How many cases in your area?
on January 17, 2022 at 6:06 pm
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area. […]
Retired GP broke Covid rules to hug bereaved woman at clinic
on January 17, 2022 at 2:51 pm
Dr Prit Buttar says he was humbled by the social media response after he comforted a bereaved woman. […]
How to get a Covid test
on January 17, 2022 at 9:25 am
Across the UK, people without symptoms no longer have to confirm a positive LFT result with a PCR. […]
What are the new Covid rules for the UK?
on January 17, 2022 at 8:32 am
Scotland has lifted its recently introduced restrictions on large outdoor events. […]
Covid-19: Cases falling in UK cautiously good news - epidemiologist
on January 17, 2022 at 8:01 am
Epidemiologist Professor Mike Tildesley says we could be seeing the Omicron wave turning around. […]
Covid-19: Staff absences in half of NI schools in term's first week
on January 17, 2022 at 6:28 am
More than half of schools had teachers absent due to Covid-19 during the first full week of term. […]
Covid: Self-isolation cut to five full days in England
on January 17, 2022 at 3:42 am
People can now stop quarantining earlier - as long as they produce negative lateral flow tests. […]
Covid vaccine: Your concerns answered
on January 17, 2022 at 12:05 am
BBC Reality Check answers your vaccine concerns - from pregnancy fears to production speed. […]
Covid-19: Booster jab bookings open for ages 16 to 17 in England
on January 16, 2022 at 12:22 am
Teenagers in England who had their second dose three months ago can book from Monday, the NHS says. […]
The inventor inspired by a near-death experience
on January 16, 2022 at 12:04 am
He nearly died after being given fake medicines. Now, his invention can spot them. […]
Key moments: Dr Anthony Fauci and the pandemic
on January 16, 2022 at 12:01 am
After a viral hot mic moment, here's how Fauci's frustration has been building for the last two years. […]
Covid in the UK: Reported cases at lowest level for a month
on January 15, 2022 at 7:33 pm
While case numbers are high, they are falling, but deaths are rising week on week, figures show. […]
Covid coma pregnancy: Wolverhampton mum 'devastated' to lose son
on January 15, 2022 at 7:07 am
The mum-to-be from Wolverhampton said she was so unwell she did not know her baby was stillborn. […]
Covid: 'We're so proud of how Bertie bounced back'
on January 15, 2022 at 12:03 am
A five-year-old boy with autism is now thriving at school, despite the impact of lockdown. […]
'High confidence' Omicron is less severe in UK
on January 14, 2022 at 5:19 pm
Health advisors say vaccines give them confidence that most people will not become severely ill with Covid. […]
What’s really going on with Covid deaths data?
on January 14, 2022 at 5:08 pm
A bigger proportion of deaths recorded in the daily data are people who died with Covid, rather than from it. […]
Space travel destroys red blood cells faster than on Earth
on January 14, 2022 at 4:11 pm
Tim Peake's red blood cells were studied alongside 13 other astronauts during his spell in space. […]
When can I have a booster jab and how do I book one?
on January 13, 2022 at 2:29 pm
Some companies are cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff who have to isolate after exposure to Covid. […]
NHS Tracker: How is the NHS in your area coping this winter?
on January 13, 2022 at 10:17 am
Winter and Covid are putting the NHS under severe strain, find out what's happening in your area. […]
'I blew up like a huge balloon, it was terrifying'
on January 12, 2022 at 6:30 am
Piotr Pokrzywnicki discovered that he had kidney failure after his whole body became swollen. […]
Covid-19 vaccine: Why are some athletes so reluctant to get the jab?
on January 11, 2022 at 4:56 pm
Although still an exception, vaccine hesitancy cases like the tennis star Novak Djokovic, show that athletes are not immune to disinformation, experts say. […]
Three ethical issues around pig heart transplants
on January 11, 2022 at 4:38 pm
A pig's heart has been used in a human transplant operation - what are the questions to consider? […]
Covid in Scotland: What happens when the virus becomes endemic?
