There cannot be any complacency in the global response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). LSHTM experts are involved in many different aspects of research as well as providing guidance to those responding around the globe every day. We have a strong track record of responding to emergencies and major outbreaks, whether through research or by providing immediate information, advice, courses, and action on the ground.
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COVID-19 Response Fund
With your help, we can increase understanding of COVID-19 and improve the global response to slow its spread.
The latest research from the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at LSHTM.
COVID-19 vaccine development tracker
Track COVID-19 vaccine candidates as they progress through the development pipeline. Developed by the LSHTM Vaccine Centre.
A new mapping tool that lets you scroll through a timeline for nCoV, SARS, H1N1 and Ebola.
First measles, now COVID-19 – are outbreaks finally moving the dial on vaccine hesitancy?
An article looking at the themes of immunisation and vaccine confidence.
‘Hygiene Hub’ links science to action to help save lives during COVID-19
New online portal provides ‘real-time’ support and latest evidence for hygiene interventions actors, supported by funding from DFID and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rapid review of COVID-19 mobile applications
Take part in our survey to conduct a rapid review of the availability and basic functionality of mobile applications designed to collect COVID-19 related data from the general public.
Public sentiments and emotions around COVID-19 – What is the world feeling and how is it different across time and place?
A global study to track public sentiment and emotions around current and potential measures to contain and treat COVID-19.
Social media conversations and attitudes to COVID-19
The Vaccine Confidence Project is providing regular media monitoring reports during the pandemic.
From maths to maps: The modellers tackling COVID-19
Meet our world-leading team of infectious disease modellers and discover the vital evidence they are providing to governments around the world.
Your Questions. Expert Answers.
LSHTM experts Professor John Edmunds OBE and Dr Petra Klepac respond to live questions about the outbreak. Watch on LSHTM's YouTube channel.
Professor Peter Piot reacts to new global collaboration the ACT Accelerator
Professor Peter Piot responds to the launch of a landmark global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable global access of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for COVID-19.
Of hairclips and coronavirus - how contact clustering may allow a partial lockdown exit for young kids
Stefan Flasche, Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, discusses his thoughts on a partial lockdown exit for young kids
COVID-19: A global pandemic demands a global response
The time to act is now, say Peter Piot and co-authors.
The pandemic of hate is giving COVID-19 a helping hand
Edmond Ng calls for unity in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
Find out more about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and its implications around the world with our latest free online course.
Together in spirit: Young people in isolation
The COVID-19 Response Fund is supporting a project led by Dr Rebecca Meiskin, a Research Fellow in Social Science at LSHTM, implementing research insight to raise awareness of the challenges and stresses of social distancing.
Working together against COVID-19
We are proud to be using the COVID-19 Response Fund to support an innovative communications campaign, emphasising the importance of handwashing and social distancing.
Coronavirus & Health
Help our scientists understand how information about COVID-19 is shared in UK communities, what effect lockdown is having on UK families, and what people across the UK are doing to cope.
Coronavirus outbreak in the news
The latest expert comment and analysis from LSHTM researchers.
COVID-19 updates from LSHTM
Latest statements from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for media and the public during the outbreak.
LSHTM to play key role in ground-breaking new study into long-term health impacts of coronavirus
A major UK research study into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 on hospitalised patients has been launched. LSHTM will share expertise with a national consortium of leading researchers and clinicians from across the UK to assess the impact of COVID-19 on patients’ health and their recovery. (7 Jul 2020)
Work begins on UK system for estimating COVID-19 cases from wastewater
LSHTM is to play a key role in the development of a standardised UK-wide system for detecting coronavirus in wastewater, in order to provide an early warning of future outbreaks and reduce reliance on costly testing of large populations. (2 Jul 2020)
World’s largest public agricultural research network launches COVID-19 Hub to support global scientific response
As the UN warns of an impending global food emergency, researchers in health, nutrition and agriculture have united to support COVID-19 response, recovery and resilience. (23 Jun 2020)
UK modelling study finds case isolation and contact tracing vital to COVID-19 epidemic control
In the absence of a vaccine or highly effective treatments for COVID-19, combining isolation and intensive contact tracing with physical distancing measures might be the most effective and efficient way to achieve and maintain epidemic control. (17 Jun 2020)
How does age relate to COVID-19 rates and symptom severity?
