One year on: How Covid-19 shaped beauty

One year on since the first case of Covid-19 was detected in the UK, Cosmetics Business looks back at the year that shaped the beauty industry like no other

On 31 January 2020, the UK reported its first-ever cases of Covid-19, a newly discovered coronavirus that originated, supposedly, in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Found to cause acute respiratory syndrome in humans, the two women were treated for their symptoms at a hospital in Newcastle.

Since their diagnosis, NHS staff across the UK have treated more than 320,000 patients and 106,000 families have said goodbye to a loved one after contracting the deadly disease.

Speculations over the virus’ origin have been wild. One conspiracy points at humans to be the creator of the disease, who inflicted it as a bioweapon on the world. The jury is still out on whether this was a deliberate attack on humanity or indeed a genuine misadventure.

Another Chinese narrative blames the American’s for bringing Covid-19 to the country when visiting the Wuhan area in October 2019 for the Military World Games.

Meanwhile, former Irish journalist Gemma O’Doherty denounces the virus’ existence altogether, claiming she has proof that the disease is a fictitious lie.

Most literature points to the SARS-CoV-2 variant being transmitted ‘naturally’ from . . .

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