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Will I have to wear a mask after getting the Covid vaccine?

With Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine close to distribution in the US, the end of the pandemic seems a big step closer. But not everything will return to normal right awayPublic health authorities want people to keep wearing masks and social distancing, even after they receive a vaccine. This might seem counterintuitive – after all, if someone gets a vaccine, aren’t they protected from the coronavirus?The answer is complicated: the vast majority of people who are vaccinated will be protected...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Society, US news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid cases among asylum seekers at Napier barracks higher than thought

Home affairs committee chair Yvette Cooper ‘astonished’ by Priti Patel’s responses to questionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA former military barracks being used to house asylum seekers has had at least 197 positive cases of Covid-19 this year alone, far higher than previously thought, the most senior civil servant at the Home Office has revealed.The total number of cases at Napier barracks near Folkestone, Kent, is equal to more than 50% of its resident population...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Migration, Yvette Cooper, Home Office, Refugees, Kent, Napier, Priti Patel, Folkestone Kent, Coronavirus


Covax delivers first Covid vaccines in 'momentous occasion'

Doses land in Accra as part of scheme seeking to offset ‘vaccine nationalism’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovax has delivered its first Covid-19 doses in a milestone for the ambitious programme that seeks to offset “vaccine nationalism” by wealthy countries and ensure poor ones do not wait years to start inoculating people.An aircraft carrying 600,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine landed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Wednesday, where jabs will be ad...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Ghana, Accra, Abidjan Ivory Coast, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


First Covax coronavirus vaccines delivered to Ghanaian capital

Scheme seeks to offset ‘vaccine nationalism’ and ensure poor countries do not face delaysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovax has delivered its first Covid-19 doses in a milestone for the ambitious programme that seeks to offset “vaccine nationalism” by wealthy countries and ensure poor ones do not wait years to start inoculating people.An aircraft carrying 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine landed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Wednesday, where jabs...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Ghana, Accra, Abidjan, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


'The clouds cleared': what terminal lucidity teaches us about life, death and dementia

Just before Alex Godfrey’s grandmother died from dementia, she snapped back to lucidity and regaled him with stories of her youth. Could moments like this teach us more about the workings of the brain?It was the red jelly that did it. It was Christmas 1999 in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Ward Porterfield, 83, was in a nursing home. He had been diagnosed with dementia three years earlier; he was confused and disoriented and eventually he no longer recognised his daughter, Kay. “When I went in,” ...
Tags: Health, Science, Neuroscience, Society, Mental Health, Dementia, Ward, Kay, Rapid City South Dakota, Alex Godfrey, Ward Porterfield


'An exciting time': European Space Agency takes diversity to space

Helen Sharman, the UK’s first astronaut, praises the agency as it begins a search for 26 recruitsHelen Sharman, the UK’s first astronaut, has welcomed the European Space Agency’s decision to improve diversity among crew as an “exciting time for human space flight expansion”.Esa announced earlier this week that as part of its bid to recruit up to 26 new astronauts it was casting its net wider than ever and that diversity – across gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs and physical disabil...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Space, UK, Science, Society, Disability, Esa, European Space Agency, Helen Sharman, Sharman


20.5m years of life may have been lost to Covid across 81 countries, study finds

Data shows Covid has taken far greater toll than flu, to which it is often dismissively comparedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 20.5 million years of life may have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic in 81 countries of the world, according to a new study that exposes the fallacy that those who die would have soon done so even if they had not caught Covid-19.While Covid deaths are often compared dismissively to those from flu, which kills many elderly and f...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, Science, Greece, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Belgium, Peru, Croatia, Coronavirus, COVID


Mindfulness, laughter and robot dogs may relieve lockdown loneliness – study

University of Cambridge researchers identify potentially effective interventions to help peopleRobotic dogs, laughter therapy and mindfulness could help people cope with loneliness and social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found.The team at the university’s School of Medicine, led by Dr Christopher Williams, reviewed 58 existing studies on loneliness and identified interventions that could be adapted for people living in lockdown or under ...
Tags: Science, Society, UK News, Meditation, Health & wellbeing, University of Cambridge, Christopher Williams, School of Medicine, Coronavirus


One year of COVID-19: What will we learn?

