It has been over a year since we first became aware of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and despite hope on the horizon, many questions relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic remain unanswered.

In January 2021, we find ourselves under the restrictions of a third national lockdown in less than 12 months and have recently been informed that 8th March has been set as a target date for the reopening of schools across the UK.

The current national lockdown was widely welcomed by doctors, scientists and many others, but how can we make practical and effective use of it?

National Lockdown

It was tragically predictable that our festive celebrations would help the COVID-19 virus to spread and this has been the case, together with a new and even more transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2.

Worldwide, there have been over 2 million COVID-19 deaths so far and with an alarming infection rate in the UK, and mounting pressure on our tireless NHS, the restrictions of the current lockdown are clearly necessary.

Although this is set to be lifted in March, followed by the reintroduction of a localised tier system, this is still subject to change. It is therefore crucial that we all adhere to the measures and continue working together in the fight against COVID-19.

As well as providing many people with spare time to utilise as they choose – within the restrictions that is – the national lockdown presents a real opportunity for us to keep the COVID-19 virus suppressed. We can all achieve this by following the rules, staying at home and maintaining good hygiene practices whilst ensuring to avoid alcohol sanitisers at all costs.

Following the rules should be simple enough. As is staying at home when you can. Maintaining good hygiene practices however, now that requires you to make a choice and commit to it. Choose to keep good hygiene, both personal and environmental, with safe and effective products, like NewGenne®’s industry-leading hygiene range, which is made up of gentle, efficient and alcohol-free products that offer unrivalled versatility – click here to access these on NewGenne®’s online shop.

With everyone playing their part during lockdown and beyond, the NHS can continue in their efforts to vaccinate the UK against COVID-19 without becoming overwhelmed.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Here in the UK, 3 vaccines have been approved for use so far, 2 of which have already been delivered as a first dose to almost 9 million people. They are the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, with the Moderna jab the most recently approved and not expected to arrive until spring.

In terms of similarities and differences, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both use synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA) – a genetic material that contains information about the spike protein – whereas the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab uses a weakened version of a virus that causes the common flu in chimpanzees with some COVID virus spike proteins pieces attached.

Another big difference involving the 3 approved COVID-19 vaccines is that the Oxford-AstraZeneca can be stored at a standard fridge temperature whereas the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech’s need to be stored at an ultra-cold temperature between -80℃ and -60℃.

There are many more COVID-19 vaccines in the pipeline, including the Janssen jab, which is given as a single injection, the Valneva vaccine and the Novavax jab. These will all need approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) before they are rolled out in the UK.

The COVID-19 vaccines will control the strains of coronavirus that they cover. What of the strains of coronavirus that are not covered by these jabs? You can read more on this topic in NewGenne®’s recent blog: COVID-21: The Next Pandemic?.

Please stay safe, follow the measures in place and continue working together to protect others during this difficult time. Together, we will win.

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