UCL in the media
While the Covid-19 pandemic has led many people to predict the death knell for huge offices like the ones in the City of London, Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says this is unlikely, and that “The City has always been adapting…its only constant is change.”
With a new variant of Covid-19 and the increased transmission rates associated with winter, we need a stricter Covid-19 lockdown to control the virus, argue Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) and Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
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Lockdown rules must be tightened to prevent the spread of Covid-19, with “no nurseries open, no synagogues, no churches, no mosques. We should have compulsory masks, two-metre distancing,” argues Professor Anthony Costello (UCL Institute for Global Health).
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With the rules allowing for a lot more mixing than in the March Covid-19 lockdown, mandatory isolation is needed, with empty hotels providing a perfect space, says Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics).
“What happens in autumn will depend on our success in keeping the virus down over the summer,” says Professor Dame Anne Johnson (UCL Infection & Immunity), adding that we need to analyse how much virus there is in the community and antibody levels in the population.
The QCovid algorithm used to set the vaccine priority is likely to underestimate Covid-19 risk as people who are suffering from rare illnesses and have been shielding successfully are unlikely to show up in the data, says Professor Jeremy Brown (UCL Medicine).
"Boris Johnson and President Trump aren't identical, but they share troubling key traits", including the use of anti-democratic rhetoric, warns Professor Meg Russell (UCL Constitution Unit)
A successful disease-modifying treatment for dementia is could exist within five years, with patients suffering from genetic forms of Alzheimer’s likely to be the first to benefit, says Professor Nick Fox (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology).