Covid-19 - one year on - our experts look to the future

Wednesday, 24 March 2021
To mark one year since the start of lockdown, some of our experts have been sharing their insights into the pandemic and look forward to what we can expect in the future

Will the vaccine mean an end to lockdown? How will we cope as we come out of confinement? How has the past year affected crime, young people, and the arts? Has there been a new 'Covid-19' language? Our experts answer some of these questions.

Are vaccines our way back to normality?

Professor Jonathan Ball from the School of Life Sciences certainly hopes so.

How has Covid-19 changed our vocabulary and use of language? And how do we respond to the language of public health messages from the government?

Professor Louise Mullany from the School of English shares her thoughts.

What are the takeaways from this last year of lockdown?

Professor Paul Crawford from the School of Health Sciences looks at how people have survived lockdown and coped with so-called 'Cabin Fever', and how we can reflect on the experiences and the impact on our minds

How likely is it that we will experience another pandemic like Covid-19 in our life times?

Professor Kin-Chow Chang From the School of Veterinary Medicine & Science, discusses why were weren't prepared for Covid-19, and how likely another pandemic is.

How has the pandemic affected the music industry?

Dr Nick Baragwanath, from the Department of Music, has personal experience of the effect of lockdown on music performance. The former concert pianist also works at the BBC producing documentaries and presenting live classical and opera programmes on Radio 3. Here is his short take on what's happened since the concert halls, theatres, churches and studios fell silent.

How can we be better prepared for a pandemic like this happening again in the future?

Dr Laura Nellums from the School of Medicine looks at the lesson's learned over the past year and what we can do better in the future.

How can we support children and young people as we emerge from pandemic?

Dr Anthea Gulliford, Educational Psychologist, in the School of Psychology discusses the impact of the pandemic on children and young people and how inequalities and mental health and well-being must be considered in the recovery.

Why is it important that everyone has the Covid-19 vaccine? And how are researchers helping to solve the problem?

Professor Kavita Vedhara from the School of Medicine discusses a new website focusing on why people are hesitant & answering their concerns.

Will changes to County Lines drug supply & Child Criminal Exploitation sustain after the pandemic?

Dr Ben Brewster, a Research Fellow in Modern Slavery Perpetration in the Rights Lab says police and perpetrators continually adapt in response to one another.

What does the Covid-19 experience teach us about changing our behaviour at times of crisis?

Dr Bahar Tuncgenc from the School of Psychology led a global study into how human behaviour changed during the pandemic. Here she tells us the key things this showed and how the power of bonding is key to overcoming future challenges.

How will Covid-19 change the way we safely use and ventilate offices and social venues like shopping malls after lockdown?

Dr Ben Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture and Built Environment talks about these impending changes. 

How will the pandemic affect religious worship in the future and the number of people taking part?

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies' Dr Tim Hutchings explains how worship has been happening during lockdowns and what it could mean for future participation.

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