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UK's Omicron wave shrinks again as daily cases, deaths and hospital admissions all drop

There were another 89,176 positive tests across the country in the past 24 hours, Government dashboard data shows, marking a 7 per cent decrease on last Friday. Daily infections hit a plateau last week after coming down rapidly from a peak of over 200,000 earlier in the month, which was attributed to rising cases in primary schools and people returning to work. But they have started to fall again this week, albeit gradually, despite compulsory face masks and vaccine passports being scrapped in England. Meanwhile, there were 277 more coronavirus deaths registered in the UK today - down by around 4 per cent in a week. Latest hospital data shows 1,732 Britons were admitted with Covid on January 24, which was 12 per cent lower than the previous week and the 13th day in a row admissions have fallen week-on-week.

BA.2 already makes up 3.4% of all new Covid infections in England

A report by the UK Health Security Agency found the mutant BA.2 sub-strain accounted for 3.4 per cent of the country's new infections by January 16 - and it is doubling every week. The growth advantage of the new variant is 'substantial', the health agency claimed. Scientists believe it may have evolved to be slightly more transmissible than Omicron and could slowly become the UK's dominant Covid virus. It is already outcompeting its parent variant in Denmark but the country's Government deemed the strain such a non-threat it this week announced it was ending all Covid restrictions. And Professor Paul Hunter, an epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline there was no reason to panic about BA.2. He said it was not causing a 'substantial difference to our current threat estimates'.

Sewage samples gathered in England show small changes in virus levels, but fail to detect the unprecedented surge in cases seen across the country as Omicron took off.

How rife is Covid in YOUR area? Map reveals hotspots as cases in children hit pandemic

One in 12 people have Covid in the Uk's worst-hit areas, Bradford, Wolverhampton, and London Borough of Waltham Forest, a interactive map from the Office of National Statistics has revealed. Statisticians estimated that between 7.9 and 8 per cent of people are carrying the virus. The Government agency's surveillance report - based on random testing of tens of thousands of people - showed the UK's outbreak has shrunk, with prevalence falling by roughly a tenth in a week. But roughly one in 20 people were still infected in England as a whole in the week ending January 22, with slightly lower rates in Scotland and Wales. Positivity rates were similar in Northern Ireland. Despite the overall downward trajectory, infections continued to rise among children and have now hit pandemic highs. This uptick is thought to be behind the plateau in the daily official figures, with cases currently floating at around the 90,000 per day mark. The ONS estimates, regarded as the most reliable indicator of the UK's outbreak because it uses random sampling rather than relying on people coming forward to be tested, show nearly one in eight children aged between 2 and 11 were infected. Experts have warned that the back-to-school effect will eventually spill over into adults', and could cause infection rates to jump again. There also fears of the spread of an even more transmissible strain of Omicron could affect the outbreak. But leading scientists are adamant the worst is over, with vaccines, the build-up of natural immunity and the milder nature of Omicron having changed the course of the pandemic completely It is for this reason No10 has had enough confidence to ditch Plan B restrictions in England. Work from home guidance was revoked last week, while Covid passes and requirements to wear face masks in public spaces came to an end yesterday.

The temporary site on the grounds of Royal Preston Hospital is one of eight commissioned across England last month when the fourth wave looked as if it could threaten the health service.

Pfizer's drug Paxlovid, which cut the risk of being hospitalised or dying from Covid by nearly 90 per cent in clinical trials, will be dished out to those most at risk from the virus who test positive from February 10.

Research from the universities of Bournemouth and Roehampton found quarter of young adults pleasured themselves more frequently at the height of the first wave in 2020.

Health bosses scrap scheme offering millions of Britons free vitamin D

Last winter nearly 3million clinically extremely vulnerable people - including cancer and severe kidney disease patients - were offered a four-month course of the 'sunshine vitamin'. Health officials were concerned the group had low levels of the nutrient because of how long they'd been stuck inside under the shielding guidance. They also hoped vitamin D could protect them against Covid after a series of studies suggested people with a deficiency were more likely to catch the virus and become seriously unwell. But the same scheme has been scrapped this winter because shielding guidance was ditched earlier in 2021 - meaning those vulnerable did not have to be stuck inside.

The nine-year-old boy was rushed to hospital in Libreville, Gabon, and treated three hours after smashing his genitals with the pestle onto the mortar between his legs.

Scientists say statins, which are taken by around eight million Britons to reduce cardiovascular disease, could cut men's odds of getting prostate cancer.

