UCL in the media
“A high proportion of ethnic minority people live in deprived areas. But you can’t tease out…the key driver of not only getting the coronavirus but also feeling the worst effects of it,” says Professor Nishi Chaturvedi (UCL MRC Unit for Lifelong Health & Ageing).
The worst levels of Covid-19 mortality are probably over, but we must learnt to live with the virus in much the same way as we do the winter flu, says Professor Andrew Hayward (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
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Professor Paul Gilroy (UCL Centre for the Study of Race and Racism) discusses the history of fascism in Britain, explaining how far right nationalist politics position themselves as against traditional political systems, often when a country is weak or struggling.
While it is easy to condemn those who break Covid-19 lockdown rules as selfish and dangerous, the sheer number of people flouting restrictions implies there may be deeper issues behind the breach, says Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
A study led by PhD Candidate Alix Green and Dr Peter Jones (both UCL Geography) has highlighted the urgent need to restore seagrass meadows around the UK after calculating as much as 92% of these underwater meadows have been lost in British waters.
It is impossible to certify 100% immunity to Covid-19, but the existing system of requiring travellers to take a Covid test when entering a country is a form of immunity certificate without the label, says Professor Ilan Kelman (UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction).
The UK Monarchy “commands very wide popular support,” which will not be damaged by the current “soap opera,” says Professor Robert Hazell (UCL Constitution Unit).
Professor Marek Ziebart (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) joins a discussion on OneWeb, a satellite communications firm which the UK Government has invested heavily in, explaining the different types of satellite and their functions.
One in seven people report drinking large amounts of alcohol more frequently during lockdown, and those on furlough are more likely to drink in excess more often, according to a new study led by Dr Melissa Oldham (UCL Epidemiology & Health).