Coronavirus news

Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam News story: Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam answers Covid-19 questions at Queen Mary event
18 January 2022

Queen Mary’s Institute of Dentistry recently hosted a virtual Q&A session with England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam.

Woman holds Covid-19 vaccine in hands. Credit: scaliger/ News story: New insights into impact of multiple sclerosis treatments on Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness
15 December 2021

Treatments used to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) manage their condition can reduce the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines, according to research from Cardiff University and Queen Mary University of London 

Discoveries in Distanced Arts: The work, wonder, and wear of remote creative programmes research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation. Credit:Roswitha Chesher News story: Entelechy Arts and Queen Mary University of London launch a new report on how to deliver remote arts programmes for older adults
8 December 2021

A new report based on research led by Entelechy Arts and Queen Mary University of London will provide insights into how arts organisations can design and deliver remote programmes, based on experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

SARS-CoV-2 virus particle surrounded by antibodies. Credit: koto_feja/ News story: Immune imprinting causes varied patterns of protection against COVID-19 variants
3 December 2021

New research shows that the first SARS-CoV-2 spike protein a person encounters, be it by vaccination or infection, shapes their subsequent immune response against current and future variants.

Nurse holds swab for coronavirus test. Credit: sonreir es gratis/ News story: Allergic conditions linked to lower Covid-19 infection risk
2 December 2021

New research from Queen Mary University of London sheds new light on the risk factors for developing Covid-19.

Coronavirus particles spread through tiny droplets of liquid floating through the air. Credit: fpm/ News story: Queen Mary part of international research collaboration to prevent spread of Covid-19 and TB in India
12 August 2021

Queen Mary University of London is part of a new international research collaboration that aims to develop low-cost air sanitisation technologies to stop the spread of airborne diseases such as tuberculosis and Covid-19 in indoor spaces.

A lateral flow Covid-19 test News story: Lateral flow tests are 95% effective at detecting Covid-19 when used at the onset of symptoms
14 July 2021

A new study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Oxford, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, and the Medical University of Graz, has found that lateral flow tests detect Covid-19 with similar accuracy to laboratory-based PCR tests, providing they are used at the onset of infection and soon after symptoms start.

Credit: FJZEA/ Blog: To end COVID-19 we need vaccine justice for developing countries not outdated charity
21 June 2021

Professor Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London and colleagues, discuss the importance of global vaccine equity in this article for the Conversation. 

News story: First nationwide study reveals millions of cancelled operations due to COVID-19 and high risk of death
18 June 2021

The first nationwide study of the impact of COVID-19 on surgery at NHS hospitals has revealed that more than 1.5 million operations were cancelled or postponed during the pandemic and surgical patients who became infected with COVID were five times more likely to die.

Blog: COVID-19’s impacts on the brain and mind are varied and common – new research
4 June 2021

Dr Cameron Watson, Junior Doctor and Dementia Researcher, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Conversation on COVID-19’s impacts on the brain and mind.

Healthcare worker News story: More than 1 in 4 healthcare workers seek mental health support during Covid
3 June 2021

The harsh impact of the Covid pandemic on healthcare workers’ mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing has been laid bare in a study showing how the impact intensified the longer the pandemic dragged on.

A child being vaccinated News story: Queen Mary researchers help to tackle vaccine hesitancy in schools
7 May 2021

Queen Mary researchers have been working with schools to design resources to help young people better understand immunisation programmes.

COVID-19 vaccine News story: Prior SARS-CoV-2 infection rescues B and T cell responses to variants after first vaccine dose
30 April 2021

A single dose of vaccine boosts potent responses against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variants in those with previous COVID-19, a study has found.

Illustration of patient data Blog: Preprints: how draft academic papers have become essential in the fight against COVID
29 April 2021

This piece by Dr Jonathon Coates, Postdoctoral Researcher at Queen Mary's William Harvey Research Institute, was originally published in The Conversation and discusses the advantages that draft scientific papers ('preprints') have brought to COVID-19 research during the pandemic.

People with autism and their carers have been amongst the worst affected groups in the global Covid-19 pandemic. News story: Building resilience among people with autism
30 March 2021

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London are collaborating with a range of stakeholders, including theatre companies and healthcare workers, to support people with autism through a unique project, Heartbeat – Creating Recovery.

