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Coronavirus: Delirium 'key symptom' in frail older people Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:21:55 GMT
Doctors and carers advised to watch for signs of confusion because it could be a sign of Covid-19.

Berlin patient: First person cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown, dies Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:01:19 GMT
Mr Brown, known as the Berlin patient, was cured after a bone marrow transplant to treat leukaemia.

Claims Birmingham surgeon kept bones of patients probed Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:26:21 GMT
Derek McMinn, who invented a hip resurfacing technique used on Sir Andy Murray, has been suspended.

Breast screening: One million women in UK may have missed scans Wed, 30 Sep 2020 08:43:14 GMT
Some 8,600 women not offered appointments may have undetected breast cancer, a charity estimates.

Coronavirus: NHS well stocked for ventilators this winter Wed, 30 Sep 2020 08:07:57 GMT
The NHS now has access to 30,000 machines that can help people breathe if they are very ill with Covid-19.

'No reason' for egg freezing 10-year storage limit Tue, 29 Sep 2020 23:17:41 GMT
UK ethics body says extending the limit would give women worried about declining fertility more time and options.

Covid-19 survivor: 'Doctors said my son saved my life' Tue, 29 Sep 2020 23:04:25 GMT
Julia Brockway still struggles to eat and walk after spending 45 days on a ventilator.

Flu jab waits and delays amid high demand Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:47:33 GMT
Officials in England say there will be enough stock to protect the vulnerable, but some will have to wait.

Maternity units 'too defensive' and failing to learn from mistakes Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:58:59 GMT
England's chief hospital inspector says maternity units are "too defensive" when births go wrong.

Coronavirus: NHS faces pandemic 'triple whammy' this winter Tue, 29 Sep 2020 06:03:13 GMT
Health bosses warn about rising Covid-19 cases, a major backlog in treatment and reduced capacity.

Covid-19: Up to £10,000 fine for failure to self-isolate in England Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:56:27 GMT
Anyone in England who tests positive has a legal duty to self-isolate or face a fine of up to £10,000.

Covid ICU survivor: 'I have come out the other end' Mon, 28 Sep 2020 23:19:19 GMT
Tam McCue, 64, spent nearly two weeks on a ventilator after he was diagnosed with coronavirus in April.

Jet suit paramedic tested in the Lake District 'could save lives' Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:53:28 GMT
The kit means a paramedic can "fly" up a fell in 90 seconds rather than go 30 minutes by foot.

Giving babies Weetabix from four months 'worth more research' Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:14:42 GMT
It could help prevent coeliac disease in children - but larger trials are needed first.

Covid: Manchester mayor calls for 'urgent review' of 10pm closures Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:09:54 GMT
Greater Manchester mayor says the curfew is doing "more harm than good", but ministers defend it.

Covid: Hancock pressured to give MPs say over lockdown rules Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:53:11 GMT
MPs are calling for a say over lockdown restrictions before they come into force.

Covid-19 outbreak at Bernard Matthews turkey plant in Holton Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:16:00 GMT
Health officials are brought in to test 100 members of staff at the poultry processing plant.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Trying out tech that may help make worship Covid-secure Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:56:06 GMT
Dr John Wright looks at the kit installed in a Bradford mosque in the hope of limiting the spread of Covid-19.

Covid symptoms: Is it a cold, flu or coronavirus? Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:39:00 GMT
With similar symptoms, deciding whether or not you need to get tested for coronavirus can be tricky.

Coronavirus testing: Government claims on test centres and international comparisons fact-checked Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:24:56 GMT
We examine government claims on testing capacity, international comparisons and the average distance travelled to a test centre.

Gamston doctor cannot donate blood 'as wife is African' Mon, 14 Sep 2020 23:03:00 GMT
A Kenyan doctor is calling for change in NHS policies to help more black people give blood.

Coronavirus: Who would get the vaccine first? Thu, 10 Sep 2020 23:03:53 GMT
If scientists succeed in making a coronavirus vaccine, when will we get it, how much will it cost and who will get it first?

Coronavirus: Testing problems leaving families in limbo Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:24:27 GMT
Parents are missing work and children kept home from school as they wrestle with the testing system

Coronavirus: What is anxiety and how can I get help? Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:19:51 GMT
Changes in all our lives have increased anxiety levels but there is support and advice available.

Coronavirus: Why have cases spiked in Corby? Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:05:51 GMT
Corby has the fifth highest rate of new cases per 100,000 people in English towns and cities.

Coronavirus: Should I start taking vitamin D? Mon, 07 Sep 2020 12:39:24 GMT
Some people might want to consider it during the pandemic. Here's why.

She got ill when the pandemic hit - and still is, six months later Mon, 31 Aug 2020 23:27:01 GMT
For some people Covid just will not go away. One woman who thinks she had it has made an Instagram diary.

Coronavirus loss of smell: 'Meat tastes like petrol' Fri, 28 Aug 2020 00:44:19 GMT
A phenomenon called parosmia has left coronavirus survivors trapped in a world of distorted scents.

