• Coronavirus: Cats highly susceptible to infection, study finds
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    Coronavirus: Cats highly susceptible to infection, study finds

    Coronavirus can be transmitted between cats, a study has confirmed, days after reports that a pet in Belgium had been infected with the disease.Researchers at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China found the animals are highly susceptible to the infection.

  • Coronavirus: How to work from home when you have children
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    Coronavirus: How to work from home when you have children

    As the coronavirus continues to spread, most people who are used to working in an office environment suddenly face the reality of a new workspace - their own home.Boris Johnson has placed the UK on lockdown, meaning that bars and restaurants are now closed while people are expected to avoid all non-essential travel and work from home where possible to help curb the outbreak.

  • Coronavirus: What is a super-spreader and how do they change disease outbreaks?
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    Coronavirus: What is a super-spreader and how do they change disease outbreaks?

    One of the first confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK was a man from Brighton who was deemed a "super-spreader" after passing the virus on to six or seven people.

  • Coronavirus: How to be productive when you have to work from home
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    Coronavirus: How to be productive when you have to work from home

    Boris Johnson has told the public that they should now be working from home where possible in a bid to contain the ongoing UK coronavirus outbreak.Apart from key workers, the government says no one should be leaving their home other than to buy food, medicine or to go for a once-daily walk or run.

  • Coronavirus: Can your dog or cat get Covid-19 and can you catch it from your pet?
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    Coronavirus: Can your dog or cat get Covid-19 and can you catch it from your pet?

    In February a pet dog in Hong Kong tested ‘weak positive‘ for coronavirus and was placed into quarantine.The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in Hong Kong confirmed that repeated tests suggested the dog had a “low-level” of the virus and that it was likely to be the case of human-to-animal transmission.

  • Coronavirus: Can latex gloves protect you from catching deadly virus?
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    Coronavirus: Can latex gloves protect you from catching deadly virus?

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak Boris Johnson has told the public they should now only leave the house for several key reasons.These include travelling to work as a key worker, shopping for food or medicine and taking one form of exercise per day.

  • Coronavirus: How worried should pregnant women be about coronavirus?
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    Coronavirus: How worried should pregnant women be about coronavirus?

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus, and is displaying “mild symptoms”.The news is likely to cause concern for his fiancee Carrie Symonds, whom earlier this year announced that she was pregnant.

  • Coronavirus: What is the difference between Covid-19 and the common cold and flu?
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    Coronavirus: What is the difference between Covid-19 and the common cold and flu?

    Due to the continued UK coronavirus outbreak Boris Johnson has told the public they should only leave the house for several key reasons.These include travelling to work as a keyworker, shopping for food or medicine and taking one form of exercise per day.

  • Coronavirus: Can I get a home testing kit and what is an antibody test?
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    Coronavirus: Can I get a home testing kit and what is an antibody test?

    Earlier this month, the NHS outlined plans to run 10,000 tests for coronavirus a day amid the pandemic.While Boris Johnson recently told the House of Commons this number would increase to 25,000, newly-released figures show that on Monday 23 March, 5,605 tests were conducted.

  • Coronavirus: What is self-isolation and who needs to do it?
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    Coronavirus: What is self-isolation and who needs to do it?

    Boris Johnson has placed a lockdown on the UK meaning that all shops selling non-essential goods,​ such clothing and electronics, and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms have been forced to close.

  • How to stay motivated to workout from home, according to experts
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    How to stay motivated to workout from home, according to experts

    While the country remains in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, you may be finding it difficult maintaining your regular workout routine or feeling motivated to exercise at all.However, working out in some form on a regular basis will prove extremely beneficial for your physical health in the long run, not to mention also helping to alleviate some of the stress you may be experiencing.

  • Coronavirus: Why are loss of smell and taste reportedly symptoms of Covid-19?
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    Coronavirus: Why are loss of smell and taste reportedly symptoms of Covid-19?

    Throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, discussions have taken place surrounding the possibility that the virus can be spread by people who are asymptomatic.​Though the two primary symptoms of Covid-19 have been widely cited as a high temperature and a new, continuous cough, health officials have recently stated that loss of smell and taste could also be lesser-known symptoms of the virus.​

  • Coronavirus panic-buying: As supermarkets ration items, should customers be stockpiling?
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    Coronavirus panic-buying: As supermarkets ration items, should customers be stockpiling?

    Since the coronavirus outbreak began in January, a rising number of cases around the world has led to an increase in panic and concern. ​Worry has appeared more prevalent in recent days, following the prime minister’s announcement on Monday 23 March that the nation was to be placed in lockdown.

