• Coronavirus: Nurse demonstrates how wearing gloves can cause cross-contamination of germs
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    Coronavirus: Nurse demonstrates how wearing gloves can cause cross-contamination of germs

    A nurse has shared a video explaining how wearing gloves when you go out to do your grocery shopping can cause cross-contamination of germs.Molly Lixey, a registered nurse from Michigan, shared a video on Facebook in which she demonstrates how easily you can spread germs when wearing gloves.

  • How to watch Joe Wicks’ hugely popular PE workout online
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    How to watch Joe Wicks’ hugely popular PE workout online

    This week, millions of children have spent their mornings joining Joe Wicks for a free live PE lesson following the closure of schools in the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic.On Monday, the 33-year-old fitness instructor held his first virtual PE class on YouTube to ensure children are still keeping fit from home.

  • Coronavirus: Government failing to protect domestic abuse victims from virus, says charity
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    Coronavirus: Government failing to protect domestic abuse victims from virus, says charity

    Government agencies are failing to protect victims of domestic abuse from contracting coronavirus during the ongoing pandemic, a charity in Ireland says.Safe Ireland said that it is growing “increasingly concerned” that the government is not responding to the seriousness of the situation facing women and children living in refuges and temporary accommodation.

  • Coronavirus: Children eligible for free school meals to get supermarket vouchers over Easter
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    Coronavirus: Children eligible for free school meals to get supermarket vouchers over Easter

    Children in England who qualify for free school meals (FSM) will continue receiving supermarket vouchers throughout the Easter holidays, the government has announced, following pressure from campaigners.Speaking at Sunday’s daily coronavirus briefing, Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said the government was “conscious more must be done” to help families on low-incomes while schools remain shut.

  • Coronavirus: Why do people seem to feel groggy and tired during lockdown?
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    Coronavirus: Why do people seem to feel groggy and tired during lockdown?

    Ever since the UK was placed in lockdown on Monday 23 March, people across the nation have had to quickly acclimatise to spending an increased amount of time at home and indoors.Disruptions to everyday life have been far-reaching. While some have had to become accustomed to working from home every day, others have been unable to work at all.

  • ‘Smart toilet’ can detect signs of disease, scientists claim
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    ‘Smart toilet’ can detect signs of disease, scientists claim

    A new “smart toilet” can detect signs of various diseases in a person’s stool and urine, a team of American researchers have claimed.A team at Stanford University’s School of Medicine in California has invented a device that fits inside a toilet and uses motion-sensing technology in addition to cameras and test strips to analyse what is inside the toilet and send the data to a secure server.

  • Coronavirus: UK government urged to include sign language interpreter in daily briefings
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    Coronavirus: UK government urged to include sign language interpreter in daily briefings

    An aspiring teacher is calling on the UK government to include a sign language interpreter in its daily press briefing to help deaf people better understand the coronavirus pandemic.Holly McConnell, a second-year at the University of Edinburgh, said she was moved to act after noticing that Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had been accompanied by an interpreter during Covid-19 press conferences.

  • Coronavirus: What is herd immunity and is it a possibility for the UK?
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    Coronavirus: What is herd immunity and is it a possibility for the UK?

    The global spread of the coronavirus – which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) – has left many people wondering when and how the outbreak may subside.In March it was claimed that the British government was hoping to reduce the impact of the virus by allowing it to “pass through the entire population so that we acquire herd immunity”.

  • Coronavirus: What should you do if your wedding could be cancelled?
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    Coronavirus: What should you do if your wedding could be cancelled?

    [Editor's note: The information contained in this article was correct at the time of publication; now the government has stopped all non-essential leaving the house and only permits trips for food or medication or travelling to work as a key worker. The Church of England had previously said only five people, including the bride and groom, may be present at Anglican ceremonies.]The outbreak of coronavirus is having an ever-increasing impact on people’s daily lives.

  • Coronavirus tips: How to curb your anxiety about Covid-19 virus according to psychologists
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    Coronavirus tips: How to curb your anxiety about Covid-19 virus according to psychologists

    On 23 March, the UK government implemented a lockdown on the country to curb the spread of coronavirus.The measures have seen all non-essential travel banned and pubs, restaurants and theatres close, while people have been asked to work from home unless they are a key worker.

