SPHeRE Blog

Low-Cost Monitoring of Local Air Quality and Public Health, by Dr Dean Venables

Air pollution is by far the most serious public health problem caused by environmental factors[1] and causes over 400,000 premature deaths in Europe each year.[2] Although air quality in Ireland is mostly good, winter evenings are an exception. At these times, air quality deteriorates sharply as burning of solid fuels […]

Death Rate Increases due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, by Seamus Coffey

When COVID-19 struck in early 2020 attention quickly turned to the impact the pandemic was having on excess mortality. Excess mortality is a very useful way to measure the total mortality impact of the epidemic. This is because it accounts for the fact that some of the people who died from COVID-19 […]

Covid-19 and Suicide, by Dr Paul Corcoran

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in a wide range of risk factors for suicidal behaviour. The range includes the sudden loss of loved ones, anxiety and fear of infection, job loss and economic uncertainty, social isolation and loneliness, restrictions on healthy activities and on access to health […]

Rapid evidence synthesis during a pandemic, by Dr Barbara Clyne

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 has rapidly spread around the world, causing a substantial number of cases and deaths globally. The COVID-19 pandemic requires making rapid decisions based on sparse and rapidly emerging evidence. There has been a proliferation of scientific output in basic science, clinical medicine and public […]

Loneliness & Covid-19 – Initial Evidence, by Dr Annette Burns

  Isolation refers to the objective size of one’s social network and the frequency of contact with same. Loneliness meanwhile is subjective and occurs where a gap is perceived between the social relations one has and what is desired, in relation to quantity or quality (Perlman and Peplau 1981). Isolation […]