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Highs and lows of the Corona crisis, and other health news

Jonathan Van-Tam shore fishing on a beach in Norfolk
Jonathan Van-Tam shore fishing on a beach in Norfolk, where he went to decompress during the pandemi’s intense phase Credit: Simon Townsley
When Covid struck, they found themselves on the frontline of the UK response.

Three years on from the first lockdown, scientists and experts reflect on the highs and lows of the crisis – and reveal how they decompressed in quieter moments.

Sir Jonathan Van-Tam, former deputy chief medical officer, described the intense phase of the pandemic as

“like being on a warfront for two years”.

He added:

“I’ve struggled transitioning away from that and getting used to ordinary university life again.

“When you’ve been doing something that intense and serious, with that much responsibility hanging over you, I think whatever comes afterwards is going to be difficult to adjust to. It’s as simple as that.”

Prof. Van-Tam is one of 14 experts interviewed by reporter Samuel Lovett and photographed by Simon Townsley in this special project to mark the third anniversary of the pandemic.

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Mouse apocalypse looms at bird sanctuary
The largest ever mouse eradication project is being planned for Marion Island to protect rare seabirds from the marauding rodents.

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How a new insecticide could save millions of lives from malaria

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The new insecticide is the first in 40 years to be found safe and effective on nets and could tackle the growing menace of insecticide-resistant mosquitoes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that the new insecticide, called chlorfenapyr, should be used in dual action nets with existing pyrethroid in areas where mosquitoes are resistant to pyrethroid alone.

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