Tag Archives: Coronavirus insights

How to reduce the spread of fake news – by doing nothing

Shutterstock/fizkes Tom Buchanan, University of Westminster When we come across false information on social media, it is only natural to feel the need to call it out or argue with it. But my research suggests this might do more harm than good. It might seem counterintuitive, but the best way to react to fake news – and reduce its impact …

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Coronavirus vaccines: how will we know when life can go back to normal?

Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, UCL The first people have begun to receive vaccines in the UK and US as part of mass vaccination campaigns to immunise people against COVID-19. Excitement is building – finally, the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight. Since early December, elderly patients and health workers in 50 hospitals across the UK have been given the vaccine …

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Conspiracy theories may seem irrational – but they fulfill a basic human need

Shutterstock/Lightspring Lisa Bortolotti, University of Birmingham and Anna Ichino, University of Milan There has been a proliferation of conspiracy theories about COVID-19 that either reject the existence of the virus altogether or question the official account of its origins, its mode of transmission, its effects and its remedies. Many of these theories are highly implausible and harmful and it has …

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What psychology can tell us about why some people don’t wear masks – and how to change their minds

Marina Biryukova/Shutterstock Helen Wall, Edge Hill University; Alex Balani, Edge Hill University, and Derek Larkin, Edge Hill University While the world is eagerly waiting for COVID-19 vaccines to bring an end to the pandemic, wearing a mask to help prevent viral transmission has become more or less mandatory globally. Though many people embrace mask wearing and adhere to public health …

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Who should get the coronavirus vaccine first? France and the UK have different answers

esfera/Shutterstock Laurence Roope, University of Oxford; Philip Clarke, University of Oxford, and Raymond Duch, University of Oxford Not long after Pfizer and BioNTech announced in a press release that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate has over 90% efficacy, British politicians began discussing an imminent roll-out – before Christmas, according to health minister Matt Hancock. On the other side of the English …

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Oxford COVID-19 vaccine: newly published results show it is safe – but questions remain over its efficacy

Syda Productions/Shutterstock Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia Full interim analysis of the safety and efficacy of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine – developed in partnership with AstraZeneca – has been published in the Lancet. This paper represents the most comprehensive set of results from any of the phase 3 trials of COVID-19 vaccines to date. These are still only interim …

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Do COVID-19 antibodies fade more quickly in men than women?

dotshock/Shutterstock Steven Smith, Brunel University London In the global effort to overcome COVID-19, much scientific and medical attention has focused on the ability of our immune system to generate antibodies. Antibodies are one of our body’s main weapons against viruses, created to recognise specific proteins on a virus’s surface and initiate processes that ultimately neutralise and remove the virus. We …

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