People under 20 years of age are approximately half as susceptible to COVID-19 compared to people 20 years of age and older, according to a study carried out by modellers from LSHTM. (16 Jun 2020)
Estimates suggest one in five people worldwide have an underlying health condition that could increase their risk of severe COVID-19 if infected
An estimated 1.7 billion people have at least one underlying health condition that could increase their risk of severe COVID-19 if infected, according to a modelling study that uses data from 188 countries, published in The Lancet Global Health. (16 Jun 2020)
Large-scale testing and tracing is likely to prevent a second COVID-19 wave
A secondary COVID-19 wave is likely to be prevented if at least 50% of symptomatic COVID-19 cases are tested and 40% of their contacts are traced as part of an effective test-trace-isolate (TTI) strategy, finds research co-led by UCL and LSHTM. (8 Jun 2020)
BBC Contagion experiment offers insights into COVID-19 control strategies
Moderate social distancing with contact tracing and testing could also reduce need for quarantine. (28 May 2020)
Children appear half as likely to catch COVID-19 as adults
New study review suggests children and young people are more than 50% less likely to catch the novel coronavirus. (22 May 2020)
£131 million funding boost to expand UK capacity to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine
LSHTM is a partner in the Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, which will be able to produce 70 million vaccine doses within 4-6 months of opening. (17 May 2020)
UK Government supports COVID-19 detection dogs trial
The UK Government has awarded a specialist team of researchers more than £500,000 to find out if specially-trained bio-detection dogs could be used as a new rapid, non-invasive testing measure for COVID-19. (15 May 2020)
LSHTM awarded over £2.5m in new grants to tackle COVID-19 pandemic
LSHTM is at the forefront of the global effort to fight COVID-19. Thanks to over £2.5 million of new research grants, our world-leading scientists are now using their diverse expertise – from mathematical modelling to machine learning and contact tracing to citizen science – to tackle the pandemic. (15 May 2020)
Professor Peter Piot appointed as special advisor to President of European Commission
The European Commission has announced the appointment of Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), to the post of special advisor to the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, on the response to the coronavirus and COVID-19. (7 May 2020)
Risk factors for COVID-19 death revealed in world’s largest analysis of patient records to date
Academics at the University of Oxford and LSHTM, working on behalf of NHS England and in partnership with NHSX, have analysed the pseudonymised health data of over 17.4 million UK adults to discover the key factors associated with death from COVID-19. (7 May 2020)
How is the COVID-19 virus evolving?
A new analysis of the worldwide effort to sequence the coronavirus genome has revealed the scale of the genetic changes that are occurring in the virus known as SARS-CoV-2, as it spreads across the world. (7 May 2020)
Almost 75% of people on board Diamond Princess with COVID-19 may have been asymptomatic
New estimates suggest this group may to have contributed significantly to overall transmission. (6 May 2020)
Simulate the impact of physical distancing in countries around the world
New app to support public understanding of mathematical modelling. (6 May 2020)
Handwashing only ‘soap tabs’ could help halt spread of COVID-19 in developing world
Pilot study shows new technology dramatically increased rates of handwashing in Tanzanian trial. (5 May 2020)
Peak in COVID-19 deaths occurring in English hospitals passed on 8 April
Focusing on more meaningful trends could encourage public and support future response strategies. (27 Apr 2020)
LSHTM’s COVID-19 modelling research receives Government funding boost
LSHTM has been awarded £500,000 by the UK government to support its vital work in furthering our understanding of the spread of COVID-19 how it can be controlled. (24 Apr 2020)
Routine immunisation is essential, even during the COVID-19 pandemic
Lack of routine immunisation during COVID-19 pandemic could lead to outbreaks of other diseases like measles. (24 Apr 2020)
Strategies combining self-isolation, moderate physical distancing and shielding likely most effective COVID-19 response strategy for African countries
‘Green Zones’ developed and led by community leaders could be key. (21 Apr 2020)
One in five people globally could be at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease through underlying health conditions
Researchers call for urgent further work to quantify and analyse the associated risks. (17 Apr 2020)
