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Coronavirus: Labour calls for clarity over face coverings in England Sat, 11 Jul 2020 06:33:08 GMT
The government is considering making face coverings mandatory in shops in England, sources say.

Coronavirus: Dementia patients 'deteriorating' without family visits Thu, 09 Jul 2020 22:11:59 GMT
Relatives fear residents with dementia are deteriorating as coronavirus restrictions limit visitors.

Coronavirus: Data shows cases in England falling Thu, 09 Jul 2020 14:20:10 GMT
Two reports charting coronavirus show cases in England falling - with Leicester also seeing a fall.

Coronavirus: Asymptomatic testing for taxi drivers and cleaners in England Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:46:46 GMT
A pilot in England will test people without symptoms working in 'high-contact' jobs.

Coronavirus: Planned ops in May fell by 80% in England Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:07:55 GMT
NHS England figures reveal how the pandemic has changed planned surgery, tests and A&E.

Coronavirus: Conservative councillor PPE contracts questioned Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:59:57 GMT
Labour says the government must "come clean" on PPE procurement process after £120m face shield deals.

Government says sorry to women 'ignored' by doctors Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:47:41 GMT
The health minister apologises to women, and their children, failed by healthcare professionals.

Care homes face staffing 'black hole' with new immigration bill Wed, 08 Jul 2020 23:01:07 GMT
Health and social care leaders warn the prime minister about the impact of the new immigration bill.

Lives ruined as damage viewed as 'women's problems' Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:16:07 GMT
A review finds patients were disbelieved when raising vaginal mesh and other treatment concerns.

Nursing and midwife numbers jump by record amount Wed, 08 Jul 2020 23:09:01 GMT
There are 18,000 more registered than a year ago, but some fear the pandemic could hit recruitment.

Coronavirus: Hillingdon Hospital shuts to emergencies after outbreak Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:02:59 GMT
Seventy members of staff from Hillingdon Hospital in west London are self-isolating.

Cumberlege review: The patients who fought for answers Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:13:25 GMT
The way patients' concerns over side effects were dealt with is addressed in a long-awaited review.

Robust plan for PPE 'must be in place for winter' Tue, 07 Jul 2020 22:51:18 GMT
There must be no shortages in protective gear if the UK faces a second wave of coronavirus, say MPs.

New government unit to take over Covid response Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:37:03 GMT
There are questions over whether the Joint Biosecurity Centre has the expertise needed for the job.

Coronavirus: WHO rethinking how Covid-19 spreads in air Wed, 08 Jul 2020 06:33:53 GMT
The WHO has acknowledged there is evidence that Covid-19 can be spread by airborne particles.

Coronavirus: Majority testing positive have no symptoms Tue, 07 Jul 2020 15:39:27 GMT
A survey by the Office for National Statistics looked at who had been infected in the community in England.

Coronavirus: Trump moves to pull US out of World Health Organization Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:58:17 GMT
The president follows up his vow to leave the world health body by formally notifying the UN.

Coronavirus: Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity feasibility Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:39:52 GMT
A Lancet study estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies.

Coronavirus: Three England pubs close after positive tests Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:40:04 GMT
At least three pubs in England announce they have closed just days after opening their doors again.

Coronavirus: Wear masks in crowded public spaces, says science body Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:32:33 GMT
The UK is "way behind" on covering faces to limit the spread of Covid-19, says the Royal Society.

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson criticised over 'cowardly' care home comments Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:53:44 GMT
The PM said "too many care homes didn't really follow the procedures" on combating coronavirus.

India coronavirus: Life-saving Covid-19 drugs sold on Delhi black market Tue, 07 Jul 2020 06:38:01 GMT
Desperate Indian families searching for remdesivir are paying excessive sums to black market dealers.

Coronavirus: Fear over rise in animal-to-human diseases Mon, 06 Jul 2020 19:48:22 GMT
A report says a rise in animal-to-human diseases will continue without urgent action.

Coronavirus vaccine: When will we have one? Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:03:19 GMT
About 200 groups of medical researchers around the world are working on a vaccine for Covid-19.

'Long-haulers' face lengthy recovery Tue, 07 Jul 2020 05:16:53 GMT
Thousands of people with Covid-19 report recurring symptoms for far longer than 14 days.

