Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Coronavirus – How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19

Coronavirus - How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19 Both the NHS and World Health Organisation are advising on how to protect yourself and others from getting coronavirus. Tips on how to avoid catching and spreading viruses The risk to the UK public posed by the new coronavirus has been raised from low to moderate by chief medical officers, although they stress the risk to individuals remains low. Both the NHS and World Health Organisation (WHO) have issued guidance on how to protect [...]

Identity of man linked to 11 British coronavirus cases revealed

Identity of man linked to 11 British coronavirus cases revealed Steve Walsh has been named as the man who is believed to have spread coronavirus to 11 people. Pic: Servomex The British man who is believed to be a "superspreader" of coronavirus has been identified as businessman Steve Walsh. The 53-year-old's company said he has fully recovered after being diagnosed on 6 February with coronavirus. He contracted the virus in Singapore while at a business conference before going to the French Alps for [...]

Could the coronavirus mutate if a vaccine can’t be found in time?

Could the coronavirus mutate if a vaccine can't be found in time? As scientists race to trace out paths the virus might take we ask the crucial questions. An illustration of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photograph: AP In just a month, the coronavirus outbreak has snowballed from a handful of cases to more than 40,000, reaching four continents and prompting an all-out battle to stop the spread across China and beyond. As those in [...]

Coronavirus: Illegal trafficking of pangolins could have helped spread deadly virus, scientists say

Coronavirus: Illegal trafficking of pangolins could have helped spread deadly virus, scientists say Genome sequence between novel coronavirus in humans matches strain in local bats and pangolins The deadly coronavirus outbreak in China could have spread from bats to humans through the illegal traffic of pangolins, the world's only scaly mammals, which are prized in Asia for food and medicine, Chinese researchers said. The pangolin is one of Asia's most trafficked mammals, although protected by international law, because its meat is considered a delicacy in [...]

Coronavirus: UK patient is student at York university

Coronavirus: UK patient is student at York university. Latest information indicates the person did not come into contact with anybody on campus while they had symptoms. One of the two people infected with the coronavirus in the UK is a student at the University of York, a spokesman said. Health authorities are rushing to identify anyone who has come into contact with the pair. The two patients, who are members of the same family, are currently being treated at a specialist hospital unit [...]