Cricket is his greatest skill – who can forget his record-breaking 162 runs off 66 balls against West Indies in the 2015 Cricket World Cup?!
But he is also adept at a host of other sports as Nasser Hussain discovered in our three-part series, filmed a few years ago in AB’s native South Africa.
With coronavirus halting live cricket, we are re-running our programme on De Villiers over the next three Saturdays on skysports.com, so you can marvel at his talent, hear him discuss his career, watch his batting tips, and see what happened when Nasser took on AB at golf and tennis!
In part one, Journey to the Top – which you can watch in the video at the top of the page – Nasser discovers how De Villiers developed from a child prodigy on the school playing fields to a superstar in international cricket.
Running though his batting tips at SuperSport Park in Centurion, De Villiers reflects on his first trip to the ground and how while he always wanted to play sport on the big stage, “never in his wildest dreams” did he expect to play cricket at his home ground.
Explaining his processes at the crease, AB then urges every batsman to be unique but also stresses the importance of head position, and how hitting a ball with a stump in training helps him focus on playing the ball late, and why he prefers short, sharp drills at match intensity.
PIERS Morgan is making sure he stays in touch with his sons whilst they are apart during their coronavirus isolation.
The GMB host, 55, shared a sweet picture from his FaceTime call with Spencer, 26 and Albert, 19, with his fans hailing the guys "hot".
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Earlier in the week Piers revealed that Albert had showed signs of having Covid-19.
Piers has three sons, including 22-year-old Stanley.
Spencer and Albert have been living at their mum's house, while Piers has been with his new wife Celia, and their daughter Elise, eight, and also Stanley.
But the dad-of-four is keen to make sure he still stays in touch with his boys during this tough time.
Taking to Instagram to share the sweet snap of Spencer and Albert and their dog Conor on the phone, he wrote: "Conor definitely wins the Quarantine FaceTime facial hair contest."
It was on Wednesday that Piers revealed Albert hadn't been very well, speaking on GMB he said: "One of my sons had it in a much milder way. He lost his taste and smell. Still hasn't got it back. It is a weird thing."
His co-host Susanna Reid, 49, turned to Piers and exclaimed: "Your son?"
Piers went on: "Yes my youngest boy had it.
"I think most people are associating (lack of taste and smell) that with the virus, luckily he didn't get anything like what you had but he had that experience for a few days. It’s a very unnerving thing to get."
Given how contagious COVID-19 is, the presenter later clarified on the show: "I hadn’t seen my son for three weeks before he presented with symptoms, he was at his mum's."
Meanwhile, Piers has sent his support to GMB co-star Kate Garraway after she revealed that her husband Derek Draper was in intensive care battling coronavirus.
He reached out to his friend after news of Derek's condition went public.
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Acknowledging that he'd been aware of his friend's situation beforehand, Piers tweeted: "Now it’s been made public, I can say this horrendous situation has brought the coronavirus crisis sharply into the hearts of all of us @GMB. My love & prayers to Kate & Derek."
Susanna Reid also messaged support, simply writing: "All my love to Kate and Derek."
Derek, 52, was rushed to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms on 30th March, and Kate is "sick with worry" as he remains in intensive care.
Your dating life may not be the only thing drying up as we all stay inside to #flattenthecurve. Cue a whole lotta dry skin. In an unofficial poll of my group of galpals, I found a little bit of solace knowing that excessively dry—and sometimes flaky(!)—skin is something a lot are experiencing in quarantine (in addition to perhaps one too many Zoom happy hours).
“Skin is getting dry for a few reasons. When you are inside all day and the heat is on, the humidity in the air diminishes and that translates into less moisturizer for your skin,” says Nava Greenfield, MD, a New York dermatologist and advisor for Belli Skincare.
Dr. Greenfield explains that, usually, going outside and experiencing a change in climate typically helps with stimulating oil glands to produce more moisture, but that’s not something many of us can do at the moment. Pair that with an influx of showering and constant hand-washing, and we’re now stripping away the skin’s natural oils as well as any moisturizer that was applied earlier on in the day.
So, what’s a lady under quarantine to do? For your body, Dr. Greenfield suggests creams or oil-based formulas with hydrating ingredients like jojoba oil, ceramides, cocoa butter, and avocado. “This is usually something you’d have to scoop for a jar or squeeze from a tube, as opposed to lotion which you typically pump.”
