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Queen’s researchers have provided commentary and analysis in hundreds of articles and broadcasts since early January. This represents a selection of that coverage.

  • Coronavirus Threat posed to care homes by pandemic highlighted in 2016 exercise: QUB professor

    Dave Archard, Emeritus Professor, academic has criticised the Government for failing to heed warnings about the danger a pandemic posed to care homes.

  • Why avoiding a second coronavirus peak in the UK will be a bit of an experiment
    11 Mayi News

    Dr Connor Bamford opinion piece: It is without a doubt that lockdown has to be lifted, but we must learn from our initial mistakes.

  • Coronavirus live Coronavirus updates: Executive hoping to publish recovery plan for Northern Ireland on Tuesday

    As the death toll in Northern Ireland climbed to 435 on Sunday, Dr Connor Bamford, a research fellow at Queen's University, said we risk another large and deadly second peak without "lockdown-like" conditions. He was speaking after First Minister Arlene Foster said she will be following Boris Johnson's lockdown exit plan, but that any changes to restrictions in Northern Ireland will be "nuanced".

  • Belfast's dividing walls united by virus tributes

    With more than 400 COVID-19 deaths in Northern Ireland, communities have been brought together against a common enemy. "We already are having these ritualistic moments when we're coming out and we're clapping in support of NHS (National Health Service) workers," Queen's University Belfast anthropology lecturer Dominic Bryan told AFP. "But that of course has also very quickly appeared on murals right across Northern Ireland."

  • Belfast's dividing walls united by virus tributes
    08 MayFrance 24

    With more than 400 COVID-19 deaths in Northern Ireland, communities have been brought together against a common enemy. "We already are having these ritualistic moments when we're coming out and we're clapping in support of NHS (National Health Service) workers," Queen's University Belfast anthropology lecturer Dominic Bryan told AFP. "But that of course has also very quickly appeared on murals right across Northern Ireland."

  • Queen´s University Belfast given funding to develop rapid test for Covid-19

    Queen’s University Belfast has received funding to develop a rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19. The trial, led by Professor Cliff Taggart, is aimed at finding a highly accurate test which can show results within an hour, eliminating the need to send tests to a laboratory.

  • Queen´s University Belfast given funding to develop rapid test for Covid-19

    Queen’s University Belfast has received funding to develop a rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19. The trial, led by Professor Cliff Taggart, is aimed at finding a highly accurate test which can show results within an hour, eliminating the need to send tests to a laboratory.

  • Weekly testing of healthcare staff is key, says virologist

    The State’s focus now needs to be on testing and retesting healthcare staff once a week to keep vulnerable people safe as lockdown is lifted, according to virologist at Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Ultan Power.

  • BBC Radio Ulster, Good Morning Ulster, 01/05/2020

    The UK Statistics Authority has reprimanded NI's Department of Health over its reporting of the Covid-19 figures. Connor Bamford, virologist at Queen's University Belfast, comments.

  • ‘Social distancing is going to be with us for quite some time to come’

    Virologist Connor Bamford talks to Joanne Savage about the dangers of easing lockdown measures.

  • Home cooking means healthier eating

    Danielle McCarthy, Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, discusses how COVID-19 is changing how we eat.

  • Coronavirus latest in NI
    01 MayBBC NI

    Queen's University, along with five others, are urging the public to get involved with a new new study which will help identify who is most at risk of contracting COVID-19 and why some people become more ill than others with the disease.

  • How drugs and vaccines are being designed to fight Covid-19
    30 AprilRTE

    Profesor Ultan Power is part of team at Queen's University comparing and assessing available drugs, to see if certain combinations could work. "If we can identify a drug, that doesn't interfere with the other adaptive immune response" he says, "our hope is that we will not impact on the development of good protective immunity, but we will have a very significant impact on the inflammatory response."

  • NI virologist warns COVID-19 is ‘airborne’ and social distancing is going to be with us for quite some time to come’
    30 AprilNewsletter

    A virologist from Queen’s University Belfast has revealed that while Covid-19 is a new development we have in fact known about so-called coronaviruses for a very long-time.

  • Coronavirus crisis could lead to 18,000 more cancer deaths, experts warn
    29 AprilThe Guardian

    Analysis models impact over next year of delays in getting cancer diagnosis and treatment.

