Coronavirus: The world needs to learn from the Ebola fight

Image copyright Getty Images Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who made history as Africa’s first elected female president, led Liberia for 12 years including during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak that killed nearly 5,000 people in her country. The BBC asked the Nobel Peace Laureate for her reflections on the current coronavirus crisis. Dear fellow citizens of the

Coronavirus: 20,000 former NHS staff return to fight virus, PM says

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Boris Johnson tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week Some 20,000 former NHS staff have returned to work to help the fight against coronavirus, Boris Johnson has revealed in a video posted online. The prime minister, who is self-isolating after testing positive for the virus, said the country would

Coronavirus and sex: What you need to know

Image copyright Getty Images If I have sex can I catch coronavirus? You might have thought about it but been too embarrassed to ask. To separate the facts from myths, we’ve put your questions to health experts. Dr Alex George is an A&E doctor and former Love Island contestant. Alix Fox is a sex journalist,

Coronavirus doctor’s diary: Why are people stealing hospital supplies?

Image copyright Victor de Jesus Image caption John Wright spreading the message that people should stay at home March 29 2020 The Covid-19 outbreak has already brought a range of challenges for front line medical staff – shortages of equipment, doctors and nurses falling ill, and even thieves trying to break in and steal valuable

Coronavirus: Mercedes F1 to make breathing aid

Image copyright James Tye/UCL Image caption CPAP devices are less invasive than a ventilator A breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been created in under a week. University College London engineers worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build the device, which delivers oxygen to

Coronavirus: The fears of a Kenyan domestic worker who can’t stay at home

As the number of coronavirus cases in Kenya rise, citizens have been advised to stay at home in isolation. The country begins a 19:00 to 05:00 curfew on Friday. Informal employment contributes 83% of all jobs in Kenya, with those workers particularly vulnerable, living from pay cheque to pay cheque. BBC Africa spoke to Esther,

Coronavirus: ‘I still wear a suit even in my own home’

Image copyright Ben Lawson-Green Image caption Ben Lawson-Green still makes the effort to impress Maintaining a normal regime during coronavirus self-isolation can be important for your mental health, according to some experts. BBC Radio Tees reporter Adam Clarkson has spoken to one man doing his best to keep to a routine. Ben Lawson-Green wakes up

Coronavirus: Self isolation when you are affected by dementia

Image copyright Liz Brookes Image caption Mike Brookes, an RAF veteran, has been living with dementia for nine years As people are told to stay at home to stem the spread of coronavirus, some living with dementia are struggling to adapt to the change. Mike Brookes, 77, was diagnosed nine years ago and his wife

Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale work for Virgin and easyJet staff

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is being set up at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands area Thousands of easyJet and Virgin airline staff are being offered work in the new NHS Nightingale Hospital. Those who sign up will support nurses and senior clinicians at the coronavirus field

Coronavirus: Thousands of council staff moved to the frontline

Image copyright Google Image caption Staff at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath are among those being redeployed Tens of thousands of UK council staff are set to be redeployed in “critical” roles during the coronavirus crisis. Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the closure of hundreds of local authority-run facilities from gyms to

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