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    Stress for parents and their adult children as lockdown brings them back together under one roof

    Younger adults and older family members often had to live together again during lockdown causing str...(Read More)

    Posted on 2020-09-18 07:52:27 By BD

    Care homes in England saw highest increase in excess deaths from Covid-19

    Care homes in England experienced the highest increase in excess deaths at the height of the Covid-1...(Read More)

    Posted on 2020-09-04 15:49:52 By K Lipscombe

    Who's been losing sleep during lockdown?

    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused sleeping difficulties for women with young children, key workers an...(Read More)

    Posted on 2020-07-27 10:28:50 By BD


    Covid-19 Publications

    Changing living arrangements and family conflict in lockdown
    University of Southampton, CPC (2020). Series Number: 58.
    Authors: Evandrou M, Falkingham J, Qin M, Vlachantoni A,

    Who's been losing sleep during lockdown?
    University of Southampton, CPC (2020). Series Number: 55.
    Authors: Falkingham J, Evandrou M, Qin M, Vlachantoni A,

    Understanding Society COVID-19 Survey May Briefing Note: Family relationships,
    Understanding Society (2020). Series Number: 13.
    Authors: Benzeval M, Crossley T, Fisher P, Jäckle A, Perelli-Harris B, Walzenbach S, Burton J,

    How has the Covid-19 crisis impacted parents relationships with their children?
    University of Southampton, CPC (2020). Series Number: 54.
    Authors: Perelli-Harris B, Walzenbach S,

    Empowering the NHS: Challenges for the pandemic
    University of Southampton, CPC (2020). Series Number: 53.
    Authors: Ghazaryan A, Giulietti C, Wahba J,

    Empowering the NHS: Challenges for the pandemic
    University of Southampton, ESRC Centre for Population Change (2020).
    Authors: Ghazaryan A, Giulietti C, Wahba J,

    Behaviors and attitudes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from a cross-national Facebook survey
    MedRxiv (2020).
    Authors: Perrotta D, Grow A, Rampazzo F, Cimentada J, Del-Fava E, Gil-Clavel S, Zagheni E,

    Deaths in Scottish care homes and COVID-19
    International Long Term Care Policy Network (2020).
    Authors: Bell D, Henderson D, Lemmon E,

    The differential impact of physical distancing strategies on social contacts relevant for the spread of COVID-19
    MedRxiv (2020).
    Authors: Del-Fava E, Cimentada J, Perrotta D, Grow A, Rampazzo F, Gil-Clavel S, Zagheni E,

    Covid-19 in remote and rural communities
    University of Southampton, CPC (2020). Series Number: 51.
    Authors: Kulu H, Dorey P,

    US and UK labour markets before and during the COVID-19 crash
    National Institute Economic Review (2020). 252
    Authors: Bell D, Blanchflower D,

    The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our towns and cities
    Centre for Towns (2020).
    Authors: Warren I, Houghton J, Jennings W, Gregory M,





    BBC QT: Sturgeon's coronavirus record DESTROYED by Scot Tory - 'Highest care home deaths' The Express. 2020
    Article quotes Professor David Bell's study into care home deaths.

    Coronavirus Scotland: National care service 'a distraction' The Herald. 2020
    Article in The Herald quotes Professor David Bell regarding plans for a national care service.

    Coronavirus heroes from the south dominate Queen's birthday honours Wave 105. 2020
    Professor Jackline Wahba awarded OBE in Queen's birthday honours.

    How prepared was the NHS for coronavirus? Economics Observatory. 2020
    Blog by Dr Armine Ghazaryan, Professor Corrado Giulietti and Professor Jackie Wahba on the Economics Observatory website, 'How prepared was the NHS for coronavirus?'

    Care home temperature and ventilation may have helped spread coronavirus The Courier. 2020
    Article quotes Dr Alison Dawson and her research into care homes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Coronavirus: Report calls for care home design re-think The Herald. 2020
    Dr Alison Dawson quoted in news article about care home design and the pandemic.

    Covid-19 proves millennials never stood a chance The Prospect. 2020
    Article in The Prospect quotes research by Professor Ann Berrington on how the poor economy and the impact of the pandemic means younger generations are faced with returning to the parental home.

    Two former Golspie High School pupils at forefront of UK governments' Covid care home research Northern Times. 2020
    Local news article about Professor David Bell's leading role in Covid care home research.