For your face, seek out products that are not as heavy, with ingredients including glycerin, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and E. “Aim to use these products two to three times more per day than what you would typically do,” she suggests. “Adding in afternoon and late-morning moisturizing in addition to morning and night might be all you need.”
The good news? There is a light at the end of this Netflix-and-WFH tunnel: Clear skin awaits. “I have seen many of my patients break out while in quarantine, but I would not be surprised if faces clear up once the stress is lifted and we are able to go outside again,” says Dr. Greenfield.
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But while countries like Germany test around 70,000 people a day, the figure here is a measly looking 8,000.
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Just 2,000 of the frontline NHS staff self-isolating with suspected coronavirus have been tested.
Yet as many as 85 per cent of NHS off sick may not even have the bug, experts say – and are being kept away from hospitals because of a failure to speed up testing rates.
Head of NHS Providers Chris Hopson said the health service is facing "some of the highest staff absences" ever seen.
One in four doctors and one in five nurses are believed to be off, heaping pressure on colleagues facing an influx of patients.
Yesterday, Michael Gove admitted the Government must go "further, faster" to increase testing capacity.
And Boris Johnson is said to have taken charge of efforts to source the kit needed to do that.
Hospitals were today told to test more of their workforce, yet the Government admits the nation's labs are short of the right equipment to do it.
So why is the UK's testing programme behind schedule? And what more needs to be done?
1. What tests are actually needed?
There are two main tests we need, to get a grip of the coronavirus epidemic.
The first is a nasal swab test – which is currently used in hospitals to tell if a person has the virus.
Known as an antigen test, it detects traces of the virus RNA or genetic code.
Samples are taken using a swab – a large cotton bud up your nose – to take samples from the back of the throat.
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The samples are then sent to the lab for testing. Results can take between a few hours to a couple of days to come back.
The second test is the much-awaited antibody test – hailed a "game-changer".
The test is a finger-prick test and is being designed to be performed at home, giving results almost instantly like a pregnancy test.
It detects antibodies that the immune system produces to fight coronavirus so can tell if you have had the bug, and are immune.
These tests would give the green light for NHS staff, key workers and the public to go back to work, and could help relax lockdown measures.
2. Why is testing so important?
Testing for coronavirus serves a number of important purposes.
The swab test can tell us how many people currently have Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the antibody test can tell us how many people in the population have had it.
It can also give an idea of the asymptomatic population – how many people have had coronavirus, but have shown no symptoms.
Knowing who's had the bug and who hasn't will drastically speed up our route out of lockdown.
It will allow us to identify who is safe to go back to work, and in some countries like Germany there are plans to give people certificates to identify they are safe to move about.
Labour deputy leadership candidate and A&E doctor, Rosena Allin-Khan, who has gone back to work on the NHS front line, said another important aspect is staff wellbeing.
She wrote to Matt Hancock telling him the "lack of testing is having a huge mental health impact on our NHS workforce".
Meanwhile, ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt has expressed his concern over the lack of mass testing, branding it "very worrying".
He said it had been key to finally controlling the outbreak in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the pandemic originated in December.
3. How many tests are being done in the UK?
Yesterday, Department of Health figures showed 8,240 people had been tested for coronavirus, in the previous 24 hours.
That falls short of the Government's promise to test 10,000 people a day.
Last night, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said we have capacity to test 12,700 people.
Meanwhile, the PM has expressed his desire to reach 250,000 tests a day.
Today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told hospitals to test more of their workforce, lifting the restriction that trusts could only use 15 per cent of their capacity to test staff. The remaining 75 per cent was reserved for testing patients.
4. How do we compare to other countries?
In the UK around 8,000 people are being tested every day.
In total since the start of the outbreak 152,979 people have been tested, with 29,474 testing positive.
Meanwhile, in Germany, 70,000 tests are carried out each day – that's more than half a million a week.
In total, South Korea has tested around 490,000 people since the start of the outbreak.
Both countries have far fewer deaths than the UK.
5. So what's the problem?
Testing for viruses is not a simple process.
It requires the right equipment, testing conditions and as the Government's top doctor keeps reminding us, "one thing worse that no test, is a bad test."
But critics have pointed out, this crisis has been building since the start of the year, accusing the authorities of acting too late.
Tim Colbourn, associate professor of global health epidemiology at University College London, said: "The UK was complacent and didn't think it could happen here.
"We didn't see the signs quickly."
If they were doing 400 tests a day, we would be up to Germany levels of testing and that is perfectly feasible
Anthony Costello, professor of global health and sustainable development at UCL, said part of the blame rests with Public Health England.
