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Coronavirus: How many cases are there in your area?

A total of 798 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, with the country now entering the next stage in the government's phased plan to tackle the outbreak.

Some 32,771 people in the UK have been tested for the respiratory infection so far. Ten people who tested positive have died.

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The following maps, charts and graphics will help you understand the situation in the UK and how the authorities are dealing with it.

1. The number of UK cases is growing

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

While there were a number of people testing positive throughout February, figures in the UK began to increase significantly at the beginning of March.

Since then, cases have been reported across the UK, with 208 new cases announced on Friday.

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Most of the cases are in England, with over 640 cases, 85 are in Scotland, 38 in Wales and 29 in Northern Ireland. Oxfordshire is the local authority with the most cases in England.

Confirmed case numbers for the UK are lower than other European countries, such as Italy, for example, where there have been more than 15,100 cases and more than 1,000 deaths, according to 13 March figures from the World Health Organization.

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However, the government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said there were probably between 5,000 and 10,000 people infected in the UK at this time.

He also said that many people will no longer be tested if they are showing mild symptoms. Only those with the most serious symptoms will be given a test in hospital.

England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said the peak of the UK outbreak is most likely still 10 to 14 weeks away.

Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 132,500 cases of the coronavirus and almost 5,000 deaths.

The vast majority of cases - more than 80,900 - are in China, where the virus originated in December.

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2. We are in the second phase of the government's response

The government has published its action plan for dealing with the virus, which involves three phases - contain; delay; mitigate - alongside ongoing research.

While the emphasis has been on the contain and research phases up until now, the country has now moved to the "delay" phase to stop the wider spread of the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday.

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As part of the delay phase, people with even mild coronavirus symptoms - defined as a temperature above 37.8 C or a "new, continuous" cough - are being asked to self-isolate at home for seven days to protect others and help slow the spread of the disease.

Schools are also being advised to cancel trips abroad and people over 70 and those with pre-existing health conditions are being told not to go on cruises.

The delay phase could also mean further "social distancing" measures at a later date, but Mr Johnson ruled out closing schools at this stage.

If the virus becomes even more widespread, the government may then decide to enter the mitigation phase, when health services are asked to focus on critical care and retired NHS staff could be asked to return to work.

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3. People who think they have coronavirus should self-isolate

If you have a "new, continuous" cough or high temperature and think you have coronavirus you are advised not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Instead, you should self isolate for seven days.

If symptoms persist beyond seven days or if you get worse you should contact the NHS's dedicated 111 online coronavirus service if you are in England.

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In Scotland, you should call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47. In Northern Ireland call 111.

Testing will only focus on identifying people with the virus in hospital.

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4. Travellers advised to check latest government advice

Many of the UK's first cases were people who had recently travelled from affected countries - including Italy and France as well as China and Iran.

Anyone returning from abroad must follow the same latest public guidance - if you are showing symptoms, you should self-isolate.

The government is advising against all but essential travel to countries with high numbers of coronavirus cases - such as Italy, Iran, and China.

Parts of Spain, which has seen a rapid increase in cases, are also on the list - the Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to Madrid and La Rioja, and the municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria (both in the Basque Country) and Miranda de Ebro (in Castilla y León).

UK citizens in Spain are not being told to leave. Transport routes out of the country remain open.

Anyone travelling abroad is asked to check the latest Foreign Office advice.

source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274

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Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and MS

Date:January 23, 2020Source:University of British ColumbiaSummary:Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research.

Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research published this week in the journal Environmental Health.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia analyzed data for 678,000 adults in Metro Vancouver. They found that living less than 50 metres from a major road or less than 150 metres from a highway is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and MS -- likely due to increased exposure to air pollution.

The researchers also found that living near green spaces, like parks, has protective effects against developing these neurological disorders.

"For the first time, we have confirmed a link between air pollution and traffic proximity with a higher risk of dementia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and MS at the population level," says Weiran Yuchi, the study's lead author and a PhD candidate in the UBC school of population and public health. "The good news is that green spaces appear to have some protective effects in reducing the risk of developing one or more of these disorders. More research is needed, but our findings do suggest that urban planning efforts to increase accessibility to green spaces and to reduce motor vehicle traffic would be beneficial for neurological health."

Neurological disorders -- a term that describes a range of disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron diseases -- are increasingly recognized as one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Little is known about the risk factors associated with neurological disorders, the majority of which are incurable and typically worsen over time.

