patients
14/09/2020 | news | health | 492
Laboratory-made antibodies are to be trialled on 2,000 people with coronavirus in UK hospitals.
NHS tells GPs to offer face-to-face appointments
14/09/2020 | news | health | 388
But a GPs' body responds, saying it is an "insult" to suggest they haven't been doing their jobs.
R number above 1 as coronavirus cases rise
11/09/2020 | news | health | 4,115
There are now worrying signs of infections in older as well as younger people, officials say.
What are the challenges of mass testing?
11/09/2020 | news | health | 62
The government is shooting for the Moon on testing - but what are the chances of landing the plans?
Who would get the coronavirus vaccine and how?
11/09/2020 | news | health | 149
If scientists succeed in making a coronavirus vaccine, when will we get it, how much will it cost and who will get it first?
Virus disruption causes long NHS waits to soar
10/09/2020 | news | health | 552
More than two million people on the waiting list in England have been waiting more than 18 weeks.
Behind the rise in Covid cases in five charts
09/09/2020 | news | health | 795
Extra testing targeting areas with high infection rates and changes to eligibility are both factors.
People without Covid symptoms 'misusing testing'
09/09/2020 | news | health | 2,151
The health secretary says 'inappropriate' use was making it harder for people to get tested.
Government apologises over Covid tests shortage
08/09/2020 | news | health | 938
A director of the government's test and trace scheme in England says lab capacity is the issue.
New virus figures show UK faces 'impossible balancing act'
08/09/2020 | news | health | 1,071
Infection levels are four times higher than two months ago. But what will happen to deaths?
Should I start taking vitamin D?
07/09/2020 | news | health | 294
Some people might want to consider it during the pandemic. Here's why.
Coronavirus case numbers 'remain unchanged' in England
04/09/2020 | news | health | 1,161
Despite local outbreaks, household tests suggest the level of the virus was stable during August.
Coronavirus: 'Add upset stomach in children to symptoms'
04/09/2020 | news | health | 778
Researchers say it may be worth adding diarrhoea and vomiting to the list of symptoms.
As summer ends, UK must square up to Covid again
03/09/2020 | news | health | 905
But low infection rates, falling hospitalisations and better therapies are encouraging signs.
Coronavirus cure: What progress are we making on treatments?
02/09/2020 | news | health | 931
Teams around the world are looking into medicines for Covid-19 and scientists are starting to discover what works.
Army of health workers to deliver Covid vaccine
28/08/2020 | news | health | 796
They would include midwives, physiotherapists and possibly even dentists, the government says.
Study shows Covid risk to schoolchildren is 'tiny'
28/08/2020 | news | health | 375
Severe Covid-19 is rare and dying from it exceptionally rare, a study of UK hospital data finds.
Coronavirus antibodies tests 'put public at risk'
20/08/2020 | news | health | 160
Home test kits that claim to show whether someone has had the virus need urgent scrutiny, researchers say.
UK to ramp up coronavirus monitoring programme
19/08/2020 | news | health | 1,445
More swabbing will reveal how many people in the general population are infected at any given time.
Coronavirus smell loss 'different from cold and flu'
19/08/2020 | news | health | 310
Covid-19 is not like other typical viral respiratory diseases and has some unique features, say experts.
Public Health England 'to be replaced'
17/08/2020 | news | health | 1,776
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is to announce a new body this week, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Coronavirus cases stable across most of England
14/08/2020 | news | health | 1,699
A survey by the Office for National Statistics suggests fewer than 0.05% of the population has the virus.
Why isn't the UK testing travellers on arrival?
14/08/2020 | news | health | 549
Some countries offer a choice - get tested or go into quarantine. Should the UK?
UK signs deals for 90 million virus vaccine doses
14/08/2020 | news | health | 696
The vaccines are being developed by the pharmaceutical company Janssen and US biotech firm Novavax.
Fewer hospital patients in Covid-19 hotspots
14/08/2020 | news | health | 281
Hospital admissions are not rising despite increases in coronavirus cases, according to NHS England data.
Figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England
13/08/2020 | news | health | 394
The coronavirus pandemic has caused backlogs in many areas of the NHS, including cancer and A&E.
How will the world vaccinate seven billion people?
13/08/2020 | news | health | 708
Why fridges, vials and polling stations could be key in the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.