    United Kingdom: New Figures Show Care Homes in England Bore Brunt of UK Coronavirus Deaths
    Professor David Bell talks about his research into excess deaths in care homes, featured in Thai News,

    Care homes in England bore the brunt of UK coronavirus deaths, new figures show The Daily Mail. 2020
    Article quotes Professor David Bell on his research into excess care deaths during the Covid pandemic.

    Care homes in England had greatest increase in excess deaths at height of the COVID-19 pandemic Medical Xpress. 2020
    Article quotes Professor David Bell on his research into excess care deaths during the Covid pandemic.

    Care homes in England bore the brunt of UK coronavirus deaths, new figures show Sound Health and Lasting Wealth. 2020
    Article quotes Professor David Bell on his research into excess care deaths during the Covid pandemic.

    Scotland had highest number of care home Covid cases in UK, says study The Times. 2020
    Professor David Bell talks about his research into excess deaths in care homes

    Care homes in England had greatest increase in excess deaths at height of the COVID-19 pandemic News Press Live. 2020
    Relates to Professor David Bell's research into excess care deaths in England.

    Care homes in England had greatest increase in excess deaths at height of the COVID-19 pandemic University of Stirling. 2020
    Article on University of Stirling's website on Professor's David Bell's research into excess deaths in English care homes.

    University of Southampton: Kindness and care for students during COVID-19 SI News. 2020
    Article features quote by Professor Jane Falkingham

    CORONAVIRUS Coronavirus in Scotland: Italian lessons on care homes 'were missed' The Times. 2020
    Professor David Bell is quoted in The Times news article saying that hospitals were prioritised over care homes during the pandemic, and lessons had not be learnt from Italy where they warned that the elderly had been more impacted by the virus.

    At least 37 Covid-carrying patients discharged to Scottish care homes The National. 2020
    Article references study by Professor David Bell about deaths in care homes during the pandemic

    Hospitals in five Scottish health boards sent patients into care homes after they had tested positive for covid-19 The Sunday Post. 2020
    Article references study by Professor David Bell about deaths in care homes during the pandemic.

    Women with young children, key workers and BAME groups losing sleep during coronavirus pandemic
    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused sleeping difficulties for women with young children, key workers and people of BAME heritage, a new study from CPC has found.

    Coronavirus lockdown caused sharp increase of insomnia in UK The Guardian. 2020
    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused sleeping difficulties for women with young children, key workers and people of BAME heritage, a new study from CPC has found.

    Covid-19 baby bust: How the pandemic left us looking at uncertain family futures The Independent. 2020
    Dr Heini Vaisanen is quoted in The Independent in an article about how the pandemic has affected birth rates.

    Older and 'staying at home' during lockdown: analysis of informal care receipt during the COVID-19 pandemic amongst people aged 70 and over in the UK LTC Responses to Covid-19. 2020
    Blog article by Professor Maria Evandrou, Professor Jane Falkingham, Dr Min Qin and Professor Athina Vlachantoni linking to their paper: Older and 'staying at home' during lockdown: informal care receipt during the COVID-19 pandemic amongst people aged 70 and over in the UK, SocArXiv

    Simple saliva test for coronavirus to be piloted in Southampton ITV News. 2020
    ITV News article about the University of Southampton trialling a new saliva test for Coronavirus.

    Coronavirus: New saliva test to be piloted in Southampton The Independent. 2020
    News article in The Independent about the University of Southampton trialling a new saliva test for Coronavirus.

    Simple coronavirus 'spit test' instead of painful swab available from today The Mirror. 2020
    News article in The Mirror about the University of Southampton trialling a new saliva test for Coronavirus.

    'No-swab' saliva test for Covid-19 piloted in Britain Pharmacy Business. 2020
    News article on Pharmacy Business website about the University of Southampton trialling a new saliva test for Coronavirus.

    New saliva test for coronavirus piloted in Southampton GOV.UK. 2020
    Article on the Government website about the University of Southampton trialling a new saliva test for Coronavirus.

    'No-Swab' Saliva Test for Coronavirus Piloted in Britain The New York Times. 2020
    News article in the New York Times about the University of Southampton trialling a new saliva test for Coronavirus.

    Coronavirus 'spit test' to be trialled in Southampton The Guardian. 2020
    News article in the Guardian about the University of Southampton trialling a new saliva test for Coronavirus.

