Covid safety: ‘If you can smell your friend’s lunch you’re inhaling some of that air as well as any virus that’s inhaled with it,’ says Dr Julian Tang. Photograph: iStock/Getty

People should use the “garlic-breath test” to tell if they are too close to another person, and so potentially allowing coronavirus transmission to oc(...)

A nurse prepares a vaccine jab on March 12th, 2021 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan - Pool/ Getty Images

Northern Ireland is imposing no sanctions on residents of the Republic who cross the border to get the coronavirus vaccine, as doctors push for an “al(...)

The most likely scenario is that in the years ahead Covid-19 will circulate just like influenza, with a seasonal burst of infection. Photograph: iStock

When will life go back to normal post Covid-19? It’s a question people are increasingly looking for answers to; for some it’s prompted by the horrors (...)

Grafton Street in lockdown: The main draw on the public purse was spending on the Government’s Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The impact of the pandemic on the public finances is deepening as the crisis enters its second year, with exchequer returns published by the Governmen(...)

By the early 20th century the syringe was in higher demand and eventually became a key tool of vaccine delivery

Needles make me squeamish. I don’t think I’m alone. This is only one of the many reasons that I did not become a doctor. But needles are very useful t(...)

Ambulances outside the emergency department entrance of Craigavon area hospital in Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A further 19 people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, the North’s Department of Health (DoH) said on Monday. It brings the total number of(...)

A couple pose for a friend’s photograph as they hold a sparkler in front of the London Eye, in what would normally be a ticket-only area filled to capacity waiting for the annual fireworks display, on December 31st in London. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The United Kingdom recorded 55,892 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 964 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus, according to officia(...)

People look at the lights in Irving Street off Leicester Square in a quiet central London as Cvoid-19 case rates rise in all regions of England. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/ PA Wire

Pressure is growing for the toughest coronavirus restrictions to be expanded across Britain in the face of increasing strain on hospitals in England w(...)

Medical staff return a bed to an ambulance at Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim, on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

As if a novel and mutating virus was not threat enough, old political unsayables are part of the public health crisis in Northern Ireland. With a popu(...)

A woman wearing a face mask leaves a shop in Belfast city centre as businesses across Northern Ireland reopened their doors following a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown last Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The “logical decision” is that Northern Ireland should go into another four weeks of lockdown now, the chairman of the Northern Ireland branch of the (...)

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