Coronavirus: an app too far

Although the grandstanding Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet, has had a good epidemic – in the sense that people used to talk about having a good "war" – I actually prefer the more measured approach of the British Medical Journal. It seems to have a far...

Coronavirus: the epidemic we deserve

A paper in early February on the spread of Covid-19 in China published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) noted that 41 percent of the first 138 patients diagnosed at one hospital in Wuhan, China, were presumed to be infected in that...

Coronavirus: screening the noise

It is interesting (if that is the right word) to see that the Guardian and other newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times, are having serious financial problems.These are so serious that they are having to cut back on non-editorial staff and...

Coronavirus: a process not an event

When it comes to the Covid-19 epidemic, if they are content merely to trot out the daily statistics on cases and deaths, accepting them uncritically from official sources, then neither newspapers nor broadcasters can claim to be a "news" service. All they are doing is...

Coronavirus: a lack of preparation (again)

Anyone who has been tracking Brexit over the years has learnt to accept that the media, in general, is issue illiterate and largely ignorant on the detail of the functioning of the European Union. And I cannot honestly say that any media organ has got to grips with...

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