Coronavirus: Why disabled people are calling for a Covid-19 inquiry Sat, 04 Jul 2020 00:08:16 GMT
Wheelchair-user Ginny Butcher says disabled people in the UK have been abandoned during the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Cardiff man meets doctor who saved his life Fri, 03 Jul 2020 06:28:41 GMT
At one stage the oxygen level in Davide Compagnone's blood was lower than on Everest's peak.

Coronavirus: Snacking and family meals increase in lockdown Tue, 30 Jun 2020 23:11:32 GMT
Young people's eating habits have meant more snacks but also more shared meals, say researchers.

Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area? Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:55:54 GMT
Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.

Coronavirus: Could social distancing of less than two metres work? Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:49:56 GMT
The government has said it will be possible to relax the 2m social distancing from 4 July - but is it safe to do so?

Coronavirus: What is the true death toll of the pandemic? Wed, 17 Jun 2020 23:22:33 GMT
Far more people have died during the coronavirus pandemic than official Covid-19 data can account for

Coronavirus: 'We need a designated shielding hour' Wed, 17 Jun 2020 23:15:25 GMT
Natasha Howard is campaigning for a set time in the day when only people who are shielding go outdoors.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: A 'dying' patient's miraculous recovery Mon, 29 Jun 2020 00:15:34 GMT
When Mohammed Azeem arrived in hospital his blood oxygen levels were "not compatible with life" as one doctor put it.

Coronavirus: What is dexamethasone and how does it work? Thu, 18 Jun 2020 10:52:00 GMT
A cheap steroid is hailed a big breakthrough in the treatment of seriously ill Covid-19 patients.

The virus hunter who got Covid Mon, 22 Jun 2020 23:02:17 GMT
Professor Peter Piot, one of the world’s top infectious disease experts, was hit by Covid-19.

Coronavirus: What will a night out be like after lockdown? Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:56:21 GMT
Pubs, bars and clubs are having to change because of Covid-19. But what will a night out feel like?

Coronavirus bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours? Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:46:39 GMT
Some people in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland can form "support bubbles".

Can thermal cameras help spot coronavirus? Tue, 09 Jun 2020 00:48:41 GMT
The devices allow a person's temperature to be checked from a distance, but are not always reliable.

Coronavirus: The chaplains at the front line of end-of-life care Sat, 06 Jun 2020 23:42:10 GMT
How are hospital and hospice chaplains managing to provide comfort for dying patients?

How my carer saved me during lockdown Sun, 07 Jun 2020 23:26:53 GMT
When Shannon fell ill with coronavirus, her carer Caroline took matters into her own hands.

Coronavirus: What is the k number and can superspreading be stopped? Sat, 06 Jun 2020 07:16:46 GMT
Identifying superspreading events could be crucial in the fight against the virus, scientists say.

Coronavirus: Devon care homes were 'hit so quickly' Sun, 07 Jun 2020 23:29:42 GMT
One boss describes seeing staff fall ill and residents die as the virus swept through his care homes.

Coronavirus: The mystery of asymptomatic 'silent spreaders' Sat, 30 May 2020 23:02:23 GMT
Scientists have discovered more evidence about a strange and worrying feature of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Who should be shielding? Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:34:51 GMT
People at risk of becoming severely ill if they get coronavirus should take extra precautions.

Coronavirus: 'I'm high risk but made a full recovery' Sun, 31 May 2020 00:07:27 GMT
Positive stories from people considered at high risk who have made a full recovery from coronavirus.

Coronavirus changes how doctors deal with death Sun, 31 May 2020 23:01:35 GMT
Five doctors administering end-of-life care reflect on the current crisis.

Coronavirus: NHS app paves the way for 'immunity passports' Tue, 26 May 2020 23:32:45 GMT
"Passports" showing individuals' health status could become the next front for fighting the pandemic.

Social distancing: A practical guide to how to socialise now Sat, 30 May 2020 08:43:46 GMT
Meeting friends? Here's how to handle the awkward new rules - from sharing food to avoiding hugs.

Coronavirus: What are the risks for children? Fri, 29 May 2020 18:05:38 GMT
Children seem to be at low risk from the disease, but can they still spread it?

Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation Wed, 27 May 2020 00:02:48 GMT
A BBC team tracking coronavirus misinformation has found links to assaults, arson and deaths - and the potential for even greater indirect harm.

Coronavirus: How dangerous is lifting lockdown? Mon, 01 Jun 2020 23:57:25 GMT
Why is lifting restrictions being described as a "dangerous moment"?

Coronavirus lockdown: Why can some of us meet six people? Wed, 20 May 2020 10:08:39 GMT
Different policies are down to a number of factors, including geography, science and politics, experts say.

Coronavirus: How does contact tracing work? Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:15:27 GMT
People who have been in close contact with someone found to have Covid-19 are now being traced.

'I returned to nursing the day the pandemic was declared' Tue, 19 May 2020 23:48:11 GMT
Hannah spent 12 years recovering from mental ill health, then happened to return to nursing the day Covid-19 was declared a pandemic.

Coronavirus: What's going wrong in Sweden's care homes? Tue, 19 May 2020 12:16:19 GMT
Swedish healthcare is under scrutiny over the high rate of Covid-19 deaths in care homes.

Coronavirus vaccine: First evidence jab can train immune system Mon, 18 May 2020 15:05:10 GMT
Larger trials now needed to see if the vaccine can protect against the coronavirus.

Fault warning for Emerade 500 adrenaline pens Mon, 18 May 2020 15:46:11 GMT
The pens carried by people with severe allergies should be exchanged for a different brand.

Coronavirus: Half a million access suicide prevention course Mon, 18 May 2020 05:00:58 GMT
It comes as medics warn the coronavirus pandemic is likely to lead to long-term mental health conditions.

Coronavirus: What guidance did care homes get from the government? Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:32:17 GMT
Boris Johnson says "too many care homes didn't really follow the procedures", so what was the coronavirus guidance given to them?

Coronavirus: Should I start taking vitamin D? Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:35:11 GMT
Some people might want to consider it during the pandemic. Here's why.

Coronavirus: Does lockdown easing 'follow the science'? Wed, 13 May 2020 03:40:40 GMT
Why is England pressing ahead with plans to ease lockdown rules ahead of the rest of the UK?

Coronavirus: How many people have died in the UK? Tue, 12 May 2020 12:15:06 GMT
Official statistics show a large increase in the number of UK deaths above the expected level.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: 'They say I have blood on my hands' Mon, 11 May 2020 23:57:10 GMT
Abusive messages were sent to an Asian doctor because of a myth that non-white patients are left to die.

Coronavirus: Seacole hospital 'a tribute' to BAME NHS staff Tue, 12 May 2020 01:03:57 GMT
A new community hospital recognises Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole - and BAME staff who have died.

International Nurses Day: The gran, mum and daughter on the front line Mon, 11 May 2020 23:54:52 GMT
Meet three generations of a North East family working on the front line to fight coronavirus.

OCD: 'I spent 20 years preparing for the coronavirus pandemic' Sat, 09 May 2020 23:59:47 GMT
How coping with OCD prepared one man for the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Does being overweight or obese affect how ill people get? Thu, 07 May 2020 23:52:36 GMT
Could the amount of fat in our body increase complications with Covid-19?

Coronavirus: What is the R number and how is it calculated? Mon, 18 May 2020 17:33:31 GMT
The number at the heart of the decision whether to lift lockdown.

Coronavirus: Eight things that have kept us going in lockdown Sat, 09 May 2020 00:07:16 GMT
Coronavirus has forced people in Britain to radically change the way they live their lives. Here are eight things that have helped us cope.

Coronavirus: Am I at risk during pregnancy? Mon, 11 May 2020 17:32:55 GMT
What are the risks of passing the virus to the baby in the womb, or of premature birth?

A 'difficult day' on the Covid frontline Wed, 06 May 2020 13:28:50 GMT
The BBC's James Cook spends a day with doctors and nurses dealing with coronavirus in hospital.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Is lockdown good for your heart? Tue, 05 May 2020 00:54:39 GMT
Why do fewer people seem to be having heart attacks and strokes? One theory is that the lockdown lifestyle is healthy.

