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The first wave of COVID-19 worsened the gender gap in scientific production

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The School of Engineering of the University of Valencia (ETSE-UV) led a study of four European scientific institutions which verified that during the first wave of COVID-19, women around the world saw their research diminished, especially in the 25 to 45 age group. Published today, Wednesday, in journal Plos ONE, the largest study to date on scientific productivity analysed 2,329 journals on the Elsevier platform, with more than four and a half million articles from more than five million researchers.

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The confinement eliminated circulating coronavirus variants during the first wave in Spain

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The most complete studies on the variants of the coronavirus that dominated the first waves in Spain have just been published in Nature Genetics. The study was carried out by the SeqCOVID consortium, which includes more than 50 Spanish institutions led by the University of Valencia, the Institute of Biomedicine of Valencia (IBV, CSIC) and the Fisabio Foundation.

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New study reveals how emotional intelligence softened the stress of the pandemic and its positive effect on work performance

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Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón have found that emotional intelligence played a significant role in the impact of the stress generated by the pandemic on work performance. Specifically, the study shows that those with greater emotional intelligence have been able to minimise the influence of the epidemiological situation and have shown better levels of job performance and less counterproductive work behaviours. Read More

A study on the impact of COVID-19 on university students reveals their exemplary behaviour during the pandemic

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The Salusex team of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI), led by Professor Rafael Ballester, and the UJI Hàbitat Saludable programme have carried out a study on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the life of the students of the public university of Castellón. The conclusions highlight the psychological or academic impact that the students have endured as a consequence of the pandemic as well as their exemplary behaviour towards health protection and preventive measures. Read More

Pandemic-related lockdowns led to an increase in psychological and sexual violence

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Gender-based violence (GBV) is a social problem and the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant negative impact on the well-being, autonomy and health of women exposed to this situation. In this sense, the results of a project on gender violence and social and health responses during the COVID-19 crisis, led by University of Alicante (UA) researcher Carmen Vives-Cases, report that during the months of lockdown there was an increase in psychological and sexual violence. This data translates into an increase in demands for psychological care, accompaniment, listening and help to cover the basic needs of women and their children, such as housing, food, etc. Read More

The Valencian Regional Health Department highlighted only the most positive data on the management of the pandemic in the first confinement

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A study by professors Joaquín Aguar and Guillermo López, researchers in the Mediaflows group, concludes that the communications made by the Valencian Regional Universal and Public Health Department between February and June 2020 used an “institutional communication strategy that sought to highlight the positive elements and blurr the negative ones”.

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