CORONAVIRUS NEWS

Individuals taking class of steroid medications at high risk for COVID-19

Individuals taking a class of steroid hormones called glucocorticoids for conditions such as asthma, allergies and arthritis on a routine basis may be unable to mount a normal stress response and are at high risk if they are infected with the virus causing COVID-19, according to a new editorial published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

China's control measures may have prevented 700,000 COVID-19 cases

​China's control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic may have delayed the spread of the virus to cities outside of Wuhan by several days and, by interrupting transmission nationwide, prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country, according to an international team of researchers.

Ethical guidance published for frontline staff dealing with pandemic

The Royal College of Physicians has published ethical guidance for frontline staff dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, supported by more than a dozen other royal colleges and health organisations.

GMC grants temporary registration to 11,800 doctors to tackle coronavirus

The General Medical Council (GMC) has today (Friday 27 March) granted temporary registration to 11,856 doctors who had left the profession, following an official request by the UK Government.

Northern Italian town combats coronavirus through mass testing

An Italian town is reported to have eradicated coronavirus through early and widespread diagnosis and testing. Wesley Baker, the CEO of a manufacturer of a 'breath test' for COVID-19, argues that this shows the impact of mass screening. He is calling on the UK to speed up efforts to test and diagnose as many people as possible.

Imperial researchers say COVID-19 could have caused 40 million deaths if left unchecked

The outbreak of COVID-19 would likely have caused 40 million deaths this year in the absence of any preventative measures.

Surge in volunteers to help NHS in fight against coronavirus

Over 400,000 people have already signed up to volunteer for the NHS to help in its fight against coronavirus.

Expert calls for testing on disinfectants and hand gels in wake of COVID-19

Dr. Andrew Kemp JP PhD, a specialist in disinfection and decontamination, is calling on public bodies to conduct independent testing on disinfectants and hand sanitisers to identify the most effective methods of tackling COVID-19.

Warwick company answers national call to support NHS

A Warwick-based medical supplies is answering a national call to support the increased delivery of PPE products to the NHS. Warwick Sasco, which is based on the Heathcote Industrial Estate, supplies plastic medical devices that can be sterilised and, in the last 12 months, has dispatched seven million products worldwide.

Decontamination service provides protection against 99.9999% of known pathogens

Interfurn is now offering a full bio-decontamination service for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, where there may be a high-level biological contamination risk. Interfurn’s BIOAct-365 Decontamination Service is particularly useful for facilities treating patients during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is available as a rapid emergency response, or as part of a planned cleaning and maintenance programme.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons issue advice on protecting staff in wake of COVID-19

New personal and protective equipment (PPE) guidance from the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) and British Association of Oral Surgeons (BAOS) advises surgeons on how to treat patients with emergency oral and dental conditions efficiently and safely.

PHE plays crucial role in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine

Public Health England (PHE) scientists are playing a critical role in international efforts to find coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

NICE publishes first rapid COVID-19 guidelines

NICE has published its first 3 rapid guidelines on the care of people with suspected and confirmed COVID-19, and in patients without COVID-19.

New coronavirus stable for hours on surfaces

The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Production of protective hoods ramped up to cope with demand in wake of COVID-19

A Chesterfield based medical manufacturer has dramatically increased production of pressure ulcer mattresses and protective escape hoods to keep up with demand during the global coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Electronic Patient Record provider offers free ‘slimmed down’ version of software in response to Coronavirus

PatientSource has announced that it will be offering an adapted version of its Electronic Patient Record (EPR) software to healthcare organisations across the globe, completely free of charge with minimal cloud hosting costs, to help combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

The London Clinic announces support for the NHS as it fights the coronavirus pandemic

The London Clinic announces support for the NHS. From Monday 23rd March 2020, along with other independent hospitals, The London Clinic will be backing up the NHS while it focuses on supporting and treating everyone impacted by COVID-19.

Nuffield makes 30 hospitals available to NHS to tackle COVID-19

Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, is making 30 hospitals across England available to NHS trusts following discussions with NHS England about how independent hospitals can support NHS patients in its efforts against the coronavirus (Covid-19).

GMC writes to doctors who may be asked to help in wake of COVID-19

The General Medical Council (GMC) is contacting doctors who may be granted temporary registration to help deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, outlining the process they would need to follow and informing them of what they should do if they want to opt out.

UK to ramp up COVID-19 testing capacity

Officials are working to increase the number of tests that can be conducted by Public Health England and the NHS to 25,000 a day.