Coronavirus: Can you compare the UK with Italy? Thu, 07 May 2020 14:40:04 GMT
The UK has passed Italy's death toll but it's hard to make direct comparisons.

Coronavirus: 'Many said goodbye to loved ones in an ambulance' Fri, 01 May 2020 00:07:32 GMT
Dr Nigel Kennea describes his role supporting bereaved families at one London hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: When your child's in intensive care with Covid-19 Thu, 30 Apr 2020 23:03:15 GMT
Two mothers tell the BBC about their experiences as their young children battled the virus.

Coronavirus immunity: Can you catch it twice? Mon, 27 Apr 2020 23:16:34 GMT
Immunity is the crucial question and understanding it will tell us how the pandemic will end.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: 'We aren't diagnosing many cancers now' Mon, 27 Apr 2020 23:46:08 GMT
Planned surgery has been cancelled across the NHS - there may be some big changes when it resumes.

'I feel like I don't count,' says man with MND Sun, 26 Apr 2020 23:08:31 GMT
The government's advice on shielding is failing people with motor neurone disease, according to a charity.

Coronavirus: The struggle of living in lockdown with autism Sun, 26 Apr 2020 23:18:33 GMT
The Covid-19 crisis is an unsettling time for most, but for those with autism the problems are acute.

Ramadan: Fasting safely during coronavirus crisis Thu, 23 Apr 2020 23:14:26 GMT
During Ramadan, many Muslim people abstain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset.

Coronavirus: How long does it take to recover? Fri, 01 May 2020 11:14:02 GMT
Recovery from Covid-19 can be a lengthy process, depending on how seriously people get the virus.

A coronavirus survivor's story: 'I touched death' Tue, 21 Apr 2020 23:01:10 GMT
Elizabeth says she feels lucky to be alive after falling seriously ill with the virus.

Coronavirus deaths: How big is the epidemic in care homes? Fri, 15 May 2020 15:19:33 GMT
Care homes now account for a large proportion of Covid-19 deaths in the UK.

Why the WHO got caught between China and Trump Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:44:58 GMT
President Trump has been critical - but what do others think of the "global guardian of public health"?

Coronavirus lockdown: Lessons from Hokkaido's second wave of infections Thu, 16 Apr 2020 13:52:29 GMT
The Japanese island, which initially saw a drop in cases, is now facing a bigger wave of virus cases.

UK Biobank: DNA to unlock coronavirus secrets Tue, 14 Apr 2020 16:11:36 GMT
A vast store of DNA is being used to study why the severity of symptoms for coronavirus is so varied.

GPs to trial Covid drugs to stop severe symptoms Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:31:42 GMT
Trials of drugs which could prevent vulnerable groups developing severe coronavirus symptoms begin.

Coronavirus: Has the NHS got enough PPE? Fri, 26 Jun 2020 07:40:26 GMT
The government says it's working "around the clock" to provide protective equipment, but doctors say shortages put lives at risk.

Coronavirus: Will summer make a difference? Wed, 08 Apr 2020 23:13:42 GMT
Other coronaviruses are sensitive to the seasons.

Coronavirus: Inside an ICU fighting Covid-19 Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:15:09 GMT
The BBC's Fergus Walsh meets medics treating patients with Covid-19 at University College Hospital London.

Coronavirus: What is intensive care and which patients need it? Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:55:53 GMT
Doctors say PM Boris Johnson has been moved there as a precaution, should he need more complex care.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: 'Our hospitals weren't made to use this much oxygen' Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:27:23 GMT
Hospitals need to supply oxygen to more beds than is currently possible, so doctors are searching for hacks.

Coronavirus: Why healthcare workers are at risk of moral injury Mon, 06 Apr 2020 21:33:46 GMT
War veterans can experience trauma known as moral injury - now health workers are at risk too.

Coronavirus: 'I know my life will not be saved in this pandemic' Mon, 06 Apr 2020 00:49:58 GMT
Lucy Watts has a life-limiting condition and fears her life will not be saved if there is a shortage of ventilators.

Coronavirus lockdown: When will it end and how? Fri, 08 May 2020 13:27:45 GMT
What is the path to normality as coronavirus leaves countries in lockdown?

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