Covid death recount reduces UK toll by 5,000
12/08/2020 | news | health | 373
Deaths recorded in England had included people who tested positive months before they died.
Covid-19 exposure similar in London and Stockholm
12/08/2020 | news | health | 270
Antibody tests suggest similar exposure to the virus in the two capitals, despite different strategies.
Contact tracers in England cut by 6,000
10/08/2020 | news | health | 1,372
The rest will focus on reaching positive cases and their contacts in local areas, alongside local teams.
10/08/2020 | news | health | 75
10/08/2020 | news | health | 850
Virus cases 'may be levelling off' in England
07/08/2020 | news | health | 2,450
After a low in cases at the end of June, the ONS estimated infections had been rising slightly in July.
Coronavirus infections rising in England
31/07/2020 | news | health | 4,288
A study that involves swabbing a randomly select group of households found positive tests were increasing.
England highest level of excess deaths in Europe
30/07/2020 | news | health | 4,632
Office for National Statistics analysis shows how countries compared in the first six months of the year
'More Zoom medicine needed' in NHS says Hancock
30/07/2020 | news | health | 315
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says unless there is a clinical reason not to, patients should have tele-consultations with their GPs.
Covid studies to examine virus link with ethnicity
29/07/2020 | news | health | 198
The government is to plough millions into research into why ethnic minorities are at increased risk.
How bad will winter really be?
27/07/2020 | news | health | 767
Could we be heading for a double whammy of flu and coronavirus?
Virus test walk-in centres 'to help with winter'
23/07/2020 | news | health | 256
Officials are worried people are still not coming forward for testing when they are infected.
Pandemic could cause thousands more cancer deaths
21/07/2020 | news | health | 121
Disruption to essential cancer services means treatable tumours will have been missed, experts say.
Covid treatment trial described as 'breakthrough'
20/07/2020 | news | health | 612
Synairgen says preliminary results suggest its nebuliser treatment can lower the risk of disease.
UK signs deals for 90 million virus vaccine doses
20/07/2020 | news | health | 962
The vaccines are still being researched, but offer hope of getting life back to normal.
17/07/2020 | news | health | 4,946
15/07/2020 | news | health | 242
15/07/2020 | news | health | 2,297
Winter wave of coronavirus 'could be much worse'
14/07/2020 | news | health | 2,552
Modelling suggests there could be a deadly second peak, killing more than 100,000 people in the UK.
Coronavirus: Data shows cases in England falling
09/07/2020 | news | health | 856
Two reports charting coronavirus show cases in England falling - with Leicester also seeing a fall.
09/07/2020 | news | health | 140
Nursing and midwife numbers jump by record amount
09/07/2020 | news | health | 55
There are 18,000 more registered than a year ago, but some fear the pandemic could hit recruitment.
08/07/2020 | news | health | 317
Robust plan for PPE 'must be in place for winter'
07/07/2020 | news | health | 321
There must be no shortages in protective gear if the UK faces a second wave of coronavirus, say MPs.
07/07/2020 | news | health | 2,541
06/07/2020 | news | health | 484
NHS launches tool to aid long-term virus recovery
05/07/2020 | news | health | 20
An online portal will launch in England later this month to help people with ongoing symptoms.
Coronavirus: 'Sense of smell and taste recover'
03/07/2020 | news | health | 59
A study of patients in Italy suggests the symptoms improve with time for most people.
02/07/2020 | news | health | 185
01/07/2020 | news | health | 641
Calls grow for coronavirus inquiry
01/07/2020 | news | health | 553
The NHS ombudsman asks government to listen to patient complaints in order to learn from mistakes.
Death rate 'back to normal' in UK
30/06/2020 | news | health | 1,394
It is the first time weekly deaths have been below the five-year average since mid March.
Number of mobile testing units to more than double
29/06/2020 | news | health | 85
A further 1,763 armed forces personnel will help with testing at the 140 new pop-up facilities.
Coronavirus death rate falling in hospitals
26/06/2020 | news | health | 725
Researchers at the University of Oxford identified the pattern in hospital case data for England.
Over 100,000 asked to stay at home to curb virus
25/06/2020 | news | health | 923
The close contacts of people who test positive are being traced by new NHS service in England.
Human trial of new coronavirus vaccine starts
24/06/2020 | news | health | 1,345
Over the coming weeks, 300 healthy people will each be given two doses of the jab.
