UCL in the media
Professor Anthony Costello (UCL Institute for Global Health) discusses whether wearing face masks can help stop the spread of Covid-19, as well as questioning why test and trace isn’t being operated out of GP surgeries.
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In an article profiling five trailblazing economists, Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) is noted for asking fundamental questions about how ‘value’ has been defined, who decides what that means, and who gets to measure it.
Sweden’s more relaxed measures to contain Covid-19 should not be looked to as an example of a control group, because “the fact that other countries locked down helped Sweden,” explains Professor Ilan Kelman (UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction).
Singapore’s plan to give all residents a wearable device to track Covid-19 presents “accountability and privacy concerns,” as wearers will find it hard to scrutinise what data the device is actually collecting, argues Dr Michael Veale (UCL Laws).
In a discussion on the startling findings from the autopsy of a dead porpoise, Dr Helen Czerski (UCL Mechanical Engineering) explains these are the results of contamination in the North Sea and that a combination of pollutants are poisoning oceanic life.
As the Atlantic hurricane season begins, Professor Ilan Kelman and Dr Bayes Ahmed (both UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction) discuss how Bangladesh has saved lives through forecasting, messaging and early warning and evacuation systems.
Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Science) and Professor Deenan Pillay (UCL Infection & Immunity) discuss the shortfalls in the UK response to Covid-19, including confusion over correct policy and the Prime Minister disregarding advice on physical contact.
Levels of anxiety and depression in the UK have both fallen in the past week but remain above the usual reported averages, according to UCL’s Covid-19 social study of over 90,000 adults during the coronavirus epidemic, led by Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
In a discussion on phantom pain, Professor Tamar Makin (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) explains her new research and how people with amputated extremities can still feel sensations of movement, pain and wetness from their phantom limbs.
Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose) co-authors an analysis of the forthcoming economic recession that is expected following the Covid-19 pandemic, and stresses that recovery will depend on global stimulus packages and a vaccine.