UCL in the media
About 24,000 more people died in Lombardy than expected between January and April, and only 14,000 of these deaths were confirmed as being related to Covid-19, according to a new study led by Professor Gianluca Baio (UCL Statistical Science) and his colleagues.
Professor Joyce Harper (UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health) explains why many women are freezing their eggs, saying “When they've been asked, most of them want to have children now, they just haven't met Mr Right or haven't got a partner who is happy to have children.”
As experts debate Boris Johnson’s proposals for projects in the UK, Professor John Tomaney (The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL) states that Freeports would be a bad idea, as the jobs they create are often “low quality, low paid, poorly protected and quite unstable.”
Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) explains that the UK Government must include local authorities in their decision making “because the government must take the whole population with them if this is going to be a successful strategy.”
Congratulations to members of UCL’s community who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020, including Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience) and Professor Sarah Walker (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL).
People living in housing built in the last 10 years were more likely to report feeling uncomfortable in their home during lockdown, while those in pre-1919 developments were most likely to be comfortable, according to Prof Matthew Carmona (The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL).
Professor Mark Hamer (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) explains how being clinically obese may increase a person’s risk of catching Covid-19, and says, “Socially distanced physical activity may be a good intervention.”
Following a study which showed that only 10.9% of people who should be self-isolating actually have been, Dr Tim Colbourn (UCL Institute for Global Health) explains this behaviour is from “economic necessity, family necessity, and there's not any support in place to help them."
Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Health) comments how this system is a way for the UK Government to simplify its messaging for the population and asserts that experts must be clear about the rules to ensure public understanding.