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What we have seen   Some people feel so strongly about what has happened during COVID that they are hanging professionally made posters on their houses.   Preparations being made for first post lockdown market. New rules for going to... More…
Why are black and Asian people at greater risk of coronavirus? Here’s what we found

Why are black & Asian people at greater risk of coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic has markedly increased awareness of health inequalities. Researchers have long understood that ethnicity and socioeconomic conditions play a major role in influencing our health, but the pandemic has illuminated these stark inequalities and the need for urgent action... More…
Regarding the Infection of Others: Pandemics and Colonial Indifference

Pandemics and Colonial Indifference

Seeking perspective for our misleadingly named ‘unprecedented times,’ I re-read Albert Camus’ The Plague. Themes in the storyline of complacency, escapism, resignation, fear, heroism, altruism, heightened awareness of nature and death are reflected in the novel’s mainly male characters. The... More…
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What we have seen this week Protests outside Oriel College, Oxford, to remove the statue of white supremacist Cecil Rhodes  Poster seen on wall. ‘Keep your distance’ notice on classroom door in Sweden. The classroom is the same size as... More…
Lay epidemiology and the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic

Lay epidemiology and COVID-19

Was the virus moving around the world in late 2019? And did we actually already have that information, but lacked the collective framework to make the knowledge coherent? In terms of seeding and propagating the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the English... More…
Tenacious hope

Tenacious hope

With widespread lock-down measures to counteract the spread of COVID-19 infection, the possibility of the world under a radically changed order proved fascinating. Despite the suffering of the pandemic, were we getting glimpses of a better world?  Unpolluted city vistas,... More…
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What We Have Seen Easy to do the right thing (?) Social distancing advice in a Swedish restaurant. Pop up caravan shop outside a local pub in Colchester has decided to leave the precise distance up to the individual customer’s... More…
It’s time to trust hungry people

It’s time to trust hungry people

Carl Walker and colleagues make the case for food poverty as a public health emergency and call for concerted response from govt to inequalities only made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. More…
Public fundraising for the NHS, and its discomforts

Public fundraising for the NHS, and its discomforts

The fundraising of Captain Tom Moore and many others during the coronavirus outbreak has propelled charitable giving to the NHS into the public eye. At the time of writing, NHS Charities Together had raised over £100 million for its emergency... More…
Pick a number, any number…

Pick a number, any number…

In the run-up to the 2019 general election, I wrote a piece about Boris Johnsons’ strategy for dealing with awkward interview questions. This outlined comment from Johnson himself, where he sketched his dead cat strategy. When faced with an impossible... More…
The Whisper Network: Language and COVID-19 as a foreign researcher in Denmark

The Whisper Network

On the 17th of March, 5 days after Denmark announced its official lockdown, I received a surreptitious Facebook message from a Danish friend. ‘I’ve heard around they are going to make a full ban of going out of your house.’... More…
The Everyday Stuff of Covid-19: new and old normals

The Everyday Stuff of Covid-19: new and old normals

Hibs scored.  The group of young men queuing with me just ahead of half time for the obligatory pie threw their arms around each other.  They bounced up and down chanting Hi-bees, Hi-bees, Hi-bees.  The vortex of celebration pulled me... More…