Flowflex and Healgen Lateral Flow Rapid Antigen Tests – FAQs

What is a Lateral Flow Rapid Antigen Test?  A SARS-COV-2 lateral flow antigen rapid test is used to quickly process samples on-site without the need for laboratory equipment, generating results in minutes. This kind of rapid diagnostic test is suitable for point-of-care and self-testing (dependant on brand), that directly detects the presence or absence of […]

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Self-isolation exemption for critical workers – July 2021

The Government has confirmed that ‘fully-vaccinated’ (14 days post a second dose) workers carrying out a ‘critical role’ may in exceptional circumstances be able to leave self-isolation to attend work if they are deemed to be a close contact.    Exceptional circumstances include ‘where there would otherwise be a major detrimental impact on essential services’ and will only cover […]

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Hygiene UK are proud to be supplying Sheffield-based festival Tramlines with it’s PPE

We’re super proud to be supplying Sheffield-based festival @Tramlines with an assortment of PPE and hygiene products for the event this weekend. If you’re lucky enough to have grabbed a ticket for the show be sure to make use of the sanitising stations dotted around the festival site, and drink plenty of (insert your fav […]

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Covid: What happens when people no longer have to wear masks?

Masks and face coverings are no longer compulsory in most public places in England but the government is still recommending them in crowded places. So what does the evidence show about the effect of masks and what happens when they’re no longer compulsory? A large body of evidence suggests wearing a mask or face covering […]

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Why it’s time to think differently about Covid

For more than a year, personal freedoms have been curtailed to keep Covid at bay. That looks likely to change, with ministers proposing to lift many of the remaining restrictions in England on 19 July. The details, set out on Monday, have sparked intense debate. Prof Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, whose modelling led […]

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Euro 2020 and Covid: How can I watch with my friends?

Groups of fans celebrated England’s Euro win over Germany on Tuesday in pubs, on the streets and at home, as well as at Wembley Stadium. Wherever you watch the football, guidance and rules remain in place to stop the spread of Covid. But more fans will be admitted to Wembley for the tournament’s final stages. […]

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Covid: Masks upgrade cuts infection risk, research finds

The quality of face masks healthcare workers wear makes a huge difference to their risk of coronavirus infection, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust research has found. Wearing a high grade mask known as an FFP3 can provide up to 100% protection. By contrast, there is a far greater chance of staff wearing standard issue […]

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How is Europe lifting lockdown restrictions?

Across Europe more and more nations are starting to ease themselves out of lockdown, hopefully for the final time. There are plans for an EU-wide digital vaccination certificate to be in place by 1 July. Below is a breakdown of some measures countries will be taking in the following weeks and months: […]

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Israel says it’s facing a new COVID-19 outbreak fuelled by the Delta variant, despite having the world’s most vaccinated population

Israel says it is battling a new outbreak of COVID-19 that struck despite its success vaccinating its population. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday described a recent surge in infections as a “new outbreak” in the country. And the director of the Israeli Health Ministry said about 70% of new infections were the Delta variant. Israel on […]

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A vast range of PPE products at competitive prices, but crucially the expertise behind the products and the quality of them is second to none.

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