Category: Corona and Covid

A sniff that may save the world from Covid.

16 January 2021 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin, Exclusive. In a British National Health Service hospital, fifty British ‘guinea-pigs’ last week sniffed a revolutionary new mixture that fights Covid-19 before it gets into our lungs — using a substance that, by coincidence, is connected with the explosive, nitro-glycerine. It’s being hailed as a huge potential life-saver: a product that attacks […]

Teachers of primary school classes not at greater risk of Covid than other workers, says top European survey.

14 January 2021 By Paul Martin

NOTE: In the UK, an Office of National Statistics survey showed that British primary, secondary and tertiary teachers are not at greater risk of dying from Covid-19… just as we reported in regard to primary school teachers eleven days earlier. Nevertheless, this month, January 2021, teachers unions were threatening to take the government to court […]

Waste of money? Private hospitals have been paid around 3.6 billion pounds so far this year, but have treated very few public patients.

1 December 2020 By Paul Martin

This under-use came despite rocketing long waits for operations, according to internal documents leaked to HSJ. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the NHS has had unprecedented block contracts in place for almost all the private hospital capacity in England. The total cost has never been revealed, although public contract notices suggest they are worth around […]

How unwell South African children found their voices — and others around the world. During the pandemic, they’re running their own internet radio station from a Cape Town hospital studio.

28 November 2020 By Paul Martin

RX Radio has given children the opportunity to voice their opinions and understand others By Luzuko Sonkapu. This article was submitted to the Media Monitoring Africa Isu Elihle Awards. I’m an 18-year-old with a chronic illness, spinal muscular atrophy, and at the start of lockdown in March it was better for me to move to […]

Russia will provide a huge ‘guinea-pig’ experiment as it secures its first foreign purchaser for a vaccine against Covid-19.

21 November 2020 By Paul Martin

Russia claims its own vaccine is just as effective as the two American-developed vaccines that Pfizer and Moderna have been testing. No-one outside Russia has taken them seriously — except for a top hospital in, of all places, Israel. The Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem is willing to take a gamble on buying – so […]

After getting Covid, your immunity may last for years. That overcomes a major drawback to effective vaccination.

18 November 2020 By Paul Martin

People who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their antibodies, but they will usually still have strong protective killer cells to give them continuing immunity. So immunity to the coronavirus could last years, or even decades, according to a new study. That may apply, too to how long a vaccine will remain an effective bar […]

Later but warmer. Hot on the heels of Pfizer’s breakthrough in the battle against Covid-19, a German company says it can store its vaccine in a normal fridge.

12 November 2020 By Paul Martin

Franz-Werner Haas, CureVac CEO  Fol­low­ing Pfiz­er’s dra­mat­ic un­veil­ing of a 90%-plus ef­fec­tive­ness rate from its piv­otal Covid-19 vac­cine study ear­li­er this week, less af­flu­ent coun­tries and re­gions around the world have begun to won­der if they will be frozen out of the picture. The vac­cine has to be shipped in temperatures below -70 de­grees cel­sius and then used with­in […]

Two scientists of Turkish origin are heroes in the battle against Covid-19 via a vaccine. Immigrants seem to have injected new vigour into medicine and research.

10 November 2020 By Paul Martin

Immigrants to various European countries have often been the keenest members of their society to push their offspring towards medicine and science. This may help explain why the number of Asians in Britain who are filling up the country’s medical schools is far beyond their proportion in the population. And, likewise, the number of Asian-origin […]