UCL in the media
With a new Cleopatra biopic announced, Professor Maria Wyke (UCL Greek & Latin) explains the historical figure was at the centre of Afrocentrism debates in the 19th century, as many wondered about her Egyptian heritage and focussed on the colour of her skin.
Amidst concerns over personal privacy should the police receive data from the NHS contact tracing app, Dr Michael Veale (UCL Laws) comments how people may feel hesitant to report symptoms of Covid-19.
As new research finds that before Covid-19 people in the UK were sicker than in neighbouring countries, research from Dr Amitava Banerjee (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) is mentioned for finding that people with greater susceptibility to the virus had health issues.
As a professional boxer shares classes to help kids stay positive during the pandemic, a study is mentioned from PhD student Aaron Kandola, Dr Gemma Lewis, and Professor David Osborn (all UCL Psychiatry), which found that staying active was linked to better mental health in kids.
A new study from Dr Rajeev Gupta (UCL Cancer Institute) has found that patients infected with Covid-19 who have high levels of CR3 protein also face risk of pneumonia, and adds, “tracking CR3 levels in patients with COVID-19 could help us assess disease severity."
Professor Sarah Hawkes (UCL Institute of Global Health) adds to a debate on why more men have died from Covid-19, discusses behaviour differences between genders, and adds that “the more you have women participating in the workforce, the smaller your sex difference becomes.”
Professor Deenan Pillay (UCL Infection & Immunity) and Professor Anthony Costello (UCL Institute for Global Health) explain how the circuit breaker measure would reduce Covid-19 transmission but stress it must happen quickly and requires an improved test, track and trace system.
Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) explains Robert Provo’s theory that yawning is an affiliated behaviour, when people who know each other start to mirror their behaviours, which is a form of communication and showing affiliation.
Senior Research Fellow Oksana Pyzik (UCL School of Pharmacy) explains that local lockdowns are a way to avoid a national lockdown, due to the test, track and trace programme still performing poorly and predicts that more areas in northern England may face lockdown measures.
Foreign investment into the UK is now predicted to fall by 37% post-Brexit, a 50% increase over previous estimates, as a result of leaving the EU single market and customs union, finds a new study by Professor Nauro Campos and Dr Randolph Bruno (both UCL Economics).