Early results suggest that UK residents would trust and use NHS contact tracing app

At the time of writing, the UK Government is testing a contact tracing app. Contact tracing apps are seen as key in enabling an easing of lockdown measures, but are effective only if a majority of citizens use it. And that, in turn, could vary with the app’s features.   A team of researchers at … Continue reading Early results suggest that UK residents would trust and use NHS contact tracing app

COVID-19 contact tracing apps, and why marketing needs to join the discussion

The UK government’s strategy to contain the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus has, until now, relied on extreme social distancing, via stay-at-home orders (aka lockdown). Such measures aim to slow down the rate of infection (i.e., flatten the curve) to avoid overwhelming the health services, and to allow for treatments and a vaccine to become … Continue reading COVID-19 contact tracing apps, and why marketing needs to join the discussion

April 2020 round-up

To be honest, I was a little bit nervous about doing my monthly review. On the one hand, I really wasn’t looking forward to re-read daily-entry after daily-entry about being in lockdown, like when I was wondering how to do an Easter egg hunt in the flat. On the other hand, I felt that whatever … Continue reading April 2020 round-up

Covid19, the limitations of machine learning, and the importance of data

The Covid-19 crisis is showing us the limitations of many things that we took for granted. Medicine’s ability to cure, for instance. For the time being, there is no cure for Covid19 – the best thing that the fantastic health professionals can do for us is support our bodies, while they fight the virus’s infection. Or, the … Continue reading Covid19, the limitations of machine learning, and the importance of data

Day in the Life of an Academic #10: In lock-down

A peak into a day that was anything but ordinary: April 1st, a Wednesday, halfway through the second week of lockdown in the UK.   I got up just before 8 am, which is very late for me. Normally, by now, I would be getting ready to leave the house to drop the kiddo in … Continue reading Day in the Life of an Academic #10: In lock-down

What the mortgage market lockdown means for vulnerable consumers – lessons from the 2008 recession

When the UK went into lockdown, the process of selling our flat stalled, as both the buyer and ourselves are facing various practical barriers to execute the sale. We are not the only ones, of course. Even before the lockdown, house sales were falling (40% fewer enquiries and 15% fewer sales agreed, according to property … Continue reading What the mortgage market lockdown means for vulnerable consumers – lessons from the 2008 recession

Resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 on consumers and businesses

I started a compiling a list of data sources, reports and other resources related to the COVID-19 crisis and the likely consequences for businesses and consumers. This list is both to help me understand what is happening, and to help me have an informed opinion on what needs to be done to minimise the societal and economic … Continue reading Resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 on consumers and businesses

March 2020 round-up

At the beginning of the month, I wrote in my journal that March would be a month in two halves. And it was. But not at all as I had imagined it would be. To be fair, my months rarely pan out as planned. But, boy, has this month been unexpected?!   The first half … Continue reading March 2020 round-up

The new normal. How can I help you?

Today, is the first day of Spring. It is also the first day of what will be our new normal for a long time to come. The kiddo is starting home schooling today, and has a streamed class later on (though, right now, we are both on the sofa, not feeling our best). The teen … Continue reading The new normal. How can I help you?

How sharing photos on social media can improve well-being of older citizens

Last week I followed, briefly, the suggestions shared via the hashtag #Selfisolationhelp, on how to keep in touch with distant relatives, during the Covid19 crisis. By and large, the comments discussed different uses of digital technology to stay in touch with relatives and friends; with a great many of these focusing on older citizens, for … Continue reading How sharing photos on social media can improve well-being of older citizens