Christmas and New Year are special times when people come together. This blog looks at ways we can stay safe over the festive period.
Dr Richard Amlôt is Head of Behavioural Science in the Emergency Response Department at Public Health England (PHE). He leads a team conducting applied research and evaluation for PHE and its partners, applying insights from the behavioural sciences to a range of health protection topics, with a particular focus on public health emergency preparedness and response. He and his team have conducted responsive projects concerning the behavioural and psychological impacts of a range of major public health emergencies, including major flooding events in the UK, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and most recently the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. He is also the PHE Assistant Director of the Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response at King’s College London.
Most COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted. However, the pandemic is far from over, and it is crucial that we move forward with caution to protect ourselves, each other and especially the most vulnerable in our society.
On 22 February 2021, the Government published its ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ which set out how national coronavirus restrictions would be eased in stages, with reviews taking place on set dates. This blog looks at how easing of restrictions will work and why we must keep following the rules to keep each other safe.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is continuing to be rolled out at pace, but it's important we continue to reduce our risk of transmitting or catching the virus. This blog explains why this is so important.
In this blog we focus on why self-isolation is still vitally important to stop COVID-19 from spreading in our community, particularly to people who could become very sick if they catch the virus.
Ahead of the PHE annual conference, this blog explores the work carried out by PHE’s Behavioural Insights (PHEBI) team to change the behaviour of millions of people to help make us a healthier nation.
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