Author - Ruth Mabhiza

UK failing to use its high Covid test capacity efficiently, study shows

UK failing to use its high Covid test capacity efficiently, study shows Comparison with five countries highlights poor sample collection, laboratory flaws and lax support for those isolating Researchers said the UK’s chain of infection could not be broken without more support for those being asked to isolate. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty The UK has a comparatively high test capacity but is failing to use it efficiently in tackling Covid-19, researchers say, raising concerns including a lack of follow-up and adequate financial support of [...]

‘She was left with no one’: how UK mental health deteriorated during Covid

'She was left with no one': how UK mental health deteriorated during Covid Professionals fear the pandemic has sidelined mental health services, despite a huge surge in demand Lockdown has taken an immeasurable toll on mental health. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA When Lily Gardiner’s sister took her own life at the end of July, Gardiner was left feeling as though her sister’s mental health struggles and death had gone unnoticed during the pandemic. The loss is even harder for Gardiner (not her real name) to [...]

The government may release a coronavirus vaccine before it is fully licensed – here’s the law explained

The government may release a coronavirus vaccine before it is fully licensed - here’s the law explained A government consultation might mean the UK is able to distribute a vaccine before it has been licensed (photo: Shutterstock) The UK may release a vaccine for coronavirus before it is fully licensed, according to official documents. This is due to changes to licensing rules which will come into effect once the Brexit transition period is over. Currently, the responsibility for licensing a vaccine for [...]

UK warned virus test shortages harming health system

UK warned virus test shortages harming health system A minister denied claims of acute shortages in England's hotspots, saying mobile testing units were boosting capacity Healthcare services are being jeopardised by lack of access to coronavirus testing, hospital bosses in England warned on Tuesday. NHS Providers, which represents the heads of hospital trusts in the state-run National Health Service, said there were "current capacity problems with the testing regime". Its chief executive Chris Hopson said the government should prioritise health workers, as shortages [...]

COVID-19 measures deepening health inequalities in slum communities

COVID-19 measures deepening health inequalities in slum communities Efforts to stem the impact of COVID-19 in low to middle income countries could be creating a health time bomb in their slum communities by deepening existing inequalities, according to an international team led by the University of Warwick. Efforts to stem the impact of COVID-19 in low to middle income countries could be creating a health time bomb in their slum communities by deepening existing inequalities, according to an international team of [...]