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Today's COVID-19 headlines
Higher risk of death from Covid-19 among some ethnic groups
Provisional analysis from the Office of National Statistics has shown that the risk of death involving the coronavirus (Covid-19) among some ethnic groups is significantly higher than that of those of white ethnicity.
When taking into account age in the analysis, black males are 4.2 times more likely to die from a Covid-19-related death and black females are 4.3 times more likely than white ethnicity males and females.
People of Bangladeshi and Pakistani, Indian, and mixed ethnicities also had statistically significant raised risk of death involving Covid-19 compared with those of white ethnicity.
After taking account of age and other socio-demographic characteristics and measures of self-reported health and disability at the 2011 Census, the risk of a Covid-19-related death for males and females of black ethnicity reduced to 1.9 times more likely than those of white ethnicity.
New Covid-19 guide for patients with dementia
Researchers from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at UCL and the Centre for Ageing Population Studies at UCL are producing an evidence-based guide, for family carers and people with dementia to use in the management of Covid-19. It is estimated that nearly half a million people with dementia in the UK live in their own homes. Latest available data also shows that 38% of all Covid-19 deaths occur in people aged 85 and over (up to 24 April).
The research team hopes that the new guide will also ease the emotional burden that families can experience and help resolve any feelings of uncertainty about the decisions they have made for their loved ones.
The rapid project, funded by an Economic and Social Research Council Covid grant and supported by end of life care charity Marie Curie and Alzheimer’s Society, will identify factors influencing place of care and death in older people as well as the key challenges and decisions which family carers of people living with dementia are facing currently in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Home-based cardiac rehabilitation training offered free to cardiac teams
NHS staff are being offered free training to deliver a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme to help support heart failure patients affected by restricted access to cardiac rehabilitation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Rehabilitation Enablement in CHronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF), a 12-week, evidence-based home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme was developed to help increase participation in rehabilitation therapies for heart failure patients and carers by bringing care into their own homes.
Researchers at the Universities of Exeter, Birmingham, and York and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, in collaboration with the Heart Manual Department, NHS Lothian, brought together clinicians, academics, patients and caregivers to produce a suite of resources, including self-care education, a choice of exercise programmes and psychological support.
Lords Committee to launch inquiry on science of Covid-19
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has announced that it will conduct an inquiry into various scientific and technological aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The focus of this inquiry will be forward looking, aiming to help Government and society learn from the current pandemic and better prepare for future epidemics caused by this and other viruses. The inquiry will begin with its first topic in the coming weeks and is likely to last until December.
The Committee will take evidence from UK and international experts on the scientific understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as the technology involved in preventing, diagnosing and treating the virus. The Committee will seek to identify research opportunities in epidemiology, medical care and basic science.
UK will face a deluge of cancer cases as the pandemic eases
The UK will have to use ‘everything it has got’ to deal with a ‘deluge’ of cancer patients as the Covid-19 pandemic eases, according to Professor Karol Sikora, chief medical officer at Rutherford Health.
Professor Sikora warned of a surge in cancer patients and the impact it will have on the healthcare sector as he spoke today to more than 100 health, care and local government personnel in a webinar organised by Public Policy Projects.
Professor Sikora said: “In the month of April we would have expected around 25,000 people to present with cancer symptoms in the UK. There were only 5,000 because of the pandemic.
“The cancer has not gone away and that means we have to be braced for a surge in patients later in the year who will require treatment.
Other news roundup
- The UK economy will shrink 14% this year according to the Bank of England
- 40,000 pieces of PPE from Turkey did not meet the British safety standards
- Calls to domestic violence hotlines in Europe are up by as much as three-fifths
- Russia overtook France and Germany to become the fifth highest in the world after a record daily rise
- US records more than 2,000 Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours
- In Italy people will be able to attend Mass again later this month