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What happens to people's lungs when they get coronavirus?

Respiratory physician John Wilson explains the range of Covid-19 impacts, from no symptoms to severe illness featuring pneumoniaCoronavirus – latest global 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...

China reports zero daily deaths from coronavirus for the first time since January

Milestone comes as nation struggles with ongoing outbreaks, including in Wuhan where dozens of residences have been locked down againCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina has reported zero new Covid-19 deaths for the first time since January, despite struggles with ongoing outbreaks including in Wuhan where dozens of residential blocks have been locked down just one...

Life 'hanging by a thread' for Italian cancer patients in coronavirus crisis

Treatment and transplants for some postponed as hospitals are turned over to treat virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince the coronavirus outbreak hit Italy, Francesca Masi has felt her life has been hanging by a thread. She was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare bone marrow cancer, in 2016 and was due to have a transplant this month, but now fears it will be...

Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson in intensive care as China records no deaths for first time since January

UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab to lead country through crisis while Johnson in hospital. Follow the latest updates.Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after his condition worsensThe strange lead-up to Boris Johnson’s admission to hospitalGlobal leaders send messages of support to Boris JohnsonAt a glance - latest developmentsUS coronavirus - latestAustralia coronavirus - latestSee all of...

New Zealand health minister demoted after beach visit broke lockdown rules

David Clark called himself an ‘idiot’ for driving his family 20km to the beach on the first weekend of the national stay-at-home measures Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand’s health minister has been demoted after he ignored national lockdown rules and drove his family to a beach 20km from his home.Last week Dr David Clark was photographed going for a...

Trump: I have asked US pharma CEOs to offer Johnson experimental Covid-19 treatments

US president doesn’t name companies or treatments, but says they have arrived in London alreadyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump has said he asked US pharmaceutical companies working on experimental coronavirus drugs to approach Boris Johnson’s doctors and offer their help, after it emerged that the British prime minister was in intensive care.In an...

School closures have little impact on spread of coronavirus – study

UCL say small benefits should be weighed against profound economic and social costsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchool closures are likely to have a relatively small impact on the spread of Covid-19 and should be weighed against their profound economic and social consequences, particularly for the most vulnerable children, according to a UK study.The research, led...


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PM's move to ICU shows he's likely to have severe Covid-19

Boris Johnson likely to receive mechanical ventilation as he’s admitted to intensive careCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson’s move to the intensive care unit (ICU) of St Thomas’ hospital signals that he has severe Covid-19. Oxygen was available through a mask on the ward he was admitted to on Sunday, but the move to intensive care on Monday strongly...

Lockdown has cut Britain's vibrations, seismologists find

There’s a kind of hush all over the world as the reduction in human activity stops the Earth buzzing so muchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe dramatic quietening of towns and cities in lockdown Britain has changed the way the Earth moves beneath our feet, scientists say.Seismologists at the British Geological Survey have found that their sensors are twitching less...

Why the UK lacks an adequate testing system | Letters

We would be better placed to respond to the coronavirus outbreak had the Public Health Laboratory Service been maintained, writes Valerie Bevan, while Dr Colin Coles highlights the differences between the NHS and German healthcareCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock says this country, unlike Germany, does not have the scale to undertake the testing required in...

Don't let free speech be a casualty of coronavirus. We need it more than ever | Cas Mudde

Despots like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán are banning speech to ‘fight’ Covid-19. But more democratic countries are tooCoronavirus – latest US updatesCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn times of crisis, liberal democratic institutions and values are vulnerable to authoritarian power grabs, or corona coups, as we are seeing around the world today. One of the...

'Magic toilet' could monitor users' health, say researchers

System of sensors and cameras would turn loo into ‘daily clinic’ and detect problems earlyA smart toilet boasting pressure sensors, artificial intelligence and a camera has been unveiled by researchers who say it could provide a valuable way to keep tabs on our health.The model is the latest version of an idea that has been around for several years: a system that examines our daily movements...

Europe looks past lockdowns as US and Japan brace for coronavirus trauma

Germany believes public life can gradually resume, while Spain and Italy see glimmers of hopeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope’s governments have begun to look ahead to the post-lockdown phase of their battle against Covid-19 as curves on the continent flatten, while the US braces for “peak death week” and Japan prepares to declare a state of national...

Coronavirus key questions: everything you need to know

From how to tell if you have Covid-19 to how to protect others - our experts answer the questions that really matterCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat is Covid-19 and what are the symptoms?Covid-19 is the illness caused by a novel member of the coronavirus family that has transferred from animals to humans. The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness and a dry...

Luna: A Play About the Moon review – science and stories in cabaret for kids

Available onlineRoustabout Theatre’s encounters with the moon range from gravity-dancing to skits with astronauts and a werewolfCoronavirus and culture - a list of major cancellationsHottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch onlineIs there a lunar module in your home-schooling schedule? If so, then you may like to try this fun, fact-packed cabaret for kids, which mixes...

A book that changed me: the elusive perfection of For the Time Being | Mark O'Connell

Annie Dillard’s 1975 book taught me, a non-believer, that religion can access deeper truthsAlthough Annie Dillard’s For the Time Being is probably my favourite book by a living writer, I tend not to recommend it to people, for the simple reason that I am not entirely sure what to say about it. On those rare occasions when I have gone out on a limb and recommended it to a person, and that...

Fear, bigotry and misinformation – this reminds me of the 1980s Aids pandemic | Edmund White

I saw the damage Aids did to the gay community, and I live with it myself. Now, at 80, I worry I won’t survive coronavirus• Coronavirus latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageI am a gay man who lived through the Aids pandemic, so many people have asked me to compare that crisis with the one we now face. The main difference between the two is that Aids at first appeared to afflict...

Coronavirus UK: how many confirmed cases are in your area?

Latest figures from public health authorities on the spread of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. Find out how many cases have been reported near youCoronavirus - live news updatesFind all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionPlease note: these are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases – some people who report symptoms are not being tested, and are not...

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

What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, 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 transferred to humans from animals. The World Health...

Boris Johnson can run country from hospital bed, says UK minister

PM kept in overnight after being admitted with persistent coronavirus symptomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA senior minister has insisted Boris Johnson is fit enough to lead the country from his hospital bed after he was admitted with persistent coronavirus symptoms.Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, said Johnson was continuing to run the country from an...

Can you solve it? Double chocolate!

A delicious new puzzle from JapanDouble Choco is a new grid logic puzzle from Japan. Below are three examples, including a toughie which appeared in the 2020 UK puzzle championship last month. Pencil-and-paper puzzles like Double Choco are very absorbing; hopefully they provide a stimulating and escapist activity during these days of quarantine. Continue...

Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson in hospital as Japan prepares for state of emergency

US faces ‘hardest and saddest week’; South Korea reports fewer than 50 new cases; Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive; Follow the latest updates.Latest developments: at a glanceBoris Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirusAustralia coronavirus – latestSee all of our coronavirus coverage 6.56am BST After seven months of waiting, Ahmed* had everything ready for his younger brother. Finally,...

Ban wildlife markets to avert pandemics, says UN biodiversity chief

Warning comes as destruction of nature increasingly seen as key driver of zoonotic diseases See all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus latest: at a glanceThe United Nations’ biodiversity chief has called for a global ban on wildlife markets – such as the one in Wuhan, China, believed to be the starting point of the coronavirus outbreak – to prevent future pandemics.Elizabeth Maruma Mrema,...