He told Radio 4's Today programme: "We have 44 molecular virology labs in the UK.
"If they were doing 400 tests a day, we would be up to Germany levels of testing and that is perfectly feasible.
"Public Health England were slow and controlled and only allowed non-PHE labs to start testing two weeks ago, but that was after the strategy to shift to end community tests."
Prof Costello is referring to the announcement on March 13 to stop testing people in the community, as the Government announced a move from "containment" to "delay" in their plan to tackle the outbreak.
From that point, only people in hospital have been tested for Covid-19.
6. What's the latest the Government is saying?
The Government has repeatedly said their goal is to increase testing capacity across the UK.
Boris Johnson has said he wants to reach 250,000 a day, while Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said at yesterday's daily briefing we have capacity to carry out 12,700 tests.
Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office Minister, said the Prime Minister and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, are in talks with pharmaceutical companies across the world, after admitting a shortage of chemicals is partly to blame.
The chemicals are needed for the antigen tests – or nasal swab tests currently being used to test NHS staff and patients.
Mr Gove said last night that the Government must "go further, faster" to increase testing.
"We are increasing the number of tests," he said.
One of the constraints on our capacity to increase testing overall is supply of the specific reagents
"One of the constraints on our capacity to increase testing overall is supply of the specific reagents, the specific chemicals, that are needed in order to make sure that tests are reliable."
When asked when the Government started placing orders for key test parts, the PM's spokesman said today: "We've been working with industry throughout.
"But as the Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer have both set out, there is a global demand for reagents.
"It's clear from industry that they are working as hard as they can in order to support the NHS, and we are working alongside them."
7. What chemicals are we missing?
The chemical reagents the Government admits the UK is short of are needed for the nasal swab tests – the antigen test.
Dr Colin Butter, at the University of Lincoln, explained there are two main bits to the chemistry. The first is how scientists remove the virus RNA – it's genetic code – from swabs.
"Many companies make suitable kits for this," he said. "Universities and others will have lots on the shelves."
The next step involves ingredients and chemicals to run the test itself.
Prof Lawrence Young from the University of Warwick explained: "The test is complicated, and requires many different synthetic components which probably accounts for the shortages given the unprecedented demand."
Coronavirus testing: What is the difference between antigen and antibody tests?
Coronavirus tests are key to getting a clearer idea of the scale of the outbreak in the UK.
In recent days, there's been a lot of talk about the two different types of tests that the government are ramping up.
The government refers to them as the 'have you got it' antigen test or the 'have you had it' antibody test.
Here we explain the difference between the two…
What is an antigen test?
Antigens are found on the surface of invading pathogens, including coronavirus.
Testing for antigens can determine whether someone is currently carrying the virus and are actively infectious.
The NHS is currently using antigen tests in hospitals to determine if someone is currently infected with Covid-19.
Samples are taken using a swab – which resemble a large cotton bud – from deep inside the nose and throat before being sent off to a lab for testing.
Most labs use a method called the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which takes several hours to get a result.
It can take days for labs to run the tests and tell people their result.
Several companies are working on ways to fast track this type of testing.
What is an antibody test?
When a person gets infected with antigen, the body starts making specially designed proteins called antibodies in response – as a way to fight the infection.
After they recover, those antibodies float in the blood for months, maybe even years.
That's the body's way of defending itself in case it becomes infected with the virus again.
So an antibody test specifically looks for antibodies which will be able to tell whether you've already been exposed to Covid-19.
Anyone who has already had the illness is presumed to be immune to getting it again – at least, in the intermediate term.
This would allow them to go back to work safe in the knowledge that they are unlikely to become infected again or pass the virus on.
The check that has been developed for Covid-19 is a finger-prick blood test, with the samples sent to laboratories and results available within a few days.
Dr Hilary Jones, a GP and resident doctor on Good Morning Britain, explained that it works "almost like a pregnancy test, except you need a drop of blood".
These tests are being developed by several different firms and Public Health England (PHE) is also working on its own test.
They still need to be validated to ensure they give accurate results.
Dr Al Edwards at the University of Reading's School of Pharmacy added that there are a "lot of ingredients" that go into a swab test.
"Any of these might be hard to get hold of in the current rush," he said. "The world is seeing more of these virus tests conducted than ever before. "This shortage could be the enzymes – called polymerase – that detect the virus.
"But they could also be simply the swabs or containers for collecting samples.
“The real catch is – we are very good at making a highly accurate test fast.
