COVID-19 pandemic causes ‘quiet period’ for seismic noise
Seismometers are used to detect vibrations travelling through the ground after an earthquake, but they also pick up the background “buzz” of human activity at the surface.
Jul 23, 2020
One billion tweet dataset investigates impact of COVID-19 on human communication
Researchers from a number of disciplines can now use a billion-scale dataset of tweets from around the world to answer their research questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jul 23, 2020
UBC scientists sequencing the genomes of Canadians with COVID-19
For years, genome sequencing has helped scientists better understand the factors that predispose humans to disease. Now, the tool is being used in the fight against COVID-19.
Jul 22, 2020
Sexual health and domestic violence during COVID-19
Dr. Lori Brotto, a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at UBC’s faculty of medicine, is leading a national survey to measure changes in sexual health and the prevalence of gender-based violence during COVID-19.
Jul 16, 2020
New UBC course explores how COVID-19 is impacting society
Even if you’re tired of COVID-19—and who isn’t?—hundreds of UBC students are preparing to embark on a new credit course examining the pandemic on a worldwide scale.
Jun 29, 2020
Pregnancy and birth in the time of a pandemic
When it comes to COVID-19 and pregnancy, there’s a lot we don’t know. UBC’s Dr. Deborah Money, professor in the faculty of medicine’s department of obstetrics and gynaecology, is trying to fill that knowledge gap.
Jun 12, 2020
Pandemic provides opportunity for studying impact of exercise on mental health
The COVID-19 crisis has been hard on people’s mental and physical health. UBC’s School of Kinesiology is set to launch two separate studies that will examine the impact of exercise programs on mental health during the current crisis.
May 28, 2020
What will the post-pandemic workplace look like?
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in millions of people working from home. As businesses begin to reopen, employees may find themselves in a very different workplace than before the pandemic.
May 25, 2020
Caring for seniors living with dementia during COVID-19
Physical distancing is now part of every day life, but it can be particularly challenging for seniors living with dementia and their caregivers.
May 13, 2020
How COVID-19 has impacted religious practices
We spoke with UBC anthropology professor Sabina Magliocco, who chairs UBC’s interdisciplinary program in the study of religion, about how COVID-19 is impacting religiosity now, and potentially for the long term.
May 7, 2020
How to protect seniors living in long-term care from social isolation
In many ways, seniors have become the face of COVID-19, with nearly 80 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Canada connected to long-term care homes. With tightened visiting restrictions in place, social isolation has become a real threat for many living in care, increasing the risk of loneliness, anxiety and depression.
May 6, 2020
Experts call for more equitable housing policy post-COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages, it’s highlighting unique pressures on certain groups like Canada’s seniors, Indigenous communities, and people experiencing homelessness.
Apr 28, 2020
DNA testing could help in COVID-19 patient care
UBC’s Dr. William Gibson discusses how human DNA testing could improve outcomes for patients with COVID-19.
Apr 23, 2020
Saving the planet in the midst of a pandemic
Greta Thunberg galvanized masses of people across the world into advocating for climate change. But just as climate action seemed to be hitting a new peak globally, the COVID-19 outbreak abruptly brought the physical manifestations of the movement to a halt.
Apr 21, 2020
Why ‘speaking moistly’ needs to be taken seriously
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave us all a much-needed laugh when he awkwardly used the phrase “speaking moistly” in response to a recent question about wearing masks.
Apr 17, 2020
The social psychologist’s guide to making people stay home
Relying on people to do the right thing has never been an airtight strategy. Nonetheless, the choices made by individuals will likely have a greater impact than anything else on the success of our response to COVID-19.
Apr 15, 2020
How to stay comfortable and prevent injury when working from home
Abigail Oveduin leads the ergonomics program for UBC Human Resources, where she is tasked with keeping 16,000 faculty and staff comfortable, productive and injury-free. We asked her what people can do to bring ergonomics into their homes.
Apr 7, 2020
Feedback-based policy can help manage COVID-19 more effectively
A team of applied science researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a systematic feedback strategy they say can help public health authorities in their efforts to contain COVID-19 over the next several months.E
Mar 31, 2020
Q&A: UBC researchers warn of dangers of air pollution during COVID-19 outbreak
With all attention on COVID-19 and concerns about the capacity of our health care system to cope, emphasis has rightly been placed on social distancing, handwashing and increasing hospital capacity.
Mar 30, 2020
UBC experts on what to read when you’re stuck at home
The COVID-19 outbreak has forced a lot of us out of the daily grind, leaving us with time to re-discover leisurely reading. Fortunately, UBC experts in creative writing and English literature read a lot of books.
Mar 26, 2020