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Seven days in medicine: 14-20 July 2021

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 22 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1821


Face coverings will continue in healthcare

Anyone accessing or visiting an NHS hospital or any other healthcare setting must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules despite national covid restrictions ending on 19 July, said NHS England. Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said that continued adherence was vital “so that the most vulnerable people can continue safely to attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy, or any other healthcare settings for advice, care, and treatment.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.n1810)

Colleges urge pregnant women to get vaccinated

The Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Midwives urged the 58% of pregnant women who have not yet been vaccinated to consider getting the vaccine as soon as possible. Pregnant women are at risk of becoming severely ill with covid-19, particularly in their third trimester. More than 100 pregnant women have been admitted to hospital with covid-19 in each of the past two weeks, and one in 10 has needed intensive care. Infection can also increase the risk of premature birth, pre-eclampsia, emergency caesarean, and stillbirth, although the increases remain low.

Healthcare staff in France and Greece must get vaccine

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, announced that anyone who comes into contact with vulnerable people, including doctors, nurses, office staff, and volunteers, must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by 15 …

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