    Professor Mark Lawler, of Queen’s University Belfast and Data-Can’s scientific lead, said: “The results are concerning. We believe countries need to rapidly understand how the emergency is affecting cancer outcomes, otherwise we risk adding cancer and other underlying health conditions to the escalating death toll of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

  • Kids in disadvantaged areas 'should be first back in class'
    28 AprilIrish News

    Professor Tony Gallagher from Queen's University Belfast said the closure of schools had revealed "the stark reality of the digital divide and the huge inequalities of circumstance among children and families".

    • 18,000 more people could die of cancer because of coronavirus
      29 AprilMetro

      Almost 18,000 more people could die from cancer over the next year in England because of the impact of Covid-19, a new study has suggested.

      Professor Mark Lawler, from Queen's University Belfast and scientific lead at DATA-CAN, said: ‘We believe countries need to rapidly understand how the emergency is affecting cancer outcomes, otherwise we risk adding cancer and other underlying health conditions to the escalating death toll of the Covid-19 pandemic.’

    • Almost 18,000 more people could die of cancer due to coronavirus, study shows

      Research has shown that amid the crisis, one in 10 people would not contact their GP even if they discovered a lump or a new mole that remained for a week.

      Professor Mark Lawler, scientific lead at DATA-CAN, emphasised the potential for the situation to escalate without educating the public about the consequences the crisis could have on those affected by cancer.

    • Queen’s Honorary Graduate executive produces ‘One World: Together At Home’ global concert

      Irish-American entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist, Declan Kelly - Chairman and CEO of global consulting company, Teneo Holdings – was an executive producer of the recent ‘One World: Together at Home’ virtual concert.

    • COVID-19 crisis could trigger cancer epidemic, claims new study

      Scientists warn that the pandemic may have impacted treatment of cancer patients, a dangerous disease.

    • Should doctors prioritise treatment based on patients' age?

      Dave Archard, Emeritus Professor at Queen's University in Belfast, stated three reasons why age should not be used to decide who should and should not receive potentially life-saving treatment.

    • If coronavirus lockdown lasts for six months, 50,000 cancer patients will die, says top doc
      23 AprilThe Sun

      Queen's University's Professor Mark Lawler said there is a risk of a future cancer epidemic. "We are already seeing the indirect effects of the Covid-19 crisis on cancer care," he said.

    • Favouring young over old in Covid-19 treatment justifiable, says ethicist
      22 AprilThe Guardian

      Dave Archard, Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University, Belfast, said an overburdened service is no excuse for discrimination that would result in a “cull” of older people.

    • Younger coronavirus patients shouldn't be given priority treatment
      22 AprilDaily Mail

      Dave Archard, Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University, Belfast, said an overburdened service is no excuse for discrimination that would result in a “cull” of older people.

    • Coronavirus: Thousands of cancers going undiagnosed, warns charity
      21 AprilThe Times

      New study warns of the possibility of a "cancer epidemic" in Eroper once the pandemic has passed.

    • Academic warns about risk of `cancer epidemic´ following Covid-19 impact
      21 AprilDaily Mail

      There is a risk of a cancer epidemic following the response to Covid-19, an academic has warned.

    • Coronavirus crisis 'could trigger a cancer epidemic', expert warns expert
      21 AprilThe Mirror

      Queen's University's Professor Mark Lawler has warned there is a risk of a future cancer epidemic following the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

    • Researchers seek to find alternatives to ventilators
      17 ApriliNews

      The joint trial, run by the University of Warwick and Queen's University Belfast and involving up to 4,000 UK patients, will seek to find alternatives to ventilators.

    • QUB trials care for critically ill

      Queen's University experts attempt to find alternative to coronavirus ventilators. The trial will assess whether treating critically-ill Covid-19 patients earlier with non-invasive ventilation could cut the need to use invasive mechanical ventilators later on.

    • Coronavirus: Hundreds of nursing students join Covid-19 fight in Northern Ireland

      More than 600 final-year nursing and midwifery students from Queen's University Belfast, Ulster University and the Open University have joined the fight against Covid-19 by joining the health and social care workforce early.

