Coronavirus: The Whole Story
Is public transport safe?
This week, we're investigating public transport. Now, in the first lockdown, many of us were able to batten down the hatches and stay indoors. But, as lockdown 3.0 continues, it's important that we stay informed about the best precautions to take if and when we do need to leave the house. And, one happy day, we're going to have to return to public transport en masse. So, in this episode, we find out if it's safe to travel, how to protect ourselves when traveling, and hear more from our experts about what we need to know when making longer journeys.
Our guests this week:
- Sarah Beale (PhD researcher part of the Virus Watch Study team)
- Dr Paul McGovern (Transport for London Consultant Occupational Physician & Honorary Senior Teaching Fellow and Education Consultant at the UCL Medical School)
- Dr Richard Peters (National Rail Chief Medical Officer & Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer)
Are we already experiencing a third wave?
Today Vivienne Parry talks to Professor Francois Balloux (Chair in Computational Systems Biology and Chair of the UCL Genetics Institute) and Dr Keri Wong (Assistant Professor in Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL IOE) about the lockdown extension, a potential third wave here in the UK and what this means for us mentally and physically.Transcript: www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-minds/coronavirusUCL-Penn Global COVID Study - Webinar https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-talk-what-do-you-need-to-recover-from-covid-19-webinar-5-of-5-tickets-153621318499With the end of lockdown in England in July, our Coronavirus: The Whole Story podcast is also coming to an end. Join us on Wednesday 21 July for the finale of Coronavirus: The Whole Story, a live panel event hosted by Vivienne Parry.Ask the experts directly in this very special finale to showcase the amazing work that has taken place across UCL. > http://bit.ly/CTWSlive
How have our shopping habits changed?
Lockdown is easing, the vaccination programme here in the UK is making steady progress, the sun is shining again, it almost feels as if the end is in sight. But what is the “normal” that we’re returning to going to look like?The pandemic has changed a lot of things about the way the world works and one area, in particular, is shopping. In this week’s episode, host Vivienne Parry speaks to entrepreneur Professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic (UCL Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology) to understand how the pandemic has affected our shopping habits from delivery apps to online purchasing to the “death” of the highstreet.Transcript and more infor on www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-minds/coronavirusTo hear more podcasts from UCL (University College London) visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-minds/podcasts.
What is Long COVID?
Over a year on from the start of the pandemic, many people are still suffering complications after contracting coronavirus in the first wave. In our 50th episode, we explore the long-term physical and psychological effects of the virus by talking to two researchers about their groundbreaking work with “Long COVID”. Find out more about the symptoms of Long COVID, what to do if you think you have it, and what not to say to a Long COVID sufferer!Guests: Dr Alexandra Burton, Senior Research Fellow in Behavioural Science / Behaviour Change at the Institute of Epidemiology & Health, Faculty of Population Health SciencesDr Michael Zandi, Honorary Associate Professor in the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology Department of Neuromuscular DiseasesTranscript: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-minds/podcasts/coronavirus/transcript-episode-50Check out more UCL Podcasts on https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-minds/podcasts