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Go local: the key to COVID-19 lockdown release

Pandemics, such as COVID-19, are usually assumed to spread rapidly within the population. In reality, the population is more heterogeneous with regard to risk, and there will be large variation on the basis of geography, workplace and other key factors.

Analysing data on a national level therefore risks hiding this heterogeneity and compromises the most effective public health response. New analysis from i-sense researchers at University College London suggests COVID-19 has such diverse effects on the different local authorities in the UK.

Can Google help to assess the impact of heatwaves on the health of the population?

New research from Public Health England and members of i-sense at UCL, published in Environmental Research, suggests that monitoring online search terms related to the health impact of heatwaves could help contribute to public health surveillance systems in the UK and have potential benefits for countries that lack established public health surveillance systems.

New programme launched to tackle some of South Africa’s biggest issues

i-sense is pleased to congratulate collaborators at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) on the recent launch of their new programme: South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN). Within AHRI, SAPRIN will be led by the Chief Information Officer Dr Kobus Herbst, who will also serve as Deputy Director of the new programme.

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