There is a massive demand for raw materials, this is not unique to the UK and many places no longer have stock of essential reagents
"But to make that test accurate, you need to keep the ingredients fixed. So we are likely seeing a shortage of the exact ingredients used in the approved tests.
"Although other versions might work it’s not easy to simply switch to a different type.
"There can be tiny changes that make the test fail – for example, if you use the wrong swab to take the sample, the virus might not be detected."
Professor Stephen Baker, an expert in molecular microbiology at the University of Cambridge, said: "There is a massive demand for raw materials, this is not unique to the UK and many places no longer have stock of essential reagents."
8. What does the industry say?
The Chemical Industries Association told The Times that demand for key chemicals is "increasing".
But it said reagents are being made and they are being delivered to the NHS.
It said: "Every business here in the UK and globally is looking at what they can do to help meet the demand as a matter of urgency.
"To clarify the exact NHS need and meet it, all relevant UK industries are continuing to work closely with the Government."
9. How is South Korea doing better?
The first hint of the coronavirus pandemic emerged at the end of December in China.
While few countries could have predicted it's rapid spread, some, including South Korea were better prepared.
The nation had vast stocks of face masks and testing kids on standby, making them better placed to cope.
Having endured the 2003 Sars epidemic and the more recent Mers outbreak, South Korea built up huge stockpiles and had significant testing capacity ready and waiting.
10. What about Germany?
Germany, which is testing 500,000 patients a week and has plans to test 200,000 a day, was quick to learn from the response of countries in Asia and began ramping up testing at an early stage.
Professor Lawrence Young, from Warwick University, said countries like Germany also benefit from a more "joined up approach".
A better relationship with the biotech industry, more German virologists producing tests in January and central coordination by the Robert Koch Institute all gave Germany a head start, he said.
When asked why this was such a challenge for the UK, he added: "It just requires better national coordination.
"It highlights a lack of investment in virology over many years."
11. What's the solution?
Professor Stephen Baker, of Cambridge Uni, said there is "no overnight solution".
He warned: "There are multiple steps to ensure that the methods used and results that are a correctly validated, as there is nothing more dangerous at the moment than reporting incorrect negative or positive results to staff or patients."
Sofia Richie has revealed just how much she’s missing her family in a rare throwback pic with her dad, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Sofia Richie may be quarantined with her boyfriend Scott Disick, but the model, 21, is really missing her family. She took to Instagram on March 25 to post a super rare throwback pic with her dad, music legend Lionel Richie. “Reflecting.. missing my family,” she captioned the early 2000s pic. The sweet snap shows the proud dad crouched down to Sofia’s level in the middle of a road. She wears jeans and a blue tee with her hair pulled back out of her face, while her dad rocks a white sweater and jeans. The duo are staring off at something into the distance — and it makes for such a sweet moment. “Love you,” her dad commented on the pic, with three red heart emojis.
Sofia has been social distancing amid the global coronavirus outbreak with her 36-year-old beau. The pair spent part of their eighth day at home together playing with filters on Instagram. The outcome? A hilarious selfie of the couple with their mouths and eyes enlarged, which Sofia shared to her Instagram stories on March 19. Sofia, who went makeup free (because, why not?) had her hair pulled back in a messy bun with a headband on. Meanwhile, the father-of-three wore a dark tee as his hair hung in front of his face. Sofia also shared a delicious plate of broccoli and a cup of nightly cup of tea on Instagram Stories.
Scott and Sofia are staying indoors as the city of Los Angles announced new quarantine guidelines on Friday, March 20. LA county officials announced a new “stay at home order” for residents to limit the spread of COVID-19 that is set to last through April 19.
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Not too far away from the couple is Kim Kardashian-West and family, who are home in quarantine, along with the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner family. Kim shared a throwback photo from a photoshoot with Khloe Kardashian on Thursday, and admitted that she’s also missing her family while social-distancing! Meanwhile, Kylie Jenner sent out a series of Instagram Stories urging her 166 million followers to quarantine after Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams called on her, along with influencers to help young people understand the severity of coronavirus.
Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Li Wenliang, 34, died from coronavirus in China. He was one of a group of doctors in China’s virus epicentre who shared posts on social media warning of a Sars-like virus spreading in the city in December.
Front line medical staff and priests appear to be more likely to fall seriously ill or die from coronavirus, figures show.
In Italy, nearly one in ten of its near-60,000 cases of the killer virus is a healthcare worker, while 23 deaths have been reported among medical staff.
