Patients must not delay visits to the NHS in the second wave of the pandemic, urge health officials

Dr Nikki Kanani, the Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement, said staff had gone to “great lengths” to make sure the NHS could “safely care” for its patients. 

However, a number of experts are concerned the Government has not done enough to actually ensure this is the case. 

Cancer Research UK, the Royal College of Surgeons and the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee are among those that have called for regular testing of all staff to prevent coronavirus outbreaks in hospitals.

It follows repeated warnings that during the first wave, the spread of disease was being fuelled by cases being picked up in hospitals. Without such tests, the NHS risks becoming a largely “Covid-only” service, MPs have warned.

In recent days, growing numbers of hospitals have announced that once again, they are cancelling operations, amid rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. 


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U.S. pandemic response is chaotic. Here’s how to improve it.

Timothy R. Franson and Peter J. Pitts
Published 7:02 a.m. ET Oct. 18, 2020


Indiana is staying in Stage 5 of its reopening, Gov. Eric Holcomb said, until at least mid-November. The state is facing more coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.


If a foreign nation invaded our shores, would the federal government insist defense responsibilities be organized by individual states? Would Washington quit the United Nations if we had differences of opinions about how to address similar aggression globally?

Not likely. Visible threats normally provoke and require united responses.

Now consider a stealthy, microscopic enemy, COVID-19, which has inflicted harm, death, despair and economic hardships on every state, city and municipality across our land.

Briggs: Holcomb’s new COVID strategy relies on good behavior over data

Indiana: State’s mask mandate extended again

Despite advance warnings, we were not prepared to take a holistic approach to this. We were not armed

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India holds digital fashion week amid pandemic

NEW DELHI (AP) — Unlike a fashion show, the models aren’t swaying on a ramp in real life. They are depending on digital technology to rescue their annual extravaganza from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Phygital Edition” is India’s first digital fashion week, held from Wednesday through Sunday. It livestreams the spring-summer collections by more than 40 designers under the banner of Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week. Ten designers showcase their work each day.

For months, designers, models, make-up artists and film crews worked to create the fusion of the physical and virtual fashion, adapting to the virus restrictions.

The designers have pre-shot films that are showcased online on key digital platforms — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Nikhita Tandon, a designer, is hopeful of a big response, considering everyone is connected in today’s digital world.

“Earlier we could accommodate a maximum of 500 people in the hall while now it is

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Antimicrobial resistance could get worse during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently coinciding with the flu season and several states and areas of the world are experiencing upticks in new cases. While hospitals have some experience with COVID to go on, some experts are concerned that how doctors are administering antibiotics during the COVID-19 crisis could potentially make the fight against antimicrobial resistance harder. Data from early in the pandemic suggests that the majority of COVID patients are given antibiotics when potentially less than a tenth of them needed it. That could spell disaster if the trend continues.

What is antimicrobial resistance?

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when microbes are no longer affected by antibiotics. Doctors can run out of options if a patient comes in with a bacterial infection that is resistant to all available antibiotics.

Part of the issue with AMR is that we are running out of antibiotics that can work against bacteria and other

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Demand for pets is soaring during the pandemic. This company is cashing in

But then people were suddenly spending more time at home, locked inside with their pets. People who’d never owned pets before started adopting them in droves.

West Paw’s sales in recent months have responded accordingly. From May through September, they were up 55% from the same period last year. One of the bestsellers has been the Toppl — a bowl-shaped, treat-dispensing puzzle toy — which has seen its year-to-date sales jump 160%, Spencer Williams, CEO, said, noting the puzzle toy category has grown about 125% year-to-date.

“It has just been staggering how quickly people have pivoted to find ways to keep their dogs engaged and mentally stimulated,” he said.

In response to the boosts in business, the 24-year-old Bozeman, Montana company which makes chew, play and puzzle toys and other dog products, added 19 employees, bumping up its workforce to about 80 people. The company also craned in a 12-ton,

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Why You Need A Flu Vaccine More Than Ever Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic


  • The influenza vaccine won’t protect against COVID-19, but the global pandemic still adds urgency to getting one
  • Hospitals are already struggling to deal with COVID-19, and the similarities make the two diseases especially dangerous in concert

Experts like those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot.

