Stark warning from Chris Whitty – UK has not yet hit the peak of Covid-19 infection

The UK has not yet hit the peak of the current wave of Covid-19 infection, with the next few weeks being “the worst” of the pandemic for the NHS, England’s chief medical officer has warned. Professor Chris Whitty said the vaccine rollout offered hope that lockdown restrictions could be lifted in the coming months, but …
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COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings

Published 9 April 2020 Last updated 18 December 2020 + show all updates 18 December 2020 Updated to include information on designated settings and exemption from re-testing. 30 July 2020 Changes to self-isolation policy for all admitted patients to 14 days; updated section 3 to include the provision of written instructions for ongoing isolation when discharging …
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COVID-19 infection rates in schools mirror rates in the community

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates among students and staff in schools were linked to those found in the wider community at the peak of the second wave, one of the largest studies in schools has found. The Schools Infection Survey (SIS) – a partnership between Public Health England (PHE), the Office for National Statistics and the …
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BBV-related infection control breaches: management toolkit

This toolkit provides support to teams in PHE investigating incidents where an infection control breach or failure has led to potential risk of bloodborne virus (BBV) transmission. The toolkit is designed to supplement incident response, which should primarily be investigated using standard procedures, and any internal reporting or escalation of the incident should follow existing …
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Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) infection: annual data

Published 10 July 2014 Last updated 3 December 2020 + show all updates 3 December 2020 Added annual data for the financial year April 2019 to March 2020. 11 July 2019 Added financial year 2018 to 2019 data and replaced name Clostridium difficile with Clostridioides difficile, to reflect changes in microbial taxonomy. 12 July 2018 Added …
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Coronavirus infection rate down from last week as mass testing pilot begins

Hundreds of people have been tested as part of a pilot mass coronavirus (Covid-19) testing programme while new data showed the rate of infections across England and Wales appears to be slowing down. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said an estimated 618,700 people in England – one in 90 – had coronavirus between October …
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Urinary tract infection: diagnostic tools for primary care

Published 21 November 2007 Last updated 19 October 2020 + show all updates 19 October 2020 Updated diagnostic tool, based on user feedback. Provided clarity on CAUTI management, age group focus for the flowcharts and information on when to refer for further assessment. 6 September 2019 Updated tables and flowcharts for adults over-65 in the quick …
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C. difficile infection: monthly data by prior trust exposure

Published 5 June 2019 Last updated 6 October 2020 + show all updates 6 October 2020 Added August 2019 to August 2020 data. 2 September 2020 Added July 2019 to July 2020 data. 5 August 2020 Added June 2019 to June 2020 data. 1 July 2020 Added May 2019 to May 2020 data and archived financial …
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Naomi Klein: I Fear Trump Will Exploit His COVID Infection to Further Destabilize the Election

In these times of elections, climate chaos and COVID-19, independent news is more important than ever. You turn to Democracy Now! because you trust that when we’re reporting on the pandemic or the uprisings against police brutality—or the climate crisis—our coverage is not brought to you by the fossil fuel, insurance or weapons industries or …
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Guidance: Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Department Of Health Details This document has been prepared in response to questions received from local government and care providers about the infection control fund. The fund is worth 600 million. The main purpose of this fund is to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care …
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