Tackling COVID-19: Professor James Wood

“Cambridge’s infectious diseases community is making a huge contribution to tackling the pandemic,” says Professor James Wood. He leads several large-scale programmes at the University that rely on his research expertise: infectious diseases that jump from animals to humans. This is, he says, a research area that was ‘colossally neglected’ before COVID-19 emerged.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
yesterday ~4 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  infectious-diseases

Rolling 50/30 day cycle of lockdown and relaxation could be a useful option for managing COVID-19, model suggests

An alternating cycle of 50 days of strict lockdown followed by 30 days of easing could be an effective strategy for reducing the number of COVID-19-related deaths and admissions to intensive care units, say an international team of researchers.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus public-health spotlight-on-public-health infectious-diseases

Tackling COVID-19: Dr Sander van der Linden

 “The psychology of pandemics was not on my research agenda, but I can tell you one thing: it is now,” says Dr Sander van der Linden. As an expert in psychological and behavioural science, his research has - until recently - been focused on societal risks like climate change and misinformation. Suddenly he has a lot to contribute to the pandemic response. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  infectious-diseases

Testing suggests 3% of NHS hospital staff may be unknowingly infected with coronavirus

Hospital staff may be carrying SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease, without realising they are infected, according to a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

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May 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus test national-health-service-nhs

Social media influencers could encourage adolescents to follow social distancing guidelines, say researchers

Public health bodies should consider incentivising social media influencers to encourage adolescents to follow social distancing guidelines, say researchers. Many adolescents are choosing to ignore the guidelines set out by governments during the COVID-19 pandemic, and peer-to-peer campaigns are likely to be more successful in changing attitudes.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus infectious-diseases

Researchers to track impact of lockdown on alcohol, gambling and pornography use

Is the lockdown leading us to drink more alcohol or spend more time gambling online or watching pornography? Researchers today launch a survey aimed at tracking how our habits have changed in response to our forced isolation.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 12, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus online internet addiction gambling alcohol pornography spotlight-on-neuroscience mental-health

Repurposing existing drugs for COVID-19 a more rapid alternative to a vaccine, say researchers

Repurposing existing medicines focused on known drug targets is likely to offer a more rapid hope of tackling COVID-19 than developing and manufacturing a vaccine, argue an international team of scientists in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus spotlight-on-future-therapeutics future-therapeutics medicine

‘Terrible twos’ not inevitable: with engaged parenting, happy babies can become happy toddlers

Parents should not feel pressured to make their young children undertake structured learning or achieve specific tasks, particularly during lockdown. A new study of children under the age of two has found that parents who take a more flexible approach to their child’s learning can - for children who were easy babies - minimise behavioural problems during toddlerhood.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus infectious-diseases

Green COVID-19 recovery packages can boost economic growth and tackle climate change, researchers say

Researchers find long-term, climate-friendly stimulus policies are often superior in overall economic impact – not just in slowing global warming.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus economics climate-change environment

Tackling COVID-19: Professor Ian Goodfellow

Ian Goodfellow is no stranger to infectious disease outbreaks. In 2014 he left behind the safety of his Cambridge lab to join a taskforce fighting the hazardous Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. With COVID-19 now sweeping the globe, Goodfellow is once again applying his scientific expertise to finding solutions in real time.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  infectious-diseases

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