And at least 60 priests have succumbed to the illness, just weeks after Pope Francis encouraged clerics to visit COVID-19 patients and support medics.
Meanwhile in mainland China, a 29-year-old and a 34-year-old doctor are among 26 front line medics known to have died from the disease.
At least 3,300 of China’s 80,000 cases since the outbreak began in late December have been healthcare workers.
Doctors and nurses are vulnerable to the virus because they are repeatedly exposed to higher doses of the bug than the general public.
And the majority of priests who have passed away were over the age of 70 and had underlying health conditions – two factors which increase the chance of dying.
It is unclear how many medics in the UK and US have been infected, but it is expected to be in the hundreds already.
Here, experts tell MailOnline why healthcare workers and priests appear to be more vulnerable to COVID-19’s killer symptoms.
A patient wearing a face mask is wheeled into La Paz hospital on March 23 in Madrid
French rescue team wearing protective suits carry a patient on a stretcher from Mulhouse hospital
Doctors and nurses are susceptible to catching coronavirus because it is highly contagious and they are exposed to it more often than the general public.
Close proximity to patients means they receive a higher dose of virus, which allows the bug to penetrate the lungs more deeply and frequently, experts say.
Doctors may also fail to fight off the virus because their immune systems are weakened due to being overworked and not getting enough sleep amid the pandemic.
Luigi Ablondi, 66, the former general manager of Crema hospital died at the Cremasco hospital in Italy on Monday. He became one of Italy’s 23 medics to die from COVID-19
Luigi Frusciante, who were in their 70s, both came out of retirement in order to help fight the growing coronavirus crisis in his community in Italy
SO WHY ARE DOCTORS AND NURSES NOT DYING IN THEIR DROVES?
Even though a disproportionate number of healthcare workers appear to catch COVID-19, it seems that very few actually die from it.
For example, around 5,000 medics have caught the disease but only 23 have died.
In China, 3,300 healthcare workers have been infected but just 13 succumbed to the virus.
It is ‘probably’ because front line medics are normally in their 20s, 30s or 40s, experts say.
Younger adults are much more likely to fight off the illness and to avoid its killer symptoms.
A lack of protective gear – a problem which medics in the UK, Italy and China have all struggled with – exacerbates the risk.
Ian Jones, professor of virology at the University of Reading, told MailOnline: ‘It’s always a bell shaped curve and although the old and infirm are the majority risk group those with a higher incidence of infection will also feature.
‘That is, more front line health workers get infected than the general population so however low the risk to younger people they will disproportionately show it.
‘It may also be that because of close proximity they receive a higher dose of virus than average and so the virus penetrates the lower lung more frequently. The lack of PPE [personal protective equipment] would exacerbate this.’
Paul Hunter, an infectious diseases professor at the University of East Anglia, said: ‘It is a race between the virus and our immune system. Giving the virus a head start by a very heavy exposure dose as would be the case in doctors or nurses without enough personal protective equipment or by the body having a weakened/delayed immune system as would be the case in many elderly would lead to the virus winning more often.’
Italian doctors Giuseppe Finzi also died of coronavirus, driving up the country’s death toll
Priests were encouraged by Pope Francis to visit coronavirus patients and support healthcare workers and volunteers during the outbreak
Chinese health officials carried out the biggest ever study on the never-before-seen strain of the virus, using data from 72,000 cases.
Results showed the SARS-CoV-2 virus posed the greatest threat to older patients and those with underlying conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.
Doctors in China believe the coronavirus has mutated into two strains, one more aggressive than the other.
Some believe doctors may be exposed to the lethal strain more often than the general public.
Experts haven’t ruled it out, but say there is not yet enough evidence to support that this.
The majority of the 60 priests who have died so far in Italy have been over the age of 70 with underlying health conditions.
These two factors weaken the immune system and increase the chance of death from COVID-19.
They were also encouraged by Pope Francis to visit coronavirus patients and support healthcare workers and volunteers during the outbreak.
Mingling with contagious people may have led to the spike in deaths in the Catholic Church.
Italy’s healthcare system has also struggled to cope with the huge surge in patients needing breathing assistance.
It means that many doctors have had to select which patients get access to ventilators based on their chance of survival.
Those who are over the age of 70 and have underlying health conditions, such as the priests, may be being overlooked.
NHS doctors treating coronavirus patients are being forced to buy face masks from DIY stores and BUILDING SITES amid nationwide shortage
Frontline NHS doctors are being forced to buy face masks from DIY stores because of nationwide shortages amid the coronavirus crisis.