Flu jab 2020: Who’s eligible for a free vaccine? Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:55:11 GMT
Drive-through clinics and extra staff could boost England's biggest flu vaccination programme.

'I'm very anxious about getting back to work' Tue, 18 Aug 2020 23:48:04 GMT
Charities say thousands who have been shielding may have to choose between a job and their health.

Coronavirus: 'It's not how I thought maternity leave would be' Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:20:28 GMT
New parents call on the government for extra support and extended leave due to the pandemic.

Coronavirus: How will the world vaccinate seven billion? Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:00:18 GMT
Why fridges, vials and polling stations could be key in the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.

Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area? Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:56:09 GMT
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

Coronavirus: Is the world winning the pandemic fight? Sun, 09 Aug 2020 23:33:04 GMT
Covid-19 has changed the world - are we winning or is the virus still taking hold, and when will it end?

Coronavirus: The shielders turning the word 'vulnerable' on its head Fri, 31 Jul 2020 07:14:46 GMT
As shielding ends for the 'elderly and vulnerable' will the world they are about to be re-enter be less accessible than the one they left four months ago?

Coronavirus: Has Covid-19 exposed UK's underlying ill health? Thu, 23 Jul 2020 21:14:44 GMT
What lessons has coronavirus taught us - and will ministers and health leaders act upon them?

Coronavirus cure: What progress are we making on treatments? Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:01:28 GMT
Teams around the world are looking into medicines for Covid-19 and scientists are starting to discover what works.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: How gardening could help in the fight against obesity Sun, 02 Aug 2020 00:18:47 GMT
In Bradford, community schemes offer a novel approach to promoting healthy lifestyles.

Covid-19: Why Hong Kong's 'third wave' is a warning Thu, 30 Jul 2020 23:28:19 GMT
Until recently, the city was seen as a poster child in its handling of the pandemic. What went wrong?

Coronavirus: Are mutations making it more infectious? Sat, 18 Jul 2020 23:10:26 GMT
While there have been thousands of changes to the virus only one is seen as possibly altering its behaviour.

Fertility rate: Shrinking population in six easy lessons Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:56:16 GMT
Research suggests most countries' populations will have shrunk by the end of the century.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Why are people remaining ill for so long? Mon, 13 Jul 2020 02:17:27 GMT
Dr John Wright on two young patients seen at Bradford Royal Infirmary's Covid-19 "survivors' clinic".

Coronavirus vaccine: When will we have one? Fri, 25 Sep 2020 13:08:49 GMT
About 200 groups of medical researchers around the world are working on a vaccine for Covid-19.

Coronavirus immunity: Can you catch it twice? Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:54:56 GMT
Immunity is the crucial question and understanding it will tell us how the pandemic will end.

'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: 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?

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours? Tue, 08 Sep 2020 21:44:14 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: Do people still have to shield? Tue, 18 Aug 2020 13:50:16 GMT
As restrictions lift, you might feel anxious about how to stay safe. Here's what experts advise.

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: Does reopening schools risk spreading coronavirus? Tue, 01 Sep 2020 15:57:50 GMT
Children are at low risk from the disease, but concerns have been raised for teachers.

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 Covid-19 test-and-trace work? Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:27:50 GMT
People who have been in close contact with someone found to have Covid-19 are 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: 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: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings? Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:07:26 GMT
The Prime Minister has announced new rules for England to help combat rising coronavirus rates.

Who can now get a test? Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:09:53 GMT
What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work?

All you need to know on the coronavirus Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:29:46 GMT
A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms that mean you may have coronavirus.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:02:03 GMT
What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

Coronavirus: Intensive care and other key terms explained Sun, 03 May 2020 00:06:18 GMT
Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus: What is the risk to men over 50? Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:03:54 GMT
While most people will have mild symptoms and recover quickly, some are more prone to getting sick.

Coronavirus: Do face masks actually work? Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:04:25 GMT
With face masks in high demand, we look at whether they really can protect people from the virus.

Test and Trace: 'I feel like I’ve achieved a big fat zero' Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:57:28 GMT
Alex spent four months as a coronavirus tracer and spoke to only one person with the virus in that time.

Covid: Dementia patient's wife describes 'torture' of lack of visits Sun, 27 Sep 2020 23:11:23 GMT
A woman describes her pain at not being able to see her husband regularly at his care home.

Coronavirus: What is the R number and why does it matter? Tue, 29 Sep 2020 15:07:10 GMT
Experts keep discussing the value of R, but what is it and why does it matter?

Coronavirus: UK pledges support to global vaccine-sharing scheme Sat, 26 Sep 2020 15:11:48 GMT
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the UK will give £500m to a new global vaccine-sharing scheme.

The threat of 'vaccine nationalism' Fri, 25 Sep 2020 09:44:00 GMT
Ros Atkins looks at why vaccine nationalism is a growing concern in the global effort to tackle Covid-19.

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