For the study, researchers analyzed data for 678,000 adults between the ages of 45 and 84 who lived in Metro Vancouver from 1994 to 1998 and during a follow-up period from 1999 to 2003. They estimated individual exposures to road proximity, air pollution, noise and greenness at each person's residence using postal code data. During the follow-up period, the researchers identified 13,170 cases of non-Alzheimer's dementia, 4,201 cases of Parkinson's disease, 1,277 cases of Alzheimer's disease and 658 cases of MS.

For non-Alzheimer's dementia and Parkinson's disease specifically, living near major roads or a highway was associated with 14 per cent and seven per cent increased risk of both conditions, respectively. Due to relatively low numbers of Alzheimer's and MS cases in Metro Vancouver compared to non-Alzheimer's dementia and Parkinson's disease, the researchers did not identify associations between air pollution and increased risk of these two disorders. However, they are now analyzing Canada-wide data and are hopeful the larger dataset will provide more information on the effects of air pollution on Alzheimer's disease and MS.

When the researchers accounted for green space, they found the effect of air pollution on the neurological disorders was mitigated. The researchers suggest that this protective effect could be due to several factors.

"For people who are exposed to a higher level of green space, they are more likely to be physically active and may also have more social interactions," said Michael Brauer, the study's senior author and professor in the UBC school of population and public health. "There may even be benefits from just the visual aspects of vegetation."

Brauer added that the findings underscore the importance for city planners to ensure they incorporate greenery and parks when planning and developing residential neighbourhoods.

The study was co-authored by Hind Sbihi, Hugh Davies, and Lillian Tamburic in the UBC school of population and public health.

 

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source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200123152616.htm

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Mental healthcare hit by 'alarming' shortage of psychiatrists

Report finds one in 10 UK posts unfilled with young people and mothers worst affected

A UK-wide shortage of psychiatrists is forcing children with eating disorders and other troubled young people to wait longer for NHS care, it has been claimed.

About one in 10 consultant psychiatrist posts are unfilled and the rate of vacancies has doubled in the last six years, a major workforce survey by the Royal College of Psychiatrists found.

Services for those with eating disorders, under-18s with mental health issues and mothers struggling after the birth of a child are experiencing particular shortages, data collated by the college shows.

Prof Wendy Burn, the college’s president, said the findings were “very alarming” and raised doubts as to whether ambitious government plans to improve mental healthcare would be delivered.

The report warns that increasing gaps in the psychiatry workforce “come at a time of soaring demand for mental healthcare, with a shortage of psychiatrists contributing to the lengthy waits for treatment many patients face. The impact on patients’ lives can devastating, including divorce, debt and job losses.”

In England, 9.9% of full-time consultant posts in psychiatry are vacant, almost double the 5.2% which were unfilled in 2013, according to the college’s biennial workforce research report. In all 568 posts are vacant out of what should be a total workforce of 5,730 consultant psychiatrists.

However, Wales has the highest vacancy rate of the four home nations – 12.7% – while in Scotland 9.7% of posts are unfilled and in Northern Ireland it is 7.5%, giving a UK-wide rate of 9.6%.

Vacancies are widespread in England in key areas of the mental healthcare service, which the government and the NHS long-term plan have pledged to improve as part of a drive to reduce waiting times, increase the numbers who get help and give mental health “parity of esteem” with physical healthcare.

For example, one in six consultant posts in eating disorders services are empty. It has the highest rate of unfilled posts among the 13 specialist areas of psychiatry – 15.6%. The shortage is most pronounced in the east of England, where one in three posts have no doctor. In both the south-west and the south-east of England, almost 17% of posts are vacant.

But about one in eight posts in perinatal mental healthcare for new mothers (13.1%) and in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) (12.1%) are unfilled. For example, 25% perinatal psychiatric posts are vacant in the west Midlands and 21.4% in the south-west.

Vacancies for CAMHS consultants are running at 10% or more in every region of England apart from the east and south-west. They are worst in Trent (16.9%) and the west Midlands (16.7%).

There is also a significant shortage (11.8%) of liaison psychiatrists, especially in the north-west (19.4%) and London (19%). They work in A&E units to help people undergoing a mental health crisis who turn up seeking help.

Eating disorder and children’s mental health charities voiced concern at the findings and warned that the major shortages in those areas of care could have serious consequences.

“We know eating disorder services are struggling to fill vacancies, which is impacting the ability of those services to treat patients as quickly as possible”, said Tom Quinn, director of external affairs at Beat Eating Disorders.

“This in turn has a detrimental effect on those patients, as early treatment is key to a full and sustained recovery.”

Support for patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders is a key part of NHS mental healthcare because of the high rate of death, including by suicide, linked to them. Sufferers are twice as likely to die as the general population, while those with anorexia – mainly girls and young women – are almost six times as likely to die, the highest risk for any mental disorder. However, some people wait at least 41 weeks to start their treatment as a result of what the royal college says is a “postcode lottery” in the availability of care linked to psychiatrist numbers.

CAMHS care is also important because of rising rates of self-harm and suicide in young people. Tom Madders, the campaigns director at YoungMinds, said:”We know from calls to our parents helpline that young people too often have to wait months to access support. With more and more young people looking for help, it’s crucial that action is taken to recruit and retain professionals specialising in children and young people’s mental health.

“But we need to do more than this. There has been welcome investment in the NHS, but services will remain overstretched unless more young people get help early on, before their problems escalate. That’s why we need a new government strategy that focuses on tackling the factors that lead to poor mental health and improving early support.”

The college wants ministers and NHS chiefs to improve working conditions for psychiatrists by, for example, having hot food available on nightshifts. And it wants the government to increase the supply of homegrown doctors by doubling the number of places in medical schools to 15,000.

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The Department of Health and Social Care said it recognised the problem the college had identified.

“Expanding the mental health workforce is a key priority. We know more work is needed to meet rising demand on services and to ensure patients are getting the best treatment”, a spokesperson said.

“Our interim NHS people plan set out immediate actions we will take to fill vacancies and secure the staff we need for the future, including addressing pensions tax concerns, increasing university clinical placements by over 5,000 more and bolstering the workforce through greater international recruitment.”

source:https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/07/mental-healthcare-hit-by-alarming-shortage-of-psychiatrists

 

All elderly people to get free personal care under £6bn Labour plan

Announcing the plan in his conference speech, shadow chancellor John McDonnell will describe social care as a "national scandal".

All elderly people will be given free help in their own homes with washing, preparing meals, and getting in and out of bed under a £6bn scheme being proposed by Labour.

Under the party's vision for a "National Care Service", a Labour government would introduce free personal care for all older people in England living at home and in residential care.

 

The plans, to be unveiled at Labour's conference in Brighton, will also seek to address the funding gap in social care; support local authorities to directly provide, rather than outsource, care; and to ensure the elderly receive support from trained staff.

Announcing the policy in his conference speech on Monday, shadow chancellor John McDonnell will describe the country's social care sector as a "national scandal".

"As the first building block in our new National Care Service the next Labour government will introduce personal care free at the point of use in England," he will say.

"Funded not through the Conservatives' gimmicky insurance schemes but, like the NHS and our other essentials, through general taxation."

Mr McDonnell will add: "Nothing is more important than dignity in retirement for those who have built our country and given younger generations the world we live in today."

source: https://news.sky.com/story/all-elderly-people-to-get-free-personal-care-under-6bn-labour-plan-11817477

 

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Warning to spicy food lovers as scientists link spicy diet to dementia

Scientists are warning those who love spicy food to think twice before adding that extra dollop of chilli or jalapeno pepper to their meal, after research linked a spicy diet to dementia.

 

cientists from Qatar University and the University of South Australia carried out a 15-year study of 4,582 Chinese adults aged over 55 and found evidence of faster cognitive decline in those who consistently ate more than 50 grams of chilli a day. If the chilli eaters were slim, memory decline was even more pronounced.

The study, led by Dr Zumin Shi from Qatar University, showed people who ate in excess of 50 grams of chilli a day had almost double the risk of memory decline and poor cognition.

“Chilli consumption was found to be beneficial for body weight and blood pressure in our previous studies. However, in this study, we found adverse effects on cognition among older adults,” said Dr Zumin Shi.

Dr Ming Li, an epidemiologist from the University of South Australia, one of five researchers involved in the study, said chilli intake included both fresh and dried chilli peppers but not sweet capsicum or black pepper.

“Chilli is one of the most commonly used spices in the world and particularly popular in Asia compared to European countries,” said Dr Li, adding: “In certain regions of China, such as Sichuan and Hunan, almost one in three adults consume spicy food every day.”

People who ate a lot of chilli had a lower income and body mass index (BMI) and were more physically active compared to those who didn’t.

This is the first longitudinal study to investigate the link between chilli intake and cognitive function. The paper 'High chili intake and cognitive function among 4582 adults' is published in Nutrients.

Source: https://www.homecare.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1612719/warning-spicy-food-scientists-link-diet-dementia

 

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