    • Trial in Britain for cell therapy treatment of Covid-19
      8 AprilIrish News

      Researchers at Queen's University Belfast are leading a UK-wide clinical trial, offering an innovative cell therapy treatment for Covid-19 patients with acute respiratory failure.

    • Is it safe to handle packaging?
      7 AprilBBC News

      Queen's University virologist Dr Conor Bamford is asked on The Nolan Show about the risk of contracting the virus from packages delivered to your door. He says "there is a theoretical hazard, you could theoretically get infected from it" as lab studies have shown that the virus can remain on surfaces such as cardboard for up to a day.

    • Queen’s University leading cell therapy clinical trial to help improve outcomes in COVID-19 patients.
      7 AprilBBC News

      Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast are leading a UK-wide clinical trial, offering an innovative cell therapy treatment for COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory failure.

    • From dying alone to no goodbye: Death and grief during COVID-19 pandemic

      Article featuring Professor Heather Conway, School of Law, talking about if the pandemic is changing the way we deal with death and the dead.

    • Why do healthy people succumb?
      2 AprilFrance 24

      Dr Connor Bamford interviewed on France 24 with regards to why people people succumb to coronavirus.

    • Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Queen's Aerospace teams making NHS face shields

      Article about PPE being made by the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for frontline workers.

    • Malaria drug chloroquine helps coronavirus patients recover quicker, finds small study in China

      Mentions the coronavirus research project taking place at Queen's University.

    • COVID-19: students are ready to support the nursing workforce – with your help

      Hear from Eden Baker, a final-year nursing student at Queen's, who is preparing to move to the front line of the COVID-19 crisis.

    • Coronavirus: how UK universities are helping the nation

      Article about how universities across the UK are helping in the fight against the pandemic.

    • Coronavirus: When will the curve flatten?
      30 MarchIrish News

      Dr Connor Bamford, virologist at Queen's University Belfast's Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, said cases will not "level off" (or flatten) until the middle of April. "The numbers will continue to grow - deaths and confirmed cases - as there is a significant lag between getting sick and seeing effects of lockdown," he said.

    • Coronavirus is changing funerals and how we deal with the dead

      Professor Heather Conway, School of Law, discusses how funerals are changing and how we deal with the dead in relation to COVID-19

    • There could be up to 62,000 coronavirus cases in Ireland already
      29 Marchextra.ie

      Based on that number of deaths and confirmed cases, Queen’s University Professor Ultan Power predicted that more than 62,000 could be capable of spreading the disease.

    • Coronavirus: Areas of NI with low rate of infection must keep guard up, says QUB virologist Connor Bamford

      Northern Ireland council areas with low rates of confirmed coronavirus cases must not get complacent, a top virologist has warned. Dr Connor Bamford, a research fellow at Queen's University, issued the plea as the death toll here hit 13 on Friday and the number of recorded infections jumped by 34 to a total of 275 cases.

    • COVID-19: what we still don't know
      27 MarchCGTN

      Lindsay Broadbent a researcher at Queen's University, Belfast told the UK's LBC radio station that short-term immunity was likely, but long-term immunity was unknown. She said immunity for some ailments such as flu do not last forever and could be cyclical.

    • Additional Crematoria for Northern Ireland: ‘Not If but When’?

      Professor Heather Conway, School of Law, on the potential need for another crematorium in Northern Ireland due to the coronavirus.

    • Hard Choices at the Frontline - Nuffield Council on Bioethics

      Blog by Professor Emeritus David Archard, from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics and Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, on rationing of care for COVID-19

    • Science and psychology of the coronavirus crisis

      Mark Flear, School of Law, comments on the EU’s ventilator scheme.

    • QUB producing face masks to donate to NHS
      27 MarchSync NI

      Academic researchers at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) are designing protective shield masks using a 3D printer and donating them to the NHS in the fight against the coronavirus.

    • British coronavirus patients CAN get promising blood therapy approved in the US because it was given the green light two weeks ago

      Mentions coronavirus treatments which are being tested at Queen's University Belfast.

    • Coronavirus: More of your questions answered by experts
      26 MarchIrish Times

      Q&A featuring Professor Ultan Power talking about what to use to sterilise household surfaces adequately to kill harmful microbes including coronavirus.

