The study, published in the Lancet, is the latest to come under fire from experts who fear that in the midst of the pandemic some research papers are being written, reviewed and published too fast for sufficient quality checks to be performed. Earlier this month, the Lancet and another elite publication, the New England Journal of Medicine, were forced to retract coronavirus studies after flaws in the papers emerged. … [Read more...] about Scientists report flaws in WHO-funded study on 2-metre distancing
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Lunchtime read: ‘We’re bring life back to these towns’ As tensions mount between the UK and France over the increase in illegal Channel crossings, our correspondent Sam Jones has travelled to a town in Spain which is welcoming immigrants with open arms. Pareja is home to three families from Venezuela who have fled their homeland’s worsening economic crisis for a new life in the central Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha, which is desperate for young families after years of depopulation. “They’re giving us shelter here and we’re going to stay here to help bring life back to these towns,” says one migrant, Ángel Márquez. … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: Hong Kong media tycoon held under new security law
What distance is recommended? Health officials in the UK recommend people keep at least 2 metres from each other. At that distance, they believe the risk of infection during face-to-face conversation reduces to an acceptable level. The same distance applies in Canada and Spain. But other countries are less cautious. In the US people are advised to keep at least 6ft, or 1.8 metres, apart. Other countries, such as Germany, Italy, Greece, Australia and the Netherlands have opted for 1.5 metres. South Korea advises 1.4 metres, and in France, Denmark, China, Hong Kong and Singapore it is 1 metre. … [Read more...] about What is the science behind the UK’s coronavirus distancing rules?
“It’s meant a great deal of time has been spent with their immediate family, and while this is a good thing, the toy list also includes products that allow children to get back to simply being a kid - whether that’s a dancing unicorn or a flamingo that chirps about going to the toilet.” … [Read more...] about Argos unveil top 12 Christmas toys for 2020 that are set to fly off the shelves