Effect of lockdowns on birth rates in the UK

Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Many wondered whether the COVID lockdowns would lead to a baby boom or a bust. We finally have some answers – for the UK, at least. Broadly, provisional data from the Office for National Statistics suggests there was a temporary decline in babies conceived during the firstContinue Reading

Omicron XE is spreading in the UK – a virologist explains what we know about this hybrid variant

Andrii Vodolazhskyi/Shutterstock As the COVID pandemic has progressed, we’ve repeatedly seen the arrival of new viral variants. Variants of concern, such as delta and omicron, are versions of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) which have acquired mutations. These mutations can provide SARS-CoV-2 with a genetic advantage – so forContinue Reading