Covid-19 news: Third wave sees continued ethnic disparities in deaths

By Michael Le Page, Clare Wilson, Jessica Hamzelou, Sam Wong, Graham Lawton, Adam Vaughan, Conrad Quilty-Harper, Jason Arunn Murugesu and Layal Liverpool A covid-19 vaccination centre at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, England Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Latest coronavirus news as of 12pm on 27 January People in England from some ethnic backgrounds … Read more

How much more contagious could the coronavirus get?

The coronavirus is evolving to become more transmissible, and eventually it could even overtake measles, the most contagious virus we know of Health 26 January 2022 By Alice Klein An illustration of SARS-CoV-2 Gerd Altmann/Pixabay Over the past two years, we have witnessed evolution in action, with new variants of the coronavirus becoming increasingly contagious. … Read more

Ventilation in schools: Teachers are unsure of the best way to open windows in cold weather

As school absences soar in England because of covid-19 – and classroom mask-wearing guidelines are lifted – many teachers aren’t sure how best to improve ventilation amid winter temperatures Health | Analysis 26 January 2022 By Jason Arunn Murugesu A primary school in England Chris Bull / Alamy S More than 350,000 carbon dioxide monitors … Read more

Covid-19 news: Infections in England remain at ‘extremely high’ level

By Michael Le Page, Clare Wilson, Jessica Hamzelou, Sam Wong, Graham Lawton, Adam Vaughan, Conrad Quilty-Harper, Jason Arunn Murugesu and Layal Liverpool Pedestrians walk across London Bridge, London, England, 21 January 2022 ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/Shutterstoc​k Latest coronavirus news as of 12pm on 26 January Around 1 in 23 people in England were infected with the omicron … Read more

Covid-19 news: Strain on health services led to extra non-covid deaths

By Michael Le Page, Clare Wilson, Jessica Hamzelou, Sam Wong, Graham Lawton, Adam Vaughan, Conrad Quilty-Harper, Jason Arunn Murugesu and Layal Liverpool A volunteer paints hearts on the national covid-19 memorial, London, England Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Latest coronavirus news as of 11am on 25 January Deteriorating standards in healthcare were responsible for … Read more

How Immunocompromised People without Strong Vaccine Protection Are Coping with COVID

George Franklin III is one of the longest-surviving kidney transplant recipients in the U.S. Now 67, he received his lifesaving surgery 46 years ago, which has enabled him to lead a healthy and active life—swimming, bowling, visiting friends and even competing in a sporting tournament known as the International Transplant Games. But since the beginning … Read more

In rare cases, coronavirus vaccines may cause Long Covid–like symptoms | Science

In late 2020, Brianne Dressen began to spend hours in online communities for people with Long Covid, a chronic, disabling syndrome that can follow a bout with the virus. “For months, I just lurked there,” says Dressen, a former preschool teacher in Saratoga Springs, Utah, “reviewing post after post of symptoms that were just like … Read more

Western Australia: Is it time for the state to open up and let covid-19 in?

Western Australia, which has remained largely covid-free, has cancelled its border reopening due to omicron fears, but there may be little to gain by holding out longer Health 21 January 2022 By Alice Klein Women wearing face masks in Perth, Australia Matt Jelonek/Getty Images Western Australia, which has mostly dodged the coronavirus by sealing itself … Read more

Covid-19 brain fog: neurological symptoms likely due to immune reaction, should be reversible

Growing evidence suggests neurological symptoms of long covid, such as brain fog, are caused by an immune reaction – and should be reversible Health 20 January 2022 By Jessica Hamzelou The SARS-Cov-2 virus may cause immune reactions that lead to neurological symptoms SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Over the past couple of years, we have learned that … Read more

Covid-19 news: Most short-term vaccine symptoms down to nocebo effect

By Michael Le Page, Clare Wilson, Jessica Hamzelou, Sam Wong, Graham Lawton, Adam Vaughan, Conrad Quilty-Harper, Jason Arunn Murugesu and Layal Liverpool A man receives a vaccine jab at a mass vaccination centre at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Xinhua/Shutterstock Latest coronavirus news as of 2pm on 19 January Most symptoms reported following covid-19 vaccines … Read more