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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DNA test can quickly identify pneumonia in patients with severe COVID-19, aiding faster treatment

15 Jan 2021

Researchers have developed a DNA test to quickly identify secondary infections in COVID-19 patients, who have double the risk of developing pneumonia...

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Asymptomatic screening and genome sequencing help Cambridge understand spread of SARS-CoV-2 among its students

11 Jan 2021

Since the start of the academic year in October 2020, the University of Cambridge has been offering regular SARS-CoV-2 tests to all students living...

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Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump from bats to humans

08 Jan 2021

A new study, involving the University of Cambridge and led by the Pirbright Institute, has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2 - the virus...

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Few vaccines prevent infection – here’s why that’s not a problem

05 Jan 2021

Immunologist Dr Sarah Caddy looks at how vaccination will cause transmissin to dwindle for the Conversation.

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Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection and viral evolution tracked in an immunocompromised patient

04 Jan 2021

Professor Ravi Gupta and colleagues investigated SARS-CoV-2 evolution in a patient treated with convalescent plasma. Here’s what the results could...

Ben Underwood with the COVID-19 vaccine research team

Tackling COVID-19: Dr Ben Underwood

04 Jan 2021

Ben Underwood’s expertise in delivering clinical trials became highly prized last year, as he worked on a vaccine trial the whole world was watching.

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Six ways to ‘reboot your brain’ after a hard year of COVID-19

04 Jan 2021

Prof Barbara Sahakian and colleagues look at steps we can take to help with mental health and resilience during this particularly bleak midwinter.

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Cambridge COVID-19 Testing Centre passes 2 million tests milestone

24 Dec 2020

The Cambridge COVID-19 Testing Centre, set up in April in response to the urgent need to boost the UK’s testing capabilities, has processed two...

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Opinion: Here's what we know about the new variant of coronavirus

23 Dec 2020

Professor Sharon Peacock writes in The Guardian about COG-UK's role in identifying the new SARS-CoV-2 variant.

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One in three adults drank more alcohol during first lockdown

21 Dec 2020

COVID-19 and lockdown measures drove some individuals more than others to use alcohol to cope with stress, a new study has revealed. While overall...

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Aroma diffuser and plastic bag offer inexpensive method to test fit of face masks at home

16 Dec 2020

Researchers have developed a way to use a simple home aroma diffuser to test whether N95 and other types of sealing masks, such as KN95 and FFP2...

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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...