Find out how University of Cambridge researchers and experts are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Likelihood of severe and ‘long’ COVID may be established very early on following infection

18 January 2021

New research provides important insights into the role played by the immune system in preventing – and in some cases increasing the severity of – COVID-19 symptoms in patients. It also finds clues to why some people experience ‘long COVID’.

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UK citizens get less legal protection for COVID jabs than other vaccines – and that could undermine confidence

15 Dec 2020

Writing for the Conversation, Drs Kathy Liddell and Mark Toshner argue that the government needs to be "honest about risks" when it comes to new...

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Remdesivir likely to be highly effective antiviral against SARS-CoV-2 for some patients

14 Dec 2020

The drug remdesivir is likely to be a highly effective antiviral against SARS-CoV-2, according to a new study by a team of UK scientists. Writing in...

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Reflections on a year of fighting COVID-19

11 Dec 2020

2020 will be forever remembered for COVID-19. As the year draws to a close, Dr Estée Török looks back at how colleagues across the NHS and the...

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Why I am in a higher priority group for a vaccine than younger people with chronic health conditions

10 Dec 2020

David Spiegelhalter is 67 and fit as a fiddle, so why is he in line to get the vaccine before younger but less healthy people? The top statistician...

COVID vaccines focus on the spike protein – but here’s another target

10 Dec 2020

Dr Sarah Caddy discusses her research on the 'N protein' in viruses and the antibodies it triggers - an overlooked but potentially exciting vaccine...

Beyond the pandemic: re-design our public health system

09 Dec 2020

COVID-19 has highlighted debilitating flaws in England’s public health systems decades in the making. Carol Brayne and John Clarkson from Cambridge...

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Significant increase in depression seen among children during first lockdown

08 Dec 2020

The first lockdown led to a significant increase in symptoms of depression among children, highlighting the unintended consequences of school...

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Open-source toolkit helps developing countries meet demand for COVID-19 research and diagnostics

08 Dec 2020

Researchers have developed a free, open-source toolkit that allows laboratories in developing countries to produce their own tools for COVID-19...

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In Ethiopia, schools still lack basic means to contain COVID-19, as pupils return after months of interrupted learning

07 Dec 2020

Many schools in Ethiopia lack the hygiene facilities and infrastructure to control COVID-19 effectively, as they reopen for the first time after...

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A city's pandemic

03 Dec 2020

Cambridge University Library’s collaboration with the people of Cambridge brings to light the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city.

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“We couldn’t just turn off and go home”  

02 Dec 2020

For many people, COVID-19 has meant remote working, but some jobs just have to be done in person. We meet the the technicians, gardeners, porters and...

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COVID-19 has exacerbated soaring problem debt levels in the UK

02 Dec 2020

Dr Mia Gray looks at how the pandemic is exacerbating inequalities already entrenched by austerity for the Guardian.