Why lockdown life is a lot like insomnia – a philosopher of sleep explains

There are three features common to most forms of insomnia that can be revelatory for those living under lockdown.

Patrick Levy, Tutor in Philosophy, University of Dundee • conversation
May 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Working from home: Twitter reveals why we’re embracing it

#WFH? It seems a lot of people have quickly become used to it.

Simon Thorne, Senior Lecturer in Computing and ​Information Systems, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  social-media  coronavirus  twitter  zoom  working-from-home  lockdown  covid-pandemic

Why a 17% emissions drop does not mean we are addressing climate change

Global quarantine is not a long-term solution – we still have a lot of work ahead.

Larissa Basso, Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Stockholm University • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus: why we need local models to successfully exit lockdown

National models on the spread of COVID-19 have helped us through this crisis. But we'll need local models to get us through the next stage.

Camila Caiado, Associate Professor in Statistics, Durham University • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus modelling lockdown lockdown-exit-strategy

Coronavirus: Why the maths behind 'COVID alert levels' makes no sense

The equation 'COVID alert level = R (rate of infection) + number of infections' simply does not add up to a number between one and five.

Thomas Woolley, Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Cardiff University • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  mathematics  covid-19  coronavirus-2020  lockdown  lockdown-exit-strategy

Reports of UK roadkill down two-thirds – but will hedgehogs thrive after lockdown?

Road networks are emptying during lockdown. What does it mean for wildlife now and in the future?

Lauren Moore, PhD Candidate in Road Ecology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus: research reveals way to predict infection – without a test

Symptoms like loss of smell and taste are powerful predictors of COVID-19 infections.

Andrew Chan, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus lockdown measures may be putting older adults at greater risk of abuse

Safety measures put in place to protect older people from contracting COVID-19 may also be placing them at greater risk of experiencing abuse.

Michaela Rogers, University of Sheffield • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  abuse  lockdown  older-people  elder-abuse

Did Neil Ferguson really do wrong in breaking the coronavirus lockdown?

Lockdown requires that we all act as if we know nothing, even if we are world experts on disease transmission.

Stephen John, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Public Health, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus morality social-distancing lockdown autonomy fairness moral-philosophy

Coronavirus: why managed alcohol programmes are essential for problem drinkers who are homeless

Proving effective in Canada, harm-reducing MAPs should be introduced here to help this vulnerable group access alcohol and stay safe during lockdown.

Tania Browne, Research Assistant, University of Stirling • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

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