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Tag Archives: Coronavirus insights

Joggers and cyclists should wear masks – here’s why

Tom Wang/Shutterstock Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford England is deep into its third lockdown, yet the daily tally of new COVID cases and deaths remains sickeningly high. As Chris Whitty, the country’s chief medical officer, said recently, more needs to be done to bring the pandemic under control. Masks, which when worn correctly are highly effective in reducing transmission, are …

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Fake news: bold visual warnings needed to stop people clicking – new research

Shutterstock/dencg Fiona Carroll, Cardiff Metropolitan University A senior doctor in charge of the NHS anti-disinformation campaign has said that language and cultural barriers could be causing people from ethnic minorities to reject the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr Harpreet Sood told the BBC it was “a big concern” and officials were working hard to reach different groups “to correct so much fake …

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Oxford scientists: how we developed our COVID-19 vaccine in record time

University of Oxford Tonia Thomas, University of Oxford and Rachel Colin-Jones, University of Oxford The pandemic is only a year old, but we already have multiple vaccines available to fight COVID-19 – including the vaccine developed by the team we’re part of at the University of Oxford. With our partner AstraZeneca, we have submitted both interim efficacy data and safety …

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Vaccines alone aren’t enough to eradicate a virus – lessons from history

Dryvax, smallpox vaccine with bifurcated needle. James Gathany Content Providers/CDC Public Health Image Library Caitjan Gainty, King’s College London and Agnes Arnold-Forster, University of Bristol Smallpox killed countless millions – 300 million people in the 20th century alone – before it was finally declared eradicated on May 8 1980. It was a momentous day, marking what the current director general …

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Long COVID: who is at risk?

fizkes/Shutterstock Frances Williams, King’s College London For most people, infection with SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – leads to mild, short-term symptoms, acute respiratory illness, or possibly no symptoms at all. But some people have long-lasting symptoms after their infection – this has been dubbed “long COVID”. Scientists are still researching long COVID. It’s not well understood, though …

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Oxford vaccine approved – now, here are 10 reasons why you should get vaccinated

Prostock-studio/Shutterstock Alessandro Siani, University of Portsmouth The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been authorised for use in the UK, meaning that millions more vaccine doses can now be delivered in the country. This will speed up progress towards achieving widespread immunity to the coronavirus. However, since the start of the pandemic – and particularly since vaccines for COVID-19 started being developed …

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How the leading coronavirus vaccines work

Eugene Lu/Shutterstock Sarah Pitt, University of Brighton There are now quite a few COVID-19 vaccines in the pipeline, but two seem to be making promising progress: the one designed by the US biotechnology company Moderna, and the one developed by the University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca. In both cases, the research teams have built on their previous experience …

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Why the government was right to introduce Tier 4 restrictions

Girts Ragelis/Shutterstock Jimmy Whitworth, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine A new, potentially more infectious variant of the coronavirus is thought to be behind rising COVID-19 case numbers in southern parts of the UK. Fearing this version of the virus could spread out of control, the government has introduced a stricter level of restrictions across much of England: Tier …

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