• Coronavirus: Why are loss of smell and taste symptoms of Covid-19?
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    Coronavirus: Why are loss of smell and taste symptoms of Covid-19?

    Throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, discussions have taken place surrounding the possibility that the virus can be spread by people who are asymptomatic.​Although the two primary symptoms of Covid-19 have been widely cited as a high temperature and a new, continuous cough, in March health officials have stated that loss of smell and taste could also be lesser-known symptoms of the virus.​

  • 'I had the coronavirus vaccine three weeks ago. This is what to expect if you sign up'
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    'I had the coronavirus vaccine three weeks ago. This is what to expect if you sign up'

    Oxford University and Imperial College London are both in the race to find a coronavirus vaccine. On 23 April the first European human trials began at a lab in Oxford; around 800 people were recruited to take part. Now, on 16 June, Imperial College is starting a human trial in 300 volunteers. A further 10,000 volunteers are also wanted across England, Wales and Scotland. Jack Sommers was one of the first to have the jab on the Oxford trial three weeks ago. [This piece was originally published on 6 June].It’s been a month since I first signed up for the coronavirus vaccine trials. I was paid a grand total of £235 for five hospital visits, various needles to be stuck in my arm, and generally to be used as a human guinea pig, all in the hope I could help to develop the much-discussed Covid-19 vaccine.

  • Kim Kardashian recalls telling Kanye West she was pregnant for the first time
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    Kim Kardashian recalls telling Kanye West she was pregnant for the first time

    Kim Kardashian West has shared a photograph taken shortly after she discovered she was pregnant with her first child, saying she was “freaking out” at the time.On Monday 8 June, Kanye West celebrated his 43rd birthday.

  • Coronavirus: What is the difference between Covid-19 and the common cold and flu?
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    Coronavirus: What is the difference between Covid-19 and the common cold and flu?

    Boris Johnson has confirmed the UK lockdown will be continuing but that restrictions will begin to ease in the coming weeks.The order has been in place since 23 March when the prime minister first told the nation they should only leave the house for several key reasons.

  • Coronavirus: How to use touchscreens and self-checkouts safely
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    Coronavirus: How to use touchscreens and self-checkouts safely

    The coronavirus, known as Covid-19, affects lungs and airways causing symptoms of a cough, fever and high temperature, and shortness of breath, and can be potentially deadly.Because coronavirus is a novel virus, the NHS says it does not know “exactly” how coronavirus spreads from person to person but other similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

  • Coronavirus: Can latex gloves protect you from catching deadly virus?
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    Coronavirus: Can latex gloves protect you from catching deadly virus?

    On 10 May Boris Johnson confirmed the UK lockdown would be continuing but that restrictions will begin to ease in the coming weeks.The order has been in place since 23 March when the prime minister first told the nation they should only leave the house for several key reasons.

  • Chrissy Teigen reveals she is having her breast implants removed following criticism over coronavirus test
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    Chrissy Teigen reveals she is having her breast implants removed following criticism over coronavirus test

    Chrissy Teigen has revealed she is getting her breast implants removed.The model and cookbook author was pushed to reveal the details of her upcoming surgery after she was criticised on social media for having an at-home coronavirus test.

  • ‘Being careless could literally kill you’: Why some people are hesitant to see friends as lockdown eases
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    ‘Being careless could literally kill you’: Why some people are hesitant to see friends as lockdown eases

    I wavered when I received the first invitation. Almost a week after Boris Johnson announced the initial easing of lockdown measures, a friend asked if I wanted to meet up, considerately enquiring: “Would you be open to a walk on the common?”On Sunday 10 May, the prime minister set out the government’s roadmap to lessening what he described as “restrictions on freedom […] of a kind that we have never seen before in peace or war.” As part of phase one, people in England are now permitted to spend time outdoors with one other person outside of their household if they maintain the two metre social distancing guidelines. The government’s “Stay at home” slogan was also replaced with the message “Stay alert”.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger boasts of 'Kennedy gene pool' as his daughter prepares to have first child
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger boasts of 'Kennedy gene pool' as his daughter prepares to have first child

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has opened up about becoming a grandfather for the first time.The Terminator star’s daughter, Katherine, and her husband Jurassic World actor Chris Pratt, are set to welcome their first child together later this year.

  • Man creates ‘cuddle curtain’ to hug his grandmother
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    Man creates ‘cuddle curtain’ to hug his grandmother

    A man has created the ultimate invention to survive social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic – the “cuddle curtain”.Antony Cauvin, a 29-year-old plasterer from Stratford-upon-Avon, came up with the ingenious device in order to finally be able to give his grandmother Lily a hug.

  • Baby Archie birthday: Where does Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s child fit in the line of succession?
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    Baby Archie birthday: Where does Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s child fit in the line of succession?

    On Monday 6 May 2019, Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had welcomed a baby boy.The arrival of the couple's first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, changed the line of succession for the throne.

  • Chloe Sevigny has given birth to her first child with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic
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    Chloe Sevigny has given birth to her first child with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic

    Chloe Sevigny has given birth to her first child with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic.A representative for the actor confirmed that she had the baby over the weekend and that both mother and child are doing well.

  • Coronavirus: Can your dog or cat get Covid-19 and can you catch it from your pet?
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    Coronavirus: Can your dog or cat get Covid-19 and can you catch it from your pet?

    In February a pet dog in Hong Kong tested ‘weak positive‘ for coronavirus and was placed into quarantine.The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in Hong Kong confirmed that repeated tests suggested the dog had a “low-level” of the virus and that it was likely to be the case of human-to-animal transmission.

  • Coronavirus: Carol Vorderman offering free maths lessons to children while schools are closed
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    Coronavirus: Carol Vorderman offering free maths lessons to children while schools are closed

    Carol Vorderman is offering free maths lessons to children aged between four and 11 while schools are closed.Following a recent government announcement, schools across the UK were closed until further notice and scheduled exams were cancelled.

  • Beyoncé shares rare pictures of twin toddlers Rumi and Sir on Instagram
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    Beyoncé shares rare pictures of twin toddlers Rumi and Sir on Instagram

    Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has shared rare pictures of her twin toddlers, Rumi and Sir Carter, in a round-up of 2019 on Instagram.To say that Beyoncé has had a busy 12 months would be something of an understatement, with her history-making headline performances at Coachella and her starring role in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King.