on January 11, 2022 at 6:11 am
Experts and politicians say Scotland needs to learn to live with Covid for the "foreseeable future". […]
Health screening in Singapore - how much does a comprehensive health screening cost?
by Joanne Poh on January 11, 2022 at 5:10 am
Just about every Singaporean knows about the importance of health screenings. After all, catching a serious ailment too late could mean death or huge medical bills. But how much do you really know about health screenings and how much they cost in Singapore? Here’s the low down. Price list: Health screening packages in Singapore As it turns out, the cost of health screenings in Singapore can vary… quite wildly, actually. Here are some health screening prices compiled from a mix of public hospitals, private hospitals and private clinics. […]
Covid: Fact-checking the doctor who challenged the health secretary
on January 10, 2022 at 6:47 pm
An intensive-care doctor challenged the health secretary over mandatory vaccination - are his claims right? […]
Look familiar? How rapid tests changed the pandemic
on January 9, 2022 at 12:24 am
Lateral flow tests are now part of UK life, with billions spent on test kits. Has it been worth it? […]
Why making false teeth is becoming a dying art
on January 7, 2022 at 6:10 am
A leading dentist says fewer people now need dentures - but there will always be some who need false teeth. […]
The shameful legacy of the Lennox Castle hospital
on January 7, 2022 at 6:07 am
Scotland's largest hospital for 'mentally deficient' people closed 20 years ago amid claims of torture and neglect. […]
'Crisis actor' conspiracy theory: How anti-vax activists targeted a Covid patient
on January 7, 2022 at 3:31 am
Henry Dyne was ill with Covid, but online his story was twisted by anti-vaccine activists. […]
Pregnancy: 'I felt fat-shamed by banter at my 12-week scan'
on January 4, 2022 at 9:32 pm
A study finds women with obesity can feel "deeply stigmatised" during pregnancy. […]
Omicron: What are the rules for face coverings and masks?
on January 4, 2022 at 12:59 pm
Face coverings are now recommended in secondary classrooms in England. […]
Omicron: How do I know if I have it?
on January 4, 2022 at 12:25 pm
The symptoms are similar to a cold, while genetic analysis is the only way to confirm the variant. […]
Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots: Which combination is most effective?
by Grace Koh on December 31, 2021 at 4:50 am
In the past two years living with Covid-19, numerous measures have been taken to defend against the virus, and the Covid-19 vaccines are one of them. The Singapore government has been rolling out its vaccination campaign, providing free vaccination shots to residents. Locally, the vaccines available under the national programme are Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna and Sinovac-CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccines. Now, the vaccination programme includes the addition of a booster shot. Now that booster shots are available, some of you may be considering whether to take the plunge and take the shot — but questions abound. Who is suitable? Should I take the shot? And more importantly, can I mix and match my vaccines? We find out more about booster shots and see which combinations are the most helpful, especially for those who have taken their primary vaccination shots from the national programme. […]
MND: Northampton mum determined to beat the odds
on December 30, 2021 at 2:05 am
Emma Moss is determined to beat the odds, having been diagnosed with a fatal disease three years ago. […]
‘The doctors came and I had to tell my father he was dying’
on December 28, 2021 at 12:04 am
Is it always appropriate for relatives to interpret for deaf loved ones? […]
Omicron symptoms: Is a runny nose a cold or Covid?
on December 23, 2021 at 12:39 pm
Could a runny nose be a sign you have Omicron? […]
What are the Covid variants and will vaccines still work?
on December 23, 2021 at 9:17 am
A new Covid variant has emerged that looks worryingly different to the one vaccines were designed to fight. […]
Covid: 'We're not looking forward to doing it all again'
on December 17, 2021 at 12:13 pm
St George's Hospital in London is bracing for another wave of Covid in the wake of the Omicron variant. […]
Covid: How to look after yourself at home
on December 16, 2021 at 5:37 pm
When is it fine to ride it out on the sofa or in bed? […]
Omicron: What can we learn from South Africa's experience so far?
on December 16, 2021 at 12:49 am
We can learn some things from what's happening in South Africa, but there are also uncertainties. […]
David Fuller: The sisters killed in a car crash, abused after death
on December 15, 2021 at 5:01 pm
A woman whose daughters were abused in a mortuary by David Fuller says "there is no more joy". […]
NHS Tracker: How is the NHS in your area coping?
