COG-UK News and Events

The latest news, blogs, events and videos across the COG-UK consortium


9 Apr 2021

SARS-CoV-2 importations to England: do travel restrictions work?

In a recent study, COG-UK have assessed the effectiveness of travel restrictions by examining >4000 SARS-CoV-2 importations over the summer of 2020.

Blog / Events / Videos

31 Mar 2021

Watch the second COG-UK Showcase Event – March 2021

Thank you to all the speakers, chairs, attendees and organisers of last week's COG-UK Anniversary Science Showcase Event. You can watch the recording here.


25 Mar 2021

COG-UK First Anniversary Timeline

As COG-UK marks its first year of operation, we look back at key events and milestones from each of the last 12 months.


24 Mar 2021

An open letter to the COG-UK consortium

As we approach the first anniversary of the inception of COG-UK, Sharon Peacock reflects on the last 12 months — and considers our next steps for the future.


8 Mar 2021

COG-UK Celebrates International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we highlight some of the many women whose work has been vital to the consortium’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


5 Mar 2021

Investigating SARS-CoV-2 in university settings – an update

Further studies are adding to the emerging picture of COVID-19 infections in higher education institutes.


3 Mar 2021

What do virologists mean by ‘mutation’, ‘variant’ and ‘strain’?

The terms used to describe the genetics of viruses are easily misunderstood. Here, we aim to define some of these terms using clear language and straightforward examples.


25 Feb 2021

Visualisation tools to help understand SARS-CoV-2 mutations

Three tools, Grinch, CoVal and COG-UK-ME, are now available to help understand the genetic information produced by COG-UK about mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 genome.


23 Feb 2021

Introducing Mutation Explorer: An open-access dashboard by COG-UK

The COG-UK Mutation Explorer is an interface that provides access to data on SARS-CoV-2 mutations and variants of interest in the COG-UK data set.


26 Jan 2021

How do we manage data about people’s SARS-CoV-2 samples?

How do we link individuals’ SARS-CoV-2 sample data with other information, and how do we store and manage all this data?


25 Jan 2021

What can wastewater tell us about COVID-19?

Traces of SARS-CoV-2 are present in the faeces of those with COVID-19 and can be detected in the resulting sewage output. So, what can wastewater tell us about COVID-19?


22 Jan 2021

Reflections on the achievements of COG-UK

The COG-UK consortium is ten months old this January. Here are ten of these achievements, one for each month of our existence.