The British Medical Association said some of its members were so desperate they had approached building site workers and asked to borrow industrial dust masks.
Protective gear such as masks, gowns, goggles and gloves, are essential for limiting the spread of the highly infectious disease which lurks in the air for hours and survives on objects for days.
Health chiefs have confirmed there are problems with dwindling supplies globally, which is having knock-on effects with distribution.
The BMA says ministers must remember it is their duty to protect staff as the epidemic in the UK worsens.
It also urged for testing of health care workers immediately in order to avoid medics unnecessarily self-isolating and leaving hospitals under-staffed.
NHS doctors treating coronavirus patients are being forced to buy masks from DIY stores amid shortages, according to the British Medical Association. Pictured, a health care worker at Virginia Hospital Center, US, putting on personal protective equipment (PPE)
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA chair of council, said: ‘Frontline staff must have the proper personal protective equipment if they are treating patients with Covid-19’
RETIRED NHS STAFF TOLD TO COME BACK – EVEN THOUGH THERE ISN’T PROTECTIVE CLOTHING TO PROTECT THEM
Up to 65,000 ex-doctors and nurses are being told ‘your NHS needs you’ to fight the biggest health crisis in more than a century.
Anyone who quit or retired in the past three years is being urged by ministers to return to help tackle coronavirus.
But at the same time those already on the frontlines say they can’t get their hands on the proper masks and protective equipment to stop them catching the disease.
People fear the retired coming back to work could be risky because older people are known to be most likely to die if they catch the coronavirus, and depriving them of the right equipment could be a recipe for disaster.
One said on Twitter: ‘You are expecting retired doctors and nurses to [be] kamikaze pilots, they are in the most at risk group.’
Another added: ‘What could possibly go wrong?’
Emails, which will go out this morning, echo Lord Kitchener’s Your Country Needs You recruitment poster from the First World War.
Staff will be allowed to re-register immediately with either the General Medical Council, the doctors’ professional watchdog, or the Nursing and Midwifery Council, its equivalent for nurses.
NHS officials have not put a figure on the number of former doctors and nurses they expect to bring back but last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he hoped to ‘get our hands on as many as possible’.
All returning staff will be paid fully according to the amount of time they can work and will be given brief training and induction. The NHS is also allowing some of the most experienced trainee doctors and nurses to join the front line.
Those in the final year of their degrees will be allowed to take up paid roles without having to pass their final set of exams.
The BMA said it had heard many of its members do not have the right personal protective equipment (PPE), or if they do, it is in very short supply.
Doctors, both in GP practises and hospitals, as well as patients are all at risk if there is inadequate PPE.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA chair of council, said: ‘Frontline staff must have the proper personal protective equipment if they are treating patients with Covid-19 or suspected to have Covid-19.
‘We are hearing of staff trying to buy masks from DIY stores in desperation because they are not being provided with it by their employers. This is unacceptable.
‘The Government must find a reliable way to increase the production and distribution of PPE [personal protective equipment].
‘If any healthcare worker, treating someone with Covid-19 was to become ill, or worse, due to a lack of PPE, the consequences will be dire and the impact on patient care catastrophic.’
England’s chief doctors Professor Chris Whitty has said NHS colleagues are right to complain they are facing shortages.
‘I completely understand the points that my colleagues in the NHS are concerned about on PPE, they write to me regularly about this and entirely reasonably,’ he said yesterday.
‘This is a major strand of work for much of the Department of Health and Social Care.
‘In the short term this is about making sure the PPE stocks that there are go to the right places, in the longer term … there will be a global issue we need to put together,’ he added, noting stocks are running low in some countries.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS providers, said there was not a shortage of PPE, but a ‘logistical problem’ in distributing it.
He told BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme: ‘We have obviously been talking to national NHS leaders and what they say to us is there are sufficient national stocks of personal protection equipment but there is currently a problem in terms of the logistical distribution of them.
‘What’s happened is that because of the sudden and understandable spike in demand it is taking a bit of time for the logistical distribution to catch up.
‘But the bit that they are saying to us is there are sufficient national stocks, the issue is actually ensuring that those stocks reach the frontline in the right numbers, in the right places, at the right time.’
His comments came after Dr Paul Evans, a GP in Gateshead, told the programme that frontline staff did not have PPE that ‘inspires the confidence of the staff’ who are seeing patients who potentially have COVID-19.