Dad who fell off a roof and broke nearly every bone in his body makes incredible recovery

Ian Locke, 53, from Tameside, told the Manchester Evening News how he almost lost his life after falling from the roof of a house, shocked doctors after miraculously healing. The ex-roofer had been walking on top of the Wythenshawe house when he realised he was slipping and fell 30ft to the ground, breaking nearly every bone in his body. Despite doctors saying he wouldn't survive, Ian pulled through an 8-week coma but work up unable to move any part of his body, other than the tips of his thumbs. Pictured left: Ian Locke with his wife before the accident.

A team of researchers from Connecticut and Washington say they have found a possible link between eating meat and the debilitating and incurable condition multiple sclerosis.

Free Covid tests distributed by White House may not be considered valid for travel

Free, at-home tests (left), distributed by the Biden administration may not be usable for certain travel requirements, an expert warns. Dr David Weber (right), an epidemiologist at UNC-Chapel Hill, that some health officials may not accept the tests as they can easily be faked. Instead, they would want rapid tests taken in front of them instead of at home.

The U.S. Army is working on a pan-coronavirus vaccine that will be effective against all future strains of the virus, and could even prevent future pandemics from occuring.

Dr Anthony Fauci warned on Wednesday that it still too early to believe the pandemic is under control, and that it will take use of vaccines and therapeutics in order to bring down cases and deaths.

Majority of Covid inpatients in England are NOT primarily ill with virus for first time

In some parts of the country, only a third of inpatients are mainly sick with the virus, with the rest actually admitted for other conditions, such as a broken leg. Experts have called for the breakdown of so-called 'incidental' cases to be published alongside the daily Covid stats to reveal the true extent of NHS pressure. There were 13,023 Covid patients in hospital on Tuesday (January 25), according to the latest NHS England figures, of which only 6,256 were primarily there for the virus, or 48 per cent. The share of primary Covid patients has plummeted since the emergence of the super-mild Omicron variant in late November, when three-quarters of inpatients were mainly ill with the disease.

The EU ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, issued a formal recommendation telling von der Leyen's office to search for and hand over the texts under a freedom of information request.

The END of mandatory masks in England

Shoppers and commuters snubbed calls to continue wearing masks today after a raft of Covid curbs in England including compulsory face coverings and 'vaccine passports' were scrapped. Supermarkets including Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose, and Transport for London are still insisting customers 'do the right thing' and cover their faces despite Covid cases, hospitalisations and deaths all tumbling in the past 24 hours. People at a Tesco superstore in Slough, Berkshire and an Asda in Kings Heath, south Birmingham chose not to wear masks today. However, large numbers of commuters at Liverpool Street Station and Waterloo in London chose to keep wearing face coverings. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said masks will remain mandatory on TfL services, calling on people to 'do the right thing'. The Labour figure has warned that face coverings will remain a 'condition of carriage' on Tubes, buses, Overground trains, trams or river boats - meaning people without masks may be denied travel unless exempt. Shoppers at the Bentall Centre in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey told MailOnline that they would continue wearing masks 'until the virus has been defeated'.

Reassuring studies from the US and Norway show Covid jabs' impact on women's menstrual cycles is both minor and only last a short time before reversing a British expert says.

Half of women are now childless at thirty for the first time ever

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show 53 per cent of women born in 1991 were childless by their 30th birthday last year. The proportion was the highest on record, having dropped to just 18 per cent during the early 1970s. That was the same proportion as those who remained childless by the age of 45 last year, the ONS figures showed. The findings continue a long-term trend of people opting to have children later in life and reduce family size, the ONS said.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said there has been an increase in cases of Shigella sonnei, a gut infection that causes diarrhoea, stomach cramps and a fever.

Researchers at Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana, studied the synthetic compound NBQX's effects in mice who were offered alcohol and sweetened water over a week.

Scientists regrow missing frog legs using a five-drug cocktail

Using a silicone cap called a BioDome (top right), African clawed frogs (left and bottom right) had 'almost fully functional' limbs restored, including boneless toes, report experts in Medford and Boston, Massachusetts. The academics hope their method could bring the field a step closer to the goal of limb regeneration for humans. Currently, regaining function through natural regeneration is out of reach for millions of patients who have lost limbs, either due to trauma, diabetes or other reasons.

A study of 500 Polish adults found just 63.5 per cent knew their body mass index (BMI), a measure used to indicate an adult's nutritional status.

Researchers at Northwestern University used an enhanced version of immunotherapy, a type of cancer treatment already available on the NHS.