The US is approaching 500,000 COVID-19 deaths. What can we learn from one year of loss and chaos?The lessons are clear. Among them are realizing our fragility as a species, our codependence as humans, and the urgent need to move beyond social injustice and inequity.As with the Renaissance following the Black Plague of the 14th century and the explosive creativity of the 1920s post Spanish influenza, this is our turn to redefine the course of history. Let's not mess this up. It's been almost a y...
Tags: Science, Environment, US, Society, Poverty, History, Earth, Cnn, Virus, Innovation, Inequality, Humanity, Coronavirus, COVID


UK reaches milestone of offering first Covid vaccinations to 15m people

Four priority groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable have been offered jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has reached its target of offering at least first vaccinations to the four groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable to coronavirus by mid-February, it has announced.In a video message sent out via social media, Boris Johnson said Sunday marked “a significant milestone in the United Kingdom’s national vaccination programme”, ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Guinea enters 'epidemic situation' as seven Ebola cases confirmed

Health minister says officials ‘really concerned’ after three deaths from the infectious diseaseGuinea has entered an Ebola “epidemic situation” with seven cases confirmed, including three deaths, a leading health official in the west African nation has said.“Very early this morning, the Conakry laboratory confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus,” Sakoba Keita said after an emergency meeting in the capital. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Liberia, Guinea, World Health Organization, Conakry, Sakoba Keita


UK hits target of offering first Covid vaccinations to 15m people

Four priority groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable have been offered jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has reached its target of offering at least first vaccinations to the four groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable to coronavirus by mid-February, it has announced.In a video message sent out via social media, Boris Johnson said Sunday marked “a significant milestone in the United Kingdom’s national vaccination programme”, ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


UK hits target of offering first Covid jab to four most vulnerable groups

Government says 15 million people have received their first dose of coronavirus vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government has reached its target of offering at least first vaccinations to the four groups of people in the UK seen as most vulnerable to coronavirus by mid-February, it has announced.The vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, announced the milestone on Twitter. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Nadhim Zahawi, Coronavirus


7 dimensions of depression, explained

According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people suffer from depression. It is the leading cause of disability and, at its worst, can lead to suicide. Unfortunately, depression is often misunderstood or ignored until it is too late. Psychologist Daniel Goleman, comedian Pete Holmes, neuroscientist Emeran Mayer, psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, and more outline several of the social, chemical, and neurological factors that may contribute to the complex disorder and explain why...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Nutrition, Neuroscience, Society, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Brain, Depression, Innovation, World Health Organization, Emotions, Illness, Mind, Mediterranean


Wales is first UK nation to offer Covid jab to top four priority groups

Everyone in top four categories has been offered first vaccine dose, says first ministerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Wales has become the first UK nation to have offered a Covid jab to everyone in the top four priority groups, the first minister, Mark Drakeford has announced. Last month, Drakeford was forced to defend Wales’s vaccination programme after criticism of delays from opposition parties and doctors. But at a press conference on Friday, he said that 66 da...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Wales, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Welsh politics, Mark Drakeford, Drakeford, Coronavirus


A series of knocks: Oxford/AstraZeneca's bumpy road to Covid vaccine confidence

From doubts about safety in older people to questions about variants, scientists have faced a battle to convince the public and regulatorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid has barely been out of the news from the moment the race to protect the world’s population from the novel coronavirus began. But not always in a good way.Talented scientists at the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, led by Prof Sarah Gilbert,...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Society, World news, Regulators, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Higher Education, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Wuhan, Sarah Gilbert, Jenner Institute at Oxford University, Coronavirus


Study shows Oxford Covid vaccine has less protection against South African variant

Researchers say vaccines’ focus must shift to protecting people from hospitalisation and deathCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will not stop people becoming ill if they contract the South African variant of Covid-19, researchers have confirmed, warning that vaccines’ focus needs to shift from population immunity to protecting individuals from hospitalisation and death.The small study in 2,000 people aged 31, who are less likely to become ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Janssen, Novavax, Coronavirus


Study shows Oxford Covid jab has less protection against South African variant

Researchers say vaccines’ focus must shift to protecting people from hospitalisation and deathCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will not stop people becoming ill if they contract the South African variant of Covid-19, researchers have confirmed, warning that vaccines’ focus needs to shift from population immunity to protecting individuals from hospitalisation and death.The small study in 2,000 people aged 31, who are less likely to become ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Janssen, Novavax, Coronavirus, Oxford Covid


Covid vaccine booster may be needed as variants emerge, says minister

Nadhim Zahawi suggests annual vaccines or autumn booster could help keep on top of mutating virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has said people may need a Covid booster jab in autumn as more variants of the virus emerge, although the government is still confident current vaccines will prevent severe symptoms.His comments came following the release of a study showing the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab has reduced efficacy against the Sout...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Nadhim Zahawi, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


