2020 June Inside OR

This month: We are excited to announce the launch of our new Wednesday Webinars. We take a look at how the society and the OR community are impacted by the current pandemic, patterns of the common cold could aid understanding of COVID-19 and understanding why consumers stockpile.  There are updates about our events and a call for tutors to submit their bids.

Celebrating our valued volunteers

For many organisations, this week is a time of festivity, for hosting special events to help thank and engage their local communities or memberships in volunteering. However, during this difficult time NCVO have decided it would be inappropriate to go ahead with many of the usual Volunteers’ Week practices to respect social distancing guidelines. As such, much of the UK’s Third Sector will be a little quieter this week than in previous years.

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Patterns of common cold could aid understanding of COVID-19

Coronavirus infections are not rare; they are a common cause of mild colds, infecting thousands of people every year in the UK. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is one of the rare coronaviruses which is proving fatal to a significant proportion of our population.

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Understanding why consumers stockpile

Consumer stockpiling and hoarding has been a most notable and central feature of human behaviours during the initial COVID-19 lockdown period. As the virus spread around the world, panic buying on the part of millions occurred everywhere. In the UK, for example, the first week of lockdown saw a £1 billion increase in retail sales for supermarkets as people ‘panic bought’ items such as toilet rolls, kitchen towels and perishable goods that they probably did not need.

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Robots in the fight against COVID-19

Disinfection/decontamination robot UVD, for example, has been in high demand since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Chinese hospitals have ordered more than 2,000 UVD robots by Danish manufacturer Blue Ocean Robotics. They started to destroy viruses in Wuhan, where the global pandemic began.

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