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People in the UK: how much do you exercise, and has this changed during the pandemic?

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Nearly half of British women and a third of men do not exercise, a survey of 8000 UK adults has found. 47 per cent of female and 34 per cent of male respondents told the Nuffield Health charity’s Healthier Nation Inde...

‘We’ve been able to recruit for the first time’: how hiring through Jobcentre Plus helped a startup flourish during the pandemic

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The impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the jobs market in the UK has been enormous. By January 2021, unemployment had risen to 5% – the highest it had been since 2016. That figure has since improved, with unemplo...

A glorified babysitter: my time as an unqualified substitute teacher during the pandemic

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On a frigid late December morning in the throes of the Omicron surge, I flicked off my alarm and peeked out the window: pitch black. I was awake, I was sure, and not lost in an REM-induced mirage. But it certainly fel...

Tell us: has television helped you while shielding during the pandemic?

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We would like to hear about how television has helped people while shielding during the pandemic. If you shielded during the shielding program in 2020 or have continued to voluntarily since, how has television helped...

Parents in the US: tell us your experiences of taking care of under-5s during the pandemic

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We would like to hear from parents of under-5s in the US about the long wait for the Covid-19 vaccine for children in this age group. What has your experience been of taking care of under-5s during the pandemic, espec...

Life rebooted: why ‘pruning’ friends has been so common during the pandemic

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Pruning is usually a technique applied to roses in winter, but more recently the gardening term has been cropping up whenever sociologists talk about our social lives. People have been pruning friends. Confined to our...

The people who picked up new digital habits during the pandemic – and kept them

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Nearly two years ago, the dawn of Covid lockdowns forced us to contend with the prospect of solitude and self-reflection. Naturally, we rushed to find other stuff to do. Alongside the endless walks and compulsive baki...

Anxious, overwhelmed, abused: what it’s really like working in retail during the pandemic

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I have been in retail for more than four years now, and 2021 was one of the worst in my entire working life. Retail is already not an easy job, but when you add a highly contagious deadly pandemic and people’s lack of...

American schools gave kids laptops during the pandemic. Then they spied on them

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When the pandemic started last year, countless forms of inequality were exposed – including the millions of American families who don’t have access to laptops or broadband internet. After some delays, schools across t...

The richest Americans became 40% richer during the pandemic

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The 400 richest Americans added $4.5tn to their wealth last year, a 40% rise, even as the pandemic shuttered large parts of the US, according to Forbes magazine’s latest tally of the country’s richest people. The Amaz...

During the pandemic, a new variant of capitalism has emerged

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Over the past 18 months, the world has been amazed at how slippery an enemy Covid-19 has proved to be. The virus first detected in China at the end of 2019 has mutated on a regular basis. Vaccines need to evolve becau...

The people searching for missing family members during the pandemic – podcast

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Hannah’s brother Paul dropped out of contact almost a decade ago. She never stopped thinking about him – and, as it did for many others, the pandemic led her to try to find him again ...

California has a $5.2bn plan to pay off unpaid rent accrued during the pandemic

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California is pursuing an ambitious plan to pay off the entirety of unpaid rent from low-income tenants who fell behind during the pandemic, in what could constitute the largest ever rent relief program in the US. The...

Tell us: have you had a hair transplant during the pandemic?

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Hair transplants are booming in popularity and there are signs that demand has grown even faster during the pandemic, partly because people have been able to recover out of sight at home. We would like to hear from me...

Cuba during the pandemic – photo essay

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Los Sitios lies to the south of Centro, the careworn barrio that gives Havana its coarse voice and whose northern limit is the Malecon, the famous corniche set against the Florida Straits. The photographer Leysis Ques...

Tell us: have your hygiene habits changed during the pandemic?

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For some of us, the pandemic has led to changes in our personal hygiene routines. We would like to hear from readers whose habits have been altered – for better or worse. Has the lockdown affected how often you wash, ...

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