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Glitch caused self-isolation orders to be too long

Glitch caused self-isolation orders to be too long

Technology
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‘Long Covid’: Why are some people not recovering?

‘Long Covid’: Why are some people not recovering?

Health
For most people, Covid-19 is a brief and mild disease but some are left struggling with symptoms including lasting fatigue, persistent pain and breathlessness for months. The condition known as "long Covid" is having a debilitating effect on people's lives, and stories of being left exhausted after even a short walk are now common.So far, the focus has been on saving lives during the pandemic, but there is now a growing recognition that people are facing long-term consequences of a Covid infection. Yet even basic questions - such as why people get long Covid or whether everyone will fully recover - are riddled with uncertainty.What is long Covid?There is no medical definition or list of symptoms shared by all patients - two people with long Covid can hav...
UK faces a long winter – but there is still a chance infections spike can be stemmed

UK faces a long winter – but there is still a chance infections spike can be stemmed

Technology
For the first time in many weeks, the official measures of the UK's coronavirus outbreak are all pointing in the wrong direction.The government says the R number in the UK is between 1.0 and 1.2, meaning it is now definitely above 1 for the first time since March. Scotland's R could be as high as 1.5. A large study from Imperial College even suggested that the R was more like 1.7, although like all these figures, there is a good deal of imprecision. The overall trend, from multiple studies, is the thing to watch: from this, we get the clear message that the virus is now spreading fast, albeit still among small numbers.This conclusion is confirmed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey, which tests 10,000 households to get a representative sample of the state of the outbreak. Li...
Coronavirus: People sent long distances for Covid tests

Coronavirus: People sent long distances for Covid tests

Health
Prioritising coronavirus testing in high-risk areas has led to shortages in other places, leading to some people with symptoms being asked to drive more than 100 miles for a swab.The government says areas with fewer Covid-19 cases have had their testing capacity reduced to cope with outbreaks elsewhere. But public health experts warn this could miss the start of new spikes.Meanwhile, a £500m fund to trial a 20-minute saliva test has been unveiled.Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Breakfast: "It's true we've put a huge amount of testing into the areas of outbreak where the number of cases are much higher."If people need a test, the vast majority get it quickly and close to home. "But when those testing centres are full then obviously people are offere

New Fed strategy means cheaper loans for a long time — here’s how you can benefit

Finance
In a major policy pivot, the Federal Reserve said it will allow inflation to run "hotter than normal" to help the economy bounce back from the coronavirus crisis.That means the Fed will be less inclined to hike interest rates, letting borrowers benefit from cheap money for an extended period of time."This kind of monetary policy is one of the ways they are trying to encourage everyone to get money out the door," said Laura Veldkamp, a professor of finance and economics at Columbia University Business School."This is meant as a stimulus, as a way of getting people to spend more," she said.More from Personal Finance:Fed holds rates near zero — here's what that means for youThese are the best and worst ways to borrow money Worried about your access to cash?Although the federal