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Coronavirus: a political disease

If there was one word which could be used to convey the current situation, it is “uncertainty”. It more or less defines where we are because just about everyone wants a way out of the lockdown, but no-one knows precisely how to achieve it without exposing...

Coronavirus: in for the long haul

In mid-February of this year, the Los Angeles Times published a piece about the original 2003 SARS outbreak. “SARS killed hundreds and then disappeared”, it wrote, asking: “Could this coronavirus die out?”Ominously, towards the end of the...

Coronavirus: ripples in a pond

I have been trying to visualise images that might best explain how the statistics in this epidemic are being wrongly presented giving a completely false impression of what has been going on and what is likely to happen.The starting point, familiar to most readers of...

Coronavirus: malevolent stupidity

So complicated has prime minister Johnson’s pathway to lifting the lockdown become, it seems, that he has had to issue a 60-page “users’ manual”, presumably in an attempt to help us chart our way through the process.But, when it comes to...

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