A Merry Covid Christmas

At a time of year where we normally gather our family around, the pandemic is bringing up some difficult decisions about how to keep our families safe whilst we mark the holiday. This is a Christmas Special Episode with a difference – Dr Amber joins us again to talk us through the Covid-19 guidelines at Christmas and how we can expect a third wave in the New Year thanks to confusing governmental restrictions.

Vaccine Nationalism | We aren’t safe until we’re all safe

With the breaking news that the UK will be rolling out Covid-19 vaccines before the New Year, the global effort for solving this global pandemic comes into questions. We are at risk of wealthier countries hoarding the vaccines and gatekeeping them from other countries.

Dr Farah joins us to explore how we can combat vaccine nationalism and the importance of a world-wide collaborative approach to inoculations.

From Ebola to Long Covid

When deployed to the ebola outbreak, Dr Janet Scott worked with patients experiencing long-term health problems after recovering from the virus. In the current global pandemic, we are also seeing many people suffering from a multitude of issues after recovering from coronavirus – known as Long Covid.

Dr Janet Scott has been working to investigate what long term issues people may face, even if they recover from Covid-19, and joins us in this episode of Inside the Petri Dish to talk about how we prepare for pandemics and what symptoms people could face after covid.

A GP in a Pandemic

Despite their role in community-focused medicine and their intimate knowledge of their patients, GPs were left behind during the COVID pandemic. Dr Amber Wheatley tells us about life in general practice during the coronavirus crisis and why this has been a downfall in tackling the virus for the UK’s most vulnerable patients.

Pregnant and in Social Isolation

Given the global pandemic and wide circulation of misinformation, experts will be joining the Inside the Petri Dish team (virtually – for socially distancing) to get to grips with COVID19.

Yesterday, Boris Johnson announced the UK is on lockdown. This can be a scary thought for pregnant people or those with newborns. Tay speaks to Dr Sofia Komninou, a lecturer in Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences from Swansea University, to hear about the current guidelines for those in social isolation and lockdown with a young family or who are expecting a baby.

Working on a Coronavirus Ward | Dr Harry Ferguson

Given the global pandemic and wide circulation of misinformation, experts will be joining the Inside the Petri Dish team (virtually – for socially distancing) to get to grips with COVID19.

Alice speaks to a close friend, Dr Harry Ferguson, who is staffing a coronavirus ward in Wales, about what symptoms we should look out for, what it’s like to work in the unit as well as what we should be doing to protect the vulnerable people in our society.

Talk Dirty Science To Me | The Science of Sex

Tay, Vicki and Alice return to Cardiff Science Festival to host another live podcast, this time they tackle the science of sex. Joined by Sian Jones, from Scarleteen, Inside the Petri Dish examines everything from the misconceptions of sex to HPV and contraception. Join them for a less-than-serious chat about the down-belows.

The Psychology of Dating Apps | Martin Graff

BONUS EPISODE:  How do men and women make their dating decisions? How are dating profiles influencing our dating behaviours? Psychologist Dr Martin Graff tells us about the psychological processes involved in online dating and relationships.

Swipe Left? Swipe Right? | AI & Dating Apps

One third of marriages are now the result of dating apps. With dating apps becoming the baseline for finding a new beau, what’s going on behind the swiping left and right? Tay and Vicki tear out the algorithms behind dating apps by setting up a profile for Alice. To explain how it all works, they are joined by experts Dr Martin Graff and Jordan Harrod, who explore what’s going on in the AI behind Bumble, Tinder and Hinge.

Find out more about this topics in our bonus episodes, with the full interviews with our guests, which will be released after this episode.