The King’s-led NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response are supporting the government’s approach to the outbreak. Academics from the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience research the complexity of major incidents, supporting Public Health England’s ability to minimize the health impacts of emergencies.
The unit is an integral aspect of the UK government’s ongoing research phase, providing expert guidance on a range of topics including responses to infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, and they are incorporated in the UK Government’s Coronavirus Action Plan.
Professor Sir Simon Wessely and Dr James Rubin co-authored an analysis of the psychological impacts of quarantine in response to the lockdown of Wuhan, China in January. You can read more in the British Medical Journal.
You can explore more of the Unit’s publications here.
A new therapeutic treatment for vulnerable patients
A new technique to improve the outcome of patients with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pneumonia has proven safe and effective. Co-authored by King’s Professor Georgina Ellison-Hughes, the study intravenously transplanted stem cells into seven patients, and observed results over 14 days. Before the transplantation, all patients had pneumonia with symptoms of high fever, weakness, shortness of breath and low oxygen saturation. All symptoms had disappeared by two to four days after the transplantation.
You can read the full study here.