The top five things you need to know about COVID-19 this week

Coronavirus transmission latest news

New developments and research about COVID-19 are emerging all the time. Here we look at the latest news, research and advice as we continue to tackle COVID-19:

  1. COVID-19: Tracking the outbreak, as deaths pass one million

In sobering world news, we pass the one million COVID-19 related deaths mark, with the likelihood that the figure is higher in reality. The US, Brazil and India make up nearly half of the total. 

  1. Why masks and hand-washing may not protect against new coronavirus mutation

New research suggests that COVID-19 has mutated to become more contagious according to a US study by BMJ Yale. Patients infected with a new strain have higher “loads” of the virus. 

  1. Dreading a dark winter lockdown? Think like a Norwegian

After a rather beautiful spring and summer in the UK, many people are dreading the thought of a dark winter and facing further lockdown restrictions. As we stock up on fire pits, this article looks to Norway to offer some advice on well-being during the colder months. 

  1. NHS COVID-19 app: 12m downloads – and lots of questions

In the UK, the government seeks to roll out it’s NHS COVID-19 app. The app had 12 million downloads within five days, but not without a few hiccups. 

  1. Why your cold tells you little about COVID-19 transmission

So many children and teachers returned to school in September and caught a cold. With all the sanitising we’ve been doing, how has this happened? Here a virologist-turned-teacher explains the difference between a cold and COVID-19.

For more information about how COVID-19 is transmitted, the World Health Organisation has published this Q&A. If you’d like to find out how the Gateway Personal Protective Tunnel can help you prevent the spread of coronavirus, please get in touch.

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