UCL in the media
86% of people who tested positive for Covid-19 during lockdown did not have virus symptoms (cough, and/or fever, and/or loss of taste/smell), finds a study by Professor Irene Petersen (UCL Epidemiology & Health Care).
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Dr Chandni Hindocha (UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit) casts doubt on the success of face masks infused with particles of CBD, stating more research is needed to be certain whether these masks actually calm the wearer or just have a placebo effect.
Over a quarter (27%) of people in England have said that they have ‘no confidence at all’ in the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, up from just 6% at the start of lockdown, finds Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Epidemiology & Health) as part of the Covid-19 Social Study.
Professor Francois Balloux (UCL Biosciences) adds to a discussion on ‘long covid’ and explains that some patients may have suffered from a decrease in aerobic capacity due to their getting less exercise while being sick, in addition to suffering lung damage from Covid-19.
A first-of-its kind clinical trial, led by Professor Judith Breuer (UCL Infection & Immunity), will evaluate the use of ‘real time’ viral genomic data to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within hospitals.
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People in cities are just as likely to help a stranger on the street as those in towns and villages, finds a study by Professor Nichola Raihani (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) and Dr Elena Zwirner (UCL Biosciences).
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Principal Research Associate Andrew Smith and Professor Jim Watson (both UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) dispute Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim that in ten years homes will be powered by offshore wind, adding that replacing gas heating would be hard.
As people question why female contestants are outnumbered by men on University Challenge, Professor Alex Bryson (UCL Institute of Education) says that it could be the ‘bullshit quotient’, where men are more likely to put themselves forward for roles they are less qualified for.
Once the UK completes its Brexit transition, Welsh universities may face serious research funding problems with no Government funding in sight, states a report from Professor Graeme Reid (UCL Office of the Vice Provost: Research).
Professor Deenan Pillay explains that contrary to hopes for a single one-shot coronavirus vaccine, this will be one component in a patient’s treatment and says “the expectation needs to be tempered really that this is not going to be the thing that gets rid of the virus.”