    • Cancer patients reveal worries about future treatment as NHS focuses on Covid-19
      26 MarchChannel 4

      Interview with Professor Emeritus David Archard on how hard decisions are made in relation treatment for cancer patients and COVID-19.

    • This is what an emergency looks like - Lessons from the pandemic for addressing our planetary emergency

      Professor John Barry, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics. "Which is more important? Wealth or health? This is one of the lessons from the coronavirus, what happens to states and citizens when we are forced to choose health, specifically public health, as the over-riding social imperative?"

    • UK Government won't reveal when new antibody tests will be rolled out

      Chloroquine was prescribed around 46,000 times in 2018 in the UK – but a form of it is also available over-the-counter from pharmacies without a prescription. It is thought to be among 1,000 drugs being tested against coronavirus in a lab as part of a Queen's University Belfast study.

    • A guide to safe outdoor activities during the coronavirus pandemic

      If you’ve satisfied all the above precautions and are ready to go, “wash your hands before you go out,” says Grace Roberts, a virologist at Queen’s University Belfast. “You don’t know if you’re infected.” Also, bring everything you need—water, snacks, etc.—so that you can minimize having to stop at any stores. Don’t use public restrooms or other shared facilities. Roberts says that when she’s running, she reserves her left hand for hitting the crosswalk button or any other surfaces, while her right hand is used for adjusting her glasses, or handling water and snacks.

    • Coronavirus and obesity: industry urged to act post-crisis

      Professor Chris Elliott talks about the link to our diet and death. Refers to the link between obesity and COVID-19

    • COVID-19: Ireland 'ahead of the curve' but delays in testing a concern
      24 MarchRTE News Online
      Professor Ultan Power speaks about community testing for COVID-19.
    • Projects to develop COVID-19 vaccines receive UK government funding
      24 MarchNews-Medical.net Australia
      NHS patients who are being treated for COVID-10 have signed up to take part in the trials spearheaded by leading institutions in the country, including the University of Edinburgh, Oxford University, Queens University Belfast, the University of Liverpool, and the Imperial College London.
    • Vaccine trials among recipients of £20 million Coronavirus research investment

      Professor Ultan Power and Professor Ken Mills, Queens University Belfast are recipients of £0.3 million. This project will test a library of approximately 1,000 drugs on cells in the laboratory to determine if any can reduce the toxic effects of novel coronavirus infection. The drugs are already approved for use in humans. They will be tested on airway epithelial cells grown in the lab and infected with novel coronavirus to determine if the drugs can reduce virus infection or replication and virus-induced inflammatory responses. This could identify promising drugs for further testing and clinical trials in 12 months.

    • Queen's University awarded grant to find COVID-19 treatment

      Queen's University has been awarded a grant of almost £300,000 to fund work into finding treatment for COVID-19. The grant forms part of a £20m rapid research response funded by UK Research and Innovation, and by the Department of Health Care through the National Institute for Health Research.

    • Government invests £20million into six coronavirus research projects
      23 MarchDaily Mail

      NHS patients who are being treated for COVID-10 have signed up to take part in the trials spearheaded by leading institutions in the country, including the University of Edinburgh, Oxford University, Queens University Belfast, the University of Liverpool, and the Imperial College London.

    • Coronavirus vaccine trials among projects boosted by £20m government funding

      £0.3 million funding will go to a project under Profs Ultan Power and Ken Mills from Queen's University Belfast who are testing a library of around 1,000 human-use approved drugs on cells in the laboratory.

    • Frequent washing of hands makes them susceptible to dry skin, but here's the good...
      23 MarchKompas.com

      Hand cleaning is one way to protect yourself from infectious diseases. "No need to worry about using lotion or hand-moisturizing creams," said Dr. Lindsay Broadbent, an infectious and immune expert from Queen's University Belfast UK

    • Frequent hand washing can cause dry skin, here's how to overcome it

      "No need to worry about using lotion or hand-moisturizing creams," said Dr. Lindsay Broadbent, an infectious and immune expert from Queen's University Belfast UK, as reported by Guardian. In line with the Broadbent, a viral expert from the University of Leeds, Dr. Stephen Griffin, does not constrain the use of a hand-moisturizing cream or lotion after cleansing the hand.

