Latest coronavirus news

  • Opening schools should be prioritised 24 July 2020 A general return to school in September and keeping schools open after that should be prioritised by the government as it manages the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by the Royal Society’s Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics (DELVE) group, led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge.
  • New COVID-19 study could help performers back on the stage 10 July 2020 The performing arts have been hit hard by the restrictions enforced during the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, singing has been identified as a potentially 'dangerous' activity following the occurrence of clusters of COVID-19 cases, in several choirs around the world. Despite there being no clear evidence that these cases are linked to the activities themselves, singing and playing of woodwind and brass instruments has effectively been banned in many countries.
  • Student teams up with friends to launch lockdown travel guide for UK tourists 9 July 2020 A University of Bristol student has created a website which tracks the latest travel restrictions and guidelines as the UK begins to ease lockdown restrictions.
  • Key dementia research facility protected thanks to BRACE 8 July 2020 One of the most important facilities supporting dementia research in the country will continue its help in the fight against the disease thanks to an award of £140,000 by Bristol dementia research charity BRACE.
  • Charities join forces to understand how COVID-19 affects people with type 1 diabetes 7 July 2020 JDRF, the world's leading type 1 diabetes charity, is partnering with Diabetes UK to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting people with type 1 diabetes.
  • Researchers to investigate social contact and physical distancing behaviours during COVID-19 1 July 2020 It is known that coronavirus spreads between close contacts. Researchers at the University of Bristol are investigating social contact patterns and physical distancing behaviours to help understand how the virus spreads.
  • 'Gatekeepers' of biodiversity hotspots facing COVID crisis 1 July 2020 Impoverished communities and diverse ecosystems in Colombia are under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.
  • People with diabetes needed for study to support people during COVID-19 29 June 2020 A new research project is asking for people with diabetes and their carers to take part in a UK-wide online survey that aims to identify how to best support people with the condition during the pandemic.
  • Bristol part of largest global study on impact of COVID-19 across 129 countries 26 June 2020 The COH-FIT project is currently the largest survey worldwide on the health impact of COVID-19 and is endorsed by the World Psychiatric Association. The study aims to identify risk and protective factors for physical and mental health problems and to guide strategies for remedying these problems. The COH-FIT project involves 200 researchers from 35 countries, including Bristol, aims to help scientists understand how different countries have been affected by the pandemic.
  • Research project to investigate low-cost, rapid, COVID-19 detection system 23 June 2020 The World Health Organisation has regularly said that rapid testing of patients with COVID-19 is critical to controlling the pandemic, especially with lockdown measures easing across the globe. A new research project will explore the development of a low-cost, rapid, COVID-19 diagnosis system using nanophotonic fluorescence enhancement.
  • Anxiety levels doubled in young people following COVID-19 lockdown, says study 19 June 2020 Young people’s anxiety levels have doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic with 24 per cent experiencing anxiety up from 13 per cent in pre-pandemic waves, according to research from the University of Bristol.
  • From clickbait to transparency: Reimagining the online world 15 June 2020 Public opinion is largely shaped by online content people read and spread via social media. Major web platforms such as Google and Facebook serve as hubs, distributors, and curators; their algorithms help us navigate the online world but underlying the vast digital landscape is a sea of misinformation. In a new study, published in Nature Human Behaviour, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the University of Bristol, and Harvard Law School propose interventions to help users distinguish misinformation from fact and promote a more democratic internet with autonomy and transparency.
  • Research begins to rapidly understand deadly link between Covid-19 and cardiovascular diseases 12 June 2020 Improved care for people with heart and circulatory disease suffering from COVID-19 could soon be available after the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) announced support for six flagship research programmes. Researchers from across the UK including the University of Bristol will combine data from hospitals, information about our health and lifestyle, genetic studies, and cutting-edge imaging and artificial intelligence techniques to better understand how the virus affects the heart and circulatory system.
  • Impact of children's loneliness today could manifest in depression for years to come 1 June 2020 Children and adolescents are likely to experience high rates of depression and anxiety long after current lockdown and social isolation ends and clinical services need to be prepared for a future spike in demand, according to the authors of a new rapid review into the long-term mental health effects of lockdown.
  • Childcare in lockdown: women do more, but baby steps are being made towards equality 29 May 2020 Mothers are doing around ten hours more childcare per week than fathers since lockdown measures closed schools and nurseries, according to a new study.
  • New report shows survival of the fittest and most agile will make or break retailers as lockdown eases 25 May 2020 Customers panic buying in droves, running out of stock on many basic essentials, and imposing product purchase restrictions may now be less of a headache for retailers, but plenty of other hurdles lie ahead as life slowly returns to some semblance of normality and non-essential shops prepare to reopen in mid-June.
  • Researchers set to begin new phase of COVID-19 vaccine trials 22 May 2020 Researchers at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) and the University of Bristol are set to begin a new phase of trials of a vaccine pioneered in the UK which could protect against COVID-19.
  • Study to identify markers that could predict COVID-19 outcome 18 May 2020 COVID-19 is the UK's largest public health crisis since World War II. There is an urgent need to identify why some patients with the virus do very well whereas others need to be admitted to intensive care and may die from the disease. A new observational study aimed at identifying markers that predict how COVID-19 affects patients is being led by clinicians and academics at North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol.
  • Participants needed for study to uncover genetic risk factors for COVID-19 infection outcome 15 May 2020 People who have completed consumer DNA test kits are being asked to take part in a study led by the University of Bristol and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) to find out whether it is possible to predict genetic risk factors and discover a genetic link to coronavirus risk.
  • Bristol announced as UK consortium partner providing essential reagents for SARS-CoV-2 research 12 May 2020 A new COVID-19 Protein Portal providing UK scientists with free access to protein reagents for critical SARS-CoV-2 research is launched today [12 May]. The Portal, in response to a Wellcome and UKRI Open Science initiative, is led by a consortium of leading protein production laboratories including the MultiBac expression facility in the University of Bristol’s School of Biochemistry.
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