A portrait of a masked pedestrian on London's Ridley Road.

Gideon Mendel (assisted by Maria Quigley) / Wellcome Photography Prize 2021

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Gideon Mendel (assisted by Maria Quigley)

Elam Forrester, film maker. “Everything stopped at the end of March. I got a mild version of the virus and isolated myself beyond the recommended time as I had lost my sense of taste and smell. Keeping one’s distance in shops, buses and busy streets is challenging so wearing a mask feels like the safest option.”

About this series

Portraits taken during the UK’s first lockdown on Ridley Road in Hackney, east London. It’s usually the site of a bustling market, but its hours were restricted and distancing lines were painted on the road.

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Wellcome Global Monitor 2020: Covid-19

How Covid-19 affected people’s lives and their views about science.

The Wellcome Global Monitor: Covid-19, the largest study of its kind, explores how the pandemic has affected the lives of people around the world and influenced their perceptions of science, healthcare systems and governments.

Key findings 

Covid-19 has put science in the public eye like never before. The Wellcome Global Monitor offers insight into how people think and feel about science and major health challenges worldwide. 

Key findings include:

  1. The impact of Covid-19 has been uneven around the world. The Wellcome Global Monitor found that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on low-income countries and people with low incomes across all countries.

  2. People’s trust in science and scientists has increased. Globally, those who said they trust scientists ‘a lot’ rose from 34% in 2018 to 43% by the end of 2020. These increases were highest among those who indicated they know ‘some’ or ‘not much/nothing at all’ about science.

  3. People are not sure that their governments value scientific advice. World leaders need to listen and show that they share public confidence in the role of science in solving health challenges fairly for everyone.


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