    • Coronavirus: why young and old must pull together to survive this

      Dr Gemma Carney, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, examines how solidarity between generations is important to survive the outbreak of COVID-19.

    • Coronavirus: Protect yourself inside and outside the home
      17 MarchIrish Times

      Professor Ultan Power offers advice on how to prevent the spread of infection including the importance of maintaining good hygiene at home.

    • Live Twitter Feed: COVID-19 & Coronavirus Evidence

      To tackle the issue of rapid knowledge synthesis and dissemination Dr Ciara Keenan, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen’s and Dr Damian Fogarty, senior physician and former researcher at Queen’s established an automated aggregating twitter feed https://twitter.com/@COVID_Evidence. This twitter account is the only one at present which exists with a focus on SARS-CoV-2. It produces a diverse range of real-time, peer-reviewed/soon to be reviewed research directly on a feed using the RSS sources from a range of science and medical databases. These include at present PubMed, F1000 research, BMC, bioRxiv, medRxiv, http://clinicaltrials.gov, Nature, Cell and Science.

    • Academics make incendiary claim Brexit could delay coronavirus vaccine’s UK arrival

      Dr Mark Flear, School of Law, looks at how Brexit could result in a delay to a coronavirus vaccine in the UK.

    • Brexit threatens UK’s ability to respond to a future pandemic

      Dr Mark Flear, School of Law, on how COVID-19 should remind us of just why international cooperation is so important in reducing the threat of infectious disease.

    • Coronavirus and Spanish flu: economic lessons to learn from the last truly global pandemic

      Dr Chris Colvin, Queen's Management School, on the economic lessons we can learn from the last global pandemic, the Spanish Flu.

    • Coronavirus: Can you catch COVID-19 twice? | Euronews answers
      6 MarchEuronews

      Research fellow, Dr Connor Bamford, responds to a question regarding whether it is likely that you will catch the coronavirus twice. He stated that is it is "unlikely" the woman in question was re-infected but underlined there was still a lot to learn.

    • Can wearing gloves – like the Queen – help protect you against the coronavirus?

      Lindsay Broadbent suggests that wearing gloves do not offer the protection required to stop infection and advises it is safer to wash hand more regularly

    • Loss of control over threats like coronavirus a consequence of Brexit
      4 March Irish News

      Dr Mark Flear, School of Law, on how UK’s fixation on ‘taking back control’ is more likely to lead to a loss of control over future cross-border public health threats on this island, the UK, and across the European continent as a whole.

    • Coronavirus shows future access post-Brexit to the EU’s health security system remains vital

      Dr Mark Flear, School of Law, on how COVID-19 reveals one of the key flaws in the UK government’s stance on its future relationship with the EU.

    • Coronavirus, Brexit, and threats to health security

      Dr Mark Flear, School of Law, looks at COVID-19, and how Brexit threatens to undermine future health security.

    • Brexit could delay UK access to a coronavirus vaccine
      3 March Politico

      Dr Mark Flear, School of Law, considers the impact that Brexit may have on the UK accessing a coronavirus vaccine.

    • Special coronavirus pods set up at Northern Ireland hospitals to fight disease

      Queen’s University Belfast virologist explains how the virus may be transmitted and that for every one person infected, they may infect on average two others.

    • Coronavirus might be here to stay – and face masks won't necessarily stop the spread
      24 FebruaryThe Independent

      Dr Connor Bamford writes an article detailing general information on the coronavirus and measures that individuals can take to help minimise the spread.

    • Coronavirus and Northern Ireland: The facts about 'Public Enemy Number One'

      Research fellow, Dr Connor Bamford, writes an opinion article with background information on the coronavirus and measures that individuals can take to help to reduce spreading infection.

    • Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses?
      23 JanuaryBBC News

      Dr Connor Bamford suggests that implementing simple hygiene measures is vastly more effective than wearing a mask to prevent the spread. “Covering your mouth while sneezing, washing your hands, and not putting your hands to your mouth before washing them, could help limit the risk of catching any respiratory virus," he said.

    • China virus outbreak: how coronaviruses spread, and what scientists can do to stop them
      22 JanuaryI paper

      Dr Connor Bamford provides background information on the coronavirus, including how it emerged, how it is spreading and whether mutations will make it more deadly.