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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Reduced traffic during lockdown did not improve air quality in urban areas as much as expected

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Two studies led by María Morales Suárez Varela, group leader of the CIBERESP at the University of Valencia and professor of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the academic institution, have evaluated the impact of mobility restrictions on air quality and polluting emissions, in Valencia and in three Italian cities. “The lockdown measures improved air quality in urban areas, but not as much as expected given the alleged contribution of traffic to ambient air pollution”, explains the researcher. Read More

Summer mobility and mild controls spread the SARS-CoV-2 variant detected in Spain in 2020

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The University of Valencia (UV), the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research of the Valencian Community (FISABIO) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have participated in an international research, published in the journal Nature, which explains how the SARS-CoV-2 variant initially detected in Spain became the predominant one in several European countries during 2020. Read More

Specialists create software to study the spatial distribution of COVID-19

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Specialists from several centres, including the University of Valencia, have developed customised software that makes it possible to study the spatial distribution of the Covid-19 pandemic online. The tool works by tracking patients in space and time and thus facilitates controlling the transmission of the virus and making decisions on eventual area-based confinements. Read More

“League”, “football” and “premier league” were the most repeated sports terms on Twitter at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Luis Millán González, researcher and professor of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at the University of Valencia, has led a study on the relationship between COVID-19 and sport on social network Twitter during the first months of the pandemic. The work confirms the importance of European football, the Olympics (which were cancelled at that time) and that a majority of tweets focus on men’s professional sports and large mass events. Read More