BHP mobilised in the fight against COVID-19

BHP – the long-standing alliance between the University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s – is pulling together on several fronts to fight the spread of COVID-19. Professor David Adams, Director of BHP, explained: “In these unprecedented times, the Birmingham Health Partners alliance has allowed us to adapt and work in … Continue reading “BHP mobilised in the fight against COVID-19”

COVID-19 research briefing 25/03/20

Researchers from across BHP are collaborating to analyse and summarise the latest COVID-19 literature to help inform clinical colleagues. Research update – 25th March 2020 Incubation period: 95% of patients see initial symptoms 4-6 days after infection 97.5% display all symptoms between 7-14 days Of those hospitalised, this occurred 6-12 days after infection. The evidence … Continue reading “COVID-19 research briefing 25/03/20”

Societies with poorer handwashing culture more exposed to COVID-19

Societies where people do not typically wash their hands straight after using the toilet tend to have a much higher exposure to coronavirus, a new study reveals. Researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham have discovered that at least 50% of people do not have a habit of automatic handwashing after using the toilet … Continue reading “Societies with poorer handwashing culture more exposed to COVID-19”

The development of more accurate antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2 is crucial and urgent

Expert comment on COVID-19 by David Wraith, Professor of Immunology and Director of the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy: As pointed out by Mark Walport, Chief Exec of UKRI, the critical tools that we need to provide long-term control of the coronavirus (COVID19) infection are first an effective vaccine and second, a test to define the … Continue reading “The development of more accurate antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2 is crucial and urgent”

COVID-19 genome sequencing alliance formed with support from Birmingham

Investment of £20m has enabled the formation of a new nationwide consortium to map the spread and evolution of COVID-19 through whole-genome sequencing. The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium – COG-UK – comprised of the NHS, Public Health Agencies and academic institutions – including the University of Birmingham – will deliver large scale, rapid sequencing of … Continue reading “COVID-19 genome sequencing alliance formed with support from Birmingham”