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Coronavirus: ‘Right thing’ to be part of plasma trial

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAnn “felt so well” after being given plasma from patients who recovered from Covid-19 Blood plasma from patients who have recovered from Covid-19 is being tested as a potential treatment for those still suffering from the disease. It is hoped transfusing seriously ill patients with the plasma […]

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Death rate ‘back to normal’ in UK

Image copyright Getty Images The number of deaths registered in the UK over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since mid-March. More than 80% of local authorities in Great Britain have also seen death rates fall to normal levels. The decrease reflects a decline in coronavirus-related deaths, official data […]

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Coronavirus: Survivors ‘at risk of PTSD’

People who were seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus need to be urgently screened for post-traumatic stress disorder, leading doctors say. The Covid Trauma Response Working Group, led by University College London and involving experts from south-east England, said those who had been in intensive care were most at risk. The experts said regular check […]

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Coronavirus: More care urged for pregnant BAME patients

Image copyright BBC News Image caption Keturah King admits it was “really scary” at times during her pregnancy NHS England is asking doctors and midwives to provide more checks and support to black, Asian and ethnic-minority (BAME) pregnant women because of their greater risk from coronavirus. Black mums-to-be are eight times more likely to be […]

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Shielding advice to stop in England on 1 August

Image copyright Getty Images The 2.2 million people who have been self-isolating in England during the pandemic will no longer need to shield from 1 August. From 6 July, they will be able to meet up to six people outdoors and form ‘support bubbles’ with other households. The measures can be eased because infection rates […]