Dr Evans said: ‘I would suggest that asking health professionals to see patients with a potentially lethal aerosol or airborne transmitted illness without adequate PPE draws an uncomfortable parallel with a decade or so ago sending soldiers to Afghanistan and Iraq in Snatch Land Rovers that were referred to by the troops at the time as mobile coffins.’
England’s chief doctors Professor Chris Whitty has said NHS colleagues are right to complain they are facing shortages. Picutred, a medical worker wearing full protective clothing treating a patient suffering from coronavirus disease in Cremona, Italy
Health chiefs have confirmed there are problems with dwindling supplies globally. Pictured, health care workers put on their personal protective equipment before people arrive at a drive through testing site for coronavirus in Arlington, Virginia
It follows GP Faye Kirkland’s comments to the BBC that some doctors are having to resort to using cooking aprons because they hadn’t been sent enough disposable single-use plastic aprons.
And it was revealed earlier this week that doctors were being sent face masks that expired four years ago.
Boxes of masks handed out to multiple GP surgeries by NHS England are printed with an expiry date of 2016, but in an apparent attempt to conceal the issue, stickers showing a later expiry date of 2021 have been placed on top.
GPs suggested it was an apparent attempt to ‘hide’ the original date and admitted they were worried about the quality of equipment being provided.
The Government was forced to deny the masks are unsafe, as the Department of Health and Social Care claimed they have been relabelled after passing ‘stringent tests’.
The BMA have also warned it’s imperative that healthcare workers are tested for the highly infectious coronavirus without further delay.
Government advice says people must self isolate for 14 days if they or a relative has COVID-19 symptoms. It means many vital medics may have to stay at home unnecessarily, adding pressure to an already stretched workforce.
‘In order for the NHS to work as effectively as possible during this time, it’s essential that all healthcare professionals and their families are tested for the virus not only for their protection, but most importantly, their patients,’ said BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey.
‘We understand that priority testing is taking place in some areas for frontline NHS staff, however, it’s clear that this is not yet widespread.
‘The NHS will struggle even more if increasing numbers of staff are forced to remain at home for up to two weeks, not knowing whether they have the virus and therefore not able to care for patients.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson efforts were working on ‘ramping up daily testing from 5,000 a day, to 10,000 to 25,000 and then up at 250,000’.
It is understood testing will be expanded to frontline health care workers nationwide, currently only being accessed by a fraction.
Frontline staff in North Hampshire are set to have access to testing from 19 March, GP Online reports.
But the BMA has warned that this must be expanded across the UK ‘without delay’.
NHS workers in Scotland are only being tested if they have symptoms, a strategy which has been criticised for failing to protect those most exposed to the virus.
In Wales, hopes have been raised that testing will be rolled out to staff soon.
Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: ‘Based on careful risk assessment, a phased rollout of testing will commence starting with healthcare workers involved in frontline patient facing clinical care.’
FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance have given hundreds of dancers the chance to show the world that dance is a true form of art and entertainment. The show has given many a platform to take their dance careers to the next level. One of the most memorable dancers from the franchise is Danny Tidwell, who competed early on in the show’s history.
Tidwell poured his heart into his performances week after week, bringing many to tears and a standing ovation. Sadly, his life was cut short on Mar. 6 when he died tragically at the age of 35 in an automobile accident. Tidwell left his mark on the dance world, having performed with many of the greats and on some of the most famous stages around the world.
Danny Tidwell on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Tidwell made his television debut on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance when he auditioned in season 3. Tidwell began training at a young age. He initially focused on jazz before changing to ballet when he was 15. He performed with the American Ballet Theatre.
Despite his extreme skill in dance, his attitude came off as less than humble and was a turn off to Shane Sparks during the audition process. Sparks was a guest judge and famed celebrity choreographer. The argument over Tidwell’s perceived arrogance became a theme throughout his time on the show.
A New York Times article about Tidwell titled, “So He Knows He Can Dance: A Prince Among Paupers”, praised Tidwell’s dancing technique. In regards to his attitude, the feature read,
“If Mr. Tidwell is different from the other dancers on the show, the distinction has as much to do with his dignity as with his impeccable line and his ability to infuse slight choreography with authority…He never mugs for the camera. It’s sad, yet hardly a surprise, that such behavior could be taken as superciliousness.”
Still, he was an instant fan favorite, excelling at every dance genre each week. He was paired with Anya and did well but shined the brightest during his solo performances. Renowned choreographer, Debbie Allen specifically took a liking to Tidwell. He later won the approval of Sparks who retracted his previous statement about Tidwell’s arrogance, calling Tidwell “one of the greats.”
