Tag Archives: Coronavirus insights

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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COVID-19: when are you most infectious?

Krakenimages/Shutterstock Müge Çevik, University of St Andrews and Antonia Ho, University of Glasgow A close friend – let’s call him John – recently called, asking for advice. He woke up with severe muscle aches and fatigue. Understandably worried that it could be COVID-19, he asked whether he should go to work, run to get a test or stay home. Because …

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Coronavirus has changed how we support people with failing lungs – a doctor explains why

A man wearing a continuous positive airway pressure mask – one of the techniques preferred over using a mechanical ventilator. Kiryl Lis/Shutterstock Michael Steiner, University of Leicester As the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hits hospitals, the hiss and bubble of advanced respiratory support is an increasingly familiar sound on medical wards. This is because some patients who become …

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Lessons from around the world on fighting COVID’s second wave

Jimmy Whitworth, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine As the northern hemisphere moves into winter, coronavirus rates are rising in parts of Europe and the USA. Experts are warning of a long winter ahead as COVID-19 and influenza put the squeeze on hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In response to the threat presented by the second wave, European countries …

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