COVID19 – should schools close early for Christmas?

Sarah Lewis, Marcus Munafo and George Davey Smith     We have previously written about the limited risk posed to pupils, teachers and the community by schools being open during the Covid19 pandemic. Schools have now been open for almost a full academic term (3 months), so it is time to take another look at […]

Are schools in the COVID-19 era safe?

Sarah Lewis, Marcus Munafo and George Davey Smith Follow Sarah, George and Marcus on Twitter The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-COV2 virus in 2020 has so far resulted in a heavy death toll and caused unprecedented disruption worldwide. Many countries have opted for drastic measures and even full lockdowns of all but essential services […]

Using genetics to understand the relationship between young people’s health and educational outcomes

Amanda Hughes, Kaitlin H. Wade, Matt Dickson, Frances Rice, Alisha Davies, Neil M. Davies & Laura D. Howe Follow Amanda, Kaitlin, Matt, Alisha, Neil and Laura on twitter Young people with health problems tend to do less well in school than other students, but it has never been clear why. One explanation is that health problems […]

Can we ever achieve “zero COVID”?

Marcus Munafo and George Davey Smith Follow Marcus and George on Twitter An important ongoing debate is whether the UK’s COVID strategy should focus on suppression (maintaining various restrictions to ensure the reproduction rate of the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains at or below 1), or elimination (reducing the number of infections to a sufficiently low level that […]

Are teachers at high risk of death from Covid19?

Sarah Lewis, George Davey Smith and Marcus Munafo Follow Sarah, George and Marcus on Twitter Due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic schools across the United Kingdom were closed to all but a small minority of pupils (children of keyworkers and vulnerable children) on the 20th March 2020, with some schools reporting as few as 5 pupils […]

Using evidence to advise public health decision makers: an insider’s view

This blog post reviews a recent seminar hosted by the MRC IEU, PolicyBristol and the Bristol Population Health Science Institute. Public health is one of the most contested policy areas. It brings together ethical and political issues and evidence on what works, and affects us all as citizens. Researchers produce evidence and decision-makers receive advice […]