Extremely vulnerable in UK given high priority for coronavirus vaccine

Extremely vulnerable in UK given high priority for coronavirus vaccine. Other people with priority include those in care homes and care workers. Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP. Those with conditions such as blood, bone or lung cancer put in same category on interim guidance list as over-70s Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People at very high risk of contracting coronavirus due to health problems, who were made to shield during the pandemic, have been given the same priority as the over-70s [...]

Study: A good cloth mask is a powerful weapon against the coronavirus

Study: A good cloth mask is a powerful weapon against the coronavirus Face coverings, including masks made of cloth, are highly effective in protecting the people who wear them as well as those around them, according to a new study from Linsey Marr, a leading aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech University. “Filtration works both ways,” Marr said. “If it works for source control,” she said during a media presentation on Monday — that is, if the mask filters out particles coming [...]

Care home visitors who test negative ‘can hug loved ones by Christmas’

Care home visitors who test negative ‘can hug loved ones by Christmas’. Up to two visitors will receive twice-weekly tests by Christmas, the Government said in its Covid-19 winter plan. Relatives of care home residents in England will be able to hug their loved ones before Christmas if they test negative for coronavirus and wear protective equipment, the Government has pledged. The Government said it is committed to providing twice-weekly testing to up to two visitors by Christmas, and care home staff [...]

Oxford vaccine is up to 90% effective in preventing coronavirus, tests show

COVID-19: Oxford vaccine is up to 90% effective in preventing coronavirus, tests show. The vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, was developed at Oxford University with support from the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. The Oxford vaccine is up to 90% effective in preventing COVID-19, according to tests on thousands of volunteers. The result compares with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which were recently shown to be 95% and 94.5% effective respectively. The vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, was developed at Oxford University with support from the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. For [...]

Student nurses on Covid placements in UK call for return of paid NHS contracts

Student nurses on Covid placements in UK call for return of paid NHS contracts. Scheme for final-year students ended in September, but many are being drafted in for second wave Student nurses at the University of Bolton in September, when paid NHS contracts for final-year students ended. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images Student nurses are calling for paid contracts to be reinstated for those on placement in hospitals in the UK, saying they feel “forgotten about” during the second wave of Covid-19. In March, [...]