UCL in the media
As experts question if Saudi Arabia will follow the UAE's example and build nuclear reactors, Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) explains this may lead to a proxy exchange between Russia and America, "both of whom would be more happy to sacrifice Gulf States than their own."
Children and young people who grow up in care are up to four times more likely to suffer from poor health 30 years later than those who grew up with their parents, finds new research involving Professor Amanda Sacker and Dr Emily Murray (both UCL Epidemiology & Public Health).
Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics) answers questions about whether social distancing measures in the UK will be fully relaxed by Christmas and suggests that the UK could follow the strategies used by Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Professor Robert West (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health) criticises the mixed messaging from the UK Government on social distancing, urging people to be cautious and make safe hygiene practices part of their daily lives.
Professor Sarah Edwards (UCL Science & Technology Studies) and Professor Joanne Santini (UCL Structural & Molecular Biology) discuss the possibility of wildlife and pets harbouring Covid-19, saying there may be some as yet undetected transmission to and between animals.
Honorary Lecturer Dr Ben Killingley (UCL Institute of Global Health) explains how face masks featuring breathing valves protect the wearer from coming into contact with droplets, but don’t necessarily stop ones from exiting the mask as the person breathes.
Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics) questions the health secretary’s decision to review how Public Health England (PHE) calculates deaths from Covid-19, as their methods are clearly stated on their website.
As the UK Government considers making a UK version of the American Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Professor Brian Collins (UCL STEaPP) urges caution, as the UK does not have the centralised laboratories necessary to immediately support this venture.
In a look at how infectious diseases like Ebola and Covid-19 are thought to have originated in animal hosts, Dr David Redding (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) explains species often share pathogens, and "it is through this process that viruses naturally mutate and evolve."
As reports state that the strain of Covid-19 currently infecting people has mutated since originating in Wuhan, China, Dr Lucy van Dorp (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) suggests that the controversial ‘founder effect’ theory may be behind the mutation.