REVEALED - Admissions to hospital caused by smoking have reached the highest figure since records began

Covid-19 has taken the lives of over 100,000 people in the United Kingdom. The respiratory nature of the virus puts those who smoke more at risk. We spoke to the senior policy officer of the British Lung Foundation to discuss how the pandemic has impacted those who smoke and their behaviours

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There were a total of 506,100 hospital admissions during 2019/20 according to NHS figures. [Read More]

“We were being asked to do a completely different job to what we had been doing all of our careers” - physiotherapist Kay Hebden on the impact of Covid-19

Outpatient departments, such as physiotherapy, are dealing with a global pandemic which has altered the working environment in a plethora of ways.

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For multiple decades, Kay was a physiotherapist working with those with multiskeletal conditions. This involved direct outpatient referrals from GPs where she would provide treatment through face-to-face appointments. Kay also worked on the orthopaedic pathway. In March, Covid-19 changed her job forever. [Read More]

“Systems would go offline for days just to delay the release of data” – Rodrigo Menegat on Covid-19 data journalism in Brazil

In a guest post for the OJB, George Willoughby spoke to data journalist Rodrigo Menegat about reporting on Covid-19 in Brazil, managing uncertainty and how data journalism could help debunk misinformation.

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At the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in March, data on the disease was in high demand. It required collaboration — something made more difficult with data lacking in quality. [Read More]