    'Do it at home' coronavirus saliva test trialled BBC. 2020
    News article about the University of Southampton trialling a new saliva test for Coronavirus.

    Coronavirus: Mixed messaging from UK and Scottish Government pushed workers into 'unsafe' conditions The Aberdeen Press and Journal. 2020
    Article quotes Professor David Bell

    UK has handled coronavirus pandemic 'appallingly badly', MPs told The Standard. 2020
    News article in The Standard quotes Professor David Bell

    UK has handled coronavirus crisis 'appallingly badly', expert tells MPs The National. 2020
    News article in The National quotes Professor David Bell

    Scotland to further relax Covid-19 lockdown restrictions Morning Star. 2020
    News article quotes Professor David Bell.

    Coronavirus in Scotland: Class of 2020 will need help with jobs, says report The Times. 2020
    Professors David Bell and David Blanchflower suggest a scheme to help young people into employment similar to that of US President Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1930s.

    SHE WON'T GIVE AN INCH; CORONAVIRUS CRISIS Sturgeon says Scots should 'stick with' 2m distancing rule
    Newspaper article in the Scottish Daily Mail about relaxing the 2M social distancing rule. Article refers to research by Professor David Bell on the impact of the pandemic on youth unemployment: Bell, Blanchflower, (2020) US and UK labour markets before and during the COVID-19 crash, National Institute Economic Review

    Health Behavior during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Online Survey Provides Rapid Insights MPIDR. 2020
    News article on MPIDR relates to paper on MedRxiv: Behaviors and attitudes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from a cross-national Facebook survey

    How can we ensure Wales's 'Covid generation' fulfils its potential?
    Article quotes David Bell's research on youth unemployment during recessions

    Does our household type put us at more risk from the effects of Covid-19? Understanding Society. 2020
    Links to research by Mikolai, Keenan, Kulu (2020)Household level health and socio-economic vulnerabilities and the COVID-19 crisis: An analysis from the UK, SocArXiv

    Revealed: The scale of "hasty" move of elderly from hospital to Scots care homes over coronavirus The Herald. 2020
    Professor David Bell comments on the discharge of the elderly to care homes at the outset of the pandemic.

    Young people will be hardest hit in economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic Business Live. 2020
    Quotes Professor David Bell's research on how younger people are more adversely affected in recessions than other age groups.

    Society cannot afford to fail a 'Covid generation'
    Article in The Western Mail about the impact of Covid-19 on the younger generation. The newspaper quotes Professor David Bell's research on youth unemployment.

    Coronavirus crisis has put the independence question firmly 'back on' - but which way will it swing opinion? Aberdeen Evening Express. 2020
    Article in the Aberdeen Evening Express featuring Professor David Bell

    Covid-19 through the lens of Demography YouTube. 2020
    Video by Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris about Demography and the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Professor says Dundee's Covid-19 infection rate is higher than Scottish average The Evening Telegraph (Dundee). 2020
    Professor Hill Kulu quoted in local Dundee newspaper about his research into Covid-19 infection rates.

    More than 5% of Britons have had Covid-19 About Manchester. 2020
    Article refers to research by Professor Hill Kulu on Covid-19 infection rates

    Scotland's true rate of coronavirus infection 'may be as high as 259,000'
    Article refers to research by Professor Hill Kulu on Covid-19 infection rates

    Levels of Coronavirus infection higher in cities
    Article refers to research by Professor Hill Kulu on Covid-19 infection rates

    One in 20 of British population infected by Covid-19 The Courier. 2020
    Research by Professor Hill and Kulu claim 5-6% of the UK population have been infected with Covid-19

    Chaos as FM claims new testers might not be needed at all;coronavirus crisis
    Article in the Scottish Daily Mail quotes Professor Hill Kulu about his research suggesting that 5-6% of the UK population have been infected with Covid-19.

