Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Prof Eric Brunner, Whitehall II Principal Investigator, talks about the spread of COVID-19

30 March 2020

Prof Eric Brunner speaks to the media about the spread of Covid-19.


The BBC asked Prof Eric Brunner for his expert opinion on the spread of Covid-19 in London.  He drew conclusions from data provided by Public Health England and underscored the importance of social distancing in helping to control the spread of the virus stating “the behaviour of a population has to change very, very fast to prevent this epidemic becoming a disaster."

In a later interview with The Telegraph Prof Brunner discussed future directions with relation to Covid-19, citing the need for more testing and the likelihood of some form of lockdown continuing until a vaccine is available.  

BBC News:  Coronavirus: Four things stats say about the pandemic in London 

The Telegraph: When can lockdown end, and how do we get out of it? An economist, behavioural scientist and epidemiologist have their say