The UK is easing out of lockdown and the public health system locally, regionally and nationally will have an incredibly important role to play in keeping the virus at bay and parties safe and well. Far from slows down, we are set to remain as focused as ever to stay on top of new cases, gathers and eruptions wherever they may be.
An example of good practise is the London Coronavirus Response Cell( LCRC ), a multi-disciplinary team which integrates the work of administrative men, surveillance psychoanalysts, public health registrars, public health specialists, health protection practitioners and consultants to ensure an effective coronavirus response for the whole of London. Read our blog to find out more.
Our surveillance reports inform decisions and actions across all of society and you can see the latest weekly COVID-1 9 epidemiology surveillance report and accompanying infographic.
Appreciation antibodies and immunity
There has been much interest in antibody tests and their appreciate given that we still do not know whether producing antibodies in response to having COVID-1 9 means you are immune to future infectious diseases and how long that armour may previous. Improving our understanding of this is critical for informing future decisions about controlling the spread of the disease, and recently PHE received approval from the National Institute for Health Research for an urgent public health study to investigate accurately this.
This is now up and running with the first Relies now making regular swabs and blood samples from healthcare workers and collecting data about the onset of infections and any new indications that appear during the course of studies and research. We are planning to recruit up to 100,000 healthcare workers, with 10,000 as our initial target to participate through their Trusts, and we are hopeful that this will happen by September. I promote Trusts’ Research units to come on board and contact SIREN @phe. gov.uk, and I thank the NHS for contributing to this research.
Heatwave and COVID-1 9
Many of us experience the heated weather but some people find it more difficult to cope with higher temperatures, including older people, those with underlying health conditions and very young children. The first PHE Heat-Health alert this year is of even greater importance as many of the most vulnerable are shielding at home due to COVID-1 9 and are at increased risk from higher temperatures, especially those who are older and living alone.
We should continue to check up on family and friends who are older or lives with underlying health conditions and for those who will be attaining the most of the weather outdoors, this should be whilst continuing to follow the social distancing guidelines. Read our blog to find out more.
Being who sleep rough
People sleeping rough, particularly those with remedy and booze ill-use problems, often have difficulty accessing healthcare and face a revolving door where they are in and out of services. It is therefore welcome news that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed that a further PS1 6 million of planned spending on drug and alcohol support for homeless people is being brought forward to this year, and is in addition to the PS7 million already available.
This funding will be targeted at the areas with the highest numbers of people sleeping rough who have been moved into emergency accommodation during the pandemic in order to support their ongoing drug and booze therapy needs. Further detailed information about the funding will be shared via the PHE Regions shortly. You can read more here.
And ultimately, PHE is proud to join extending UK boss in the national campaign to #flextheUK and acquire flexible work the norm , not certain exceptions. Many organisations across the UK have adapted their ways and means to making approximately overnight as a consequence of the pandemic, but there is a growing indication cornerstone that when modifies are oblige collaboratively within an organization that is, flexible working can improve performance, commitment and staff retention, as well as helping people balance care responsibilities. Read more in our letter to The Telegraph.
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