Understanding COVID-19: Viewpoints

An older woman receiving an injection

By Dr Naomh Gallagher, Programme Manager, HSC Research & Development Division of the Public Health Agency

A young girl studies at home

With a return to homeschooling we revisit our blog article Digital Technology and Home-schooling during COVID-19. By Claire Dorris, National Children’s Bureau and Maur

Drinking during lockdown

With January being a time when many examine their relationship with alcohol, we revisit our blog article Drinking during lockdown, what’s the big deal?

Janice Bailie

By Dr Janice Bailie, Assistant Director, Health and Social Care (HSC) Research & Development (R&D) Division of the Public Health Agency

Learning from COVID-19

By Bernie Pearson, R&D Approvals Change Manager, HSC Research & Development Division


A group of Allied Health Professionals and friends from Northern Ireland and beyond have come together to share some Christmas cheer and mark the end of this exceptional year.

People wearing masks

Dr Emma Berry, Lecturer in Health Psychology, School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast

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Michelle Tennyson, PHA Assistant Director, Allied Health Professions and Public Involvement

A man wearing a facemask

Dr Claire Neil and Maurice Meehan - Public Health Agency

A woman reading on her laptop

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we have been able to develop a greater understanding of the infection as a result of having more data generated by the rapid introduction of disease specific surveillance programmes.