on December 9, 2021 at 10:35 am
Waits for emergency care are worsening - use the BBC look-up to find out how busy your local service is. […]
Covid: Why are 12-15s now being double-jabbed?
on November 29, 2021 at 4:45 pm
All children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of Covid vaccine. […]
Covid: When can teenagers get a second dose?
on November 17, 2021 at 4:45 pm
All 16 and 17 year-olds in the UK can now have a second dose 12 weeks after the first. […]
Covid vaccine ‘waning immunity’: How worried should I be?
on November 14, 2021 at 1:06 am
Is the effectiveness of Covid vaccines waning over time? We look at how much protection being double vaccinated offers. […]
Booster shot improves immune response of chemotherapy patients; post-Covid depression helped by widely used drugs
on October 7, 2021 at 6:27 am
The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Chemo patients' response to vaccine improves with booster A new study helps quantify the improved protection against Covid-19 achieved with a third booster dose of the vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. "Chemotherapy can weaken the ability of cancer patients to fight off infections and to respond appropriately to vaccines," said Deepta Bhattacharya of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, co-author of the study reported in Nature Medicine. Her team studied 53 patients receiving chemotherapy for solid-tumour cancers who received two shots of the vaccine. Almost all of the subjects had an immune response after vaccination. […]
All you need to know on the coronavirus
on October 6, 2021 at 10:24 am
A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms of coronavirus. […]
Covid-19 pill developers aim to top Merck, Pfizer efforts
on September 29, 2021 at 6:12 am
As Merck & Co and Pfizer Inc prepare to report clinical trial results for experimental Covid-19 antiviral pills, rivals are lining up with what they hope will prove to be more potent and convenient oral treatments of their own. Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Pardes Biosciences, Japan's Shionogi & Co Ltd and Novartis AG said they have designed antivirals that specifically target the coronavirus while aiming to avoid potential shortcomings such as the need for multiple pills per day or known safety issues. Infectious disease experts stressed that preventing Covid-19 through wide use of vaccines remains the best way to control the pandemic. But they said the disease is here to stay and more convenient treatments are needed . "We need to have oral alternatives for suppression of this virus. We have people who aren't vaccinated getting sick, people whose vaccine protection is waning, and people who can't get vaccinated," said Dr Robert Schooley, an infectious diseases professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. […]
CanSinoBIO's Covid-19 vaccine, tested at lower dosage, safe for children: Study
on September 24, 2021 at 6:30 am
BEIJING - CanSino Biologics' (CanSinoBIO) single-dose Covid-19 vaccine, given at a lower dosage than that for adults, is safe and triggers an immune response in children aged six to 17, results from a small trial showed. Researchers decided to lower the dosage after a few participants developed fever and headaches graded at level two severity - the second-lowest of four levels. In children, the lower dose triggered higher antibody levels than the dosage approved for use in adults in China, according to the peer-reviewed finding from a mid-stage trial. The trial recruited 150 children and around 300 adults. The results also showed that children given one lower dose had a stronger antibody response than adults who were given a booster shot 56 days after the first dose. […]
Severe Covid-19 may trigger autoimmune conditions; new variants cause more virus in the air
on September 23, 2021 at 2:04 am
The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Severe Covid-19 may "trip off" immune self-attacks Severe Covid-19 may trick the immune system into producing so-called autoantibodies that have the potential to eventually attack healthy tissue and cause inflammatory diseases, researchers warned in a paper published in Nature Communications. They found autoantibodies in blood samples from roughly 50 per cent of 147 Covid-19 patients they studied but in fewer than 15 per cent of 41 healthy volunteers. For 48 Covid-19 patients, the researchers had blood samples taken over different days, including the day of hospital admission, allowing them to track the development of the autoantibodies. "Within a week... about 20 per cent of these patients had developed new antibodies to their own tissues that weren't there the day they were admitted," study leader Dr Paul Utz of Stanford University said in a news release. […]