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How is self-isolating affecting you? Study needs your help

Orla Moore

BBC News

It's only been a matter of days, but everyone is having to adjust to this new normal: social distancing and self-isolation at home.

Public health experts at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Ulster University are conducting research on how closing ourselves away is affecting our health and behaviour.

It focuses on how individuals are adapting, whether it's changing their diet and exercise - or rethinking smoking and drinking habits.

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Dr Lee Smith, reader in Public Health at ARU, said: "During this global pandemic, it is important to investigate the impact of self-isolation on health, behaviour and well-being.

"This will help us to understand the health implications of this current outbreak, separate to the effects of Covid-19 itself, and ensure that governments and health bodies are better informed if a similar event was to happen in the future."

Anyone in the UK aged 18 or over who is self-isolating, or displaying symptoms - can take part in the 15-minute survey.