How coronavirus affects the brain

r.classen/Shutterstock Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re still learning what the disease can do. There are now detailed reports of brain illness emerging in people with relatively mild lung illness, in those who are critically ill and also in those in recovery. One key thing we’re seeing is thatContinue Reading

How countries get away with hoarding drugs in a pandemic

The news that the US has bought the global supply of remdesivir – a drug that can treat COVID-19 – has rightly been criticised as “treatment nationalism”. But the US is not the only country acting selfishly. The UK recently banned the export of dexamethasone – the only drug provenContinue Reading

Local lockdowns could lead to civil disorder – here's why

Leicester, England. trabantos/Shutterstock The city of Leicester, in the UK’s Midlands region, is facing a lockdown following a recent spike in COVID cases. The decision was confirmed by UK home secretary, Priti Patel, on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, June 27. The prospect of these local lockdowns beingContinue Reading