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Screen your head off: what all those Zoom calls are doing to your health

Now big firms are revamping their services to reduce user fatigue as evidence mounts of ‘lockdown lethargy’

Hannah Boland

At the end of some days Chris Bell just sits and stares at the wall. Like many across the globe, Covid-19 has meant his work has shifted online and now his days consist of video call after video call.

“I’m just completely exhausted,” the faculty officer says. In a week, he can be dialling into as many as 30 different meetings, one after the other. All this, he says, “can be extremely draining”.

Bell is not alone in finding the new way of working challenging. A recent survey by Actus suggested that nine in 10 British workers had suffered “lockdown lethargy”. There are scientific reasons for this...

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