Just like you can’t treat a termite infestation by fumigating only one room in a house, you can’t control the coronavirus pandemic by targeting interventions to a specific region or country, says […]
How we lost our collective memory of epidemics
Gordon Dougan is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, and has spent his career leading research into vaccines, pathogen genomics and disease tracking. His research work has helped […]
Historical coronaviruses show evidence of seasonality & immunity
Using historical data, a UCL research team has found that levels of infection from three common coronaviruses appear to have followed a seasonal pattern in England, with peaks occurring during winter and […]
How different countries are reacting to the COVID-19 risk and their governments’ responses
Researchers at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication spent the weekend surveying people’s attitudes towards the risk of coronavirus, and their governments’ reactions. Here, Dr Alexandra Freeman takes us through data collected from the […]
Coronavirus: three ways the crisis may permanently change our lives
The realisation that life is going to change for a good while is starting to take hold. To flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak, radical measures of social distancing are currently being rolled […]
How grocery stores restock shelves in the age of coronavirus
By Sunday, Stew Leonard Jr. and his team were ready for a break.”Saturday was really, really busy,” Leonard, the CEO and president of Stew Leonard’s, a grocery store chain with seven locations […]
African countries move from COVID-19 readiness to response as many confirm cases
The global community is racing to slow down and eventually halt the spread of COVID-19, a pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives and sickened tens of thousands of others. In Africa, […]
What explains South Korea’s success at limiting Covid-19?
Writing for the Conversation, Dr Jung Won Sonn (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL) points to the importance of surveillance, with infected individuals tracked and their movements flagged online for all to see. […]
Will people do as they are told?
The UK Government is currently asking people to limit non-essential contact and travel to work from home, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. But it has not – to date – put […]
7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety
As the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues its global spread and the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases continues to increase, anxiety related to the outbreak is on the rise too. As a psychologist, Jelena […]
How long can COVID-19 live on surfaces?
According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can live in the air and on surfaces between several hours and several days. […]
Why are there so few coronavirus cases in Russia and Africa?
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Wuhan, China in December 2019, we have seen the virus spread to over 160 countries. Several countries have experienced large outbreaks, including China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Spain […]
Oxford scientists develop rapid testing technology for COVID-19
Scientists from the University of Oxford’s Engineering Science Department and the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) have developed a rapid testing technology for the novel corona virus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The […]
COVID-19 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games
The recent global spread of COVID-19, and specifically the intensification of stricter public health and safety measures, is having substantial impacts on the international, national and local sport sector. In response to […]