Teenage vapers are FIVE TIMES more likely to catch coronavirus, study finds

Teenagers who vape are five times more likely to catch Covid-19, according to new research. And the risk soars almost seven-fold if they also use conventional cigarettes. Both forms of smoking weaken the lungs, warn scientists. The study is the first to look at the link between the devices and coronavirus cases in young people … Read more Teenage vapers are FIVE TIMES more likely to catch coronavirus, study finds

‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme is used more than 10.5m times in its first week

Diners used Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme more than 10.5million times in its first week, Treasury figures have revealed. Locked-down Brits have been able to get back out into restaurants, cafes and pubs with a £10 discount on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday so far this month. According to the BBC, … Read more ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme is used more than 10.5m times in its first week

Europe’s extreme droughts could increase by seven times by 2100

WHAT CAUSED THE HEATWAVE? The heatwave was triggered by the build-up of high pressures over Europe over the past few days, leading to the northward movement of warm air from Europe over the UK. ‘At this time of year southerly winds will always lead to above average temperatures,’ said University of Reading meteorologist Peter Inness.  ‘Air from … Read more Europe’s extreme droughts could increase by seven times by 2100

Lava tubes on Mars and the Moon are up to 1,000 times bigger than those on Earth

Lava tubes under the surface of the Moon and Mars are so large they could host entire planetary bases for future space exploration, planetary scientists claim. Researchers at the Universities of Bologna and Padua studied the subsurface cavities that lava created billions of years ago under the surface of Mars and the Moon.  These cavities … Read more Lava tubes on Mars and the Moon are up to 1,000 times bigger than those on Earth

Microbes beneath the seafloor found living on fifty-billion-billion times less energy than a human’

Tiny microbes living underneath the seafloor have been found surviving on a fraction of the energy a human needs to live – setting a new lower energy limit for life. An international team of researchers led by Queen Mary University of London used data from the sub-seafloor to create a new global picture of the … Read more Microbes beneath the seafloor found living on fifty-billion-billion times less energy than a human’

MANZOOR MOGHAL: I’ve lost count of the times I’ve spoken to my community about Covid

For anyone who’s paid attention to Britain’s South Asian community and its response to the Covid crisis, Thursday’s dramatic announcement of new restrictions in northern England will have come as no surprise. The areas affected, including Blackburn, Oldham, Bradford and Manchester, have large populations with roots in the Indian subcontinent. And while West Yorkshire Tory … Read more MANZOOR MOGHAL: I’ve lost count of the times I’ve spoken to my community about Covid

Less than HALF of Britons are social distancing at all times, ONS survey reveals

Less than HALF of Britons are social distancing at all times – but 90% say they WILL wear a face mask, ONS survey reveals Only 47 per cent of people say they ‘always’ keep a safe distance from others The Office for National Statistics surveyed 1,500 people from July 22 to 26  It found 73 per … Read more Less than HALF of Britons are social distancing at all times, ONS survey reveals

‘Bags for Life’ should cost more to deter shoppers from using them too few times, campaigners warn 

Bags for life should cost more to prevent shoppers from using them too few times, campaigners have warned.   Sam Chetan-Welsh, of Greenpeace, said that while sales of plastic carrier bags are down, sales of bags for life rose to 1.5 billion in 2018.   He said: ‘Bags for life contain more plastic than carrier bags do. … Read more ‘Bags for Life’ should cost more to deter shoppers from using them too few times, campaigners warn 

Self-isolation times to rise: Stay at home rule could be up to 10 days amid fears of a summer wave 

People who test positive for coronavirus are be told to stay at home for ten days – up from the current seven-day self-isolation period. The change – which also applies to anyone who has symptoms – comes amid fears of a surge in infections in the coming weeks. The Daily Mail revealed yesterday how Boris … Read more Self-isolation times to rise: Stay at home rule could be up to 10 days amid fears of a summer wave 

Self-isolation times to rise: Stay at home rule could be up to 14 days amid fears of a summer wave 

Self-isolation times to rise: Stay at home rule could be up to 14 days amid fears of a summer wave People who test positive for coronavirus could need to self-isolate for longer Ministers expected to extend seven-day period to 14 days in line with quarantine Boris Johnson said to be ‘extremely concerned’ about possibility of second … Read more Self-isolation times to rise: Stay at home rule could be up to 14 days amid fears of a summer wave