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New data suggests a low risk of COVID-19 reinfection in the population

For the first time, Public Health England (PHE) has published population surveillance data on possible coronavirus (COVID-19) reinfections, to help monitor and understand the risk of people catching COVID-19 again.

4 in 5 adults receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

With 72,891,861 doses administered in total, 42,216,654 people across the UK have now been vaccinated with a first dose (80%), while 30,675,207 people have had both doses (58%).

COVID infections up by 50% since May

Findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show infections have increased by 50% since the last REACT-1 study in May, with 1 in 670 people infected.

Improving heart health may reduce the severity of COVID-19 disease

High blood pressure, smoking, obesity, heart disease and diabetes are associated with worse outcomes in patients with COVID-19.

Warmer temperatures lessen COVID-19 spread

New research shows transmission of the virus behind COVID-19 varies seasonally, but warmer conditions are not enough to prevent transmission.

BMA: guidance on use of enhanced PPE is ‘step in the right direction’

Public Health England has updated its guidance on infection prevention and control in healthcare settings and recommends the wider use of respiratory protective equipment for staff where a risk cannot otherwise be managed.

NICE updates guidance for COVID-19 therapeutics

NICE has updated its advice on two therapeutics for managing COVID-19 – remdesivir and colchicine.

RCOG responds to new COVID-19 and pregnancy study

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has welcomed a new study which sheds light on the association between COVID-19 and pregnancy outcomes.

Trained dogs identify COVID-19 with up to 94% accuracy

People infected with coronavirus have a distinct odour that can be detected by trained dogs with a high degree of accuracy, according to new research involving UCLH.

Over 20 million UK adults receive both doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Health services across the UK have now administered a total of 56,677,012 million vaccines between 8 December and 15 May, including 36,573,354 million people with their first dose (69.4%) and 20,103,658 million with their second (38.2%).

Exercise supports recovery of patients with long COVID

Patients with lasting symptoms of COVID-19 who completed a six week, supervised rehabilitation programme demonstrated significant improvements in exercise capacity, respiratory symptoms, fatigue and cognition.

Exercise can help support recovery of patients with long COVID

Patients with lasting symptoms of COVID-19 who completed a six week, supervised rehabilitation programme demonstrated significant improvements in exercise capacity, respiratory symptoms, fatigue and cognition.

Could COVID-19 and flu vaccines be administered at the same time?

Researchers at UCLH have begun a study which could set the foundations for how booster COVID-19 vaccinations are delivered in the future.

New testing centre to fast-track COVID-19 variant vaccines

Vaccines tailored to tackle COVID-19 variants are to be accelerated through new state-of-the-art labs, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

Charity funds study into long-term impact of COVID-19 on stroke

The Stroke Association is funding the world’s first study to determine the long-term impact of COVID-19 on stroke survivors.

Asthma drug shortens recovery time in COVID-19 patients at home

Early treatment with an asthma drug budesonide shortens recovery time in COVID-19 patients aged over 50 who are treated at home or in other community settings.

JCVI issues new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women

The JCVI has advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.

Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes

Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus.

UK cancer patients were more likely to die following COVID-19

Cancer patients from the UK were 1.5 times more likely to die following a diagnosis with COVID-19 than cancer patients from European countries.

New findings on use of ECMO for COVID patients

For critically ill COVID-19 patients treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), the risk of death remains high, but is much lower than suggested by initial studies.

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