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Omicron: How do I know if I have it?

Tue, 04 Jan 2022 12:25:12 GMT

The symptoms are similar to a cold, while genetic analysis is the only way to confirm the variant.

HRT swaps to fix supply shortage for UK women

Sat, 21 May 2022 00:10:42 GMT

Pharmacists will be able to give suitable replacement products, without needing a brand new prescription.

Coronavirus: What is the risk to men over 50?

Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:03:54 GMT

While most people will have mild symptoms and recover quickly, some are more prone to getting sick.

Covid: Why are 12-15s now being double-jabbed?

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:45:36 GMT

All children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of Covid vaccine.

Covid: Why are so many people catching it again?

Fri, 22 Apr 2022 11:25:23 GMT

As Covid continues to spread rapidly, are many people catching Omicron for a second time?

UK monkeypox cases double to 20 - Sajid Javid

Fri, 20 May 2022 11:36:42 GMT

Health secretary says "most cases" have been mild and further doses of a vaccine have been ordered.

Vitamin D: Could UV-mushrooms help fix the nation’s issue?

Sun, 15 May 2022 01:46:48 GMT

With one in 10 deficient in vitamin D, the government is exploring new ways to boost the UK’s intake.

How to get a Covid test

Tue, 03 May 2022 15:14:47 GMT

Most people in England and Scotland no longer get free PCRs or LFTs, and rules vary across the rest of the UK.

Covid rules: How can the clinically vulnerable stay safe?

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:02:33 GMT

As social-distancing and other Covid rules end in England, how can people who were shielding stay safe?

Monkeypox: Doctors concerned over impact on sexual health

Fri, 20 May 2022 20:16:08 GMT

Staff at sexual health clinics warn the virus is already stretching the workforce in many places.

How do we know Covid vaccines are safe?

Tue, 15 Feb 2022 11:30:44 GMT

Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines.

Ambulance wait times: Injured nine-year-old told ambulance would take hours to reach her

Thu, 12 May 2022 10:10:06 GMT

Willow's parents drove her to hospital and were told she should not have been moved due to her injuries.

Monkeypox: Time to worry or one to ignore?

Fri, 20 May 2022 23:24:05 GMT

We are facing an unusual and unprecedented monkeypox outbreak but how worrying is it?

All you need to know on the coronavirus

Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:24:04 GMT

A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms of coronavirus.

Child hepatitis cases continue to rise in UK

Fri, 20 May 2022 15:15:32 GMT

Officials say they have seen 197 cases, and 11 of the young children have needed a liver transplant.

Why bonding over the Euros appeared to increase Covid cases in men

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 23:34:49 GMT

Psychologists say men need to be part of a group in order to vent their feelings and emotions.

Chronic pain: The ‘unbearable’ condition affecting one in four

Wed, 11 May 2022 05:00:32 GMT

Specialists warn the NHS is not set up to deal with such complex conditions.

Cold virus killed 100,000 children globally in 2019

Fri, 20 May 2022 03:24:28 GMT

Nearly half the deaths from respiratory syncytial virus were in babies aged under six months.

Eating disorder hospital cases up 84% in five years in England

Thu, 19 May 2022 02:53:01 GMT

Psychiatrists say all nurses and doctors must be able to recognise the signs of people at risk.

Covid: When can teenagers get a second dose?

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:45:05 GMT

All 16 and 17 year-olds in the UK can now have a second dose 12 weeks after the first.

What is monkeypox and how do you catch it?

Fri, 20 May 2022 11:28:15 GMT

Cases of monkeypox are being investigated in several countries, including the UK.

Ministers asleep at the wheel over dentist shortages, say Lib Dems

Sat, 21 May 2022 00:20:42 GMT

Figures show 14% of dentists doing NHS work are approaching retirement age.

What are the latest rules for face coverings and masks?

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 10:22:39 GMT

Rules around face coverings are easing across the UK but they are still required in some settings.

Coronavirus: Do face masks actually work?

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:04:25 GMT

With face masks in high demand, we look at whether they really can protect people from the virus.

Beta coronavirus variant: What is the risk?

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 08:57:20 GMT

There are fears that this version of coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is

How will the vulnerable be protected from Covid? And other questions

Tue, 22 Feb 2022 15:25:22 GMT

The government has announced the end of all Covid restrictions in England.

Are we failing young people with cancer?

