Friday Five

Omicron to infect half of Europe in weeks, deputy chief medical officer quits and calls for delay to mandatory vaccine law – this week’s Friday Five

Study finds Covid measures resulted in decrease in childhood infections A study has found that only fifteen children were hospitalised with measles during the first year of the pandemic compared to around 150 in a normal year. This “dramatic” fall in common childhood infections including meningitis, flu, tonsillitis and pneumonia, have been linked to measures…

Friday Five

Pre-departure tests scrapped, ‘work from office’ for mental health, staff shortages in hospitals and urgent action required to tackle waiting lists – this week’s Friday Five

Pre-departure travel tests to be scrapped for travellers entering the UK The government has announced this week that pre-departure tests will end for fully vaccinated travellers and day two PCRs will be replaced by lateral flow tests. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained that the current Covid testing system for those travelling had served its purpose…

Friday Five

Omicron found to be lower risk, no more Covid rules before Christmas, record levels of cases and self isolation period reduced – this week’s Friday Five

Studies find Omicron risk lower than other variants The UK government says it is monitoring Covid data after early studies found the Omicron variant may cause milder illness than the Delta variant. Scientists said the findings were good news but warned a big wave of cases could still overwhelm the NHS. Analysis by researchers at…