Coronavirus: WHO suspends study of Trump’s anti-COVID drug hydroxychloroquine over safety fears

Coronavirus: WHO suspends study of Trump's anti-COVID drug hydroxychloroquine over safety fears. The US president has been an enthusiastic cheerleader for the drug and last week said he was taking it himself. The drug has been linked to heart problems The World Health Organisation it is removing hydroxychloroquine from its global study of potential COVID-19 treatments while it carries out a review of its safety. Last week President Trump said he was taking the anti-malarial drug, which he has promoted as providing possible protection from coronavirus, [...]

Coronavirus: How to stay safe when flying

An epidemiologist and an exposure scientist explain: how to stay safe when flying. While there is no way to make air travel 100% safe, there are ways to make it safer. REUTERS/David W Cerny Two experts walk you through how to minimise the risk of air travel. They advise you to adopt a method called a 'Heirarchy of Control' that is often used by healthcare professional. Additionally, using simple hygiene tips and arming yourself with specific knowledge about your airport and flight could keep [...]

Coronavirus: ‘Wash hands at least six times a day’

Coronavirus: 'Wash hands at least six times a day'. Washing your hands at least six to 10 times a day makes catching infections such as coronavirus much less likely, a study by UK researchers suggests. It looked at data, from 2006-09, on viruses structurally very similar to the deadly pandemic strain circulating now. Coronaviruses are a family of virus that most usually causes mild illness, such as the common cold. And all of them, including the pandemic one, can be killed by soap [...]

Coronavirus: Children and older adults to take part in vaccine trial

Coronavirus: Children and older adults to take part in vaccine trial. Coronavirus pandemic GETTY IMAGES Children and older adults are to be included in the second phase of vaccine trials to protect against coronavirus. The first phase of the University of Oxford trial began in April, involving 1,000 healthy adults aged 55 and under. Now more than 10,200 people - including over 70s and five to 12-year-olds - will be enrolled in the study, to see the effects on their immune system. Trials of the [...]

Haringey council ‘failed to safeguard disabled child from paedophile’

Haringey council 'failed to safeguard disabled child from paedophile'. Months of mishandling of case in ‘root and branch failure’ left brothers at risk, judge says. Haringey council has previously been at the centre of two high-profile child protection scandals, involving the deaths of Victoria Climbie in 2000, and Peter Connelly – known as Baby P – in 2007. Photograph: Alamy A family court judge has heavily criticised a London council over its handling of a case in which it failed to safeguard a [...]