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How Our Behaviour Affects Virus Evolution

First published at UCL Medical Anthropology Blog in May 2020   COVID-19 is caused by the novel coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2), but coronaviruses have been among us for years. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, and different strains (genetic variants) choose different species as their hosts. Many people may have first heard about coronaviruses during the …

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Coronavirus: believing in conspiracies goes hand in hand with vaccine hesitancy

*First published at the Conversation UK While developing an effective vaccine probably won’t bring an immediate end to the pandemic, it’s clear that things can’t begin to return to normal without one. Anything that reduces a future vaccine’s effectiveness will be a problem. This includes vaccine hesitancy – when people are reluctant or refuse to be vaccinated. In a recent survey, …

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Conspiracy Theories, Cognitive Biases and Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

*First published at the UCL European Institute Blog Dr Gul Deniz Salali(Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology/Medicine, UCL Anthropology) details her findings from a new survey on behavioural responses to COVID-19, revealing why many Europeans may be hesitant to get a vaccine. Another piece detailing Salali’s findings appeared this month on The Conversation UK. News of a COVID-19 vaccine with 90% efficacy …

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