Keep cats inside and dogs on leads to avoid coronavirus spread, say scientists

Laboratory studies suggest Covid-19 could be transmitted to numerous animals because its spike protein, by which it attaches to host cells, uses a protein found in many species. Professor Sarah Edwards said: “There’s an urgent need for widespread surveillance, by testing samples, preferably non-invasively, from large numbers of animals, particularly pets, livestock and wildlife that […]

Priority vaccination queue headed by frontline workers and over-50s

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said the over-50s, frontline healthcare workers and those with heart and kidney problems would also be in the first cohort to be inoculated by coronavirus jabs as soon as a vaccine becomes available A potential vaccine developed by...

why the NHS’s bespoke contact tracing system had to be switched

How the two systems work  Both Apple and Google’s contact tracing system and the NHS’s app use smartphones’ bluetooth connections to log when people come into close proximity, potentially spreading the virus. The apps are then designed to send alerts out to...