Johnson and Sturgeon will need a better philosophy than precaution to rid us of Covid | Simon Jenkins

When they ’re dicing with our lives, politicians must fully explain the reasoning for their decisions‘You cannot put people out of a job on a hunch,” aGlasgow restaurant owner said of Nicola Sturgeon ’s newdrinking restrictions in Scotland, which have forbidden the sale of alcohol in licensed premises and closed pubs and restaurants across the country ’s central belt for 16 days. “I genuinely do not understand it – and we’re not being told why.”Related:Pubs and restaurants: do scientists think Covid closures and curfews work?Continue reading...
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While virus can spread easily in crowded indoor venues, 10pm cut-off is questionableCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePubs, bars and restaurants in Scotland will bebanned from serving alcohol to customers indoors for more than two weeks,while pubs in northern England face the possibility of tighter restrictions. But what does the science say?Continue reading...
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Abstract Recently, an outbreak of a novel human coronavirus which is referred to as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (COVID-19) by the World Health Organization (WHO) was identified in Wuhan, China. To help combat the pandemic, a systematic review (SR) was performed to collect all available studies concerning inactivation methods, environmental survival, and control and prevention strategies. A comprehensive literature survey yielded 42 eligible studies which included in the SR. The results confirmed that the WHO recommended two alcohol-based hand rub formulations (ethanol 70-95% and 2-...
Source: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Environ Sci Pollut Res Int Source Type: research
ConclusionsDuring the lockdown, psychological distress and decreased well ‐being were common in CHF outpatients, and there was an increase in unhealthy lifestyle behaviours. These changes may negatively impact short‐term and long‐term prognoses. Medication adherence was maintained, and limitations in access to care were partly counterbalanced by use of telehealth.
Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Short Communication Source Type: research
Conclusions: During the lockdown, individuals consumed slightly more alcohol and smoked marginally more cigarettes compared to the period before the lockdown. Further research focussing on follow-up of individuals at risk may be useful to provide appropriate care in post-COVID times.Eur Addict Res
Source: European Addiction Research - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
PURPOSE: The coronavirus lockdown in Italy ended, but the postlockdown phase may be even more challenging than the outbreak itself if the impact on mental health is considered. To date, little evidence is available about the effect of lockdown release in t...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
The coronavirus lockdown in Italy ended, but the postlockdown phase may be even more challenging than the outbreak itself if the impact on mental health is considered. To date, little evidence is available about the effect of lockdown release in terms of adolescent health from the perspective of an emergency department (ED).
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: Original article Source Type: research
Dear Editor,The ongoing coronavirus disease ‑2019 (COVID‑19) outbreak has crossed all the geographical boundaries and has affected individuals, households, societies, and nations at large in all possible domains. To date, a total of1,991,562 cases and 130,885 deaths have been reported, amounting to a case fatality rate of 6.57%.
Source: International Journal of Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
Credit: Barinedum AGARA/IOM LagosBy Chylian AzuhLAGOS, Aug 26 2020 (IPS) ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is a common and seemingly harmless saying. But what happens when commonly eaten foods like pepper, garlic and ginger are wrongfully said to prevent COVID-19? What can we do to fight harmful misinformation? During the first two weeks of the lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria, a lot of people were afraid of contracting the virus. They wore gloves, face masks and practised physical distancing as instructed by the World Health Organization (WHO). For some, the conspiracy theories being peddled on social media and...
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DSTL reports ‘some loss of virus’ using bug repellent, but unclear how much difference it makesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA naturally derived mosquito repellent that was given to British soldiers in April is effective at providing protection against Covid-19, defence scientists have said.But it is unclear whether the spray would make any practical difference beyond frequent hand-washing and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers and personal protective equipment in insulating against the virus.Continue reading...
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Wellcome Trust director says government should have waited for public inquiryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe abolition of Public Health England is a kneejerk attempt to blame it for mistakes made over coronavirus, one of the government ’s key advisers on the crisis has alleged.Jeremy Farrar, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), criticised the move as ill-conceived, premature and unwise until a public inquiry into the pandemic has reported.His remarks came amid fears of widespread job losses when PHE is merged into a new body – up to 800 PHE staff...
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