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

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

Due to the continued UK coronavirus outbreak Boris Johnson has told the public they should only leave the house for several key reasons.

These include travelling to work as a keyworker, shopping for food or medicine and taking one form of exercise per day.

Those with underlying health conditions and people over the age of 70 should now be self-isolating at home for a period of 12 weeks.

Elsewhere in the world, the whole of Italy and Spain have been put on lockdown.

Increasing panic has led to plunging stock markets, and some UK supermarkets including Tesco and Waitrose have begun rationing essential food stock and household items.

According to experts at John Hopkins University in the US, roughly one billion people catch the winter flu every year. It is estimated that between 290,000 and 650,000 of those who get the illness die.

So why is everyone worried about Covid-19,

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

10 things you need to know today: March 30, 2020

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President Trump on Sunday extended federal social distancing guidelines until the end of April, just days after saying he hoped to lift them and restart the economy by Easter, April 12. Trump said his aim for Easter was “just an aspiration,” and it now appears that the outbreak in the U.S. will be peaking about that time. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won,” Trump said. “That would be the greatest loss of all.” Trump’s comments came after Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the COVID-19 coronavirus could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, with millions of infections. The number of infections in the U.S. rose above 143,000 by early Monday, with more than 2,500 deaths. [The Washington Post, CNN]

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The governors of New York, Michigan, and Louisiana warned on Sunday that hospitals

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Can face masks protect you from catching deadly virus?

Can face masks protect you from catching deadly virus?

On 2 April the World Health Organisation announced a panel of advisers would be assessing whether more of us should be wearing face masks outside.​

The group will consider research on whether coronavirus can be projected further than previously thought and whether this means unwell people should wear the masks.

The outcome will determine whether WHO revises advise around face masks for people who could spread the virus.

But if you are walking outside to exercise or to travel into work as a key worker, does wearing a face mask reduce your risk of catching the virus?

Surgical masks were first introduced into hospitals in the late 1700s but they did not make the transition into public use until the Spanish flu outbreak in 1919.

The masks are designed for use in a clinical setting, such as a hospital ward or theatre, where they are primarily meant for preventing visible

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What is Project Airbridge?

What is Project Airbridge?

As U.S. hospitals are in search of the medical supplies they need to fight COVID-19, the federal government is working with private companies to bring, in the words of President Trump, “massive amounts of medical supplies from other countries to the United States.”

The effort is called “Project Airbridge,” and on Sunday, Mr. Trump announced that the first flight of equipment from Shanghai landed in New York with 80 tons of personal protective equipment. That FEMA-funded flight contained roughly 130,000 N95 masks, roughly 1.8 million face masks and gowns, more than 10.3 million gloves and more than 70,000 thermometers, according to a White House official. 

FEMA and the State Department are coordinating flights to bring the supplies to the U.S. in two to three days, rather than shipping them by sea, which would take 20-40 days.

Governors and hospitals have been sounding the alarm that they need more personal protective

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Can latex gloves protect you from catching deadly virus?

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.

Those with underlying health conditions should be self-isolating at home for a period of 12 weeks.

Since the outbreak began in January it has spread around the globe with the World Health Organisation (WHO) announcing that Europe is now the centre of the outbreak.

So what can people do to keep safe? Are there practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of contracting the illness like wearing a face mask or latex gloves?

A shop in Brighton, which became a hot-spot for the early spread of the virus in the UK after one resident became a “super-spreader”, said all customers must wear face masks

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How to be productive when you have to work from home

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.

It is hoped that keeping people further apart from each other it will reduce the chance of group spread. As well as removing the opportunity for the virus to be caught during a commute or in communal office spaces.

For those who might find themselves at home for an extended period of time, what is the best way to maximise productivity, maintain good physical and mental health, and not spend all day in your pyjamas when working from home?

We asked Karen Eyre-White, a productivity coach and founder of GoDo business organisation, for her advice

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Coronavirus cases could soar in these US counties with high populations of senior citizens

COVID-19 is dangerous for seniors. But that threat increases in rural counties where care is far away.

Joyce and James Foster live in a bucolic slice of Texas hill country blanketed in oaks, jumping with deer and dotted with lakes. But a less welcome addition to their landscape has arrived: COVID-19.

Given their ages — she is 90 and he is 94 — the couple is particularly at risk, along with 36% of Llano County that is over 65.

“It scares me to death, of course,” says Joyce Foster, adding that she and her husband are social distancing, getting food delivered by their daughters and staying in touch with doctors who are 35 miles away in Fredericksburg. “Any right-minded person would be frightened if you look at what’s going on all over the world.”

The Fosters are right to be concerned about the potential havoc coronavirus could wreak on the 50 million Americans of retirement age. A March 18 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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Should you take paracetamol rather than ibuprofen to treat symptoms?

Should you take paracetamol rather than ibuprofen to treat symptoms?

While there have been calls for coronavirus tests to be made available to NHS staff and the wider public, currently individuals are only tested if they are being treated in hospital.

For the rest of the public, the UK government says if you show symptoms for the virus — the two main symptoms being a high temperature and a new, continuous cough — you should stay at home for seven days and not call 111 or attend a GP or hospital.

If you do not get better on your own within a week, or your symptoms get worse, then you can seek medical help, says the most recent NHS advice.

Currently there is no specific treatment for coronavirus and any potential treatment, in hospital or elsewhere, simply aims to relieve symptoms rather than cure them.

So what should you do if you’re at home with symptoms and waiting for them

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A coronavirus 'super-spreader' in India who refused to self-isolate sparked an outbreak that left 40,000 people in quarantine, officials say

A coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ in India who refused to self-isolate sparked an outbreak that left 40,000 people in quarantine, officials say

A worker fumigates the interiors of a Karnataka Interstate Transport bus to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Bangalore, India, on March 19, 2020.
A worker fumigates the interiors of a Karnataka Interstate Transport bus to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Bangalore, India, on March 19, 2020.

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  • A coronavirus “super-spreader” who refused to self-isolate prompted the quarantine of about tens of thousands, officials said.

  • The “super-spreader” did not self-quarantine after traveling to Italy and Germany, and attended a large Sikh festival in India in mid-March.

  • The man died shortly after the festival, and was posthumously diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

  • His diagnosis prompted officials to lock down 20 neighboring villages in northern India in a bid to contain the spread.

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A coronavirus “super-spreader” who refused to self-isolate after traveling prompted the quarantine of about 40,000 people in India, officials said.

Residents from 20 villages in northern India have been quarantined after coming in contact with a 70-year-old man at

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Is it safe to be receiving delivery packages and should you even be shopping for non-essential items online?

Is it safe to be receiving delivery packages and should you even be shopping for non-essential items online?

Since being placed under lockdown on Monday 23 March, many people in the UK have had to acclimatise to spending the majority of their days cooped up in their homes.

Adapting to this temporary way of life has meant having to give up most of our everyday activities, such as going to the pub, hanging out with friends and going shopping.

While online shopping is already a significant aspect of our lives, it has gained increasing importance during the coronavirus pandemic, with many people relying on online deliveries for their groceries, household essentials and luxury items such as new clothes.

But, considering how much we have yet to learn about Covid-19, some have questioned whether it is safe to receive packages at your home.

So is it safe to accept deliveries at your front door?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that it is currently “not certain” how long the

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