COVID cases drop by a FIFTH in a WEEK as Omicron continues to fade out in US

Covid cases are still falling in the U.S. (inset), but the next threat the virus has could be around the corner. The BA.2 'stealth' Omicron variant is a mutated version of the strain that has taken over the world over the past two months. While it is still too early to declare it a 'variant of concern', scientists are watching the variant closely to determine if it acts differently that the strain it branched from. Dr George Han (left), deputy health officer of Santa Clara county, said he believes it behaves the same as others. Dr Ken Stedman (right), a biology professor at Portland State University, believes prevention of transmission is necessary to prevent further mutations of the virus.

Moderna has started the second phase of trials for its Omicron-specific Covid shot. The company hopes to have it available for consumer use by March. Omicron may be burnt out by then, though.

TWO THIRDS of Covid cases in England 'were reinfections last month'

Government-backed REACT-1 data, based on more than 100,000 Covid tests, found more than 4.4 per cent of people in England had the virus at some point from January 5 to 20. Prevalence was at its highest ever level and infections are now starting to plateau after dropping off through the month. But 2,315 of the 3,582 positive tests in the sample (64.6 per cent) were people who said they had Covid before. And a further 267 (7.5 per cent) suspect they had been infected before, even though the case was not confirmed with a test at the time.

George Washington University researchers say they have created a blood test that quickly shows whether someone will go on to develop severe Covid and need hospital treatment.

Real-world data of 6,000 people around the UK found those double-jabbed with Pfizer or Moderna were 49.6 per cent less likely to have lingering symptoms three months after their Covid infection.

Vitamin D can stave off autoimmune diseases, study claims

A five year long trial of 26,000 Americans by doctors in Boston found a daily 50μg vitamin D supplement could cut the risk of over-50s developing an autoimmune disease by 22 per cent. These diseases which include conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, are caused by the body's own immune system mistakenly attacking its own tissue. Autoimmune diseases blight lives of millions of people in the UK and US, but now researchers say they have found a way to reduce people's risk. Experts from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston undertook a five-year long trial of nearly 26,000 people over the age of 50. Trial participants were randomly assigned to receive one of four different daily combinations of a vitamin D supplement, a omega-3 fatty acid supplement found primarily in fish, and placebos. One group got both supplements, two others received just one plus a placebo, and the final group were given two placebos. The doctors running the trial said they wanted to test if the anti-inflammatory properties of the supplements could protect against autoimmune diseases. Of the patients in groups who revived vitamin D, only 123 developed an autoimmune condition, compared to 155 in the placebo group, a 22 per cent reduction, according to findings published in the BMJ . Researchers hailed the findings as the first ever proof of a way to reduce a people's risk of developing autoimmune diseases.

Danish review of physical activity monitor studies involving 16,000 people, mostly from Europe and North America, found they encourage their wearers to take more steps and do more exercise.

Pennsylvania University scientists found Parkinson's sufferers who ate strawberries and other fruits three times a week were 30 per cent less likely to die from all causes.

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) warned legal supplements, including plant-based and natural extracts, could pose 'a serious health risk' and break anti-doping rules.

Scientists at the University of California, who monitored 2,500 Americans from their 30s to middle age, found those whose hearts grew faster than average had worse memory later in life.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid RULES OUT a delay to April's National Insurance tax hike... and hints that rules making Covid jabs compulsory for NHS staff could still be scrapped

Asked during an appearance at the Commons' Health and Social Care Committee whether the April levy was under threat, Sajid Javid said this was not the case. He re-iterated his support for the tax hike - which will bring in an extra £12billion - saying it was 'important' to help hospitals clear the record-breaking care backlog.

Sajid Javid said that because Omicron is less severe, unvaccinated employees pose less of a threat to patients than when the policy was introduced while the Delta variant was dominant.

New York experts, who monitored 2,000 women undergoing fertility treatment, said rates of fertilisation and pregnancy were 'the same' regardless of whether women were vaccinated against Covid.

