Our response to COVID-19

Exploring the public health impact of COVID-19 on the food takeaway landscape

Relaxed measures which made it easier for businesses to trade as takeaways during the COVID-19 pandemic did provide vital support, but also led to issues around food hygiene and waste, new research has found.

Last modified: Fri, 23 Sep 2022 15:05:47 BST

Mental health in North England disproportionately affected during the pandemic

A new report shows that a parallel pandemic of mental ill health has hit the North of England with a £2bn cost to the country at the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last modified: Tue, 26 Jul 2022 13:07:04 BST

Comment: Science, and the art of communication

In the latest Fuse blog post Louis Goffe, Research Associate, NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science, explores vaccine misinformation, the infodemic, involving the public and advocacy.

Last modified: Fri, 28 Jan 2022 13:06:06 GMT

Report paints a stark picture of inequality for children in the North

A major new report out today paints a stark picture of inequality for children growing up in the North of England post-pandemic compared to those in the rest of the country.

Last modified: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 12:11:00 GMT

New film explores the impacts of COVID-19 on young people

Young people from North East England have co-created a new film exploring their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last modified: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 17:23:08 GMT

Study to understand hesitance in accepting vaccine

New research that aimed to understand why people were reluctant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has found that more people would get vaccinated if they thought the virus posed a significant risk to them.

Last modified: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 11:42:10 BST

Comment: COVID smell loss can have profound effects on your life

Writing for The Conversation, Fuse Associates Dr Duika Burges Watson and Professor Vincent Deary discuss how COVID smell loss can have profound effects on life, from weight change to intimacy barriers.

Last modified: Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:26:44 GMT

The Sound of Sirens

In his third Fuse blog post about the pandemic, John Mooney, Consultant in Public Health at NHS Grampian, calls for a cautious approach on the easing of restrictions.

Last modified: Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:16:10 BST

When, what and how to engage and disseminate research evidence during a pandemic

In this blog, we share lessons from working with local authorities on the development of action learning sets (bringing people together to reflect on research evidence) when they are faced with the many challenges of COVID-19.

Last modified: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:20:03 BST

(Re)taking liberties: Reclaiming positive freedom as a public health argument

In the latest Fuse blog post Jack Nicholls, Lecturer in Social Work at Northumbria University explores philosophy, lockdown and liberty ahead of so called 'Freedom Day' in England.

Last modified: Fri, 30 Jul 2021 11:23:53 BST

Knowledge hub capturing the consequences of COVID-19 marks first anniversary

One year on, C-WorKS remains an established and constant source of information to find answers and support.

Last modified: Wed, 09 Jun 2021 11:45:40 BST

Teenagers’ diaries describe how they are dealing with COVID-19

Young people have shared personal diaries of their experiences around COVID-19, as part of an in-depth study to assess the wider social impacts of the virus on children and young people from North East England.

Last modified: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:56:22 BST

Placement, parcels and a pandemic: five weeks embedded in a public health team

In today's Fuse blog Maisie Rowland, Research Assistant from Newcastle University, shares her experience as an embedded researcher at Newcastle City Council, working with food banks and the impact of Covid-19.

Last modified: Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:19:30 GMT

Expanding welfare benefits improves mental health

Austerity-style reductions to welfare benefits have detrimental effects on mental health, particularly for more vulnerable groups in society who are also most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last modified: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:58:23 GMT

Now that's what I call blogging 2020: the Covid edition

It will come as no surprise that our chart of the five most-read posts on the Fuse Open Science Blog is dominated by one topic: COVID-19. But who took the Number 1 spot?

Last modified: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 21:25:17 GMT

North's health and economy hit hardest by COVID-19

The North has been hit harder than the rest of the country during COVID-19 and this has increased inequality in England, a new report co-authored by a Fuse academic has revealed.

Last modified: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:50:36 GMT

SPHR / ARC studentship hosted at Northumbria University

An examination of the impacts of local authority initiatives to deal with crisis, with a particular focus on marginalisation and intersectionality.

Last modified: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 12:16:52 BST

Green and inclusive growth strategies can support our recovery from Covid-19

Fuse senior investigator Professor Clare Bambra has emphasised the importance of pursuing green, inclusive growth strategies and avoiding austerity measures, to stop deepening the country’s already significant health inequalities.

Last modified: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:29:18 BST

New knowledge hub launched to capture the consequences of COVID-19

C-WorKS is an exciting new hub to support the collation and sharing of knowledge and intelligence across the North East and Yorkshire about the impacts of COVID-19, and the response to this, on non-COVID related disease and death.

Last modified: Tue, 09 Jun 2020 14:14:25 BST

Improving the health and wellbeing of disabled people in times of crisis

Members of the Fuse Health Inequalities research programme from Durham University are working with two disability charities to create physical activity resources to improve disabled people’s health and wellbeing.

Last modified: Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:34:30 BST

Loss of smell and taste added to COVID-19 symptoms

Loss of smell and taste has officially been recognised in the UK as a symptom of COVID-19, putting us in line with Europe, America and the World Health Organisation.

Last modified: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 16:34:21 BST

Wellbeing of Healthcare and Hospital Workers During and After the CV-19 Pandemic

Study recruitment call for all staff working in a UK hospital

Last modified: Fri, 22 May 2020 11:38:07 BST

Food insecurity in your area during the COVID-19 crisis - questionnaire

The Food Foundation is working at national level to help ensure that food insecurity is tackled during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last modified: Fri, 15 May 2020 11:35:14 BST

ENUF conference - late call for abstracts

Late breaking call for abstracts: Food insecurity since the COVID-19 crisis in the UK

Last modified: Thu, 14 May 2020 14:18:27 BST

Fuse experts join global study into COVID-19 loss of smell

People who have recently experienced loss of smell are being urged to participate in a survey as a new global research group investigates the symptom as a marker of COVID-19.

Last modified: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 17:00:26 BST

SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and alcohol consumption

The aim of this pan-European survey is to link alcohol intake to experiences regarding the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Last modified: Tue, 05 May 2020 16:47:06 BST

Physical Activity Behaviour during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on physical activity behaviour of people in the North East England.

Last modified: Fri, 15 May 2020 10:12:42 BST

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last modified: Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:35:19 BST

COVID-19 Outbreak Parliamentary Expert Database

We are encouraging academics with relevant research expertise to sign up to a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database.

Last modified: Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:26:21 BST