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A patient who proved everyone wrong

Many Covid-19 patients continue to need care at home, once they leave hospital. The story of Mary Blessington illustrates how the path to recovery can involve U-turns, writes Dr John Wright of Bradford Royal Infirmary. We’ve already had our second spike – in care homes – and we know the third is waiting impatiently in […]

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Coronavirus: Which health claims are circulating online?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Sticking to a vegetarian diet may be healthy, but it won’t stave off coronavirus As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect countries across the world, false and misleading health advice is still being widely shared online. We’ve taken a look at some of the most recent examples and where they’ve […]

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Death payment for families of Scottish care staff

Image copyright Getty Images The families of care staff who die in the pandemic will receive a £60,000 payment, say the Scottish government. It comes after ministers announced a similar death in service payment for families of NHS workers last month. The health secretary also said enhanced sick pay would be given to care staff […]

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Coronavirus: Key evidence on opening schools revealed

Image copyright Getty Images The key evidence on the safety and impact of reopening schools has been published by the government’s scientific advisory group, Sage. Sources involved said the risk of coronavirus to pupils going back to the classroom was “very, very small, but it is not zero”. They also said teachers were not at […]

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Coronavirus: Immune clue sparks treatment hope

Image copyright Getty Images UK scientists are to begin testing a treatment that it is hoped could counter the effects of Covid-19 in the most seriously ill patients. It has been found those with the most severe form of the disease have extremely low numbers of an immune cell called a T-cell. T-cells clear infection […]