Coronavirus: Immunity may be more widespread than tests suggest

Coronavirus: Immunity may be more widespread than tests suggest. Coronavirus pandemic SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY People testing negative for coronavirus antibodies may still have some immunity, a study has suggested. For every person testing positive for antibodies, two were found to have specific T-cells which identify and destroy infected cells. This was seen even in people who had mild or symptomless cases of Covid-19. But it's not yet clear whether this just protects that individual, or if it might also stop them from passing on the [...]

Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine trial to restart

Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine trial to restart. Coronavirus pandemic GETTY IMAGES - Trials will discover whether hydroxychloroquine can prevent coronavirus infection. Trials of the controversial anti-malarial drug taken by US President Donald Trump to try to prevent catching coronavirus are to be resumed. UK regulators say hydroxychloroquine and a similar drug chloroquine can be given to healthcare workers in a clinical study to test the theory. Recruitment to the COPCOV trial had been paused amid concerns about side-effects raised by other research that has since been discredited. That work looked at treating [...]

Coronavirus: Survivors ‘at risk of PTSD’

Coronavirus: Survivors 'at risk of PTSD'. Coronavirus pandemic People who were seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus need to be urgently screened for post-traumatic stress disorder, leading doctors say. The Covid Trauma Response Working Group, led by University College London and involving experts from across south east England, said those who had been in intensive care were most at risk. The experts said regular check-ups should last at least a year. More than 100,000 people have been treated in hospital for the virus. The experts [...]

Hating lockdown? A third of Brits have actually enjoyed it

Hating lockdown? A third of Brits have actually enjoyed it. Sunbathers in London in May, during the UK's coronavirus lockdown A third of British people have enjoyed coronavirus lockdown, according to a massive study that tracked the emotions of more than 70,000 people in the last 14 weeks.One in three respondents told researchers at University College London (UCL) that, on balance, they had enjoyed the period of restrictions. But the survey highlighted the social inequalities that impacted people's experience during the lockdown, with [...]

Coronavirus: Most children ‘experience only mild disease’

Coronavirus: Most children 'experience only mild disease'. Coronavirus pandemic GETTY IMAGES A study of European children with Covid-19 suggests deaths are extremely rare. Only four of 582 children died, two of whom had underlying health conditions. Symptoms were generally mild and some who tested positive had no symptoms at all, but about one in 10 children needed intensive care. Doctors say the study is "reassuring", but more needs to be discovered about the best treatment options for children who do develop severe disease. What did the [...]