‘I dread to think how ill I would’ve been without Covid jabs’: Londonderry woman Claire Allan
06 August 2021
Claire’s sentiments are echoed by Dr Connor Bamford, a virologist at Queen’s University Belfast, who said even though the vaccines are “not perfect”, they are a crucial step in preventing serious illness or death.
Queen’s University Study Finds Oxygen Treatment For Covid Can Free Up ICUs
Professor Danny McAuley, chief investigator and professor and consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Queen’s University, said the pandemic has placed a huge strain on hospital resources. “Over the Covid pandemic, we’ve seen a large number of patients requiring high levels of oxygen and admission to ICU for invasive ventilation, causing a huge strain on staff and beds,”
Health service not equipped to treat long Covid patients, says expert
04 August 2021
Dr Andrew Kunzmann, an epidemiologist from Queen’s University Belfast, said that long Covid seems to affect 10 to 15 per cent of people who get the virus.
‘It’s not fair we force our children to be infected’
04 August 2021
“There’s a real risk of a blow up of Delta in September. ”The webinar also heard concerns about people not receiving their second jabs in Northern Ireland. Dr Andrew Kunzmann, an epidemiologist at Queen’s University Belfast, said he believed part of the problem was people getting infected after vaccination.
Your summer hayfever could actually be symptoms of the Delta variant, according to expert
02 August 2021
Dr Lindsay Broadbent, a Covid-19 expert from Queen's University Belfast, told RSVP Live that she urges everyone who feels like they have these symptoms, to get tested. "It's really difficult to differentiate between the Delta variant and other illnesses that may present in a similar way, such as hayfever or general colds and flus," Dr Lindsay explained.
NI virus professor: Tiny ‘hardcore’ of anti-vaxxers causing ‘significant problems’
30 July 2021
Dr Ultan Power of Queen’s University Belfast – who has been vocal throughout the pandemic about the risks posed by coronavirus – made the remarks as uptake of vaccines is slowing down.”
Another respiratory virus "hidden" by the Covid pandemic is spreading among children
The RSV, in particular, is affecting " a full year of newborns who did not encounter many pathogens while Covid restrictions were in place, " Grace Roberts, a virology researcher at Queen's University Belfast, noted in The Conversation
Cancer community fights back against Covid-19 related delays
30 July 2021
“We are looking to urge the public, cancer patients, policy makers and cancer professionals to rally to ensure that Covid-19 doesn’t continue to undermine our fight against cancer. The scale of the problem is frightening,” says Mark Lawler, a Board member of the European Cancer Organisation, from Queen’s University, Belfast.
Belfast becomes UK’s most Covid-infected city
“It’s not going in the right direction,” said Dr Ultan Power, a respiratory virus specialist at Queen’s University Belfast, who predicted it would be “another week or two” before there was a “clear indication” of the same kind of turnround seen in Scotland and parts of England.
RSV: what is it, and why are child cases surging in the wake of COVID?
29 July 2021
Grace C Roberts - Research Fellow in Virology, Queen's University Belfast … Hospitals in the UK are seeing a rise in children suffering from severe respiratory infections. This includes an unseasonal surge in an infection called the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), in children as young as two months old.
Covid vaccine myths debunked: facts speak for themselves... jabs are saving lives
Queen’s University virologist Dr Connor Bamford explained: “Ordinarily, vaccine trials are very risk averse whereas with the Covid vaccines, they were already thinking about the later phases while carrying out the earlier phases…
Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Latest breakdown shows age range of people getting Covid here
19 July 2021
/ Belfast Live
Queen’s University virologist Dr Connor Bamford, says current modelling shows that case numbers will likely increase further in coming weeks, peaking higher than we’ve seen them, before subsiding in late summer/autumn … "This wave is unlike previous epidemics in that we’re seeing the effects of the vaccination rollout in a massively reduced impact on people getting really sick and dying.
'Worrying' rise in younger people admitted to hospital with Covid as cases soar
17 July 2021
/ Irish News
A SPIKE in coronavirus cases has led to a "worrying" rise in younger people being admitted to hospital, a leading virologist has warned. QUB, Dr Lindsay Broadbent said however the rollout of the vaccination programme meant that "we're in a much better position" than the January peak, when more than 1,000 inpatients were treated with the virus and non-Covid services came to a "standstill".
Most primaries stopped teaching languages in lockdown
Dr Ian Collen, of Queen’s University Belfast, author of the report, said: “The most disadvantaged pupils are the most likely to have been negatively affected by the impact of Covid-19, experiencing greater disruption to their language learning and fewer international opportunities.
Child in Northern Ireland admitted into intensive care after contracting Covid-19
07 July 2021
Queen’s University virologist Dr Connor Bamford, responding to the report, told the BBC more caution had to be taken around protecting children from Covid-19, including in school settings.
