Excess winter deaths 27pc higher in second wave than during last bad flu season

Excess winter deaths 27pc higher in second wave than during last bad flu season

Excess winter deaths during the second Covid wave in England and Wales were 27 per cent higher than the last bad flu year, the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show. The ONS analysis revealed that there were 63,000 excess winter deaths in 2020/21 compared with 49,410 in 2017/18. Last winter saw the highest … Read more

Covid reinfection means you are less likely to end up in hospital, say scientists

Covid reinfection means you are less likely to end up in hospital, say scientists

Coronavirus reinfection is 90 per cent less likely to land people in hospital than the first time catching the virus, research shows.  Scientists said the findings, from a study of 350,000 Covid cases, suggested that the impact became more like that of the common cold once immunity had built up.  The research, published in the … Read more

Lung cancer experts fear extra 2,500 deaths from stay-at-home advice

Lung cancer experts fear extra 2,500 deaths from stay-at-home advice

Stay at home guidance for people with a cough during the pandemic could fuel 2,500 additional lung cancer deaths, a charity has warned. The UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC) said improvements in survival that were occurring before Covid-19 are now in “jeopardy” unless urgent action is taken. It estimates that delays in diagnosis caused by … Read more