Healthcare rationing could see ‘unlawful deaths' from COVID-19, researchers claim

Current medical guidelines risk unlawful deaths of patients – with doctors, hospitals, and even the government potentially liable – if a second peak forces hard choices due to shortages of ventilators and other critical care resources.     

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 law ethics hospital

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

Opinion: Employers should cut hours not people during the pandemic

If the UK emulated short-time working programmes in countries like Germany it would help mitigate the mental health as well as economic crises caused by the coronavirus, argue researchers from the Employment Dosage project.    

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: employment covid-19 mental-health wellbeing

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.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
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

UK public ‘most concerned’ about coronavirus – more than Spain or Italy, study suggests

“Risk perception” among UK population greater than in nine other countries surveyed for latest research.

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

Tags:  covid-19  risk  social-psychology

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