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Lockdown made life worse for two in five children, NHS report says

Lockdown made life worse for two in five children, NHS report says

Two in five children aged 11 to 16 feel the coronavirus lockdown has made their lives worse, an NHS report on mental health suggests.They said their biggest anxieties were about missing school and family and friends contracting Covid-19.Mental disorders have risen in boys and girls since 2017 and now affect 16% of children, a large survey suggests.The children's commissioner for England said the increase was "extremely alarming".Anne Longfield said a properly-funded children's mental health service was needed and every school should have its own NHS-funded counsellor.Mental health charities...

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Coronavirus: Higher ethnic death risk 'not linked to health'

Coronavirus: Higher ethnic death risk 'not linked to health'

Ethnic minorities' higher risk of dying from Covid-19 is linked to where they live and the jobs they do, rather than their health, figures for England and Wales suggest. found all ethnic minority groups, other than Chinese, are more likely to die than white people.Black African men and black Caribbean women had the highest risk.The figures are based on deaths up to the end of July.The ONS looked at the total number of people in each community in England and Wales whose death involved Covid-19.It is already known that .By factoring in data on underlying health conditions, the ONS research...

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Covid: What is the mental health cost to the young?

Covid: What is the mental health cost to the young?

Young people's risk of becoming ill with Covid-19 is tiny - but could the long-term mental health impact of virus restrictions be far more damaging?Thousands of students are in enforced self-isolation at universities, and thousands more children are missing out on school because of positive Covid tests in their midst. This follows nearly four months of disrupted education and cancelled exams during lockdown, which led to a stressful scramble for university places when grades were recalculated. They face an economy in recession and a future where jobs are in short supply.A growing number of...

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Delirium 'key Covid symptom' in frail older people

Delirium 'key Covid symptom' in frail older people

Doctors and carers should look out for signs of confusion or strange behaviour in frail older people because it could be an early warning sign of Covid-19, research suggests.Even if they have no cough or fever, delirium is more common in vulnerable over-65s than other, fitter people of the same age.But it's not yet clear why this extreme confusion or delirium happens.The study calls for more awareness of it in hospitals and care homes. are a new and continuous cough, a temperature above 37.8C and a change in smell or taste. About 85% of people will have at least one of those...

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Children behind rising demand for virus tests

Children behind rising demand for virus tests

Demand for coronavirus tests has almost trebled among young children in England this month - but only 1% were found to have the virus, figures show.In the first two weeks of September, more than 200,000 under-nines were tested, according to government's test-and-trace programme.That is nearly three times as many as in the previous fortnight. has also confirmed that children are less likely to be infected than adults.But the role that children and adolescents play in transmitting the virus "remains unclear", it said.Government figures reveal that in England demand for tests increased across...

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