UCL in the media
Commenting on a story in which someone lost their desire for wine after a serious illness Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver and Digestive Health) says that one “wild theory” is that infection could affect the microbiome of the gut and that this could impact desire for alcohol.
Professor Michael Heinrich (UCL School of Pharmacy) discusses which supplements’ immune boosting claims are actually backed up by science, saying that the majority of vitamin supplements aren’t necessary, but taking vitamin D during the winter may be beneficial.
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).
Add-on treatments for those undertaking IVF are being targeted at vulnerable people, but there is “no evidence the treatments work,” warns Professor Joyce Harper (UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health).
Zoom’s face to face set-up is not how you would normally be positioned in a social situation, and also removes subtle cues which we use in conversations, such as breathing and eye contact, says Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
When people feel the situation is serious, the vast majority will abide by Covid-19 restrictions, even those which impact massively on their daily lives, says Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
Dr Iya Whiteley (UCL Space & Climate Physics) discusses the potential psychological impacts of travel to Mars, and the tests which would be given to potential astronauts to ensure they could cope with these pressures.
Deaths from Covid-19 will keep increasing in the short term despite new lockdown restrictions, as there is a lag of two to three weeks between measures coming into effect and them having an impact on the number of cases, says Professor Andrew Hayward (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
A study led by Professor Laurence Lovat (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) has found that singing while wearing a surgical face mask results in almost no droplets being spread, potentially paving the way for safe communal singing during the Covid-19 pandemic.