    London is Covid capital
    Research by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey suggests that 5-6% of the UK population may have been infected with Covid-19

    LISTEN: More than 5% of Britain's population has had coronavirus, says St Andrews University study Kingdom FM. 2020
    News article and audio clip of Professor Hill Kulu speaking about his recent research into Covid-19 infection rates, linking to his paper: Kulu, H, Dorey P., (2020)Infection Rates from Covid-19 in Great Britain by Geographical Units: A Model-based Estimation from Mortality Data

    More than 5% of Britons have had Covid-19 University of St Andrews News. 2020
    Article on St Andrews website relates to research by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey: Kulu, H, Dorey P., (2020)Infection Rates from Covid-19 in Great Britain by Geographical Units: A Model-based Estimation from Mortality Data

    More than 5% of Britons have had Covid-19 according to research Deadline. 2020
    Research by Professor Hill and Kulu claim 5-6% of the UK population have been infected with Covid-19

    Second Covid-19 wave could prove 'devastating' to elderly in rural locations, experts warn The Telegraph. 2020
    The Telegraph quotes research by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey on the vulnerability of elderly in rural areas to a second wave of Covid-19

    Your relationship can take a hit in Covid economy. New study reveals how The Post. 2020
    Relating to research from Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris and Dr Niels Blom on unemployment an relationship happiness.

    We must act now to shield young people from the economic scarring of Covid-19 The Guardian. 2020
    Article by Professor David Bell and Professor David Blanchflower about the lasting impact of COVID-19 on youth unemployment.

    Here's what an unravelling economy could do to couples - new study, The Conversation MSN news. 2020
    Research by Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris and Dr Niels Blom on the impact of COVID-19 on relationships

    Scotland not behind curve as Sturgeon claims, coronavirus figures show The Times. 2020
    Quotes research by Professor David Bell regarding the unreporting of deaths in Scottish care homes.

    Here's what an unravelling economy could do to couples - new study The Conversation. 2020
    Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris and Dr Niels Blom write about the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on relationships

    Deaths in Scottish care homes and COVID-19 International Long Term Care Network. 2020
    Links to report by David Bell, David Henderson and Elizabeth Lemmon about the impact of COVID-19 on the care homes in Scotland.

    Remote and rural communities could be hit hardest by Covid-19: Study India Blooms. 2020
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities "Kulu, H, Dorey P., (2020) The Contribution of Age Structure to the Number of Deaths from Covid-19 in the UK by Geographical Units medRxiv "

    Household factors may exacerbate COVID-19 health risks Medical Xpress. 2020
    News article on Medical Xpress linking to research paper, 'Household level health and socio-economic vulnerabilities and the COVID-19 crisis: An analysis from the UK' by Julia Mikolai, Katherine Keenan and Hill Kulu

    Coronavirus outbreak could increase inequalities, study suggests The Sunday Post. 2020
    News article in The Sunday Post linking to research paper, 'Household level health and socio-economic vulnerabilities and the COVID-19 crisis: An analysis from the UK' by Julia Mikolai, Katherine Keenan and Hill Kulu

    Coronavirus outbreak could increase inequalities, study suggests The Evening Telegraph. 2020
    News article in The Evening Telegraph linking to research paper, 'Household level health and socio-economic vulnerabilities and the COVID-19 crisis: An analysis from the UK' by Julia Mikolai, Katherine Keenan and Hill Kulu

    Coronavirus outbreak could increase inequalities, study suggests The Evening Express. 2020
    News article in The Evening Express linking to research paper, Household level health and socio-economic vulnerabilities and the COVID-19 crisis: An analysis from the UK' by Julia Mikolai, Katherine Keenan and Hill Kulu

    Household factors may exacerbate effects of Covid-19, according to St Andrews research The Courier. 2020
    News article in The Courier linking to research paper, Household level health and socio-economic vulnerabilities and the COVID-19 crisis: An analysis from the UK' by Julia Mikolai, Katherine Keenan and Hill Kulu

    Household factors may exacerbate Covid-19 health risks St Andrews website. 2020
    News article based upon paper by Dr Julia Mikolai, Dr Katherine Keenan and professor Hill Kulu, "Household level health and socio-economic vulnerabilities and the COVID-19 crisis: An analysis from the UK"

    Coronavirus 'armlock' could put '50,000 in Bristol' out of work
    Newspaper article in The Bristol Post concerning the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on unemployment in Bristol features research by Professor David Bell

    Coronavirus could leave Bristol with 50,000 unemployed warns Mayor Marvin Rees The Bristol Post. 2020
    News article on The Bristol Post about the potential for 50,000 workers in Bristol being made unemployed due to the pandemic relating to research from Professor David Bell.

    Coronavirus: Scotland may suffer more than England The Times. 2020
    News article in The Times quotes research by Prof Hill Kulu about how Scotland and Wales in the long term may have higher fatality rates from Covid-19.

    Coronavirus death rates could be 80% higher in rural communities Somerset County Gazette. 2020
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities

    Coronavirus death rates 'could be 80% higher in rural communities' Hinterland - Rural Services Network. 2020
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities

    Covid-19 death rates could be 80 per cent higher in rural communities South West Farmer. 2020
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities

    Coronavirus: How will NI companies adapt to post-lockdown 'normal'? BBC News. 2020
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-52420367

    Essential workers can book their own tests; health secretary's pledge on coronavirus testing
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities: "Kulu, H, Dorey P., (2020) The Contribution of Age Structure to the Number of Deaths from Covid-19 in the UK by Geographical Units medRxiv "

    Coronavirus: Warning rural Scotland could suffer 'devastating' higher death rate The Herald. 2020
    News article in The Herald quotes research by Prof Hill Kulu about the fatality rates in rural Scotland, and other remote areas of the UK with ageing populations.

    Heavy coronavirus death toll predicted in Gaelic and rural communities infected The Courier. 2020
    Research from Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey on the impact of Coronavirus on rural towns.

    Coronavirus death rates 'could be 80% higher in rural communities' The Evening Standard. 2020
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities

    Covid-19 death rates could be 80% higher in rural communities, say scientists The Express and Star. 2020
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities

    Coronavirus: the latest across Dorset and the UK Bournemouth Echo. 2020
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities

    Death rates from COVID-19 could be between 50% and 80% higher in rural communities because more elderly people live there, study warns The Mail Online. 2020
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities

    Covid-19 death rates could be 80% higher in rural communities, say scientists; The University of St Andrews has investigated the contribution of population age structure to coronavirus fatalities in the UK by geography. Belfast Telegraph Online. 2020
    "Kulu, H, Dorey P., (2020) The Contribution of Age Structure to the Number of Deaths from Covid-19 in the UK by Geographical Units medRxiv "

    Coronavirus: Elderly care-home residents could account for up to half of Covid-19 deaths in Europe, WHO chief warns Inews. 2020
    Article references study by Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey about death rates in rural communities: "Kulu, H, Dorey P., (2020) The Contribution of Age Structure to the Number of Deaths from Covid-19 in the UK by Geographical Units medRxiv "

    UK faces 'horrendous' impact on jobs from Covid-19 NIESR. 2020
    News article NIESR relating to publication: Bell, Blanchflower, (2020) US and UK labour markets before and during the COVID-19 crash, National Institute Economic Review

    Coronavirus outbreak could be 'devastating' for Gaelic-speaking communities The National. 2020
    News article on The National relating to research by Professor Hill Kuku, "Kulu, H, Dorey P., (2020) The Contribution of Age Structure to the Number of Deaths from Covid-19 in the UK by Geographical Units medRxiv "

    Coronavirus in Scotland: Outlook for jobs market is 'horrendous' The Herald. 2020
    The Herald refers to Prof David Bell's paper written for the National Institute Economic Review about the impact of the Coronavirus on unemployment and the economy

    Remote and rural communities could be hit hardest by Covid-19 St Andrews University. 2020
    Professor Hill Kulu and Peter Dorey's research the impact of Coronavirus on older populations living in rural communities.

    Coronavirus: The towns most economically at risk from coronavirus pandemic Sky News. 2020
    Article from Sky News about the impact of Coronavirus on the local economies of small coastal and ex-industrial towns uses data from a report co-authored by PhD student John Houghton

    The Coronavirus Recovery Could Pit the Old and Young Against Each Other Slate. 2020
    Article about the impact of Coronavirus on already struggling economies in Southern Europe. Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris comments on low fertility rates in Italy, Spain and Greece.

    Jacob Rees-Mogg's firm is accused of profiteering from coronavirus as it boasts of 'once in a generation' chance to cash in on investments The Mail Online. 2020
    News article quotes Professor David Bell's research on the impact of Covid-19 on the economy

    Coronavirus crisis could push unemployment levels in UK and US beyond record numbers of the 1930s Great Depression, warns leading economist The Mail Online. 2020
    Quotes research by Professor David Bell, Bell, Blanchflower, (2020) US and UK labour markets before and during the COVID-19 crash, National Institute Economic Review

    Coronavirus and the UK economy University of Stirling website. 2020
    Professor David Bell comments on the impact of the Coronavirus on the UK economy