Listen to episode 2 of Talk Richmond on avoiding a second peak of coronavirus

Release Date: 17 July 2020

Hear from Shannon Katiyo, Richmond Council’s Director of Public Health, as he joins Talk Richmond to discuss avoiding a second peak of coronavirus, how NHS Test and Trace works and the steps you can take to stay physically healthy and mentally well during a pandemic.

Before joining Richmond Council, Shannon worked in the Public Health England Centre of Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control. His experience has seen him lead on a wide range of health protection work, including preparing England’s Cold Weather Plan to protect the vulnerable and tackling TB infection among people in detentions settings.

In the 15-minute Talk Richmond episode, Shannon shares his knowledge, as well as his experience of the pandemic so far.

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Cllr Jim Millard, Tenants’ Champion and Host of Talk Richmond, said:

“Public health professionals are obviously extremely busy people right now and so we’re thrilled that we were able to get some time with Shannon to discuss his experience so far and to share his advice.

“Although lockdown measures are relaxing and we appear to be entering the ‘new normal’ phase of the pandemic, the threat of coronavirus is still very much present and many of us are still anxious.

“My discussion with Shannon is refreshing and reassuring. He simply explains things that otherwise seem complicated - for example the NHS Test and Trace system - and he shares some great tips on what you can do to help stop the spread of coronavirus.”

Notes for editors

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Reference: P288/20

Updated: 30 July 2020