In fact, the CDC recommends that everyone get a flu shot by the end of October. 

The flu will still have a presence, and the threat of COVID-19 this year adds even more urgency to getting vaccinated. A flu vaccine won’t prevent COVID-19, of course, but the global pandemic creates ancillary incentives beyond simply not wanting to get sick. Consider:

  • COVID-19 has hospital resources and personnel stretched to the breaking point. Doctors are already anticipating a winter surge in COVID-19 cases and the last thing they need is influenza patients
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Sen. Scott Martin, challenger Janet Diaz spar over pandemic response, budget and healthcare in debate | PA Power and Policy: Pennsylvania State News

Republican state Sen. Scott Martin and Democratic challenger Janet Diaz faced off in their first and only debate Thursday, clashing sharply over Pennsylvania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how lawmakers should address the state’s dismal financial picture.

Martin, seeking his second four-year term in Harrisburg, repeatedly criticized Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration for lockdown measures that he said unfairly closed some businesses and kept others open, and for moving infected elderly patients from hospitals into vulnerable nursing homes.

Diaz, a stroke registrar at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, said Wolf “did what needed to be done.” She often took aim at Martin for not supporting the creation of a county health department, which she said would have allowed for a quicker and more comprehensive virus response.

“Politicians have been desensitized,” said Diaz, 54, of Lancaster city, where she’s been a city council member since 2018. “They don’t feel what

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Warning of extra cancer deaths after more than 25m GP appointments lost during pandemic

The Care Quality Commission said access to family doctors remains worse than it was before lockdown - Anthony Devlin/PA
The Care Quality Commission said access to family doctors remains worse than it was before lockdown – Anthony Devlin/PA

More than 25 million GP appointments have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic, with the NHS watchdog warning that the crisis could fuel cancer deaths. 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said access to family doctors remains worse than it was before lockdown, raising concerns that people with worrying health problems were struggling to see a physician. 

Cancer Research UK said that, since March, more than 350,000 people who would normally have been urgently referred to hospital with suspected cancer have not been.

It said too many patients had been left struggling to get an appointment or had been scared off seeing their GP for fear of being a burden on the health service or catching Covid-19.

It follows studies suggesting that delays in diagnosis this year could mean an extra 35,000

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Nearly 40 percent increase in mental health concerns during pandemic, local resources to help

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – The pandemic has affected us all in different ways in nearly all aspects of life.

For some, this pandemic might be their first time experiencing depression or anxiety. For others, it may make getting necessary mental health help more difficult. A recent study by the CDC shows that they’ve seen a 40 percent increase in people experiencing mental health and substance use concerns.

Dr. Dave Miers, the Director of the Behavioral Health Program at Bryan Medical Center, said normally it’s expected 1 in 5 people will experience mental health problems in their life and the pandemic may only exacerbate that. He said the unknown of it all coupled with long-term isolation recommendations can really take it’s toll.

Dr. Miers said if your sleep and appetite habits change, you become irritable, lose interest in things you normally enjoy or have suicidal thoughts, it is time to reach

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Nail Salons Are on the Brink of Collapse COVID-19 Pandemic

Just west of Melrose and La Brea in Los Angeles, tucked behind an Argentine restaurant in a small parking lot is where they sit: more than a dozen masked nail technicians diligently working on clients between plastic partitions during Southern California’s hottest summer on record. Paired with consistently unhealthy air quality due to several forest fires raging across the West, this isn’t the luxurious nail experience American women are used to, but it hasn’t slowed business. “It’s very busy, people will wait for two hours,” Amy*, who works at Pampered Hands, tells

For Amy and her team, staying closed through the pandemic wasn’t an option. “The last closure was three months, and it was hard,” Amy says, referring to a recent change that allowed nonessential businesses to offer their services outdoors to generate business-saving revenue. “We don’t want to stay home and wait for someone to say,

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