A round-up of other important developments from the past few weeks.
Gov.uk website: New national restrictions from 5 November
Information on the national restrictions, including what they mean for people working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.
The Guardian website: Routine operations will be cancelled despite England lockdown, doctors say
Hospitals will be forced to cancel routine operations due to Covid pressures despite the new lockdown measures, doctors’ leaders have warned. More than 100,000 NHS vacancies are also expected to make Nightingale hospitals hard to staff.
GovWire website: Liverpool to be regularly tested for coronavirus in first whole city testing pilot
People in Liverpool will be offered regular Covid-19 tests under the first trial of whole city testing in England. Everyone living or working in the city will be offered tests, whether or not they have symptoms, with follow-up tests every two weeks or so.
The Guardian website: The face mask test: which are the best at limiting the spread of Covid?
Consumer magazine Which? Discovered that some masks failed to capture 93% of bacterial particles, meaning that these particles could be inhaled or exhaled by the mask wearer.
NHS website: Mental wellbeing while staying at home
A round-up of practical advice for staying at home, focusing on mental health. Tips range from employment rights and benefits, to making time for physical exercise.
Pharmaceutical Journal website: Reopening Nightingale hospitals will put “incredible strain” on pharmacy teams, hospital pharmacists warn
The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists has warned that the impact of reopening NHS Nightingale hospitals on pharmacy would be “more severe” than it was at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid Recovery Commission website: Government urged to define “levelling up” as new data reveals Covid is widening inequalities in the UK’s most deprived neighbourhoods
The commission – set up in July 2020 and chaired by John Allan CBE, the chair of Tesco and Barratt Homes – has published its initial analysis looking at how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted individuals, neighbourhoods and communities across the UK.
El Pais website: A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air
The risk of contagion is highest in indoor spaces but can be reduced by applying available measures to combat infection. Here is an overview of the likelihood of infection in three everyday scenarios, based on the safety measures used and the length of exposure.
Gov.uk website: Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the UK summary
An excellent summary of the latest Covid-19 statistics, updated regularly.
Gov.uk website: Largest Covid-19 antibody testing programme publishes findings on antibody response over time
Levels of protective antibodies in people wane "quite rapidly" after coronavirus infection, claim researchers.
ScienceDirect website: Understanding the policy dynamics of Covid-19 in the UK: Early findings from interviews with policy makers and health care professionals
The UK government response to Covid-19 has been heavily criticised. This journal study looks at witnesses’ perceptions of what has shaped UK policies and how these policies have been received by healthcare workers.
UK Parliament website: MPs call for £7bn annual increase in social care funding as a starting point for reform – doing nothing “no longer an option”
The Health and Social Care Committee calls for a substantial funding increase, and recognise the demand comes at a time of severe financial pressure. However, the gravity of the crisis facing the social care sector demands this response, the MPs claim.
ABHI document: Quality, safety and value: The role of surgical instruments
This paper details the role of surgical instruments and how they bring value to the NHS. It highlights the range and number of instruments that are needed in the NHS, and to ensure that instruments continue to be safe and fit for purpose, makes several recommendations.
Manchester Evening News website: North West Ambulance Service declares “major incident” due to very high volume of 999 calls
North West Ambulance Service had to declare a major incident due to high demand. The major incident was stood down after around three hours.