The latest edition of Health Matters, PHE’s professional resource, focuses on the effects of cold weather on health, looking at how COVID-19 amplifies cold-related risks. This blog sets out the content of the full edition.
Owen Landeg PhD is a Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist within the Extreme Events and Health Protection Team at Public Health England (PHE). Owen is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at School of Public Health, Imperial College London and Theme Leader within the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change and Health.
Having studied at the Aon Benfield Hazard Research Centre, UCL and with a background in volcanic risk assessment, Owen has been with PHE for five years where his expertise focuses on public health actions that protect populations from extreme weather events and improve health and wellbeing, such as promoting active transport and green infrastructure. He has extensive operational experience supporting frontline health protection activity and translating evidence into national policy. Owen’s interests include reducing vulnerability to extreme weather events and climate change through sustainable development and appropriate preparedness, response and recovery.
The current COVID-19 pandemic will amplify the health risks from heat. Equally, in the context of the pandemic, we will need to take actions differently to prevent heat related harm to health. Find out more about PHE's heatwave plans for 2020.
This week the Climate Change Act is ten years old. While the public health impacts from a changing climate in the UK may not feel quite so immediate as elsewhere in the world, there is still much to be done if we’re to minimise the damage.
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