Dr MICHAEL MOSLEY: How brunch can be your main meal of the day

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Many, me included, find that skipping breakfast and having a hearty protein-packed brunch later in the morning really sets me up for the day. The deliciously filling recipes here have been specially created by my wife, Dr Clare Bailey, food writer Kathryn Bruton and nutritional therapist Caroline Barton, to ensure you get the right balance of nutrients to lose weight rapidly without being tormented by hunger or cravings. This makes your 800-900 calorie 'fast' days much easier to handle. (Watch Clare and Michael's cooking demonstrations on Instagram @drclarebailey.) One clever twist to this plan is the way it gradually evolves to ease you back into real-world eating patterns without risking weight gain. On the second stage of the plan (we recommend you stick to stage one for two to 12 weeks depending on how much weight you want or need to lose) you simply stick to 800-900 calorie 'fast' days during the week (or for four or five consecutive days each week), then relax the rules at the weekends. When you do this multiple times (following a pattern of 3:4 or 5:2) you become 'keto adapted' and able to swiftly switch in and out of fat-burning mode. And most of Clare's recipes include clever 'non-fast day' additions which allow you to increase your protein intake slightly (to 60-80g per day) and introduce healthy carbohydrates on non-fast days. Ultimately (by the third maintenance stage) your healthy eating habits should be so engrained, you can happily remain at your new weight equilibrium. Switching from three meals to two certainly helps make things easier long-term. (Pictured: A series of brunch recipes. Inset, Dr Mosley and Dr Clare Bailey)

The Alitam Group - a private firm which runs 140 small pharmacies in the UK and Ireland - plans to transform High Street stores into all-purpose medical hubs.

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology looked at 34 different plastic products to see which chemicals they contained.

Surgery breakthrough as robot carries out first EVER keyhole op without help of trained doctors... and experts say it was even BETTER than humans

US experts have designed a robot capable of performing delicate keyhole surgeries on soft tissues without human aid for the first time. The robot was able to reconnect severed intestines in pigs. Repairing the intestines in this manner has been described as one of 'the most intricate and delicate tasks in surgery' due to the need for consistent high accuracy during the entire length of the repetitive operation. Designed by experts at John Hopkins University in the US, mart Tissue Autonomous Robot managed to perform significantly better than its human counterparts in four operations, according to its creators who detailed the surgeries in the journal Science Robotics . Senior author of the project, Professor Axel Krieger, said: 'Connecting two ends of an intestine is arguably the most challenging step in gastrointestinal surgery, requiring a surgeon to suture with high accuracy and consistency. 'Even the slightest hand tremor or misplaced stitch can result in a leak that could have catastrophic complications for the patient.' Keyhole surgery, also called laparoscopy, involves making a tiny incision into the body through which surgeons conduct an operation using specialised tools including special small flexible cameras. Before the advent of keyhole surgery surgeons needed to make larger incisions to see what they were operating on which increased the risk of complications and led to longer recovery times for patients.

A study of 5,000 older by US researchers found the risk of dying dropped as exercise increased, with 10 more minutes of daily exercise slashing deaths among by seven per cent annually.

A US study has claimed just small diet changes with specially formulated snack bars and smoothies can reduce cholesterol count to the same level as statins in some cases following trial results.

Men with a genetic fault called BRCA2 have double the risk of developing prostate cancer, a study found. A third of men who have the mutation will be diagnosed with this cancer by the age of 85.

University of Pittsburgh researchers studied 14 patients with chronic plantar fasciitis - which can feel 'like a nail going right through their heel' - finding belly fat could help treat them.

Mayo Clinic Expert predicts COVID-19 will be around until NEXT CENTURY 

Dr Gregory Poland, and epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic and one of the nation's top immunology experts, warns during a conversation with MarketWatch that Covid could be around for generations. Despite optimistic predictions that the pandemic could soon transition into an endemic, Poland says the virus can mutate indefinitely and continue causing problems for humans. Dr Anthony Fauci, of NIAID, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of the WHO, have also given similar warnings over the past week.

The CDC revealed data Tuesday showing that the Omicron variant caused less deaths at its peak than the Delta and last Winter's waves did despite significantly higher case totals.

Covid deaths in the U.S. are on the rise, and are approaching worrying levels not reached since the tale end of last winter's surge - which is still the deadliest of the pandemic. The nation is averaging 2,259 deaths per day this week, the highest total since February 17, 2021.

Getting infected after getting Covid triggers 'super-immunity'

Oregon Health and Science University researchers found the opposite is also true, with those who caught Covid before getting jabbed having equally 'amazingly high' response. Their findings, based on blood taken from more than 100 volunteers, show samples taken from participants with 'hybrid' immunity - who had been vaccinated and infected - produced the most antibodies.

Another 94,326 positive tests were recorded across the UK in the past 24 hours, according to Government dashboard data, which was virtually unchanged from the figure last Tuesday.

Pfizer has started clinical trials for a Covid shot tailored to the Omciron variant. The company expects the jab to become available in March, but some say the shot is coming too late.