More than half wait too long for non-Covid tests
24/06/2020 | news | health | 83
A Labour Party analysis of NHS England figures revealed the growing backlog.
Does the UK have coronavirus under control?
24/06/2020 | news | health | 280
The biggest relaxation of restrictions has been announced in England. Does the UK really have the virus where it wants it?
23/06/2020 | news | health | 712
'Do it at home' coronavirus saliva test trialled
22/06/2020 | news | health | 135
More than 14,000 key workers in the UK will try out the 'no swab' test that can spot new infections.
What is dexamethasone and how does it fight Covid-19?
18/06/2020 | news | health | 62
A cheap steroid is hailed a big breakthrough in the treatment of seriously ill Covid-19 patients.
17/06/2020 | news | health | 230
16/06/2020 | news | health | 2,471
15/06/2020 | news | health | 81
12/06/2020 | news | health | 766
12/06/2020 | news | health | 781
Coronavirus 'wreaks havoc' on cancer services
11/06/2020 | news | health | 1,079
Charities concerned as number of patients seen following an urgent referral by a GP drop in England.
Coronavirus came to UK 'at least 1,300 times'
10/06/2020 | news | health | 1,797
There was no one 'patient zero' that started the UK epidemic, research shows.
09/06/2020 | news | health | 648
Is R number balanced on knife edge?
06/06/2020 | news | health | 4,458
There are concerns coronavirus might be starting to spread in parts of England again.
Coronavirus: Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine 'does not save lives'
05/06/2020 | news | health | 138
Hydroxychloroquine has become controversial but it is not a treatment for Covid, say Oxford researchers.
Could more UK virus deaths have been prevented?
05/06/2020 | news | health | 1,576
The death toll has topped 40,000 - double the number that had been seen as a "good outcome".
Virus cases down to 5,600 a day, says ONS survey
05/06/2020 | news | health | 1,858
The estimate is based on swab tests of people living in 9,000 households in England.
'Tens of thousands' of heart procedures delayed
05/06/2020 | news | health | 37
The backlog for care is putting people's lives at risk, says the British Heart Foundation.
'Half of UK struggling with sleep' during lockdown
04/06/2020 | news | health | 755
More than half the population has struggled with sleep during the lockdown, especially younger people.
One in five with Covid could test negative
03/06/2020 | news | health | 1,880
The health select committee heard evidence suggesting coronavirus tests pick up 80% of infections.
03/06/2020 | news | health | 577
Virus deaths 'at lowest level since March'
02/06/2020 | news | health | 1,531
Over 2,800 deaths linked to virus in most recent week, but total fatalities still higher than normal.
Coronavirus: Government criticised over use of testing data
02/06/2020 | news | health | 1,770
The head of the UK's statistics watchdog writes to Matt Hancock, saying data is "far from complete".
How dangerous is lifting lockdown?
02/06/2020 | news | health | 286
Why is lifting restrictions being described as a "dangerous moment"?
Coronavirus: UK exceeds 200,000 testing capacity target
31/05/2020 | news | health | 131
The UK had capacity to conduct 205,634 tests on Saturday, reaching its target one day early.
Coronavirus: Relaxing lockdown 'risky' and a 'political decision'
30/05/2020 | news | health | 4,540
Warning from top scientist advising government says cases are still at very high levels.
Coronavirus: Dental practices to reopen from 8 June
29/05/2020 | news | health | 121
Dental practices in England have been told they can reopen from Monday, 8 June.
About 7% have had coronavirus, says ONS survey
28/05/2020 | news | health | 169
The estimate is based on blood tests on 885 people in England as part of a household survey by the ONS.
Coronavirus rates 'similar' across UK
28/05/2020 | news | health | 461
Scientists say there are no significant regional differences in coronavirus rates across the UK.
Coronavirus: Test and trace system will start on Thursday
27/05/2020 | news | health | 3,032
Anyone coming into close contact with infected people in England will be told to isolate.
Coronavirus anti-viral drug 'biggest step forward'
26/05/2020 | news | health | 767
Remdesivir shortens recovery time by about four days, research suggests.
Coronavirus deaths fall to six-week low
26/05/2020 | news | health | 1,363
Early May bank holiday delays mean the true death figures are likely to have been even lower.
Key evidence on opening schools revealed
22/05/2020 | news | health | 2,510
Sources say any risk to pupils is very small but any activity outside the home has risk.
