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World is approaching coronavirus tipping point, experts say

78,000 cases confirmed, as Italy and Iran scramble to contain major outbreaks The world is fast approaching a “tipping point” in the spread of the coronavirus, according to experts, who warn that the disease is outpacing efforts to contain it, after major outbreaks forced Italy and Iran to introduce stringent internal travel restrictions and South Korea’s president placed the country on red...

What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?

What symptoms are caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in...

Turkey and Pakistan close borders with Iran over coronavirus deaths

Ankara also suspends incoming flights as Iranian authorities try to contain outbreak in countryCoronavirus – latest updatesTurkey and Pakistan have both closed their borders with Iran, with Turkey also halting incoming flights, in an effort to stop the potential spread of coronavirus after Iran reported 43 cases of the disease.All highways and railways were closed at the border between Turkey...

Caring for my brother after his brain injury showed me a world of compassion

Seeing the hidden world of care, after my beloved brother’s devastating accident, taught me about people’s remarkable strength and graceI often find myself thinking back to a fairly unremarkable afternoon in 2010. I was sitting in the day room of a care home while my older brother Miles slept beside me, in his wheelchair. Steve, one of the other severely brain-injured residents dotted around...

Coronavirus outbreak: special powers enacted in Italy after deaths – live news

Number of cases in north of the country jumps causing disruption to Milan fashion week and Serie A matches 11.51am GMT What’s happening and where? The World Health Organization (WHO) is worried about the number of cases with no clear link – including those with no travel history to China or contact with a confirmed case.However, the total number of cases outside China remains relatively...

Italy brings in draconian measures in effort to halt coronavirus spread

Measures include fines for anyone caught entering or leaving outbreak areasCoronavirus – latest updatesItalian authorities have implemented draconian measures to try to halt the coronavirus outbreak in the north of the country, including imposing fines on anyone caught entering or leaving outbreak areas, as cases of the virus in the country rose to more than 100.Police are patrolling 11 towns...

Millions of Chinese workers ordered back to work but infection risk remains high

Transport restrictions hamper nationwide pull to get back to business as economy reelsThe Chinese authorities are trying to usher the country back to work, a month after announcing the unprecedented quarantine of millions of people. But they face a difficult balancing act between containing the virus and supporting a faltering economy.Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province, the centre of the...

Passengers from coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess land in UK

Thirty-two holidaymakers flown back as fear grows for welfare of infected Britons left in JapanA repatriation flight carrying 32 Britons and Europeans from the coronavirus-infected cruise ship Diamond Princess landed in the UK on Saturday – amid growing fears for the welfare of some UK passengers left behind in Japan.David and Sally Abel – who were on the cruise for their 50th wedding...

The week in podcasts: Mortem; Over the Road; The Space Programme

Exploring unusual subjects, from autopsies to the minutiae of long-haul truckingMortem | BBC SoundsOver the Road | radiotopia.fmThe Space Programme | funkidslive.comAn intriguing new series on BBC Sounds, made by the always reliable Whistledown Productions, has a mortician, Carla Valentine, talk us through her job. But this show isn’t just about cutting and shutting. Valentine also introduces us...


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What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?

What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and when should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently...

Can science cure a broken heart?

New treatments involving anaesthesia drugs and neurofeedback could soon be used for getting over a breakupNothing is quite as shattering as a broken heart. A bad breakup has been known to trigger a range of psychological and physical symptoms, from nausea and insomnia to clinical depression. In more extreme scenarios, broken heart syndrome – when a person’s heart stops pumping blood properly...

With every flood, public anger over the climate crisis is surging | Gaby Hinsliff

The fossil-fuel companies know they’ll face increased social stigma unless they changeSometimes it has felt as if the rain might never stop.These storms have gone beyond the point of simply being storms now, each blurring into the next to create a strangely end-of-days feeling. Everything is freakishly sodden and swollen, and while the rural flood plain on which I live fortunately hasn’t...

Coronavirus outbreak: South Korea church cluster drives huge jump in cases

Minister says outbreaks has entered new phase but still hopeful of containing spread in epicentre of DaeguSouth Korea has reported another huge jump in cases of coronavirus as the country fights to contain the spread of the deadly disease.The number of infections has increased by 142 to 346, officials said on Saturday, with most of the cases linked to the city of Daegu and surrounding region two...

Coronavirus: asymptomatic Wuhan woman shows why outbreak 'will be hard to stop'

Case study of 20-year-old who infected relatives despite not showing signs of illness – and testing negative – stokes global pandemic fearsA 20-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan travelled hundreds of miles to another city where she infected five relatives without showing signs of infection, Chinese scientists have said, offering new evidence that the new coronavirus can be spread...

Coronavirus: another four Australians evacuated from Diamond Princess test positive

New diagnoses bring number of cruise ship evacuees brought to Darwin with Covid-19 to sixAnother two people evacuated to Darwin from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities have confirmed.Six Australians who left the ship on Thursday have now tested positive to the disease, with the figure expected to rise as another three patients were due to be screened...

Brain cells protect muscles from wasting away

Several processes in the roundworm C. elegans boost the stress response in cells, incidentally making worms resistant to a high-fat diet and extending their lifespan. Researchers have found another: cells called glia that release a hormone that boosts the unfolded protein response in the endoplasmic reticulum of the worm's cells, effectively doubling lifespan. This could lead to interventions to...

Brain cells protect muscles from wasting away

While many of us worry about proteins aggregating in our brains as we age and potentially causing Alzheimer's disease or other types of neurodegeneration, we may not realize that some of the same proteins are aggregating in our muscles, setting us up for muscle atrophy in old age.