UCL in the media
The issue with the idea of meritocracy and personal responsibility is that it doesn’t take into account the damaging and limiting effects of poverty on the choices people are able to make, argues Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
A trial which will infect healthy, young volunteers with Covid-19 will be useful, but the virus will have a different impact on the sample group than it would on older, more at risk patients, says Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine).
A small study which suggests the increased infectiousness of the UK coronavirus variant could be because people stay sicker for longer would explain the strain’s infectiousness, but a larger study would be needed to confirm the findings, says Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine).
Professor Nishi Chaturvedi (MRC Unit for Lifelong Health & Ageing at UCL) and Professor Sir Terence Stephenson (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) are leading two new studies on Long Covid announced by the UK Government today.
Research suggests that Covid-19 variants are more transmissible either due to a higher viral load or due to the virus being transmissible for a longer period of time, explains Professor Deenan Pillay (UCL Infection & Immunity).
Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) talks about her new book "Mission Economy" and how the public and private sectors must collaborate to tackle the world's big problems, rather than the public sector simply pumping money into businesses.
More than 50% of patients hospitalised with Covid-19, who had raised levels of a protein called troponin, have some heart damage, finds a new magnetic resonance imaging study led by Professor Marianna Fontana (UCL Medicine).
While there doesn’t seem to have been a significant number of Covid-19 cases which have resulted from multiple strains of the virus, it would not be surprising if they started to occur, say Dr Lucy Van Dorp and Professor Francois Balloux (Both UCL Genetics Institute).
A report on mask wearing during Covid-19 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is another example of their “evidence-based, cautious, balanced…technical and yet approachable [reports],” says Professor Francois Balloux (UCL Genetics Institute).