The Covid effect: clearing the cancer backlog
29 June 2021
Mark Lawler, professor of digital health at Queen’s University Belfast and scientific lead at DATA-CAN, says the data suggests cancer services now need to be operating at 130% of pre-Covid levels.
Delta Variant and COVID-19 Vaccines: What to Know
“It seems this variant can get past our first dose of vaccine,” says Queen’s University Belfast virologist Connor Bamford, according to the BBC. “So, we need to make sure as many people as possible get their two doses and even think about decreasing the length between dose one and two because that’s going to be critical going forward.”
Delta variant: NI reduces time between Covid-19 vaccine doses
Queen's University Belfast virologist Dr Connor Bamford backed the move to decrease the time between vaccine doses, saying it was likely to decrease the spread of the variant.
Northern Ireland ‘may have to delay opening’ amid fears of a surge in cases
Dr Connor Bamford, a virologist at Queen’s University, outlined the position on Monday after scientists called for England to delay the lifting of all restrictions on June 21 — dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ — for a few weeks.
Covid in Ireland: Delay plans to open by two weeks to get young people jabbed, says expert
27 May 2021
/ Irish Times
Andrew Kunzmann, of Queen’s University in Belfast, said that cases could “rise quite quickly” over the early summer months.
Calls for clarity as confusion grows over travel rules
There are growing calls for clarity on the matter as a virologist from Queen’s University in Belfast warned the Indian variant is likely to be the dominant strain in Northern Ireland by the summer.
COVID CHAOS Can I travel to North Tyneside, Leicester, Hounslow, Bedford, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley
25 May 2021
Grace Roberts, research fellow in virology, Queen's University in Belfast … Roberts writes in The Conversation: "This is because of a mutation it carries called L452R, which affects the virus’s spike protein …"This is the 'key' the coronavirus uses to unlock our cells."
Scientists reminded young people to stay safe until vaccinated
24 May 2021
“Dr Ultan Power, professor of molecular biology at Queens University Belfast, says reducing restrictions is a huge step in the Covid-19 record, we need to remember the Key Public Health Messages.”
Covid-19: Scientists urge final push for NI reopening
Dr Andrew Kunzmann, an epidemiologist at Queen's University Belfast, told BBC News NI that the simplest of steps could make a big difference in the recovery roadmap, including continuing to meet up outdoors to socialise when possible.
We must take Indian variant seriously, NI expert warns
“Virologist Connor Bamford, of Queen’s University, Belfast, warned that the public has to take it seriously, but does not believe the Executive is moving too fast with its opening up plan.”
Coronavirus versus the Spanish flu
17 May 2021
“As news of the global spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) emerged, global financial markets reacted pessimistically and behaved in ways not seen since the 2008 financial crisis … Chris Colvin a senior economics lecturers at Queen’s University Belfast”
Dr. Lavery on the Decline in Esophageal Cancer Diagnoses in Ireland During COVID-19
Anita Lavery, MD, MRCP, a medical oncology registrar at Queen’s University Belfast, discusses the decline in esophageal cancer diagnoses in Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Northern Ireland Is More Fearful Of The Corona Virus Variant From The UK Than India
07 May 2021
A Virus Expert at Queen's University Belfast, Dr Lindsay Broadbent said that the new variant of the corona virus (Covid-19) originating from India
Sun holidays could be off the cards if the number of travel-related Covid cases continues to climb
06 May 2021
Dr Connor Bamford, a virologist from Queen’s University Belfast, said there is “always a real risk that movement of people will spread the virus.”
Extra resources needed for ‘tens of thousands’ of long-Covid patients – CUH medic
Even if only 1% of people who contract the virus develop long Covid, it will present challenges for health services, epidemiologist Dr Andrew Kunzmann from Queen’s University in Belfast
This 'double mutant' variant is adding fuel to India's COVID-19 crisis
“That's something that occurs quite a lot in viruses,” says Grace Roberts, a virologist at Queen's University Belfast. “Surface proteins evolve more rapidly, especially with a new virus, [as] it wants to evolve to bind cells better.”
Coronavirus restrictions: It's too soon to think of having visitors over, warns scientist
23 April 2021
Dr Connor Bamford, a virologist from Queen's University in Belfast, said it is vital that relaxations are paced properly to stop a further spike of Covid-19.
Indian Variant Emerging From Parts Of Maharashtra Becomes Focus Of Global Research
22 April 2021
However, the fatality of the variant is still unknown. Based on the virology researcher Grace Roberts of Queen’s University, Belfast findings, this variant is around 20 percent more transmissible than the earlier form.
How worried should we be by the Indian Covid variant?