UK Covid deaths HAVE peaked at around 255 per day, official data shows

Looking at fatalities by date of death shows that the number of people actually dying each day has been falling since around January 15 - and has never risen above 270 during the Omicron wave. It was around 255 deaths a day on January 14, but the most up to date figures show that three days later it had dropped to 240 every 24 hours. But Britain's Covid cases have flattened in recent days, and are now beginning to rise in half of the country's local authorities.

New York researchers, who examined eight studies involving more than 2,000 Covid patients, found those treated with convalescent plasma were 15 per cent less likely to die within four weeks.

'Snake oil' genetic tests to produce designer babies do not work, experts claim

Some fertility clinics in the US have started offering polygenic risk score tests which claim to predict genetic conditions such as heart disease and type 1 diabetes in embryos. And there are fears the technology could go on to be used to help pick out desirable traits, such as height and intelligence. But a consortium of European experts slammed the practice for a lack of clinical proof, calling for them to be banned until further research is done. Professor Markus Perola (left), a geneticist at the University of Helsinki, described the tests as 'unusable, unethical and unpractical'. Right: A preconception screening kit - which can give couples thinking of having a baby some idea of what their offspring's predisposition to certain conditions and diseases might be - Orchid Biosciences, who also provide polygenic risk score tests.

An international team of scientists including experts from Leeds, York and the US have trained an AI to analyse routine retina scans and calculate a patients risk of a heart attack within the next year.

Academics asked female volunteers to compare themselves to three body ideals. The Toronto team found the 'slim-thick' body ideal was worse for body dissatisfaction.

BBC podcaster Deborah James, who has incurable cancer, returns home after treatment

Deborah James, 40, from London, revealed on Instagram she has now been discharged as an in-patient, and said the past few weeks had been 'the scariest period' her life. She wrote: 'Two and a half weeks ago it was touch and go if I made it through the night...I'm not out of the woods yet, and I'll be back in soon, but I've reach a point that seemed insurmountable weeks ago.' (left right and inset).

Scans at age one showed faster brain activity in kids whose families were given $333 (£250) of support monthly compared to those given $20 (£15), Columbia University-led experts found.

Kasey Altman, 25, from San Diego, California, was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue cancer in October 2020 after she claims that multiple doctors advised there was nothing wrong with her.

Scientists claim England proved tougher policies weren't needed to fight Omicron...

Nicola Sturgeon is still yet to commit to a date for ending work from home guidance, despite England dumping the advice last week, while Mark Drakeford is refusing to lift the highly-controversial 'rule of six' for another four days. Both nations resorted to tougher Covid curbs than England early out in the pandemic, and kept people living under economically-cripping curbs for longer. But experts told MailOnline they could not see a 'huge amount of difference' in the cumulative death rates between England and the rest of the UK (left). And they argued Omicron waves panned out similarly across the home nations, even though Downing St slipped through on relatively few rules. England also had the lowest Covid infection rate over the Christmas and New Year period (top right).

The five simple moves to get fit after Covid-19

Joanne Groves, 49, from Wimbledon, who went viral earlier this month after her 'Karen' neighbour shouted at her while she was quietly exercising in her garden, has shared the simple moves you can do at home to get back into shape after falling ill with Covid. Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, she said: 'It is advised from the NHS website to rest for 10 days after testing positive, other than walking or daily living activities. Here, she tells FEMAIL her top tips for working out after Covid.

Why are some people affected more severely by infections, including Covid? It's a question that's perplexed scientists but now they think they know part of the answer at least: autoantibodies.

Dr NIGHAT ARIF Our choice affects those we care for. The idea that a patient I send to hospital could die because someone caring for them infects them with Covid is appalling.

Quarter of UK's supermarket chilled sliced meats are saltier than the ocean, campaigners

Some lunchtime sandwich meats like ham are twice as salty as seawater, a team of London researchers has found. Campaigners are now calling for mandatory salt targets for public health. Campaign group, Action on Salt, found a quarter sliced chilled meats for sale in the UK had a salt content higher than 2.5g per 100g, the salt concentration of the Atlantic Ocean. One type of ham sold by a high street supermarket had roughly 10 times the salt content of a portion of McDonalds fries. Researchers also found similar products can vary enormously in terms of dietary health, with some having 10-times the salt content of their competitors. In one case the team found a ham sandwich made with the recommended serving suggested by one supermarket meat would provide 45 per cent of an adult's recommended daily salt intake alone. The group is now calling for voluntary salt reduction targets to be made mandatory in the interests of public health, with penalties for those who refuse to comply. Eating too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, a dangerous health condition that inflicts  extra strain on the arteries and heart. High blood pressure kills about 75,000 Britons and 516,955 people in the US per year. The researchers, based at the Queen Mary University of London found the 555 products surveyed between June and August 2021 had an average salt content of 2.1g per 100g. This is just over a third of the NHS's recommended 6g of salt a day per adult.

