Face masks will still be needed for “several, several months”

WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci says people will need to wear masks “for several, several months” to avoid the coronavirus as vaccinations are rolled out. The government’s top infectious disease expert told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday by the time 75% to 80% of the population is vaccinated, “the level of virus in the…

Can people spread coronavirus even after vaccination?

There’s no evidence that any of the current Covid-19 vaccines can completely stop people from being infected – and this has implications for our prospects of achieving herd immunity. It was 17 June 2009. An 11-year-old boy returned to the US from the UK – and inadvertently brought something with him. Later that week, while…

Can just four seconds of exercise make a difference?

In what is probably the definitive word on how little exercise we can get away with, a new study finds that a mere four seconds of intense intervals, repeated until they amount to about a minute of total exertion, lead to rapid and meaningful improvements in strength, fitness and general physical performance among middle-aged and…

The pandemic has produced ‘alarming’ increase in loneliness

“Addressing mental health and substance use problems in young adults, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, is an imperative,” says Viviana Horigian from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Her statement is in response to her new study investigating the psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic on young adults. The study found…

Vaccines have been reserved for one-seventh of the world’s population

According to one recent estimate, more than half of all vaccines against COVID-19 have been reserved for one-seventh of the world’s population. At the time of writing, the UK alone has reportedly secured enough vaccines to give each of its citizens five doses. If orders are met, the EU and US could jab their populations…

Why do we miss working with our heads similarly down in a public setting?

Some of the most successful people in history have done their best work in coffee shops. Pablo Picasso, JK Rowling, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, Bob Dylan – whether they’re painters, singer-songwriters, philosophers or writers, people across nations and centuries have tapped into their creativity working away at a table in a café. Of…

Over 70s should not be forgotten in the recovery of travel and tourism

A reported spike in travel bookings from the over 70s shows that this demographic should not be overlooked when businesses make plans for recovery, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Johanna Bonhill-Smith, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Not only is this demographic one of the first to be vaccinated, they are…

Continued growth in vegan lifestyle to set ethical precedence for personal care

As the Veganuary challenge draws to a close, leading data and analytics company GlobalData explores the implications a second record-breaking sign-up will have on categories outside of food and drinks – primarily, the personal and household care sectors. With nearly half (43%) of global consumers heavily influenced by a product’s ethical or sustainable credentials*, and…

Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them

Michael Plank, University of Canterbury and Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland. With new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected around the world, and at New Zealand’s border, the risk of further level 3 or 4 lockdowns is increased if those viruses get into the community. These include a variant called B.1.1.7 that has spread very…

A guide to safely holiday road-tripping through a pandemic

AS I PLAN my family’s holiday road trip in a few weeks’ time, my mind keeps turning to The Oregon Trail. Just like in the game (and the lives of actual early travelers), we’ll be traversing several Western states, dodging deadly illness, and rationing food. But if I’m honest, gamifying my thoughts has been an…

Extroverts are least likely to follow official guidance to stay at home

Despite more of the population staying at home as government policies on COVID-19 become stricter, a study has found that a person’s personality influences how likely they are to stay at home during the pandemic – and cannot be entirely overridden. Extroverts…were most likely to break lockdown rules, and stayed at home less than people…

Has the current pandemic crisis changed how people perceive science?

The sociologist Michel Dubois expresses his views on the findings of a survey conducted in late May to assess the public’s perception of scientific research. In France and around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically focused public attention on the sciences with the mobilisation of researchers playing a decisive role. Called upon by both…

Young people’s mental health: COVID has accelerated a worrying decline

We have been following more than 2,000 Queenslanders from their adolescence into adulthood. The aim of the Our Lives study is to investigate how young people think about their future and how they master their trajectories in a world of rapid change and uncertainty. In 2006, our research team began tracking more than 7,000 students…