'Although recent modeling studies predict that school closures alone would prevent only two percent to four percent of deaths, school closures may be associated with mental health problems among students owing to a prolonged state of physical isolation from peers, teachers, extended family, and community networks,' the study authors wrote. … [Read more...] about Could reopening schools spare US kids from depression epidemic? Mental health problems grew by 35% and suicide attempts doubled during lockdown in China
Why has this happened now? The demand for testing has risen with the easing of lockdown restrictions, up 63% for first-time testers since mid-June. More people are mixing socially and coming into contact with each other as shops, gyms and cafes open and people return to school and work. On Sunday, the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK leapt 65% from the previous day’s figure to 2,988, with the number on Monday similar at 2,948. On Tuesday, 2,460 positive tests were reported. … [Read more...] about Why is there a problem with getting a test for Covid-19 in the UK?
Only a mile or so from the O2, Rosalind Dalton had also been feeling short of breath and needed her Symbicort 200 steroid inhaler. She, too, is a singer, who has been in operatic societies since she was 15, but she says she can't hold the long phrases these days. She lives near the Woolwich flyover, where a grey, 3ft-high air pollution monitoring box on a slip road to a busy road regularly shows pollution regularly well over the legal limit. Recently she was diagnosed with a long-term lung condition, even though neither she nor her family have ever smoked. "The air pollution has been bad in the last few weeks. On one occasion I set off to walk to Sainsbury's and turned back because I was having symptoms," she says. … [Read more...] about UK air pollution: why are we only now waking up to this public health crisis?
Other possible measures that have been mooted should the R number escalate in the capital include restricting travel beyond the M25 and putting a stop to stays at other people’s houses – similar to policies in local lockdowns imposed in Leicester and parts of the north-west of England in recent days. … [Read more...] about Johnson and Sunak met ‘to discuss how to avoid new lockdown’
New rules designed to curb a resurgence of coronavirus by making it illegal for groups of more than six to meet in England will be in place for the “foreseeable future”, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said, although he hopes the situation can be turned around before Christmas. … [Read more...] about Matt Hancock hopes six-person Covid rule can be lifted ‘before Christmas’