A doctor wearing a protective face mask News story: Unique research programme investigates how arts-based methods can support the NHS staff during Covid-19
25 March 2021

The project will support those working in health to meet the challenges of wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and adapting to digital consultations and meetings.

The significance of home in the Covid-19 crisis has been far-reaching and profound. News story: New podcast offers an insight into real life experiences at home during lockdown
23 March 2021

Stay Home Stories, a project led by academics from Queen Mary University of London, has launched its first podcast of people’s experiences of home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Queen Mary launched its Arts and Culture strategy in November 2017 with the aim of developing the University as a world-leading centre of excellence in arts and culture within higher education. News story: Arts and Culture Queen Mary launches its Conversations Week
17 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London is set to hold a week-long celebration of the art of conversation which will run from 9 to 16 April.

Research has shown that the public support taking action on climate change News story: Democracy under threat as climate emergency deepens, according to Mile End Institute panel
11 March 2021

The Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London has hosted a webinar on democracy and climate change. Panellists included Hilary Benn, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Caroline Lucas MP, former leader of the Green Party.

News story: Schools reopening without robust COVID-19 mitigation risks accelerating the pandemic
10 March 2021

A group of academics have set out a series of recommendations for schools to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission now that they have re-opened, in a letter published in The Lancet.

Heart News story: Having an unhealthy heart could lead to a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19
9 March 2021

People with unhealthy heart structures and poorer functioning hearts have a significantly higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, according to research by Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (The University of Southampton).

Image showing male figurines and stethoscope News story: Significant gender disparities revealed in COVID-19 clinical trial leadership
5 March 2021

Less than one-third of COVID-19 clinical trials are led by women, which is half the proportion observed in non-COVID-19 trials, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London, University of St Andrews, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

COVID-19 vaccine News story: Single dose of vaccine acts as ‘booster’ in those with prior COVID-19 infection
26 February 2021

People who have previously had COVID-19 have an enhanced antibody response with a single dose of RNA vaccine, according to a study of 51 UK healthcare workers, around half of whom had a previous laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.

People form a purple ribbon to raise awareness for domestic violence News story: Researchers to explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on domestic abuse referrals in primary care
25 February 2021

A new study involving researchers from Queen Mary University of London will explore whether and how GP referrals to domestic abuse services have changed during the coronavirus pandemic.

A woman holding her smartphone checking a contact tracing app. Credit:mphillips007/ News story: New tool reveals security and privacy issues with contact tracing apps
25 February 2021

Researchers have developed a tool to identify security and privacy risks associated with Covid-19 contact tracing apps.

Pandemics have a disproportionate effect on women (stock image) News story: Government report draws on evidence from Queen Mary
10 February 2021

Evidence from Queen Mary has been cited in a new government report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

Indian migrant workers during the Covid-19 pandemic News story: New research project set to explore the role of civil society in supporting migrant populations during the Covid-19 pandemic
4 February 2021

Academics from Queen Mary University of London have been awarded funding from the University’s Strategic Research Priorities Fund to undertake a cross-regional study exploring the role of civil society organisations supporting vulnerable migrant populations in Brazil and India in the context of Covid-19.

News story: More symptoms need to be included in UK case definition of COVID-19
1 February 2021

Runny nose (coryza) and other indicative symptoms should be added as possible signs of COVID-19 infection, so that more people can access NHS covid tests, according to a Queen Mary academic writing in The BMJ, in an open letter to the Chief Medical Officer, supported by 140 east London general practitioners and health care professionals.

Takumã Kuikuro is an award-winning indigenous filmmaker News story: Queen Mary research featured as an impact case study by UK Research and Innovation
1 February 2021

Research from Queen Mary University of London’s People’s Palace Projects has been selected as a case study by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to showcase the impact of its Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

A stock market screen depicting the impact of Covid-19 News story: New study suggests that the financial impact of Covid-19 is comparable to the Wall Street Crash of 1929
27 January 2021

A study co-authored by an academic from Queen Mary University of London has shed new light on the true magnitude of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on financial markets.