Professor Peter Piot comments on halting funding to the WHO
Peter comments on how WHO’s support to countries’ responses around the globe, especially the most vulnerable, is more crucial than ever. (15 Apr 2020)
Hans and the Gruffalo? LSHTM supporting children’s COVID-19 education
LSHTM has teamed up with well-known illustrators and publishers to launch an extensive range of free digital COVID-19 educational resources for children. (8 Apr 2020)
Estimates for the relative impact of different COVID-19 control measures in the UK
LSHTM's Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID) is conducting crucial work on the COVID-19 pandemic. (3 Apr 2020)
Reproduction number of COVID-19 could be below one in UK lockdown
Preliminary estimates provide motivation for us all to keep following UK government instructions. (1 Apr 2020)
LSHTM teams up with UK Government and Unilever to reach a billion people in global handwashing campaign
New £100 million campaign will help stop the spread of coronavirus. (30 Mar 2020)
Dogs could join the fight against COVID-19
After recently collaborating to prove that our canine friends can be trained to detect malaria, could man’s best friend play a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19? (27 Mar 2020)
Modelling study estimates impact of physical distancing measures of COVID-19 epidemic in Wuhan
Study suggests extending school and workplace closures in Wuhan until April, rather than March, would likely delay a second wave of cases until later in the year, relieving pressure on health services. (26 Mar 2020)
Critical care beds in the UK and differences in reporting of symptomatic cases
New estimates from LSHTM show that if transmission of COVID-19 is not reduced in the coming days, then current capacity of critical care beds in the UK may be reached or exceeded by the end of March 2020. (24 Mar 2020)
Public Health Rapid Support Team deployed to help international coronavirus effort
The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) has deployed public health specialists around the world to help limit the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives. (17 Mar 2020)
Your Questions. Expert Answers.
LSHTM experts Professor Jimmy Whitworth and Professor Heidi Larson responded to live questions about the outbreak. Read about or watch what they had to say.
Your Questions. Expert Answers.
LSHTM experts Professor Jimmy Whitworth and Dr Roz Eggo responded to live questions about the outbreak. Watch again on LSHTM's YouTube channel.
Diamond Princess Cruise ship
New estimates highlight the successes and failures of the COVID-19 quarantine. (4 Mar 2020)
Control in low-income settings and displaced populations
The virus’ impact on people living in low-income settings or affected by humanitarian crises could potentially be even more severe than those in high-income countries. (20 Mar 2020)
Discrimination and racism during the coronavirus outbreak
A panel discussion held on 12 Mar in response to increasing reports in UK and international media of racial harassment and abuse towards Chinese and East Asian communities.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak – Insights from Leading Expert Prof Yik-Ying Teo
Lunchtime seminar held on 9 Mar with guest speaker Prof Yik-Ying Teo, Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak - Insights from Leading Expert Prof Gabriel Leung
Lunchtime seminar held on 27 Feb with guest speaker Prof Gabriel Leung, Dean of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update lecture
A special lecture held on 24 Feb in partnership with the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team.
3 Feb lecture with updates from LSHTM experts responding to the outbreak and providing expert guidance.
Unexpected dimensions of the COVID-19 outbreak
Dr John Manton considers how the novel coronavirus outbreak could impact the antimicrobial supply chain.
COVID-19 weekly testing exit strategy
A letter from a group of public health researchers and practitioners who believe that an alternative strategy of universal repeated testing could restore normal life and economic recovery.
Estimates for coronavirus outbreak peak in Wuhan
Latest research from LSHTM suggest the outbreak in Wuhan could peak in mid-to-late-February. (12 Feb 2020)
Misinformation might be the most contagious thing about it
Adam Kucharski writes for The Guardian on how the best way to tackle online rumours is to treat them like a real-life virus.
Comment on coronavirus PHEIC declaration and UK cases
Professors Peter Piot and John Edmunds respond. (31 Jan 2020)
How effective is thermal scanning at airports?
Preliminary analysis suggests thermal scanning at airports detects less than 1 in 5 passengers. (30 Jan 2020)
Transmission and control of new coronavirus
Preliminary analysis from LSHTM's mathematical modellers. (30 Jan 2020)