22 April 2021
Grace C Roberts, Research Fellow in Virology, Queen's University Belfast … COVID-19 cases in India are rising sharply and a specific variant of the virus – B1617 – is becoming increasingly common there.
Dr. Lavery on Achieving Safe Care for Esophagogastric Cancer During COVID-19
Anita Lavery, MD, MRCP, a medical oncology registrar at Queen’s University Belfast, discusses achieving safe care for patients with esophagogastric cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covid vaccine weekly: uk closes its borders to india to safeguard effects of vaccination
This variant is a double mutant, explains Grace Roberts, research fellow in virology at Queen’s University Belfast. Both of the key mutations it carries are thought to have the potential to make it less susceptible to vaccination. One of them may also make it more transmissible than early forms of the virus.
Most people have adapted well to living during pandemic according to academic
Dr Ciaran Mulholland from Queen's University found that some of us have even thrived over the past year, even through the various lockdowns and restrictions.
Covid-19 measures to be eased in North
15 April 2021
Virologist at Queens University in Belfast, Lindsay Broadbent, believes now’s the right time to ease restrictions in the north
Covid NI: Another rise in new cases but no further deaths reported
QUB Dr Lindsay Broadbent, a vaccine trial volunteer, said: “Vaccines are an amazing invention and when I had the opportunity to participate in the COVID-19 vaccine trial I was happy to volunteer. Taking part in a trial is a small way that I can contribute to the fight against COVID-19."
Does the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine cause blood clots?
08 April 2021
“However, it’s possible countries that have been mainly administering these mRNA vaccines, such as the US, just haven’t been looking as hard at this issue – this could change,” says Dr Connor Bamford, virologist at Queen’s University Belfast.
Hutchins Roundup: Corporate borrowing costs, COVID mortality, and more
08 April 2021
Black individuals were the first and hardest hit by COVID-19, dying at a rate 2.2 times higher than their share of the general population by early April of 2020. This Black-white mortality gap was driven by Black women, find Graziella Bertocchi of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and Arcangelo Dimico of Queen’s University Belfast.
You could be protected from Covid by the common cold
Matthew James, Research Assistant, Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen's University Belfast … The good news is that this appears to include SARS-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for COVID-19. In a new study, rhinoviruses have been shown to suppress the replication of this virus.
How To Make Solitude Work In Your Favor
02 April 2021
Self-efficacy is the belief in your ability to achieve something, and it’s associated with better coping,” says Jenny Groarke, PhD, a psychology lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast
Coronavirus: NI scientists play 'global role' in response
31 March 2021
“Dr David Simpson, a senior lecturer at The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen's University, said the work undertaken so far had been able to detect the Kent and South Africa variants of the virus.”
Coronavirus: NI scientists play 'global role' in response
31 March 2021
“Danny McAuley is a professor of intensive care medicine at Queen's University Belfast and said more than 100 patients took part in the trial, which is ongoing. "Our trial is all about exploring the best treatment for patients," he said. "Whenever you come into hospital with lung failure you can get standard oxygen therapy or you can get higher flow oxygen therapy or you can get ventilation via a face mask.”
Niamh Griffin: UK's roll of vaccine dice could be a boon to Ireland
30 March 2021
/ Irish Examiner
“Queens University Belfast virologist Connor Bamford had been worried about risks for partially-vaccinated people, but three months into the experiment, he too is less concerned.”
Covid: More than 700,000 vaccine first doses given in NI
26 March 2021
“QUB Professor Ultan Power told Good Morning Ulster that at least 80% of the population of Northern Ireland should have two doses of a coronavirus vaccine before travel to Europe is allowed again.”
Banishing Covid restrictions completely may take years – it could become an annual winter virus
25 March 2021
“Dr Ultan Power told the News Letter that not only do we face the threat of new pandemics engulfing our society in the future, but it could be years before the last vestiges of Covid restrictions are finally abandoned.”
PSNI has third highest stop and search rate in UK
25 March 2021
“The stop and search figures come after a joint VICE World News/The Detail investigation which uncovered that people from BAME backgrounds received a disproportionate number of Covid-19 fines in Northern Ireland last year … “Stop and search is not felt generally, it is felt very specifically and unevenly by particular groups in society”, said Dr Topping Criminology QUB expert.
Backlog of a half-million endoscopies and rising during the pandemic, report finds
Co-author Professor Mark Lawler, Professor of Digital Health, Queen's University Belfast and Scientific Director DATA-CAN, the U.K.'s Health Data Research Hub for Cancer said: "These data provide yet more evidence of the disastrous impact of COVID on cancer services and ultimately cancer patients. The precipitous drop in endoscopic services nationally (to less than 10% of pre COVID levels) is extremely worrying.