The bizarre condition that keeps a choir singing Land of Hope and Glory inside Bill

As well as being one-third of television's celebrated Seventies comedy trio, The Goodies, Oddie, now 80, is Britain's best-known birdwatcher. Five years ago, he realised he could no longer hear higher-pitched calls from bird species such as the meadow pipit. His hearing is deteriorating with age. And instead of shrill birdsong, Oddie hears something else entirely. Something that isn't there. It started three years ago. 'I thought someone was playing a record or radio next door, but couldn't locate which wall it was coming through,' he says. When I meet Oddie, after being introduced through a charity, he recalls how he spent weeks moving around different rooms trying to pinpoint the source. Eventually he realised it was all a hallucination, an auditory 'mirage' that follows him almost everywhere. There's nearly always a trumpet playing a high note - 'one of the sounds I really dislike,' Oddie says.

Seeing the same individual GP greatly improves the quality of life and health outcomes for dementia patients a study by Exeter experts using patient data from 9,000 people with the condition has found.

We spoke to some of the UK's leading anti-ageing experts as well as specialists in fields ranging from cardiology to dermatology, for the latest thinking on how to live longer and stay healthy.

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Number of states still experiencing cases double over the past two weeks SHRINKS to eight

The U.S. is seeing even more signs that the Omicron-fueled Covid surge is starting to recede. Cases are now down over the past two weeks in 17 states. While cases were doubling in almost every state only two weeks ago, the number of states that have seen daily infections double over the past 14 days is now all the way down to eight.

The Omicron-variant fueled COVID-19 wave is showing more signs that it will soon come to its end, and some public health leaders are calling for some pandemic-related restrictions to be phased out in the U.S., just as they recently were in the UK.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, warned on Monday that the Omicron variant may not spell the end of Covid's pandemic phase, and it could mutate again.

WHO warns against comparing Covid to flu because it's still 'very nasty' and 'full of

David Nabarro, the WHO's special envoy for Covid, said comparing the two viruses was irresponsible because it suggested Covid 'has suddenly got incredibly weak'. He told Sky News: 'It can also mutate and form variants and we've seen several but we know there are more not far away. So quite honestly, we are not saying that this should be considered to be like flu or indeed like anything else - it's a new virus, and we must go on treating it as though it is full of surprises, very nasty and rather cunning.' Boris Johnson last week signalled his intention to lift isolation rules for Covid sufferers, highlighting that people with flu don't legally have to quarantine. And Health Secretary Sajid Javid pointed to the UK's falling case numbers and relatively low hospital rates as he said 'we need to learn to live with Covid in the same way we have to live with flu'.

Shop manager left completely blind after doctors twice misdiagnosed his incurable brain

Andi Peel (pictured), from Leicester, began suffering from severe headaches while running a Carphone Warehouse mobile phone store in August 2019. He visited his GP after the pain continued only to be told he was probably suffering from migraines as a result of the pressure of his job. Mr Peel went on to suffer a panic attack which left him in a state of confusion with a loss of memory so he was referred to Leicester Royal Infirmary. But once again, doctors put down the headaches to work stress and sent him on his way. It wasn't until January 2020 that the tumour was finally diagnosed after Mr Peel had to pull over his car because he was in so much pain.

Boston University researchers found those who were most neurotic and worried in middle age were up to 13 per cent more likely to be at risk of cardiometabolic disease.

A study by University of Washington experts of more than 3,000 over-65s who had cataract surgery found the procedure reduced risk the risk by 29 per cent.

Covid experts say it's time to stop subjecting school pupils to weekly swab tests

The Mail on Sunday has learned that despite the end of Plan B restrictions and a return towards normality, some primary schools are still requiring children to take up to five Covid tests a week. Parents report that nurseries are requesting one-year-olds take PCR tests if they develop a runny nose, even though Government guidance has never required this. Our investigation has also found some primary schools are requiring entire year groups of pupils as young as five to take a PCR test every time a staff member tests positive. Campaign group Us For Them say it is supporting parents across the UK who are 'desperate and confused about constant tests on their healthy children'. The findings come as the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health warns of 'huge disruption' caused by testing protocols in schools, and Covid-related absences reach the highest level since the Omicron wave began.

