TEST, TEST, TEST – CHARITY CALLS ON UK GOVERNMENT TO REACH OUT TO UK TESTING LABS AND STAFF TO BE ENLISTED IN THE NATIONAL COVID-19 CRISIS

Colin Garner Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

We appreciate the UK government is doing its best to ramp up testing for 1) finding if a person is infected with COVID-19 – this requires testing using PCR and 2) finding if a person has been infected – this requires an immunoassay test; the simplest of these tests uses ELISA plates and the more complicated uses a lateral flow …

fake news button to help stop the spread of misinformation

The infectious spread of misinformation

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus isn’t the only dangerous epidemic going on in the world right now: the spread of misinformation is also incredibly troubling. Misinformation is being generated and shared at a rate never seen before – here’s how to keep safe. Across the world, people are increasingly turning to the internet for information, entertainment and even hope. Antibiotic Research UK is well …

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Do you think I am immunocompromised because I have a resistant infection? Do I need to take even more precautions with coronavirus around?

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

These questions have been asked of Arlene Brailey, Antibiotic Research UK’s Patient Support Officer, by quite a few patients now. They already battle resistant infections on a daily basis. The coronavirus has introduced a new element of fear for them about their safety within our communities. One patient, Lisa, confided that: “People at risk are living in fear, living in …

Lisa Jones in her car talking about an antibiotic crisis

“We don’t want to find ourselves in lockdown again – but this time, because we don’t have any new antibiotics”

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more, Patient stories

These are the words of Lisa, who has resistant bacteria continually collecting around surgical devices in her body which cause dreadful infection and make her feel really unwell. She has also experienced severe pneumonia on several occasions. She told our Patient Support Officer, Arlene, that “We need to use coronavirus to our advantage, and we need to learn lessons from …

Peter Gibson talking about irresponsible coronavirus coverage

Why I am furious about this coverage by Peter Gibson

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To paraphrase a certain Mr Brian Clough – “I am a Derbyshire man.” Which means from the novels of DH Lawrence to the peaks, the well dressings and even the water in Buxton, I love the East Midlands region, its traditions and its legacies. That proud past includes the story of Eyam, the small village that secluded itself from the …

WHO poster explaining the cause of COVID-19 deaths

COVID-19: will secondary infections become the primary cause of death?

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Secondary bacterial infections are often the primary cause of COVID-19 deaths. Research shows that opportunistic bacterial infections caused nearly half of the deaths of people with COVID-19 and a bacterial infection in Wuhan. Now, more than ever, we need to invest in developing new antibiotics. We have seen this before: in the 2009  H1N1 influenza pandemic (swine flu); up to …

Antibiotic Research UK's patient support officer Arlene Brailey

“Can I help you?” Our Patient Support Officer is ready to help!

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Our Patient Support Officer, Arlene Brailey, the country’s first Support Officer, supporting people with antibiotic resistant bacterial infections writes; As Patient Support Officer, I have heard from so many patients who worry about where to get reliable information. They want to know what websites and sources of information to trust. I am here to help them – and you – …

Nina Morgan - longtime sufferer of resistant bacterial infections

Her text to the Patient Support Officer said “Coronavirus is very scary….who knows what’s next?”

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

As the Patient Support Officer for Antibiotic Research UK, I hear from lots of people. I am used to receiving calls, emails and texts from patients and individuals who are affected in some way by recurring or antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. They usually have requests for information about a particular bacterial infection they (or a loved one) has. Sometimes they …

Typhoid Mary

Asymptomatic ‘Typhoid Marys’ could be causing 50% of new COVID-19 cases

Colin Garner Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

People who are infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) but do not fall ill are increasingly believed to be spreading the infection far and wide. That’s why we needed the Government measures to contain the outbreak to come weeks earlier than they did. ‘Typhoid Mary’, or Mary Mallon, was the first documented person with typhoid to show no symptoms. The first infamous …

Lateral flow device diagram for COVID -19 test kits

‘COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST KITS AVAILABLE SOON ‘, SAYS PROFESSOR SHARON PEACOCK, EX-ANTIBIOTIC RESEARCH UK TRUSTEE

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Professor Sharon Peacock is a world-renowned expert in tracking bacterial antibiotic resistance genes using molecular techniques (1). She reported to the UK Parliament last week that a finger prick test kit for anti-COVID-19 antibodies will soon be available. Sharon, who was a Trustee of Antibiotic Research UK until she resigned last year to take up the role of Director of …

people commuting during coronavirus on the tube

COMMUTERS CONTINUE TO TAKE THE HIGHWAY TO HELL

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Stronger restrictions by the UK Government are being ignored. This risks the lives of thousands across the country – and particularly in London. The fourth of a series of opinion pieces by Professor Colin Garner DSc on commuting during coronavirus in the UK. On the 23 March 2020 the UK Government announced that the police now have powers to enforce …

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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND THOSE AROUND YOU FROM CORONAVIRUS

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

I will be writing a regular blog about the pandemic which will give my personal views. These are not the official view of our charity. Antibiotic Research UK is focussed on drug-resistant bacterial infections. Sadly, these can be a consequence of viral infections such as coronavirus (COVID-19). I have given some of the background in a previous blog post. Government …

Baby with chicken pox

TEST, TEST, TEST SAYS THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND PROFESSOR COLIN GARNER OF ANTIBIOTIC RESEARCH UK

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Notice the difference? Can you spot who in the COVID-19 group is infected and who is not? You can’t – and that’s the problem. Coronavirus testing You can only find out who has and who has had a COVID-19 infection by testing their blood either for the virus or for antibodies against the virus. The UK is, according to government …

representation of coronavirus and bacterial infections

Our charity, coronavirus (COVID-19), bacterial infection and antibiotic resistance

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Research

We are just at the beginning of what might become one of the world’s biggest viral pandemic ever seen. Every day that goes by we are hearing more and more about the impact of this flu pandemic. Why is it happening? Will it go away? How many people will die? Will I get infected? How can I protect myself and …