UCL in the media
Dr Vasiliki Orgeta (UCL Psychiatry) shares new research which shows that PTSD is a risk factor for developing dementia.
Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics) sympathises with the people who cannot get tested for Covid-19 as many who may be infected won’t know, and “the danger is that when we do get a hold on it, whenever testing is fixed in a few weeks, we’ll already be at 20,000 cases."
Visiting Professor Paul Ormerod (UCL Centre for Decision Making Uncertainty) calls the UK health officials’ belief that a second wave of the coronavirus will be as lethal as the first ‘irrational’ and adds that despite the rising Covid-19 cases, fewer people are dying from it.
With the number of winter colds and flu expected to spike, new research from a team including Dr Rob Aldridge (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) indicates that people with colds who request Covid-19 tests will further lower the limited supply of coronavirus tests for months.
Independent Sage member Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Science) explains the UK Government’s test, trace and isolate system is vital as it allows experts to identify where outbreaks are, but without a working system ‘lives are going to be lost unnecessarily.”
UCL has announced plans to introduce up to 1,000 Covid-19 tests a day for staff and students who experience coronavirus symptoms, with UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur saying “Our aim is to complement the national testing service, not replace it.”
Dr Alexander Piel (UCL Anthropology) and his colleagues suggest that chimpanzees’ known adaptability to varied habitats may be the key to their surviving the environmental effects of climate change.
People who have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are up to twice as likely to develop dementia later in life, according to a new study co-authored by research student Mia Maria Günak and Dr Vasiliki Orgeta (both UCL Psychiatry).
With more Covid-19 cases on the rise, Professor Andrew Hayward (UCL Epidemiology & Health) highlights the importance of the testing system in the UK’s fight to control the coronavirus, and adds the demand and capacity would “need to rise quite rapidly over the autumn and winter.”
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While experts debate whether long-term kidney problems may be an after-effect Covid-19, Professor Sebastian Brandner (UCL Institute of Neurology) explains more research must be done to determine the coronavirus’s impact on the human body.