Long Covid: the patient who’s made an app to track symptoms

When Harry Leeming developed symptoms of long Covid, he found the lack of understanding of the condition alarming. “They became so severe that I went to A&E and I was turned away, being told that I had anxiety or that it was deconditioning,” he said. “It’s been very frustrating to not be taken seriously as … Read more

China Covid protests explained: why are people demonstrating and what will happen next?

What is happening? In an extraordinary wave of civil disobedience, dozens of protests broke out across Chinese cities over the weekend as frustrations with the government’s stringent Covid policies boiled over. Groups of people numbering from single digits to about 1,000 have gathered for candlelit vigils and peaceful street protests. In some places, like Wuhan, … Read more

Covid blood-thinner drug treatment dangerous and does not work – study

A blood-thinning drug given as a potential life-saver to many patients recovering from severe Covid does not work and can cause major bleeding, research shows. The findings have led to calls for doctors to stop advising people to take Apixaban, because it does not stop them from dying or ending up back in hospital and … Read more

White House health officials: up-to-date vaccines key to move on from Covid

White House public health officials offered cautious optimism that Americans could begin to move on from coronavirus, but cautioned that keeping immunity vaccination up-to-date and combating scientific disinformation remained key for the country to successfully emerge from the three-year Covid-19 pandemic. “If you look at where we were a year ago at this time, when … Read more

Australia’s Covid recovery: which capital cities have bounced back best?

Activity across Sydney and Melbourne’s central business districts is still below pre-Covid levels as work from home preferences keep office vacancies high – however, the business community is heartened by a surge in recreational visits that is expected to “rebalance” Australian cities. Melbourne’s CBD was 33% less busy from mid-September to mid-November this year compared … Read more

Xi’s iron grip on his country is stopping the Covid U-turn it so desperately needs | Isabel Hilton

Last week, Covid-related images provoked outrage on Chinese social media: one showed a young woman kneeling on the ground with her hands tied behind her back after she and a friend had picked up a takeaway meal without first donning masks. Neither had Covid, neither was even a close contact, but both had been detained … Read more

Covid lockdown protests break out in western China after deadly fire

Protests have broken out in China’s far western Xinjiang region, with crowds shouting at hazmat-suited guards after a deadly fire triggered anger over their prolonged Covid-19 lockdown as nationwide infections set another record. Crowds chanted “End the lockdown,” pumping their fists in the air as they walked down a street, according to videos circulated on … Read more

Australia’s fourth Covid wave likely to peak before Christmas, experts say

Australia’s fourth Covid wave is likely to peak before Christmas as the rate of hospitalisations and infections begin to slow. Cases have continued to increase nationwide for the sixth consecutive week, however at a slower rate. This suggests a plateau in cases would arrive by the first week of December, in line with pandemic modelling, … Read more

China imposes new lockdowns as local Covid cases hit record high

China has imposed a fresh series of Covid lockdowns, including in a city where workers at the world’s largest iPhone factory clashed with police this week, as a record daily high in coronavirus cases tests its commitment to follow the rest of the world in easing pandemic restrictions. The national health commission reported 31,444 new … Read more