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A regular podcast from ITV News, with our team of specialist correspondents plus guests providing information, advice and analysis you can trust about the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and around the world.

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A regular podcast from ITV News, with our team of specialist correspondents plus guests providing information, advice and analysis you can trust about the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and around the world.

    No jab no job? What are your rights when it comes to work?

    No jab no job? What are your rights when it comes to work?

    Millions of people across the UK are returning or preparing to return to very different working environments - so what are your rights to protect yourself from the virus?

    Do you have a legally-protected right to change your working hours or days and are you entitled to relocate where you do your work? And can you demand to not work next to a colleague who has not been vaccinated?

    Plus, if you’re an employer, how do you deal with someone who is refusing to return to work?

    Kate Palmer, HR expert from employment law consultancy Peninsula, tells Lucrezia Millarini what you need to know.

    • 16 min
    Why scientists demanded the Freedom Day delay

    Why scientists demanded the Freedom Day delay

    The prime minister has confirmed Freedom Day will be pushed back until July 19.

    In this episode, recorded a few days before the PM's announcement, Science Editor Tom Clarke explained to Faye Barker why scientists advising the government were desperate for a delay.

    Central to the case for a delay is the rise of the Delta (formerly Indian) variant, and Tom gives his expertise on whether the race for vaccinations could prevent its continued spread and the measures the government is taking to avoid regressing into a future lockdown.

    • 16 min
    Your pandemic concerns and why 'zero deaths' headlines misled

    Your pandemic concerns and why 'zero deaths' headlines misled

    We asked our audience on social media to let us know their biggest concerns at this stage of the pandemic and the response was overwhelming.

    So in this episode Lucrezia Millarini finds out what you need to know by running them past Professor Anthony Harnden, who serves both as a key adviser to the government on the vaccine rollout and on the frontline as a GP.

    He responds to concerns about the June 21 restrictions, the threat of Long Covid, travel worries and outlines why vaccinated people still need to wear masks in public.

    Plus he explains why he believes the headlines marking zero daily deaths after the recent May bank holiday potentially misled the public.

    • 18 min
    How to deal with awkward behaviours as the restrictions ease

    How to deal with awkward behaviours as the restrictions ease

    Does the idea of getting an unprompted hug from a friend in public make you feel uneasy? Will we ever shake hands with strangers again? And will mask wearing outlast the pandemic?

    ITV News presenter Faye Barker shares her personal experience of awkwardness in public and gets helpful advice from Dr Nilufar Ahmed, a behavioural psychologist from the University of Bristol.

    The pair also discuss ways of dealing with friends and family who are less willing to stick to the rules and, as a summer of potentially no major restrictions nears, talk through how you can handle the latest new normal as bars, restaurants, transport systems and other public places start to get crowded once again.

    • 14 min
    Will lockdown's legacy help or harm LGBT+ people?

    Will lockdown's legacy help or harm LGBT+ people?

    The long months of lockdown have forced the closure of events, nightlife, and social gatherings for everyone.

    But for LGBT+ people they've threatened the future of spaces that are a safe haven, providing a vital community, emotional support and helping to validate identities.

    So, as society starts to open up again, what legacy could the pandemic leave on these marginalised communities?

    ITV News UK Editor Paul Brand hears from the co-founder of queer club night Gal Pals, Scarlett Langdon, who explains how their virtual parties reached a wider audience and how they hope to keep that online spirit alive when they reopen for real.

    And Dr Will Nutland, a sexual health advocate and co-founder of PrEPster, shares how he found ways to help people isolated during the pandemic and how Covid has redefined what 'community' means - amid his own sustained private battle with the virus.

    • 19 min
    WFH - is it ending or is hybrid working here to stay?

    WFH - is it ending or is hybrid working here to stay?

    "I don't think I do work from home, I think I live at work."

    For more than a year, many people normally found in offices and other work places have been forced to endure or embrace a very different way of working during the pandemic.

    But, like it or loathe it, is this era of mass working from home coming to an end?

    Faye Barker talks to Harriet Minter, author of WFH: How To Build A Career You Love When You're Not In The Office, about the future of work, how to overcome the challenges of remote working and how to discuss with your boss the option of continuing to work remotely.

    We also hear from a host of people on their experience away from the office, plus a City expert explains why WFH presents both a huge opportunity and a worrying threat to diversity in the workforce.

    • 23 min

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