  • ‘If anyone tells you a date they’re using a crystal ball’: When can we really expect coronavirus to end?
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    ‘If anyone tells you a date they’re using a crystal ball’: When can we really expect coronavirus to end?

    The first case of coronavirus transmitted in the UK was reported on 31 January. A month later there have more than 2,900 deaths across the nation.In a bid to combat the continued rise in cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised the public to adopt a policy of “social distancing”, which includes working from home where possible and not undertaking any non-essential travel.

  • Coronavirus: What is social shielding and who needs to do it?
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    Coronavirus: What is social shielding and who needs to do it?

    [Editor's note: The social shielding policy has now started in the UK. All those contacted by the NHS should be staying at home for a period of 12 weeks. The updated list can be found here].In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson has introduced unprecedented peacetime measures to help prevent Covid-19 from spreading.

  • Coronavirus: What is social distancing and will it stop the outbreak spreading in the UK?
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    Coronavirus: What is social distancing and will it stop the outbreak spreading in the UK?

    [Editor's note: the government has now advised that the public may only leave home if they are buying food or medicine, going to work as a key worker or doing one form of exercise per day].Following the coronavirus outbreak, prime minister Boris Johnson has issued a number of guidelines for the general public to follow in order to prevent the disease from spreading.

  • Who is Joe Wicks? The fitness guru leading PE lessons for British kids in lockdown
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    Who is Joe Wicks? The fitness guru leading PE lessons for British kids in lockdown

    While the country remains in lockdown, people are having to think of innovative ways to spend their time indoors while also remaining physically fit.This may be particularly difficult for adults with children in their households, considering it is recommended that young people aged between five and 18 do around 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity every day.

  • Coronavirus: How to keep children healthy, happy and learning during school closures
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    Coronavirus: How to keep children healthy, happy and learning during school closures

    As schools across the UK have closed, parents up and down the country face the task of keeping their children healthy, happy and learning at home.Schools are now only open to children of key workers and those who are vulnerable, in a bid to help stop the spread of the virus.

  • Coronavirus: Should you take paracetamol rather than ibuprofen to treat symptoms?
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    Coronavirus: Should you take paracetamol rather than ibuprofen to treat symptoms?

    While there have been calls for coronavirus tests to be made available to NHS staff and the wider public, currently individuals are only tested if they are being treated in hospital.For the rest of the public, the UK government says if you show symptoms for the virus — the two main symptoms being a high temperature and a new, continuous cough — you should stay at home for seven days and not call 111 or attend a GP or hospital.

  • Coronavirus: How to manage your mental health during self-isolation
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    Coronavirus: How to manage your mental health during self-isolation

    As coronavirus continues to spread in the UK the government has implemented a lockdown on the country meaning all non-essential travel to be avoided.The new measures have also seen pubs, restaurants and theatres close, while people have been asked to work from home where possible.

  • Coronavirus: From yoga to Barry's Bootcamp — best exercise classes on Zoom, Instagram and YouTube
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    Coronavirus: From yoga to Barry's Bootcamp — best exercise classes on Zoom, Instagram and YouTube

    On Monday evening, the prime minister Boris Johnson announced that the UK is now in lockdown in an effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.Members of the public are only allowed to leave their homes under specific circumstances, one being for a single form of exercise a day.

  • Coronavirus: How to dispose of your waste if you have symptoms
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    Coronavirus: How to dispose of your waste if you have symptoms

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson has told the public they should now only leave the house for several key reasons.These include travelling to work as a key worker, shopping for food or taking one form of exercise per day.

  • Bernie Ecclestone to become a father for fourth time at 89
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    Bernie Ecclestone to become a father for fourth time at 89

    Bernie Ecclestone is set to become a father for the fourth time this summer at the age of 89, it has been reported.Ecclestone, who was formerly the chief executive of Formula 1, married his third wife Fabiana Flosi in 2012.

  • How to watch Joe Wicks’ hugely popular PE workout online
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    How to watch Joe Wicks’ hugely popular PE workout online

    This week, millions of children have spent their mornings joining Joe Wicks for a free live PE lesson following the closure of schools in the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic.On Monday, the 33-year-old fitness instructor held his first virtual PE class on YouTube to ensure children are still keeping fit from home.

  • Coronavirus: How to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder
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    Coronavirus: How to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder

    The UK government has launched an urgent appeal for 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak.Last week, Matt Hancock, the health secretary, called on members of the general public to come forward to help support the most vulnerable people who are unable to leave their homes.