William Hanson says aim for quality rather than quantity when socialising 

From today in England, the lockdown has – in part – been eased, and we can now meet up to six people (or two households) for some al fresco fun. After months of socialising with only our fridges, many will have forgotten how to interact with other people. Let’s be honest, being nice to friends … Read more

Exercise and socialising with friends can lift depression for dementia patients, new study shows 

Exercise and socialising with friends can lift depression for patients with dementia, new study shows Researchers examined different treatments given to more than 28,000 patients They found medication such as antidepressants did not improve symptoms Non-drug interventions, including exercise, massage therapy, animal therapy and ‘social prescribing’ of activities such as singing groups were helpful The … Read more

DR MAX PEMBERTON: I can’t be the only one who’s dreading socialising 

Hurrah! The end is in sight. We now have a roadmap out of lockdown and of course I, along with everyone else, am sighing with relief. Summer might just be saved. The old normal — or at least a version of it — is on the horizon. But after all the celebration and jubilation at … Read more

Risk of getting infected with Covid-19 while socialising outdoors is ‘much, much lower’

Rules on leaving the house in lockdown  You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one). You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. … Read more

Scientist calls for return of outdoor socialising with Rule of Six as Covid cases continue to fall

By Jack Maidment and Jack Elsom for MailOnline  Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi today said AstraZeneca is ‘confident’ its jab prevents serious illness caused by the South African coronavirus variant after early data from a small study suggested the vaccine was less effective against the strain.  Mr Zahawi said he had spoken to England’s Deputy Chief … Read more

Sports, outdoor socialising and open-air markets will be the first activities green-lit by ministers

Boris Johnson will begin easing restrictions to permit outdoor meetings and sport once children are back in school, sources claimed last night. Ministers are believed to be drawing up ‘tentative’ plans to gently relax the rules to allow open-air gatherings in the spring. This blueprint mapping out the baby steps back to normality will begin … Read more

How viruses from colds to Covid-19 trick us into spending more time socialising

Can viruses such as the one that causes Covid-19 attack our brains and change our behaviour — thereby prolonging an outbreak? That’s the suggestion from U.S. researchers who say that the coronavirus may be manipulating the behaviour of infected people, sometimes even before they show symptoms, so they become more sociable. In fact, such behaviour-changing … Read more