Exeter’s COVID-19 Response

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For many of you during the pandemic, Exeter academics Dr Bahrat Pankhania and Dr David Strain may have become familiar faces on your news reports or in your newspapers.

Dr Bharat Pankhania is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School. He has widespread experience of advising on national communicable disease control action plans at national and international level. During the pandemic he has spoken on NBC, CNN, BBC News, ITV to name a few, and taken part in two Channel 4 Dispatches documentaries.

Dr David Strain is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School who also works at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital in Exeter. Within the British Medical Association (BMA) he has led the academic response to COVID-19 risk assessment of healthcare workers and been responsible for several briefing statements such as position statement on face masks and ‘long-COVID’.

Watch Dr Bharat Pankhania interviewed for WIRED

Throughout the pandemic the University of Exeter has been committed to supporting our communities, partners and the global effort to combat COVID-19.

Whether through supporting the NHS, working in the community to help organisations and individuals, developing new testing ability, or researching the impact on those with chronic disease, many members of Exeter’s community have been making important contributions.

Keep reading for just a few of the stories.