UCL in the media
In response to a cat having contracted Covid-19, Professor Joanne Santini (UCL Biosciences) and Professor Sarah Edwards (UCL Science & Technology Studies) comment on how more research is necessary to determine the risks facing people.
In an op-ed, Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) explains why the focus on the word 'genocide' skews our responses to other acts of mass atrocity.
Vaccines have saved millions of lives, says Professor Helen Bedford (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health) as Boris Johnson derides anti-vaxxers and announces the UK’s “biggest ever” flu vaccination programme with Covid persisting and in the lead up to winter.
A study has found that wearers of facemasks are unlikely to skip or decrease use of other safety measures to prevent Covid spread, although there might still be situations where “risk compensation” occurs, says Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
Thermal imaging cameras are on the rise in hotels, airports and other public spaces however are not yet medically capable of detecting fever and therefore if someone is infectious, says Professor Derek Hill (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering).
In a letter to the editor, Dr Jim Grozier (UCL Physics & Astronomy) comments on the issue of scientific bias and uncertainty, saying that “bias must be dealt with, but uncertainty cannot be eradicated, due to the nature of science itself.”
Professor Robert West (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health) discusses the UK Government’s efforts to tackle obesity in the UK by planning to ban advertising for sweets at the tills in shops, adding that people need the right kind of support to curb unhealthy eating habits.
As the topic of Russia’s influence in Great Britain comes under scrutiny, Professor Pete Duncan (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) estimates that Russia has invested hundreds of billions of pounds in the UK since the 1990s.