Coronavirus may damage the brains of some patients, reports suggests 

Some coronavirus patients may suffer brain damage as a result of the devastating infection, doctors around the world are warning.   One Florida patient in his 70s lost the ability to speak at least temporarily, The New York Times reported.   Brain scans of a woman in her 50s taken in Detroit revealed that some of her brain cells had died as a result of a rare complication of the infection.  And similar attacks on the central nervous system have been seen in Italy and China.   While neurological complications so far seem…

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More than 1,000,000 infected with coronavirus across world

The global death toll has passed 50,000 (Picture: Reuters/Getty Images/John Hopkins University) More than a million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus since the pandemic began in December. The USA has become the new epicentre of the pandemic, accounting for more than a quarter of the world’s cases, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll has passed 50,000 with Italy and Spain suffering the most. In the United Kingdom there have been 33,718 cases, 2,921 deaths and 135 recoveries, according to the real-time tracker created by…

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Coronavirus UK: What are the government’s Covid-19 testing plans and when will the kits be available?

There are drive-through testing sites up and down the country (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire) The coronavirus outbreak has swept the globe, with the worldwide death toll now surpassing 50,000 and the UK death toll currently at 2,921. Drive-through testing facilities are dotted up and down the country, however the government has faced criticism for not conducting enough tests for the virus. With a fraction of NHS staff having been tested, many of whom are on the front lines fighting the virus, what are the government’s plans for implementing more tests…

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Coronavirus death toll passes 50,000 as number of cases approaches 1,000,000

Around half of the world’s population is under some form of lockdown (Picture: Johns Hopkins University) More than 50,000 people have lost their lives to coronavirus across the world. The total number of diagnoses is close to 1 million and around half of the global population is under some form of lockdown. Italy has borne the brunt of fatalities with 13,915 people losing their lives since the pandemic began in December. In Spain 10,003 patients have succumbed to Covid-19 followed by 4,032 in France, according to real-time data from Johns…

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10-man fight breaks out diverting emergency crews from coronavirus front line

A 10-man fight meant emergency services were taken off the front line of the fight against coronavirus (Picture: mailonline) Emergency services were diverted from the front line of the battle against coronavirus to deal with a huge fight in Lancashire. Police said much-needed emergency resources were used to deal with the brawl, which happened yesterday. Officers were called when a group of 10 men were spotted fighting in Brierfield at about 12.10am. Two men received head and leg injuries and were taken to Burnley General Hospital for treatment. Another two…

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UK students demand ‘safety net’ so their grades don’t suffer due to coronavirus

Students across the country have been calling for ‘no detriment policies’ (Picture: Getty/REX/Shutterstock) Students across the country fear their exam results will slip due to the coronavirus lockdown and feel let down and abandoned by university bosses. Several petitions have been set up calling for ‘no-detriment policies’ to be put in palace. This would mean that unless they score less than 40% in marks, students would be graded on their average performance so far or higher if they perform better in coursework and summer exams. As university facilities remain closed…

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Terrifying new posters released by UK government to stop coronavirus spread

One of the new posters says, ‘If you go out, you can spread it. People will die.’ (Picture: UK Government/PA Wire) A series of impactful new adverts have been launched by the UK government to deter people from going outside during the coronavirus lockdown. The new campaign, which is stronger than any which has been produced before, warn the public ‘people will die’ if they do not stay at home. Full-page adverts with the new messaging include the slogan: ‘Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.’ They have been placed in most…

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Just breathing or talking could spread coronavirus

Just breathing and talking can spread coronavirus, a renowned medical group warned the White House Wednesday night.  A leading member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and former Harvard School of Public Health dean, Dr Harvey Fineberg, told CNN that while surgical masks should be reserved for health care workers, he himself is going to be wearing a bandanna or other face covering.  Dr Anthony Fauci, a White House coronavirus task force member and leading infectious disease expert said that the subject of having Americans cover their faces in…

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Coronavirus: How does a ventilator work and why are they so important for treating Covid-19?

Many patients who are critically ill with Covid-19 need help to breathe (Picture: AFP) The NHS is being sent 30 new ventilators in a drive to help the healthcare service fight the virus. However it’s thought that the country will need 30,000 to get through the peak of this deadly outbreak, and as of Wednesday, 8,000 were being used. With the coronavirus pandemic having led to 2,921 deaths in the UK so far, what exactly can ventilators do to help the fight against Covid-19? Why are ventilators so important for…

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Daily ‘smart thermometer’ data shows Florida and Maine are seeing upticks in fevers

As states across the US continue to see a decrease in fevers during the coronavirus pandemic, Florida and Maine are seeing upticks. Kinsa Health, a medical technology company based in San Francisco, has been tracking daily fever readings using data from smart thermometers connected to the Internet. According to one of Kinsa’s maps, which tracks ‘atypical’ illnesses, most counties across the nation are colored yellow, orange or burnt orange to indicate low, mild or moderate rates of illness, respectively. But Florida is the only state to have counties colored red,…

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