As a global society, we are generally living longer lives. However, in many instances, a longer life doesn't necessarily translate into a healthier, happier one. An Israeli study published in the Science journal has highlighted that slowing down ageing and facilitating good health for longer may be possible.
Just days before Freedom Day, Professor Chris Whitty has warned there could be another lockdown in place within weeks due to soaring Covid cases and rising deaths. Despite the government's previous insistence there would be no more lockdowns after 19th July, the Chief Medical Officer suggested this could be unavoidable if cases and deaths continue to rise.
A report released this week has suggested that the UK should become the first country in the world to introduce a tax on sugary and salty food. In addition, the report suggests that GPs should prescribe fruit and vegetables in a bid to encourage people to eat healthily. The taxes could result in families collectively paying £3.4 billion a year more for shopping. In addition, the report raises concerns the UK's nanny state is out of control.
A company in Milton Keynes has created anti-viral wearables, including face coverings that it claims can deactivate the Covid-19 virus and render it useless through modern technology. The self-proclaimed “transmission hackers” said that the products can turn people into sanitising shields and that it deactivates the virus “by stealth” as people mix again. So, can these wearables really help to kill the Covid virus?
Scientists have revealed they have found irregularities in the blood of people who have long Covid. Researchers found a small number of people with the condition to have specific issues with their blood, which could ultimately help develop a long Covid test within 6-18 months.
The Prime Minister has now as good as confirmed that Freedom Day will go ahead on 19th July, with nearly all restrictions being lifted. However, scientists are warning that the scrapping of Covid restrictions might only last a matter of weeks due to the rapidly spreading Delta variant and the risk of new variants. This will leave many people desperate to make the most of their freedoms while they have the chance.
Following “Freedom Day” being delayed from 21st June due to rising Covid cases, Boris Johnson plans to go full steam ahead with the scrapping of lockdown rules on 19th July. The move, set to be announced on Monday evening, comes despite warnings from scientific advisors cases at their highest level since January.
This autumn and winter, England is planning to offer millions more flu jabs to try and combat the double threat of Covid and flu. With key Covid restrictions such as social distancing now scrapped, the risk of Covid and other respiratory infections will increase as people start to mix again. The health service now hopes to jab more than 35 million people against flu, including over-50s, at-risk groups, and children aged between two and 16.