Most COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted. However, the pandemic is far from over, and it is crucial that we move forward with caution to protect ourselves, each other and especially the most vulnerable in our society.
Dr Susan Hopkins is a Healthcare Epidemiologist Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Public Health England. She is also in post at The Royal Free London NHS Trust as a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.
A year ago today we launched SIREN - the world’s biggest real-world study into Covid-19 antibodies. Here are five things that we have learnt from the study so far.
As the prevalence of COVID-19 reduces to low levels in the population, the chance of a false positive result increases – though still remains unlikely. We can mitigate against the risk of false positives by confirming a positive lateral flow test with another test – such as a PCR test. Find out more about the reintroduction of confirmatory PCR testing.
The SIREN study looks for answers to the most important questions about reinfection and COVID-19. Find out how PHE has led the national effort to develop the science that help decision-makers control the disease.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is continuing to be rolled out at pace, but it's important we continue to reduce our risk of transmitting or catching the virus. This blog explains why this is so important.
Lateral flow devices are one of the new tools being used to help us to detect and fight COVID-19. Find out more about how the devices work and the benefits they can bring.
In this blog we focus on why self-isolation is still vitally important to stop COVID-19 from spreading in our community, particularly to people who could become very sick if they catch the virus.
Public Health England has been awarded £5.1 million to create a virtual ‘open access’ centre, which will gather real-time patient data on resistant infections, helping clinicians understand when to use and preserve antibiotics in their treatment. Read the blog to find out more.
In November, PHE published the second annual ESPAUR report describing the surveillance of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use in England. The report brings together three crucial data sets, some of which weren’t previously in the public domain: antibiotic prescribing in …
When we think about antibiotics, we think about how they help us recover from illness, or visits to the GP to get a prescription for ourselves or our children. We think of a medication readily available to help us fight …
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