Of hairclips and coronavirus - how contact clustering may allow a partial lockdown exit for young kids
Parenting is a steep learning curve for everyone. For me, this includes newly acquired skills for long hair management of my four year old daughter, Isabella. Hair clips are a key accessory for that. The problem with hair clips is that they are easy to lose and impossible to track down again - at the end of the day they could be at school, at a friends house, music class, or the swimming pool lockers.
There is still much to learn about SARS-Cov-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak. For example, we are still relatively in the dark about why some people get infected and others don’t. Testing for SARS-Cov-2, both in symptomatic people and in the general population, is a crucial part of understanding the infection, how it spreads, and how we can best prevent it. And we believe that a little-used study design, known as the test-negative design, can be adapted to study these causes of the infection.
In an interview with the live-in care provider Elder, Selina spoke about protecting the carer/care recipient dynamic during lockdown, practical advice to halt the spread of coronavirus and how the wider community can combat social isolation together. Selina, what are the most important elements of self isolation that care recipients, caregivers and families need to be aware of during this time?
Anticipate health inequalities. Create an enabling environment to support behaviour change. Harness multidisciplinary science. A wave of public health action and evaluation built on these principles should be launched immediately.
Last Sunday evening, over 20 million people tuned in to watch the Queen addressing the nation, and for many her words were welcome and reassuring in a time of uncertainty.
Potential strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19 need to be discussed and researched. One that has gained traction in the media recently is to test everyone in the UK for COVID-19 once a week. Broken down, that is ten 10 million PCR tests a day. Is this a wise strategy and is it possible?
Can you be re-infected with COVID-19? What is the risk of a second wave of the virus? Why are there such mixed messages on the effectiveness of using face masks? Professor Heidi Larson and Professor Jimmy Whitworth provide expert ansers to these questions and more...
In this conversation with TEDMED Foundation Director, Jay Walker, Peter Piot provides solid scientific knowledge about COVID-19 and how to cope with the vastness of the current pandemic.
The spread of stigma is giving coronavirus a helping hand.
In the final weeks of 2019, a virus slipped furtively from animal to human somewhere in the Chinese city of Wuhan. This inauspicious moment marked the sounding of a starting pistol, unheard at first but now echoing deafeningly across the globe. The race to stop a pandemic had begun.