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Having transferred from animals (possibly bats) in November 2019, it only took a few months before almost the entire world was in lock-down, or at the very least having restrictions placed on their day to activities.

The club is tracking UK deaths along with a history of government advice and key points in its history - view the Coronavirus UK Deaths Tracker.

What is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

Symptoms to be vigilant for are fever, cough, and shortness of breath

Most people who are infected will only suffer mild symptoms - or even none, known as asymptomatic.

However, high-risk groups may suffer severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure. Mortality rate increases rapidly with age, with over-70s particularly at risk.

How can you catch coronavirus?

The main transmission route for the virus is via respiratory droplets - that is, the mist produced when coughing. It can also survive for several days on surfaces (such as door handles) so it also also possible to contract the disease by touching contaminated surfaces.

How can you reduce your risk?

Currently there are no prophylactic drugs available, so these simple steps are your best advice:

  • wash your hands frequently - particularly have touched public surfaces
  • don't touch your face as it's easier for the virus to get penetrate your defences through the eyes, nose and mouth
  • physical distancing - keep 2 metres away from other people

More importantly, to prevent it's spread you should follow government advice on social distancing and isolating yourself and household if you show any of the symptoms:

  • new, continues cough
  • high temperature

Find out more on the NHS website:


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Conversation with author and journalist Debora MacKenzie


The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One


Advice and links to 111 service etc


Questions and answers covering symptoms, risks and treatment

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Coronavirus Blog Posts

Have you had coronavirus? UK COVID-19 antibody tests from £65
04-Feb-2021 Comparison of UK mail and clinic tests, plus a review of the Medichecks test

Types of coronavirus tests, and how accurate are they?
25-Jan-2021 Do you know the difference between sensitivity and specificity?

How To Boost Your Immune System
14-Jan-2021 Help your body to help yourself with these easy tips on improving your immune system

Summary of London Futurists’ Engineering Greater Human Resilience Panel Discussion
27-Apr-2020 Interesting thoughts from an international panel of futurists

Coronavirus Deaths UK Tracker
22-Apr-2020 Tracking UK COVID-19 deaths to see when the peak is passed

Recent News

Senolytic drugs improved survival rates in coronavirus-infected mice

SENS Research Foundation - 07-Oct-2021

Boosts immune response by clearing senescent cells; a potential treatment for COVID-19 in humans


Covid-19 hit hardest in men, cutting their life expectancy by over an year

BBC - 23-Sep-2021

Life expectancy will recover in the future, but with a 'slower growth'


A 12-week Better Health campaign to help you lose weight and stay active

BBC - 26-Jul-2021

Free support and guidance to shed those excess kilos gained during lockdown


US life expectancy dropped by 1.5 years in 2020, mostly due to COVID-19

Independent - 21-Jul-2021

Largest drop since world war II, mainly affecting Black and Hispanic Americans


UK recorded more deaths than births for first time in 40 years

BBC - 25-Jun-2021

Covid may not be the only reason; fewer births and older population also fuel death rates

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