Coronavirus: Children half as likely to catch it, review finds
22/05/2020 | news | health | 793
The findings will feed into the debate around the safety of re-opening schools.
Coronavirus: Children and older adults to take part in vaccine trial
22/05/2020 | news | health | 164
The Oxford trial will monitor the effects on thousands of people's immune systems.
Coronavirus: Immune clue sparks treatment hope
22/05/2020 | news | health | 654
Better understanding of Covid-19's impact on the immune system gives hope an existing drug might aid recovery.
Diabetic people offered support amid coronavirus
20/05/2020 | news | health | 208
A study reveals, for some, having diabetes is linked to an increased risk of dying with coronavirus.
Coronavirus: Cancer surgery delays risk 'thousands' of deaths
20/05/2020 | news | health | 304
The NHS is warned not to "lose sight" of other areas of life-saving medicine amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Delirium 'may be common' in Covid seriously ill
19/05/2020 | news | health | 86
Long stays in intensive care and being ventilated could increase the risk, researchers say.
UK adds loss of smell to coronavirus symptoms list
18/05/2020 | news | health | 983
Loss of smell and taste join a new cough and fever as signs that self-isolation may be necessary, experts say.
First hints virus vaccine trains immune system
18/05/2020 | news | health | 613
Larger trials now needed to see if the vaccine can protect against the coronavirus.
Coronavirus test results waits 'undermining confidence'
16/05/2020 | news | health | 465
The Royal College of GPs says the government should focus on its testing strategy rather than targets.
Coronavirus infection 'R' rate in UK creeps up
15/05/2020 | news | health | 4,837
The figure is now much closer to one - the point at which the virus starts spreading rapidly.
Animal trial offers hope for coronavirus vaccine
15/05/2020 | news | health | 155
Six rhesus macaque monkeys were vaccinated and then exposed to the virus.
'One in 400' people in England has coronavirus
14/05/2020 | news | health | 2,497
The estimate is based on tests on 11,000 people from 5,000 households over the past two weeks.
Coronavirus antibody test a 'positive development'
14/05/2020 | news | health | 3,824
The test, now approved in the UK, can tell who has had Covid-19 - but gives no guarantee they are immune.
Children worldwide show rare virus reaction
14/05/2020 | news | health | 176
The reaction is extremely rare and only affects a tiny number of children seriously, medics say.
Coronavirus: How many people have died in the UK?
12/05/2020 | news | health | 2,964
Official statistics show a large increase in the number of UK deaths above the expected level.
Analysis: How do we get out of lockdown?
08/05/2020 | news | health | 363
What is the path to normality as coronavirus leaves countries in lockdown?
Mental not general health tops Covid concerns
07/05/2020 | news | health | 569
The Office for National Statistics asked how coronavirus was affecting people's lives.
Coronavirus: Is it time to free the healthy from restrictions?
07/05/2020 | news | health | 2,328
Ministers are looking at how to ease the lockdown. How cautious should they be?
Scientists puzzle over impact of virus mutations
06/05/2020 | news | health | 1,253
A study has identified a mutation that its authors say could make the coronavirus more infectious.
'Segment and shield' way to lift UK lockdown
05/05/2020 | news | health | 679
Strengthen protection for high-risk people while easing restrictions for others, scientists say.
Scientists publish coronavirus advice to ministers
05/05/2020 | news | health | 700
The Sage group raised fears people might try to buy fake test results to get an "immunity passport".
Nightingale Hospital in London placed on standby
04/05/2020 | news | health | 1,815
The hospital will no longer be taking patients in the coming days - but could be used again if needed.
Malaria 'completely stopped' by microbe
04/05/2020 | news | health | 397
Scientists say the microbe - found in the wild near Lake Victoria - has enormous potential.
UK hospital trials new coronavirus treatment drug
04/05/2020 | news | health | 584
The new drug is based around a protein that is commonly used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Contact tracing app trial on Isle of Wight
03/05/2020 | news | health | 184
The experiment is part of the government's track and trace strategy aimed at limiting a second wave.
02/05/2020 | news | health | 1,251
Coronavirus: NHS sets out six-week plan for 'return to normal'
30/04/2020 | news | health | 779
Urgent services should return to pre-Covid-19 levels, a letter to local trusts and GPs says.