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Lockdown – Which is Safer a Coffee or the Gym?

Lockdown Easing - Is It Safer to Visit a Coffee Shop or a Gym? The New York times looked into this and using anonymised mobile phone location data from April 2019 they measured how crowded businesses get.  They found: Fast-food restaurants tended to be small and...

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Coronavirus and Sneezing

COVID-19 and a Sneeze How far can human sneeze droplets be ejected?  This was measured by Lydia Bourouiba and written in the New England Journal of Medicine in August 2016.  She videoed the human sneeze and measured the emission of a sneeze cloud produced by...

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COVID-19 and Vitamin D

Vitamin D and COVID-19 As we are now just coming out of the lockdown and have been banished to our homes.  What might this lack of sunlight affect?  An article in The Lancet looked at whether being deficient in vitamin D resulted in a poorer outcome if...

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Who is effected by Coronavirus

COVID-19 and Who It Effects Severely Although some of those patients who are severely affected by Coronavirus are of an increased age and people with pre-existing health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, this is not always the case. ...

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COVID-19 and Border Controls

Why Are Travel Restrictions Imposed and What Is The Evidence Behind Them During This COVID-19 Crisis? This is a fundamental question and requires an evidence based answer, particularly when trade is vital to our economy. An article by Kelly Leigh and others in The...

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COVID-19 and Anti-hypertensive Drugs

COVID-19 and the Use of Antihypertensive Drugs Known As the ACE2 Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers Known As Arbs  This has become a highly contentious topic during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Initially there existed no evidence...

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Coronavirus and Chinese Medicine

COVID-19 came from China; Can We Use Chinese Herbal Medicines to Treat COVID-19? An interesting correspondence from The Lancet expands further on this.  Chinese officials announced at a press conference on April 14, 2020 that three patent herbal drugs had been...

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Risk Factors for Coronavirus

So What Are The Risk Factors and Identifying Demographics for Testing Positive to SARS-CoV-2?  A study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases by the Oxford Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre looked at patients who were...

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Coronavirus and Children

Children and COVID-19 Infection A review of papers published in Nature Journal looks at how children are affected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and their resulting symptoms with COVID-19.  The role of children in spreading the coronavirus has been a key...

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A review of COVID-19

COVID-19, A Complex Multisystem Clinical Syndrome A review of the COVID-19 infection and a look at presentation and complications.  A helpful article in The BMJ of 1 May 2020 by Dr Michael Roberts and others helps us to assess this complex clinical syndrome. The...

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