Health, Safety & Well-being

UK plan to be first to run human challenge Covid trials

UK plan to be first to run human challenge Covid trials. GETTY IMAGES Scientists around the globe are working on potential vaccines for coronavirus The UK is pushing ahead to be the first nation to carry out "human challenge" studies where up to 90 healthy people will be deliberately exposed to Covid. The trials, which could begin in January, aim to speed up the race to get a Covid-19 vaccine. The government is putting £33.6m towards the groundbreaking work. Safety will be a number one [...]

Long Covid: St Annes man dies after cardiac arrest

Long Covid: St Annes man dies after cardiac arrest FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH Roehl Ribaya was "very funny and always joking around", said his friend Mark Delabajan  A man who was the last patient to leave Blackpool Victoria Hospital's intensive care unit during the first wave of Covid-19 has died. Roehl Ribaya, of St Annes, Lancashire, who spent 60 days in intensive care, is thought to have died from the long-term effects of the virus. His widow, nurse Stella Ricio-Ribaya, performed CPR on him when he [...]

Equality gains in the UK risk being reversed by coronavirus, says EHRC

Equality gains in the UK risk being reversed by coronavirus, says EHRC. Human rights watchdog says pandemic is hitting older people, ethnic minorities and the disabled the hardest  Street art in Deptford, south London by Deanio_X. Ethnic minorities are among those suffering disproportionately worse outcomes because of the coroanvirus pandemic. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian Hard-won gains in equality and human rights in the UK are at risk of being reversed by the coronavirus pandemic, and society, the economy and living standards are [...]

UK COVID-19 “alert” system overseen by UK spy chiefs

UK COVID-19 “alert” system overseen by UK spy chiefs. More than half of England's population are under tougher social restrictions, due to the three-tier localised COVID-19 framework introduced by the Johnson government. The restrictions are largely ineffectual as educational institutions and workplaces—the largest source of infections—remain open in every tier. These localised tiers are part of the national alert level, currently set at four, which is set by the Joint Biosecurity Centre. Established in May, little is known about the JBC, except [...]

Mental health: Major study finds higher levels of anxiety in NI children

Mental health: Major study finds higher levels of anxiety in NI children. Anxiety and depression is 25% more common in children and young people in Northern Ireland compared to other parts of the UK, according to a major new study. The findings come from a survey commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB). It found that 12.6% of children and young people here suffer "common mood disorders". The figure reflects a similar trend in the adult population. Researchers collected data from more [...]