According to an EU-funded study conducted in 11 countries, public confidence in the government and healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the highest in Finland. The study also reveals that confidence is an important factor when it comes to compliance with restrictions.
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A recent international study showed that higher pollen concentrations in the air correlate with increased COVID-19 infection rates. Pollen exposure weakens the response of immune system to some seasonal respiratory viruses. The effect was not connected with pollen allergy.
The question of sleep apnea as the risk factor for COVID-19 arose in a study conducted by the Turku University Hospital and the University of Turku on patients of the first wave of the pandemic. This is the first COVID-19-related study where sleep apnea as suspected risk factor emerges as the main finding.
Researchers have wondered about the function of dreaming for a long time. Interest in dream contents has increased during the corona crisis.
In collaboration with researchers from 14 countries around the world, Dr. Claire Garandeau and Dr. Jessica Trach from the INVEST Flagship at the University of Turku are recruiting young adults in Finland to take part in a one-time online survey in Finnish.
The negative effects of the corona crisis on learning, education and well-being among children and adolescents can be reduced to a minimum.
The corona crisis affects the well-being, learning and education of children and adolescents in many different ways. It is likely that in most children, the long-term disadvantages of the corona crisis are related to the economic and social impacts on families with children. However, it is possible to minimise the detrimental effects on their well-being. For example, the negative effects of parental unemployment on children's education are most effectively reduced by preventing unemployment itself.
Glucocorticoids, which are widely used as treatment in intensive care, can nearly quadruple the death rate of patients suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland, discovered the reason for the higher mortality. The findings are also important in the fight against COVID-19 disease.
According to Professor Benita Heiskanen from the John Morton Center for North American Studies of the University of Turku, it is too early to make predictions about the U.S. presidential election held this November. The coronavirus crisis has upended the election, complicating an already complex electoral system.
Use of ViLLE Learning Platform Developed at the University of Turku Increased Manifold Due to Corona Circumstances
Developed at the Centre for Learning Analytics of the University of Turku, the interactive learning platform ViLLE has reached record number of instances of use. Within a couple of weeks, almost 800 teachers have been trained to use of the platform. The platform enables the teachers to assess how well the students have adopted the things that have been taught even during remote teaching.
Most residents in Turku have been forced to change their daily routines significantly due to the corona virus situation. A map-based survey aims to find out what kind of changes have happened in outdoor activities and moving in nature.