# healthcare

A medical worker holds a swab as he performs a rapid "antigen" coronavirus test on a man at Villa Mafalfa clinic in Rome In this file photo taken on November 6, 2020. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP
A medical worker holds a swab as he perf […]

Italy’s trailblazing rapid tests fail to halt virus

Italy was the first European country to bet big on rapid "antigen" tests, which are around 80 to 90% accurate, but they have not stopped case numbers rocketing to more than 35,000 a day
Air pollution obscures the view of the London Eye in central London on April 9, 2015. Photo: Ben Fathers / AFP
Air pollution obscures the view of the L […]

Air pollution costs Europe’s cities 160bn euros a year: analysis

Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs say
A healthcare worker attends to a coronavirus patient at the Intensive Care Unit of the Principe de Asturias hospital in Alcala de Henares near Madrid on April 22, 2020. - Spain said another 435 people died in the past 24 hours, a slight increase in the figures for a second day running and bringing the overall death toll to 21,717. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)
A healthcare worker attends to a coronav […]

Why has Spain been hit so hard by the coronavirus pandemic?

Spain is one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic and experts say lifestyle and close ties between young and older family members as significant factors in the virus's spread
Medical staff work past a patient at a level intensive care unit for patients contaminated with coronavirus COVID-19 of Louis Pasteur Hospital in Colmar, eastern France on March 26, 2020, after a strict lockdown came into effect to stop the spread of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)
Medical staff work past a patient at a l […]

Coronavirus intensive care — what is involved?

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the work of intensive care units where the most severe cases of COVID-19 receive help to breathe
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample from a driver through a car window at a drive-through testing point for the coronavirus in Halle, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2020. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample fro […]

Germany bets on S. Korean model in virus fightback

In the race against the coronavirus, Germany is betting on widespread testing and quarantining to break the infection chain, a strategy borrowed from South Korea