UCL in the media
Most mutations have little impact on viruses, but occasionally a mutation will positively affect the ability of a virus to survive and reproduce, as in the new faster spreading strain of Covid-19, explains Dr Lucy Van Dorp (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment).
Lower levels of compliance with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have no single cause, but a misunderstanding overly complex rules and feeling that minor violations are less harmful than they are have both contributed, explains Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
Getting outside, even if only to walk around the block, is "one of the best things you can do for your brain and your mood,” especially during Covid-19 restrictions, says Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
A programme looking back over the course of Covid-19’s discovery and spread includes an interview with Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine) from the start of the pandemic, in which she explains the virus’ similarity to seasonal flu.
Increased Covid-19 transmission is due to recent mutations in the virus, but behaviour is still an important way of limiting its spread, says Professor Judith Breuer (UCL Infection & Immunity).
Dr Stuart Brookes (UCL Archaeology) discusses the village of Droxford in Hampshire and the early Anglo-Saxon burials which have been discovered there.
While there are alternatives to the new variant of Covid-19 being inherently more transmissible than the initial strain, it is “wise to be cautious” to limit further transmission, says Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine).