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Covid: No need to change Christmas plans says Sajid Javid

Wed, 01 Dec 2021 09:34:39 GMT

The heath secretary says people should however be "a bit cautious".

How many cases in your area?

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 17:14:41 GMT

Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

Why you shouldn't get a second Covid jab too early

Fri, 02 Jul 2021 06:21:34 GMT

A government scientific advisor tells Newsbeat why four weeks is too soon between Covid jabs.

Covid in Scotland: New Scottish Omicron case not linked to others

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 08:44:03 GMT

Another case of the new variant of Covid-19 has been reported in Scotland, bringing the total to 10.

How do we know Covid vaccines are safe?

Mon, 10 May 2021 17:16:50 GMT

Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines.

Covid: Why are 12-15s now being double-jabbed?

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:45:36 GMT

All children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of Covid vaccine.

Coronavirus: What is the risk to men over 50?

Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:03:54 GMT

While most people will have mild symptoms and recover quickly, some are more prone to getting sick.

Omicron: How are Covid rules and booster jabs changing?

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 11:54:25 GMT

Covid rules are being strengthened in response to the Omicron variant

Covid: No need to cancel Christmas party plans - Javid

Wed, 01 Dec 2021 22:31:26 GMT

Take lateral flow test before socialising, health secretary suggests at start of two-month booster push.

How do you say 'Omicron'?

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 18:26:31 GMT

Omicron is the 13th variant of the Covid-19 virus to receive a Greek name but the pronunciation is up for debate.

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:41:25 GMT

Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households".

PM on January Covid booster offer target

Tue, 30 Nov 2021 17:02:45 GMT

Boris Johnson says people will be worked through by age group - as at other stages of the Covid vaccine roll-out.

Covid: Don't kiss strangers under mistletoe - minister

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 03:02:48 GMT

People should try to reduce Covid transmission so we can all enjoy Christmas "knees up", Therese Coffey says.

Why bonding over the Euros appeared to increase Covid cases in men

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 23:34:49 GMT

Psychologists say men need to be part of a group in order to vent their feelings and emotions.

All you need to know on the coronavirus

Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:24:04 GMT

A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms of coronavirus.

Covid: South Africa new cases surge as Omicron spreads

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 17:42:33 GMT

The new Omicron variant has now become dominant, the country's top medical scientists say.

Coronavirus: Intensive care and other key terms explained

Sun, 03 May 2020 00:06:18 GMT

Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Omicron: What are England's mask rules now?

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 16:57:24 GMT

Face coverings are a legal requirement again in England in shops and on public transport.

How to get a Covid test

Tue, 23 Nov 2021 15:44:23 GMT

People in England are being advised to test for Covid before going to crowded places this winter.

Covid: 'Putting people to sleep knowing they may not wake'

Tue, 16 Nov 2021 11:27:36 GMT

An intensive care consultant says most Covid cases are those aged between 40 and 50.

Omicron: How do you detect it?

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 15:23:57 GMT

Swabs from PCR tests can help identify omicron, but genetic analysis is needed to confirm it.

Covid: Is it safe to hit the office Christmas party?

Wed, 01 Dec 2021 09:44:23 GMT

What is the chance that after-work drinks with colleagues will turn into a Covid superspreader event?

Covid Omicron: Time to consider mandatory jabs, EU chief says

Wed, 01 Dec 2021 20:43:40 GMT

EU countries should discuss forced vaccinations to combat the Omicron variant, says Ursula von der Leyen.

'Agoraphobia makes you feel like a prisoner in your own home'

Thu, 28 Oct 2021 15:55:26 GMT

MP Simon Clarke opted out of a Downing Street Budget photograph because of agoraphobia - what does it feel like to live with it?

Covid: Trigger of rare blood clots with AstraZeneca jab found by scientists

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 06:55:27 GMT

Researchers in Cardiff and the US work out how the Covid jab may be linked to the extremely rare clots.

New Covid variant: Will new measures against Omicron work?

Sun, 28 Nov 2021 08:55:54 GMT

The new variant's genetic profile has raised concerns, but there's a shortage of real-world data.

Covid: When can teenagers get a second dose?

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:45:05 GMT

All 16 and 17 year-olds in the UK can now have a second dose 12 weeks after the first.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:02:03 GMT

What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

'I found I had breast cancer when I lost my voice'

Fri, 19 Nov 2021 06:19:01 GMT

An Edinburgh mother-of-two thought she had laryngitis when her voice turned to a "papery whisper".

Covid: Who can have a booster jab and how can you get one?

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 08:32:00 GMT

All UK adults will be offered a Covid booster, and 12-15-year-olds will be offered a second jab.

UK approves another antibody treatment for Covid

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 08:39:07 GMT

It's called sotrovimab and should cut the risk of severe illness, even for new variants such as Omicron, say scientists.

World Aids Day: 'I saw my partner and friends die of the disease'

Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:06:52 GMT

Dr Rupert Whitaker lived through the Aids epidemic in London in the 1980s.

Covid rules: How can the clinically vulnerable stay safe?

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:02:33 GMT

As social-distancing and other Covid rules end in England, how can people who were shielding stay safe?

'We're not battle-axes', say GP receptionists

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 06:27:31 GMT

Primary care staff in Bristol say they have never seen pressure like this before - and winter hasn't even started yet.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla: My wife's vaccine death is fake news

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 06:11:32 GMT

In an exclusive interview, Albert Bourla hits out at the "rubbish" that has been published about him.

Covid vaccine ‘waning immunity’: How worried should I be?

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 01:06:41 GMT

Is the effectiveness of Covid vaccines waning over time? We look at how much protection being double vaccinated offers.

Domestic abuse: GPs trained to spot signs of violence

Fri, 19 Nov 2021 06:10:11 GMT

Dr Siaron West says specialist training made "at least half a dozen of my patients" spring to mind.

What are the Covid variants and will vaccines still work?

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 15:27:08 GMT

A new Covid variant has emerged that looks worryingly different to the one vaccines were designed to fight.

Beta coronavirus variant: What is the risk?

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 08:57:20 GMT

There are fears that this version of coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is

Covid: Pfizer and Moderna jabs give best overall boost, UK trial finds

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 01:13:58 GMT

Researchers say there are signs the boosters would still offer protection against new variant Omicron.

Pfizer boss: Annual Covid jabs for years to come

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 07:39:34 GMT

In an exclusive interview, Dr Albert Bourla says jabs have saved millions of lives.

Covid risk remains higher for some ethnic groups

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 01:19:02 GMT

A major report reveals who in society has been hit hardest by each wave of Covid in the UK.

Coronavirus: Do face masks actually work?

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:04:25 GMT

With face masks in high demand, we look at whether they really can protect people from the virus.