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Antiviral drugs trialled in the early stages of COVID-19

Two antiviral drugs are being given to COVID-19 positive adults to establish if they stop the virus replicating, as part of a trial led by UCL scientists.

UK guideline on management of the long-term effects of COVID-19

NICE, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have given more details about the forthcoming guideline on post-COVID syndrome which is due to be published by the end of the year.

Study shows myocarditis linked to COVID-19 not as common as believed

A new study suggests myocarditis caused by COVID-19 may be a relatively rare occurrence.

COVID transmission infection risk in psoriatic patients

Biologics increase COVID-19 infection risk but may protect psoriatic patients from ICU hospitalisation and death.

Sewage signals early warning of coronavirus outbreaks

A government-led project is successfully detecting traces of coronavirus in sewage, providing an early warning for local outbreaks across the country and sharing data with NHS Test and Trace.

Hundreds of Birmingham A&E patients may be turned away

Hundreds of patients who turn up to A&E departments in Birmingham may be turned away in a bid to protect key services, health bosses have said.

Surgeons call for ring-fenced beds

Leading surgeons are calling for hospital beds to be ring-fenced for planned operations, to avoid a ‘tsunami of cancellations’ during the second wave of COVID-19.

NICE and SIGN announce latest guideline will address Long COVID

NICE and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) have announced they will work with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to develop a guideline on persistent effects of COVID-19 (Long Covid) on patients.

NHS to offer ‘long COVID’ sufferers help at specialist centres

People suffering ‘long COVID’ symptoms will be offered specialist help at clinics across England, the head of the NHS has announced.

Globus Group boosts PPE supply for the NHS

UK PPE firm, Globus Group, is expanding its UK manufacturing capacity to meet the increasing demand for high performance PPE for the UK’s healthcare sector.

Government signs contract for supply of COVID-19 antibody tests

The UK Government has entered into a contract with Abingdon Health, on behalf of the UK-Rapid Test Consortium (“UK-RTC”), for the supply of the AbC-19 Rapid Antibody tests.

Study suggests growth of COVID infection may be slowing

Interim results from the fourth report of the country’s largest study on coronavirus rates of infection have been published.

Health and Social Care Committee calls for action on testing NHS staff

A committee of MPs has highlighted the impact and unprecedented challenge caused by COVID-19 to the provision of essential services.

Severe COVID-19 linked to faulty genes and autoimmune condition

More than 10 percent of young and healthy people who develop severe COVID-19 have misguided antibodies that attack not the virus, but the immune system itself, new research shows. Another 3.5 percent, at least, carry a specific genetic mutation.

Heart rhythm in COVID-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine

Short-term hydroxychloroquine treatment is not associated with lethal heart rhythms in patients with COVID-19 who are risk assessed prior to receiving the drug.

Research compares accuracy of SARS-CoV-2 antibody assays

Research presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease has investigated the accuracy of a number of antibody assays.

Modular ward provides COVID-free zone

A new 18-bed modular ward has been installed at Kettering General Hospital (KGH) to provide extra capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MRFF backs COVID-19 vaccine candidate

The Commonwealth Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has invested almost $3 million into new COVID-19 vaccine candidates led out of Melbourne.

Rapid 90-minute COVID-19 test shown to be highly accurate

A 90-minute COVID-19 test has been shown to have over 94 per cent sensitivity, and 100 per cent specificity in a new study.

New labs announced for COVID testing

Two new Lighthouse Labs in Newcastle and Bracknell will join the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history to help scale up testing capacity ahead of winter.

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