When will Britain's Covid lockdown be lifted? Three scenarios

At best, vaccines and lockdown could make life more normal by May. But at worst, a new mutation could undo any progressCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHopes are rising that Britain may soon put the worst of Covid-19 behind it. After a year in which the disease has paralysed the nation, killed more than 100,000 people, closed schools and universities, and brought the NHS to its knees, there are now signs of hope emerging.Most optimism stems from Britain’s vaccination p...
Tags: Travel, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, England Holidays, Coronavirus, COVID


Supreme Court lifts California's ban on indoor worship services but keeps restrictions on limited occupancy

A visitor walks through the Serra Chapel during the reopening of Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, CA on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images The Supreme Court ruled that California cannot ban indoor worship service.  They can, however, limit capacity to 25% and ban singing and chanting. There were four different opinions given by the Justices on this case.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more storie...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, Trends, Cnn, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Chamath Palihapitiya, Trump, Sonia Sotomayor, Barrett


Oxford Covid vaccine almost as effective against Kent variant, trials suggest

Scientists say it offers only slightly lower protection compared with original CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca is nearly as effective against the Kent variant as it is against older forms of the virus, according to preliminary research results.Researchers analysed swabs from trial volunteers who developed asymptomatic or symptomatic infections to determine which variant of the virus they had ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, University of Oxford, Coronavirus


'Pandemic burnout' on rise as latest Covid lockdowns take toll

Increasing number of people report feeling worn out and unable to cope due to period of sustained stress‘Be kind to yourself’: tips on coping with lockdown stressCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePsychologists are reporting a rise in “pandemic burnout” as many people find the current phase of lockdowns harder, with an increasing number feeling worn out and unable to cope.They warn that many are finding the latest lockdown more difficult due to a realisation that coronav...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Coronavirus


Up to 100 UK children a week hospitalised with rare post-Covid disease

Exclusive: 75% of children worst affected by paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome are BAMECoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUp to 100 children a week are being hospitalised with a rare disease that can emerge weeks after Covid-19, leaving them in intensive care, doctors have said.In a phenomenon that is worrying paediatricians, 75% of the children worst affected by paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome (PIMS) were black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME)....
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Children, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Coronavirus


UK passes 10m Covid vaccination milestone

About 15% of Britain’s population have had their first coronavirus jab, latest figures revealCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain has given a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to more than 10 million people, according to the latest figures, which showed that at least 361,514 people received a jab on Wednesday.The milestone took under two months to achieve – after the first Pfizer vaccinations on 8 December – and if the current run rate is continued would mean the...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pfizer, Coronavirus


How to Ensure the Federal Government Doesn't Try to Muzzle Science Again

The climate denier is out of the White House, and the scientific community is beginning to take stock of—and clean up—the mess left behind. Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Law, White House, Environment, Articles, Union of Concerned Scientists, Donald Trump, Natural Environment, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Denial, Rulemaking, Presidency Of Donald Trump, Technology_internet, Entertainment_culture, Business_finance


Israel Covid vaccine data shows extremely low rates of infections

Only 0.04% of people caught virus a week after second dose and 0.002% needed hospital treatmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageStudies in Israel have offered tentative optimism on the effectiveness of vaccines in curbing the coronavirus pandemic, with initial data suggesting even the early stages of inoculation campaigns might have marked decreases in both hospitalisations and infections.With one in three Israelis having received at least one shot, a far higher fract...
Tags: Health, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Israel Covid vaccination data offers hope for exit from pandemic

Only 0.04% of people became infected a week after becoming fully vaccinated, figures show Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageStudies in Israel have offered tentative optimism on the effectiveness of vaccines in curbing the coronavirus pandemic, with initial data suggesting even the early stages of inoculation campaigns might have marked decreases in both hospitalisations and infections.With one in three Israelis having received at least one shot, a far higher fraction t...
Tags: Health, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


What's the difference between all the Covid vaccines?

First there was Pfizer, then AstraZeneca, now Moderna and Novavax. How do they differ? And which might you get?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Novavax, Moderna, Coronavirus


What a great shot! Vaccination selfies become the latest social media hit

A new trend has emerged – public figures posting ‘vaxxies’ showing the moment they received their jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe latest social media trend involves no ice buckets, no filters and certainly no sea shanties. Now celebrities and politicians around the world are vying to post the best “vaxxies” – selfies of the moment they receive their Covid-19 vaccination.While vaxxies send out a strong message that the vaccines are safe, they are also an undenia...
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