Laboratory studies have shown that chitosan - a type of sugar derived from shellfish and mushrooms - can interfere with the virus's ability to latch on to healthy cells and cause infection.

Rumours that the Omicron variant of Covid may be more severe in children have been circulating on social media in recent weeks, following data showing a spike in under-17s being hospitalised.

Doctors debate if women should be given a smear test ever five years as people explode at

Journalist Katie Nicholl (pictured left with son George and daughter Matilda) reveals how the aftermath of surgery on her cervix. after a routine smear test found 'abnormal cells', left her fearing she would lose her baby in 2012. At the start of this year, health chiefs in Wales announced a big change to their cervical cancer screening programme (pictured right) - women would get a smear test every five years, instead of every three. An online petition demanding the reversal of the decision was quickly launched, and so far has amassed 1.2 million signatures. Yet the most pertinent question, raised by women themselves, remains: how can it be sensible to have less frequent checks for a cancer that kills 40 per cent of those who are diagnosed late?

Mother-of-four Lesley Stephen, of Edinburgh, benefited from tucatinib and said she agreed to take the drug as part of a trial 'because I had nothing to lose' after other treatments failed to work.

You can imagine my patient's disappointment when I told her that no, it wasn't normal, and her new-found obsession with her Peloton may be contributing to her incontinence.

In September 2019, reality TV star Kim Kardashian revealed she had been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, which began with a rash on her stomach and legs, leading to severe pain in her hands.

Trainer Camilla Akerberg reveals her THREE nutrition go-tos for shredding fat

Personal trainer and model Camilla Akerberg is used to fans asking her about how she gets her ab muscles so toned and defined.  And now, the 32-year-old from Sydney has reveals the three nutrition products she uses to shred fat and gain muscle for an enviable rock-hard stomach.   In an Instagram post, Camilla said she supports her body before, during and after a workout by using pre-workout, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and whey protein for protein shakes. 

Pharmacists can refer obese people to free weight loss courses from today in a bid to reduce the burden on the NHS. Until now, patients had to be seen by a GP before accessing the course.

The World Heart Federation says studies suggesting that wine can be good for us are 'observational' - meaning they fail to take into account important factors.

Older women are often missing out on having children because their partners refuse to accept they need IVF, experts have warned, with male pride suggested as one part of the reason.

Figures showed 8,267 patients contacted the health regulator between January and November last year, almost three times the 3,001 reported in the same period the year before.

WHO lowers recommended age for children to be eligible for Pfizer Covid vaccine to five

The WHO now recommends for young children to get jabbed. The organization officially changed its minimum vaccine age to five, from 12, this week. It now recommends governments worldwide to jab kids that young. This is despite the limited risk children face from the virus, with CDC data from earlier this week showing they made up less than 0.1 percent of Covid deaths the U.S. has faced.

Is UK's Omicron wave already flattening off? Daily Covid cases drop just 4% in a week

Government dashboard data shows another 95,787 positive tests were logged in the last 24 hours, down only slightly on the 99,652 recorded last Friday. It marks the 16th day in a row that cases have fallen week-on-week but the downward curve has slowed in the past two days, dropping by just 1.6 per cent yesterday. Latest hospital data shows there were 1,974 Covid hospital admissions on January 17, marking a 18.5 per cent fall on the previous week.

Cannabis compound CBD could help prevent Covid infection, according to a team of scientists from Chicago. They found CBD prevented Covid from reproducing in human cells and mice.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says he's hopeful the nation get get the virus within the 'area of control' by mid-February as infection rates drop in early hotspots such as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

Statisticians at the Office for National Statistics estimated eight per cent of youngsters aged two to 11 had Covid on any given day in the week to January 15, the equivalent of one in 13.

Covid was still fourth biggest killer in England in December, official data reveals

The Office for National Statistics' monthly report found there were 2,856 Covid deaths registered in England and Wales last month, down 18.1 per cent from the 3,487 the previous month. But the share of people dying primarily because of the virus dropped slightly from 85 per cent to 84 per cent over the month - a symptom of the extremely infectious but mild variant. And Covid was the third biggest killer the month before but fell in December despite sky-high infection rates.

CoronaVac triggers an 'undetectable' immune response against Omicron, according to researchers at Yale University who examined blood samples of 100 people double-jabbed with the vaccine.

