coronavirus

I know how it feels to be old. The wrinkles do not diminish the desire to love and be loved, to touch and be touched, to be socially engaged, and to help myself and others find meaning and purpose.  

On a personal level, I have been widowed after a 48-year marriage,...

As the pandemic has progressed, it has become increasingly difficult to keep up with all the coverage online. In terms of coronavirus itself and the fight against it, there are some excellent science writers out there doing important work – Ed Yong stands out. 

Here, we...

In 1954, social psychologist Leon Festinger and colleagues observed a group of cult members who believed that the world would end with cataclysmic floods on 21 December. The cult members became isolated, locking themselves away until the moment would come when they expected...

There has been a huge shift in the nation’s recognition of the value and skills of essential workers, particularly in professions that may not have been appreciated prior to the Covid-19 pandemic (e.g. retail workers and carers). Following the crisis, will there be a similar...

Almost daily news reports point to how lockdown, ‘the new normal’ for most, is influencing behaviours relevant to physical health – including alcohol consumption and taking physical activity. But how is health behaviour changing, among whom, and will any...

The year 2020 has taught us that tackling our problems collectively is the way to get through the pandemic. Many of us have supported our communities by delivering food...

Our worldviews – work, socialising, hobbies, whatever these ‘meaning frameworks’ may be – are under attack from all angles. The monstrous threat of Covid-19 is a threat to all aspects of our lives, and sitting right at the top in terms of existential threat is death. It...

In the last issue of The Psychologist we reported on the formation of a British Psychological Society Covid-19 coordinating group. In the short space of time since, the group,...

In the absence of an effective vaccine, and a vaccine programme that can cover the world’s population, people will continue to become infected with Covid-19. However, the course of this disease is far from uniform. It has been suggested that large numbers of people are...

The UK Government has implemented a range of measures designed to protect public health during the COVID-19 outbreak, from cancelling mass gatherings and closing pubs, bars and cafes (UK Government, 2020), to emphasising effective hand and respiratory hygiene procedures....