40 articles from SUNDAY 22.3.2020

GMC concerned about doctors exploiting coronavirus fears

Medical watchdog responds after physician alleged to have made £1.7m profit from tests Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe General Medical Council (GMC) has raised concerns that some doctors are “exploiting patients’ vulnerability” and are seeking to make hundreds of thousands of pounds selling private coronavirus tests to people worried that they may have been...

Starwatch: zodiacal light glows faintly in the dark sky

Dust from comets, asteroids and even from the creation of the solar system can be seen on dark moonless nights in late MarchOur solar system is littered with dust and late March is a good time to see it; but it’s only visible from a truly dark, rural sky. It’s called the zodiacal light and the dust that creates it comes primarily from the tails of comets, and colliding asteroids. Some may even...

The Guardian view on the coronavirus crisis: much worse is to come

The UK expects thousands of deaths, and dangerously mixed messages risk making an already grave situation worseData shows that the UK’s coronavirus outbreak is following a similar trajectory to Italy’s, with around a two-week delay. While panic will not help anyone, the only rational reaction to this information is serious alarm. On Saturday, 793 fatalities took Italy’s death toll, already...

UK coronavirus live: Johnson threatens stricter measures if people flout social distancing rules as deaths reach 281 - as it happened

Boris Johnson holds daily briefing; shops under pressure to close; rough sleepers race against time to self-isolateThis live blog is closed. Follow our global coronavirus coverage liveNo 10 denies claim Dominic Cummings argued to ‘let old people die’Shop and factory closures ‘will push UK into deep recession’Rishi Sunak under pressure to bail out self-employedSee all our coronavirus...

As Natural Disasters Strike, a New Fear: Relief Shelters May Spread Virus

WASHINGTON -- Coast-to-coast storms. A spate of wildfires. Flooding in Hawaii. As the United States rushes into disaster season, federal officials now have an added crisis to worry about: How to stop tightly packed disaster-response shelters from becoming hot spots of coronavirus transmission.The virus is forcing emergency managers to rethink long-held procedures for operating shelters like these...

Stormy pattern to ramp back up across Northwest following early March dry spell

Following a drier than normal start to March for much of the Pacific Northwest, stormy weather will return to the region through midweek."A series of weak storms is expected to push onshore and move through the Pacific Northwest through the middle of the week," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert.The increased stormy activity is expected to begin early Monday, as the first...

I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share

Being stuck at home can be challenging. When I lived on the International Space Station for nearly a year, it wasn't easy. When I went to sleep, I was at work. When I woke up, I was still at work. Flying in space is probably the only job you absolutely cannot quit.But I learned some things during my time up there that I'd like to share -- because they are about to come in handy again, as...

Coronavirus: meet the scientists who are now household names

From the UK to Australia, medical experts suddenly find themselves in the Covid-19 spotlightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThey are the faces of the crisis, the scientists explaining nightly to anxious audiences how the governments they advise plan to contain the coronavirus. Unknown to most a few short weeks ago, many have since become household names. But who are...

Germany's low coronavirus mortality rate puzzles experts

Some query data methodology while others say it gives more accurate picture of threatCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany’s relatively low mortality rate continues to puzzle experts as Covid-19 spreads across Europe, with some arguing the country’s figures give a more accurate approximation of the threat posed by the novel coronavirus, while others question the...

Coronavirus: what happens to people's lungs when they get Covid-19?

Respiratory physician John Wilson explains the range of Covid-19 impacts, from no symptoms to severe illness featuring pneumoniaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat became known as Covid-19, or the coronavirus, started in late 2019 as a cluster of pneumonia cases with an unknown cause. The cause of the pneumonia was found to be a new virus – severe acute respiratory...

Pair of storms to bring snow to the Midwest, Northeast into early week

After a chilly start to spring across the Great Lakes and Northeast this weekend, a pair of storm systems will usher in wintry weather and snow to the regions early this week. The snowy weather will first target portions of the Midwest during the day on Sunday as a storm system lifts northeastward out of the South Central states.An expansive area of high pressure in place across the Great Lakes...

Covid-19 restrictions disrupt astronauts' preparations for ISS

Decades of traditions halted as concerns also grow for other space programmesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTraditions that spacefarers have observed for decades have fallen foul of efforts to rein in the coronavirus pandemic as astronauts and cosmonauts face more stringent quarantine measures before they blast into orbit.The next crew bound for the International...

'We give the kids elbow bumps': a headteacher’s coronavirus diary

One primary school head, Tony Davies, records a week of uncertainty, and then closureCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA member of staff calls me. She has been diagnosed with the virus at Addenbrooke’s hospital, but they haven’t tested her and aren’t planning to. I spend the afternoon calling the Department for Education helpline and my local health protection...

Medical students take final exams online for first time, despite student concern

Imperial College London believes the assessment of 280 students is a world firstCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMedical students have taken unsupervised exams from home for what could be the first time, as universities move to new ways of assessing final-year students during the coronavirus shutdown.Imperial College London put 280 sixth-year medicine undergraduates...

Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should I see a doctor?

What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereCoronavirus – latest updatesHow to protect yourself and others 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. It first emerged in the...