Tidwell was the runner-up of the season, losing to Sabra Johnson.
Post So You Think You Can Dance, he worked as the Artistic Director of Movmnt Magazine and was also a soloist dancer with Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo.
Prior to the show, he was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch and also appeared on the cover. He was also listed as one of Pointe Magazine’s Top 10 VIP.
Friends, family, and fans mourn the loss of Danny Tidwell
News broke that Tidwell died after his brother, Emmy award-winning choreographer Travis Wall, announced his death on his Instagram page, calling Tidwell a “legend.” His caption read in part, “My heart is broken. Yesterday I lost a brother. And we all lost a gift. I’m not ready. But I never think I will be.”
Tidwell’s husband, journalist David Benaym, shared his own touching tribute and revealed that Tidwell was killed in a car crash on his way home from work.
“He had such an impact on the dance world, life gave him so much to deal with from a young age,” he wrote. “I will write more about you Danny, tell your story, continue your legacy, make sure that you are not forgotten, that you are celebrated. An angel with no wings you said you were, you were flying all along, and you’ll be our guardian angel from now on.”
Tidwell’s husband shared that a memorial in Tidwell’s hometown of Norfolk, Virginia will take place on March 12. The celebration of life will be held at the performing arts venue where Tidwell spent much of his time.
Finding out that one of your favorite books is turning into a TV show or a movie is a truly conflicting feeling. It’s exciting to see your favorite characters on screen for the first time, but what if it ends up ruining the book entirely? Sometimes, these adaptations end up bringing stories to life in the best way possible, and after seeing what shows like Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale can do, I’m feeling more than a little optimistic about the TV shows based on books that are due to premiere this year.
Because let’s be real—as fun as it is to see a show based on a totally new concept, there’s something even better about falling in love with a brand new series and then finding out that there’s a book, too. The best!
Here are the TV shows based on books hitting our screens in 2020:
Already streaming on Hulu, High Fidelity—which was also a movie before it was a TV show—is a romantic comedy based on the novel by Nick Horby, that follows a record store owner who lives in Brooklyn and is (unsurprisingly) obsessed with music. The series stars Zoë Kravitz and Jake Lacy.
Little Fires Everywhere
Debuting on Hulu on March 18, Little Fires Everywhere (based on the book by Celeste Ng) is a family drama about what happens in a small town after an arson sets other major events into motion, especially when it comes to a one relationship with a mother and a daughter. Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Joshua Jackson all star in this series.
Premiering later this year on Hulu, Normal People (based on the book by Sally Rooney) is about the relationship between friends Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) as they make the transition from high school to college.
Locke & Key
Fans of this comic book series by Joe Hill have probably already watched the first season of Locke & Key on Netflix, which hit the streaming service in February. Starring Darby Stanchfield, Emilia Jones, and Connor Jessup, the series is about a family who moves into a new home after the murder of their father, only to discover some pretty mystical things going on there.
The Baby-Sitters Club
Given how obsessed collective ‘80s and ‘90s kids were about this book series (by Ann M. Martin) about a group of middle school baby-sitters and their adventures in the fictional Stoneybrook, Connecticut, this should be good. The series, which is already slated to star Alicia Silverstone, is set to hit Netflix later this year.
The Flight Attendant
Starring Kaley Cuoco and based on the book by Chris Bohjalian, The Flight Attendant is about a woman who wakes up with a dead body lying next to her, and tries to piece together what might have happened… and to figure out who killed the person, considering the fact that it might have even been her. This series will premiere on HBO Max later this year.
I Know This Much is True
Premiering on HBO on April 27, 2020 and based on Wally Lamb’s book by the same name, I Know This Much Is True is about what happens to a pair of identical twins when one is admitted to a hospital for mental illness, which leads to the other uncovering all kinds of secrets, both about his own family and his relationship. The series stars Mark Ruffalo, Rosie O’Donnell, and Juliette Lewis.
This horror series based on the book by Matt Ruff is set to premiere on HBO later this year, and will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele. Based on the novel by the same name, Lovecraft Country is set in the 1950s, and is about a man named Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), who travels America to find his missing father under the threat of Jim Crow laws.
Based on the novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Undoing is about how a woman picks up the pieces of her life after her husband goes missing and someone close to her dies. Premiering on HBO in May 2020, the series stars Nicole Kidman, Lily Rabe, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland.