For those who had already made it to university, there is a different set of challenges. Stripped of their social networks and plunged back into a childhood holding pattern, many are struggling. “My mental health was a lot better at uni,” says Claudia, 20, from Leeds. She is in the second year of a computer science degree but is currently self-isolating with her mother and sister at home. Lately, things have been strained. Having grown used to her freedom at university, Claudia finds it hard being told what to do. “We’ll be watching TV for a bit and Mum will say, ‘Right, you need to deep clean the kitchen,’” Claudia says. “You have to tiptoe round her. I think she’s getting obsessive about cleaning because she’s not sure what else to do. It makes me feel panicky when she gets like this. I don’t know what she’s going to be like, day to day.” … [Read more...] about ‘I’m stuck in limbo’: will the Covid generation of young people face long-term fallout?
In the UK, where a national shielding strategy was temporarily adopted, care homes also became hotbeds for infection. Care home deaths were found to be higher than 22,000 by academics at the London School of Economics. Inefficacies aside, shielding itself is harmful to the mental health of those who are vulnerable. Older adults are already at heightened risk of depression and suicidal thoughts; according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, social isolation from shielding can exacerbate these mental health challenges. It’s unlikely that this group’s mental health will improve from being asked to shield indefinitely. … [Read more...] about The problem with ‘shielding’ people from coronavirus? It’s almost impossible
Professor Maggie Rae, president of the Faculty of Public Health, Professor Elio Riboli, Imperial College London, Professor David McCoy, Queen Mary University London, Professor David Hunter, University of Oxford, Professor Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford, Mike Gill, former regional director of Public Health, south-east England, Professor Raj Bhopal, University of Edinburgh, Professor Martin McKee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Professor George Davey Smith, University of Bristol, Professor Ruth Gilbert, University College London, Professor Neil Pearce, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Professor Helen Ward, Imperial College London, Professor Mark S Gilthorpe, University of Leeds and Alan Turing Institute, Professor Adrian Martineau, Queen Mary University London, Professor Allyson Pollock, University of Newcastle, Dr Rochelle Burgess, UCL Institute for Global Health, Professor Paolo Vineis, Imperial College London, Anne Wilson, Liverpool School of … [Read more...] about Letters: Dominic Cummings’ actions damage public trust
A double lucky thing, I suggest, because it was on the set of Control that Riley met his wife, the German actor Alexandra Maria Lara. Is he a "what if-er"? What if Cillian Murphy were a few inches taller? What if another actress had been cast opposite him? "Alexandra and I do think about it, especially now we've got our son. How insane it was. Anton had taken a photo of her five years before casting the film, and then remembered her and thought about her to play the part [of Curtis's mistress, Annik Honore]. What are the chances? … [Read more...] about Sam Riley interview: ‘It’s going to be fun being in a film people might watch’
Earlier this week, a white woman named Amy Cooper called the police on a black birdwatcher, Christian Cooper, after he asked her to put her dog on a leash. … [Read more...] about Maxine Waters blames Trump for ‘cops killing black people’ and says cop who knelt on George Floyd ‘enjoyed doing it’