Podcast: Britain’s brains, COVID-19 at the GP, and a green economic recovery

In this edition: Britain’s intelligence and mental health, COVID-19’s impact on primary care, and a sustainable economic recovery after the pandemic.

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News: Compression stockings and tackling global challenges online - We discover how compression stockings do not lower your risk of developing blood clots after surgery, and how an online platform is bringing together scientists and innovators to solve grand challenges like COVID-19 or climate change.

Measuring Britain’s intelligence and mental health - We meet the makers of the Great British Intelligence Test, who are now turning their attention to the population’s mental health during the pandemic.

How COVID-19 impacts GP services - We talk to a researcher and practising GP about how services have changed - such as more phone and video interviews - and what people can do to look after themselves.

A green economic recovery - We hear about a report that suggests climate-friendly investment would boost the economy in the short and long term following the COVID-19 pandemic, and other ways the future could, and should, be greener.

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The podcast is presented by Gareth Mitchell, a lecturer on Imperial’s MSc Science Communication course and the presenter of Digital Planet on the BBC World Service, with contributions from our roving reporters in the Communications and Public Affairs Division.


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