December2020

Dry January 2021

Alcohol is linked with more than 60 health conditions, including liver disease, high blood pressure, depression, seven types of cancer; it is also the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability. Current recommendations are to drink no more than 14 units per week, spread over three or more days,[…]

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

As of  November 9th 2020, Pfizer and BioNTech industries have announced the production of a vaccine that has passed the final ‘phase III’ of human round testing. Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 95% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection.[…]

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Oxford/ AstraZeneca Vaccine

As of 30th December 2020 the UK Government have accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for use. This follows rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA, which has concluded that[…]

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Update on Covid-19 restrictions & guidance 21.12.20

HM GoG have announced new measures in line with the sharp rise in Covid 19 cases in Gibraltar: As from midnight Tuesday 22nd December, masks to be worn in ALL public places As from 7pm Monday 21st December, all catering establishments to close until at least 11th January Bars and[…]

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COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): New virus variants

Studies show that all viruses mutate over time.  When a virus replicates, it sometimes changes a little bit – these changes are called “mutations”. A virus with one or more new mutations is referred to as a “variant” of the original virus. What causes a virus to change to a[…]

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Travel and Covid-19 Vaccination

At present the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have not indicated whether vaccination will be a necessary requirement for all journeys abroad, it will be down to individual countries to determine their own requirements for tourists/ residents. IATA are currently asking governments to consider aviation workers as front-line so they[…]

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PCR testing to detect Covid-19

PCR Testing (Polymerase Chain Reaction Testing) is commonly conducted at a certified laboratory and takes a few hours to complete with the result being reported within 1-3 days. The specimen for this test is collected via a nasal and/or throat swab and looks for genetic material that comes only from the virus. This test[…]

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Covid-19 Rapid Testing

COVID-19 Rapid Test The Rapid COVID-19 Testing Service is located at Gibraltar Airport. This service is for: Airline passengers arriving and departing within 72 hours of their flight (preferably a minimum of 24 hours prior to departure) Any NON-RESIDENT of Gibraltar (Note: airline travel is not a requirement for organising[…]

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I have had Covid-19, do I still need the vaccine?

The answer is ‘Yes’ Current data shows that people who have recovered from COVID-19 start to lose their immunity over time. This means that the body does not retain the protective antibodies that were produced against COVID-19 during the infection stage. It is therefore possible that an individual may contract[…]

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Will receiving an mRNA vaccine alter my DNA?

mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can be described as ‘instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein’. mRNA is not able to The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are[…]

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