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Scientists identify antibodies that can neutralise omicron

An international team of scientists have identified antibodies that neutralise omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. These antibodies target areas of the virus spike protein that remain essentially unchanged as the viruses mutate.

COVID-19 vaccine protection wanes after three months, study suggests

The protection offered by the Oxford-Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine declines after three months of receiving two doses.

Study to examine why COVID-19 strikes asthma sufferers less severely

A University of Arizona Health Sciences-led research team has received $7.16 million in funding to determine why sufferers are less likely to contract COVID-19.

Study aims to help teams prepare for future surges of COVID-19

A Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) study examining the profile and outcomes of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in the first and second waves of the pandemic has been published, aiming to help teams prepare for future case surges.

Early COVID-19 can be mistaken as vaccine side-effects

Early symptoms of COVID-19 can’t be clearly differentiated from vaccine side-effects, new findings show. Researchers recommend that if people show symptoms of COVID-19 after vaccination, they should stay at home and arrange to have a test.

Vulnerable to receive life-saving anti-viral treatments

Thousands of vulnerable people are to receive cutting-edge antiviral and antibody treatments for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Breathlessness in patients with long COVID may signal heart problems

​A small study has suggested that COVID-19 patients who continue to be short of breath during physical activity one year after recovering from the infection may have suffered heart damage.

New findings on COVID immunity

‘Immune imprinting’ by different SARS-CoV-2 spike sequences from variants and vaccines means we now have diverse patterns of protection against new variants.

COVID-19 became much more lethal in late 2020

A new statistical analysis supports beliefs that COVID-19 became more lethal in the UK, in late 2020, while also suggesting that multiple factors (not just the alpha variant of the virus that causes COVID-19) were to blame.

Study finds gradual increase in COVID risk after second vaccine

A study published by The BMJ finds a gradual increase in the risk of COVID-19 infection from 90 days after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Pregnant women urged to have COVID jab

Medical experts are urging pregnant women to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, as new data published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) provides further evidence that the vaccines are safe for this group.

Sodexo awarded contract for COVID testing

Sodexo has become the sole provider of assisted COVID-19 testing at regional test sites as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme.

CPAP for COVID-19 not linked to heightened infection risk

The use of non-invasive breathing support, commonly known as CPAP or HFNO, to treat moderate to severe COVID-19 infection, isn’t linked to a heightened infection risk, as currently thought.

Potential new treatment for COVID-19 identified

Researchers have identified a potential new treatment that suppresses the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Test and Trace: “muddled, overstated and eye-wateringly expensive”

A damning report published by the Public Accounts Committee says that “NHS Test and Trace has not achieved its  main  objective to help break chains of COVID-19 transmission and enable people to return towards a more normal way of life”.

1.6 million people get lifesaving booster

Nearly 1.6 million booster jabs have been delivered over the past seven days. Last week also saw record bookings for boosters using the National Booking Service with nearly 900,000 people booking in their booster jab.

New antivirals could be rolled out this winter

Thousands of vulnerable patients could be taking ground-breaking COVID-19 antivirals this winter after the Government announced deals to secure two new treatments.

COVID-19-discovery could predict patient death or hospitalisation

In a new study, researchers from University of Copenhagen present what could be a much-needed helping hand to fight COVID-19.

43,000 people may have been given a false negative PCR test result

Testing operations by the Immensa Health Clinic, Wolverhampton, have been suspended following an investigation into reports of people receiving negative PCR test results after they have previously tested positive on a Lateral Flow Device (LFD).

IHPN wins “Best COVID-19 Crisis Response” award

The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has been announced as the winner of the “Best COVID-19 Crisis Response” at this year’s Association Excellence Awards which took place in Central London.

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Upcoming Events

Infection 360: What's trending in infection prevention & control

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
27-28 September 2022

IP2022 IS COMING TO BOURNEMOUTH IN OCTOBER 2022

Bournemouth
17-19 October 2022

UKHCA Conference: Listen Up

Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
3rd November 2022

MEDICA 2022

Dusseldorf Germany
14th November - 17th November

Future Surgery 2022

ExCel, London
15th - 16th November 2022

IDSc Annual Conference

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29th - 30th November 2022

Access the latest issue of Clinical Services Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

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