  • 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: How to help the elderly and other vulnerable people during the outbreak
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    Coronavirus: How to help the elderly and other vulnerable people during the outbreak

    As of 23 March, the UK government has said the public should be staying at home and leaving the house only for food, medicine, to travel to work as a key worker or to exercise once a dayIn addition other groups of vulnerable people – such as those with underlying health conditions and the over 70s – are also being asked to “socially distance” themselves by staying at home for 12 weeks and having minimal interaction with other people.

  • Coronavirus: How to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder
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    Coronavirus: How to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder

    The UK government has launched an urgent appeal for 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak.Last week, Matt Hancock, the health secretary, called on members of the general public to come forward to help support the most vulnerable people who are unable to leave their homes.

  • Coronavirus: How to dispose of your waste if you have symptoms
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    Coronavirus: How to dispose of your waste if you have symptoms

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson has told the public they should now only leave the house for several key reasons.These include travelling to work as a key worker, shopping for food or taking one form of exercise per day.

  • Coronavirus panic-buying: As supermarkets ration items, should customers be stockpiling?
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    Coronavirus panic-buying: As supermarkets ration items, should customers be stockpiling?

    Since the coronavirus outbreak began in January, a rising number of cases around the world has led to an increase in panic and concern. ​Worry has appeared more prevalent in recent days, following the prime minister’s announcement on Monday 23 March that the nation was to be placed in lockdown.

  • ‘If anyone tells you a date they’re using a crystal ball’: When can we really expect coronavirus to end?
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    ‘If anyone tells you a date they’re using a crystal ball’: When can we really expect coronavirus to end?

    The first case of coronavirus transmitted in the UK was reported on 31 January. There have since been more than 4,900 deaths across the nation.In a bid to combat the continued rise in cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised the public to adopt a policy of “social distancing”, which includes working from home where possible and not undertaking any non-essential travel.

  • Coronavirus: Can I get a home testing kit and what is an antibody test?
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    Coronavirus: Can I get a home testing kit and what is an antibody test?

    Earlier this month, the NHS outlined plans to run 10,000 tests for coronavirus a day amid the pandemic.While Boris Johnson recently told the House of Commons this number would increase to 25,000, newly-released figures show that on Monday 23 March, 5,605 tests were conducted.

  • How to stay motivated to workout from home, according to experts
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    How to stay motivated to workout from home, according to experts

    While the country remains in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, you may be finding it difficult maintaining your regular workout routine or feeling motivated to exercise at all.However, working out in some form on a regular basis will prove extremely beneficial for your physical health in the long run, not to mention also helping to alleviate some of the stress you may be experiencing.

  • Coronavirus: What is social distancing and will it stop the outbreak spreading in the UK?
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    Coronavirus: What is social distancing and will it stop the outbreak spreading in the UK?

    [Editor's note: the government has now advised that the public may only leave home if they are buying food or medicine, going to work as a key worker or doing one form of exercise per day].Following the coronavirus outbreak, prime minister Boris Johnson has issued a number of guidelines for the general public to follow in order to prevent the disease from spreading.

  • Coronavirus: How to be productive when you have to work from home
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    Coronavirus: How to be productive when you have to work from home

    Boris Johnson has told the public that they should now be working from home where possible in a bid to contain the ongoing UK coronavirus outbreak.Apart from key workers, the government says no one should be leaving their home other than to buy food, medicine or to go for a once-daily walk or run.

  • 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: What is a super-spreader and how do they change disease outbreaks?
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    Coronavirus: What is a super-spreader and how do they change disease outbreaks?

    One of the first confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK was a man from Brighton who was deemed a "super-spreader" after passing the virus on to six or seven people.

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

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak Boris Johnson has told the public they should now only leave the house for several key reasons.These include travelling to work as a key worker, shopping for food or medicine and taking one form of exercise per day.

  • Coronavirus: NHS doctor shows how wearing gloves when you go out could spread germs
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    Coronavirus: NHS doctor shows how wearing gloves when you go out could spread germs

    An NHS doctor has demonstrated how wearing gloves when you go out could result in you spreading germs, not stopping them.Dr Karan Raj, a surgeon who has 85,000 followers on TikTok, shared a video on the platform explaining why it may not be advisable for people to wear gloves when they leave their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Coronavirus tips: How worried should pregnant women be about coronavirus?
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    Coronavirus tips: How worried should pregnant women be about coronavirus?

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to hospital on 5 April as a "precautionary step" after experiencing symptoms for more than ten days.His fiancee Carrie Symonds, whom earlier this year announced that she was pregnant, was also confirmed to have the symptoms of Covid-19.