UCL in the media
In trying to strike a balance between competing priorities, the UK Government is sending out mixed messages, and the danger is that the lack of clarity may add to people’s stress as they feel it’s up to them to decide, warns Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
A supportive approach based around offering more public holidays next Christmas would be more effective at gaining public support for Covid-19 restrictions than emphasising punishments for rule-breaking this year, says Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
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Different rates of evolution may muddy the waters, but sponges are probably our most distant animal relatives, say Professor Max Telford and Dr Paschalia Kapli (both UCL Biosciences).
Dr Lena Ciric (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) warns against visiting family members over Christmas, saying Covid-19 cases are rising and it will be very hard to take adequate precautionary measures to protect vulnerable relatives over the festive period.
The proportion of adults with diagnosed diabetes trebled between 1994 and 2019, finds research co-edited by Professor Jennifer Mindell (UCL Epidemiology & Health), which analysed the latest results from the Health Survey for England (HSE).
Claims of a new Covid-19 variant by the UK Government without the associated evidence being made available are “frustrating”, says Dr Lucy van Dorp (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment).
If countries reach their announced goals with regards to reducing carbon emissions, the 2C warming target could be achieved, whereas “previously, a lot of us were pretty cynical about it being possible,” says Professor Chris Rapley (UCL Earth Sciences).