Fri, 13 May 2022 23:52:54 GMT

Deborah James' experience has raised questions about how good the UK is at spotting and treating the disease.

End of Covid regulations: What if I'm still worried?

Tue, 22 Feb 2022 13:53:36 GMT

What would ending isolation rules in England mean for people who are worried about getting Covid?

Probe after man wrongly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease

Mon, 16 May 2022 13:22:13 GMT

Alex Preston says he wants answers after being told he had the illness for seven years.

Bristol mum writes heart surgery book to help son

Sat, 14 May 2022 23:03:40 GMT

Aimee says the book will help her son understand why he "should be proud" of his heart surgery scar.

Monkeypox: 80 cases confirmed in 12 countries

Sat, 21 May 2022 06:01:03 GMT

Another 50 suspected cases of the rare disease are being investigated, the WHO says.

'I've had long Covid for two years now'

Fri, 01 Apr 2022 23:57:14 GMT

Why are so many people still living with long Covid after two years and are there any hopes for treatment?

Hepatitis in children: How many cases are there?

Wed, 04 May 2022 14:08:14 GMT

It looks likely that a common virus which usually causes colds, vomiting and diarrhoea has a role to play.

Deborah James: Big C presenter 'can't do anything more' to fight cancer

Wed, 11 May 2022 06:00:56 GMT

The You, Me and the Big C presenter is receiving end-of-life care at home for bowel cancer.

Covid infections down again to one in 50, says ONS

Fri, 20 May 2022 14:37:43 GMT

Infections have been falling since the end of March, after the Omicron variant pushed up cases.

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:41:25 GMT

Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households".

Covid booster: Who can get the fourth jab and how do you book it?

Tue, 05 Apr 2022 08:51:54 GMT

Over-75s and those with a weakened immune system are being offered an extra booster dose this spring.

I may not have long to live but I want three children

Tue, 17 May 2022 05:08:04 GMT

Ewan Bowlby, 27, was diagnosed with a brain tumour but plans to get married and start a family.

Have I got Covid, a bad cold or something else?

Tue, 05 Apr 2022 12:34:21 GMT

What are the new Covid symptoms, and when should I stay at home?

Covid: How to look after yourself at home

Wed, 06 Apr 2022 09:25:06 GMT

What can you expect if you have Covid, and when should you get extra help?

Government failed health staff in pandemic - BMA

Thu, 19 May 2022 01:28:13 GMT

The doctors' union cites lack of PPE and says medics still suffer the health impacts of the pandemic.

Vulnerable adults set for autumn Covid booster jab

Thu, 19 May 2022 19:36:40 GMT

Government's vaccine advisers said winter remains the riskiest time for the virus.

How many cases in your area?

Fri, 20 May 2022 12:29:10 GMT

Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

Covid: What is the guidance across the UK now?

Tue, 03 May 2022 15:13:30 GMT

Almost all of the UK's Covid rules have ended, two years after they were introduced.

Jamie Oliver stages Eton mess protest outside No 10

Fri, 20 May 2022 17:31:37 GMT

Chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver has been protesting over delays to the government's obesity strategy.

Coronavirus: Intensive care and other key terms explained

Sun, 03 May 2020 00:06:18 GMT

Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:02:03 GMT

What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

Covid vaccine ‘waning immunity’: How worried should I be?

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 01:06:41 GMT

Is the effectiveness of Covid vaccines waning over time? We look at how much protection being double vaccinated offers.

Chronic pain: 'A life with pain is still a life'

Wed, 11 May 2022 05:00:25 GMT

At the age of 13 Luke woke up in horrific pain and a decade on his condition is still undiagnosed.

Cost of living: Are value food brands healthy?

Fri, 06 May 2022 00:11:48 GMT

MP George Eustice has urged shoppers to choose supermarket own brands to help cut living costs.

'The Down Syndrome Act means so much to me'

Sun, 01 May 2022 23:01:12 GMT

Families have been working together to bring about change for people with Down's syndrome.

Why you shouldn't get a second Covid jab too early

Fri, 02 Jul 2021 06:21:34 GMT

A government scientific advisor tells Newsbeat why four weeks is too soon between Covid jabs.

What are the Covid variants and do vaccines still work?

Fri, 11 Mar 2022 12:46:31 GMT

Some people who have been vaccinated have still been catching Omicron.

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