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

Upgrading PPE for staff working on COVID-19 wards cut hospital-acquired infections dramatically

29 June 2021

When Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge upgraded its face masks for staff working on COVID-19 wards to filtering face piece 3 (FFP3) respirators, it saw a dramatic fall – up to 100% – in hospital-acquired SARS-CoV-2 infections among these staff.

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Biological ‘fingerprints’ of long COVID in blood could lead to diagnostic test, say Cambridge scientists

19 Jul 2021

Markers in our blood – ‘fingerprints’ of infection – could help identify individuals who have been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that...

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Should you ditch your mask once restrictions are lifted? A philosopher’s view

16 Jul 2021

Stephen John, lecturer in Philosophy of Public Health, asks whether catching a bus without a mask on closer to riding a bike or punching a stranger.

Generation COVID: pregnancy, birth and postnatal life in the pandemic

15 Jul 2021

Developmental psychologist Sarah Lloyd-Fox looks at experiences of pregnancy and birth during the pandemic for The Conversation.


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Scientists identify 160 new drugs that could be repurposed against COVID-19

30 Jun 2021

Cambridge scientists have identified 200 approved drugs predicted to work against COVID-19 – of which only 40 are currently being tested in COVID-19...

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Key mutations in Alpha variant enable SARS-CoV-2 to overcome evolutionary weak points

29 Jun 2021

One of the key mutations seen in the ‘Alpha variant’ of SARS-CoV-2 – the deletion of two amino acids, H69/V70 – enables the virus to overcome cracks...

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Targeting cellular response to SARS-CoV-2 holds promise as new way to fight infection

17 Jun 2021

A new treatment approach focused on fixing cell damage, rather than fighting the virus directly, is effective against SARS-CoV-2 in lab models. If...

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Tackling COVID-19: Research from Economics to get us back to normal

17 Jun 2021

Dr Flavio Toxvaerd discusses the breadth and importance of the Faculty’s research into the current, and future, pandemics.

The power of touch

17 Jun 2021

As a major Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition explores human touch through 4,000 years of art, Cambridge researchers explain why this sense is so...

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People more afraid of catching COVID-19 are more judgemental, study finds

09 Jun 2021

Researchers studying how we make moral judgements found that people more concerned about catching COVID-19 were more disapproving of the wrong-doings...

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Urban crime fell by over a third around the world during COVID-19 shutdowns

02 Jun 2021

Study finds crimes such as theft and robbery almost halved on average in major cities.

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How mass testing helped limit the spread of COVID-19 at the University of Cambridge

01 Jun 2021

A combination of testing programmes for staff and students, infection control measures and genomic surveillance helped reduce the number of cases of...

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Extra classroom time may do little to help pupils recover lost learning after COVID-19

28 May 2021

Adding extra classroom time to the school day may only result in marginal gains for pupils who have lost learning during the COVID pandemic, a study...

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