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Tag Archives: Covid-19

How the pandemic will shape the workplace trends of 2021

Remote working became the new normal in 2020. Elenabsl/Shutterstock Dave Cook, UCL The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930 that the amount we work would gradually shrink to as little as 15 hours a week as technology made us more productive. Not only did this not happen, but we also began to spend extra time away from home due …

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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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Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine? Will it protect against asymptomatic infections and mutated viruses? An immunologist answers 3 questions

I am a physician, and I just got my first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. William Petri, CC BY-SA William Petri, University of Virginia This week I was vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, which brought to mind some frequently asked questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. I am a professor of infectious diseases at the …

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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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We are facing a difficult winter – but philosophy can help

Sam Wordley/Shutterstock Katy Dineen, University College Cork All around the world, Christmas dreams are becoming nightmares. As R numbers increase and the epidemic spikes, people are seeing long cherished plans go up in smoke. In England, plans have been curtailed as the five-day Christmas bubble which would have allowed three households to celebrate together has been reduced to one day …

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Coronavirus: how the pandemic could play out in 2021

Maridav/Shutterstock Adam Kleczkowski, University of Strathclyde Vaccines for COVID-19 are now being rolled out, but in some parts of the world, this good news has been tempered by the emergence of new, potentially more infectious strains of the virus. Exactly how the pandemic will evolve has become more uncertain. Certainly, the next three or so months will be challenging, and …

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