Girls are more likely to put on weight if their grandfathers smoked before puberty, study

University of Bristol researchers investigated the effects of ancestral smoking on bodyweight in descendants. In previous research they boys whose fathers smoked regularly before the age of 13 are more likely to have excess bodyfat. They did not find the same effect in girls. But the new study suggests their maternal great-grandfathers' smoking at that age could cause them to carry at least 11.8lb (5.35kg) more fat when they are 17 and 13.4lb (6.1kg) more when they turn 24.

Covid UK: Black-Caribbean Britons are least likely to be triple-jabbed, latest figures

Just a third of adults in the group (33.9 per cent) had received a third dose by New Year's Eve, according to the Office for National Statistics. White people were the most likely, with two-thirds (68.4 per cent) triple-jabbed by the same date. Meanwhile, Muslims had the lowest rate of any religious group (40 per cent) and Jews had the highest (70.5 per cent). Experts fear low uptake of the jabs in black and ethnic minority groups will continue to see those communities disproportionately affected by the virus. The data also looked at the vaccine status of people aged 40 to 65 based on their  occupation. It showed health professionals in this age group had the highest uptake of any job (80.3 per cent). All NHS staff in England are required to get their first dose by February 3 or they will be sacked or redeployed as part of the controversial move. A booster will not be required.

Chinese experts have found wearing masks on a flight cuts the chances of spreading Covid using a computer simulation and testing it against real word flights where passengers caught the virus.

Obese women struggling to conceive are NOT more likely to get pregnant if they lose weight

Very overweight women struggling to conceive are told to slim down because carrying extra body-fat is linked with decreased fertility. But now experts say it might not make a difference, according to the first randomised control trial of its kind. Scientists from the Penn State College of Medicine compared success rates of the treatment among 300 obese women who were struggling to get pregnant. There was no significant difference in the rates of pregnancy between the two groups after three rounds of fertility treatment, even though the restricted calorie group lost 1stone 1lb (7kg).

The Government has defended its handling of cancer care during the Covid pandemic despite worsening waiting times for patients to be diagnosed and treated for the disease in England.

US researchers found nearly three quarters of children with the allergy given immunotherapy avoided a reaction when given the equivalent of 16 peanuts after two-and-a-half years.

The grandmother, 88, has become the first patient in the country to benefit from the fitting of the 'groundbreaking' device at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London as part of a Europe-wide trial.

Neuralink posted a job listing for a clinical trial director who will 'work with Neuralink's first Clinical Trial participants.' This suggests the company will soon implant its brain chips in humans.

Fauci says Pfizer vaccine could soon receive authorization for kids under the age of 5

Dr Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease expert, said Wednesday that he believes children under the age of five will soon be eligible for the Pfizer Covid jab. The company is currently trialing its shot in kids as young as six months old. The vaccine regimen for younger children will included three very small doses of the jab.

Last week, nearly every U.S. state was experiencing Covid case growth of 100 percent or more. This week, that figure has declined to 15 percent, more evidence Covid is burning out.

America's COVID situation could reverse fortune soon, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releasing a projection this week showing a potential plummeting of deaths.

Covid outbreaks receded in ALL of England's 150 local authorities last week, official

King's College London scientists estimated 144,527 people were catching the virus on any given day last week, equivalent to one in 27 now having the virus. This was down from 183,364 in the previous seven-day spell. Every region was now seeing its outbreak shrink, they suggested (bottom right), with cases only rising among the under-18s because of the 'back to school' effect (top right).

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have discovered that 'brain fog' resulting from COVID-19 could be a result of the bodies immune response affective spinal fluid.

Up to 15 patients will be cared for at a city centre hotel in Norwich in a pilot scheme that will last three months, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said.

Up to 60% of Covid 'patients' in London's hospitals are not primarily being treated for

Just 1,200 of London's nearly 3,000 infected patients were in hospital on Tuesday because they were mainly unwell with the virus (40.7 per cent), NHS England data shows (left and bottom right graph). And 7,600 of the 14,600 Covid patients in England who tested positive are primarily being treated for something else, meaning 47.9 per cent are so-called incidental cases (top right graph). Statistics from health service also reveal NHS staff absences due to Covid have fallen 40 per cent in a week. Fewer than 30,000 medics were off sick because of the virus on January 16, compared to nearly 50,000 on January 5. Daily Covid hospitalisations across the UK - the number of patients who test positive regardless of why they were admitted to hospital - have been trending downwards for 11 days.

Dr Kamran Abbasi accused the social media giant of suppressing 'fully fact-checked' journalism and 'trying to control how people think'. Facebook has labelled a BMJ story as 'missing context'.

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