As researchers around the world race to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, three scientists at theUniversity of Rochester are rapidly adapting previous research to develop tests to detect the fast-spreading disease. These tests could not only help detect COVID-19 in individuals, but also improve understanding of the mechanism by which the disease damages human tissue. The result may lead to new treatments and vaccines.
Psychologists at the University of Sheffield have launched a study of the mental health and social impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic to understand how they affect the mental health and behaviour of UK citizens. They aim to measure impacts of the epidemic on people’s mental health, their attitudes towards others and their political views, and understand how these change as the epidemic progresses through the population, and how these changes are related to appropriate changes in health-related behaviour.
Southampton researchers are trialling an inhaled drug that could prevent worsening of COVID19 in those most at risk.
By comparing the genetic data (or genomes) of COVID-19 samples that emerge in different parts of the world, scientists can determine the relationships between different strains of the virus and track the spread of disease outbreaks. Genome sequences can also be used to develop diagnostic tests and identify stable regions for vaccine design.
Researcher applies mathematical model to local data to understand pandemic and support other research. Reports of the pandemic situation in the Brazilian states and the Federal District, and methodology developed by a British entity to measure the rate of infection with the new coronavirus over time, are the main inputs of a UFMG study that proposes to monitor the evolution of Covid-19 in the Brazilian federative units.
Thirty-one patients with severe COVID-19 were enrolled in the randomized, controlled clinical trial of the drug remdisivir at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University and Memorial campuses, and showed that the drug can provide a significant reduction in recovery time for critically ill patients.
The Municipality of Bergen, the Institute of Public Health and the University of Bergen have together prepared a survey to gain knowledge of what the life of the inhabitants of Bergen Municipality is now. The survey will take approx. 10-15 minutes to answer and 80,000 adult residents of Bergen municipality are randomly drawn out and invited for voluntary participation.
Scientists from The University of Western Australia, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge and George Mason University have shed light on how to spot conspiracy theories arising from COVID-19.
Academics at the University of York are to examine the legal and societal impact of Covid-19 in two separate studies. One will look at the impact of Coronavirus on families on low incomes and the other will focus on the public's response to the emergency legal restrictions brought in to help contain the pandemic.
Before COVID-19 there were transnational trends in student mental health as well as local particularities, as students face adjustment challenges, the demands of a competitive environment and external pressures like finances and employability.
As the pandemic and related containment measures take hold, click through to learn about how WUN universities are supporting students’ mental health.