COVID-19: comparisons and knowledge

Post by Tiago Moreira One of the defining images of the COVID-19 crisis has been the graphs that trace the number of cases or fatalities in different countries across time. If you are in any way following this situation in the news or social media, you will most certainly have come across the Financial Times ‘Coronavirus tracked’ page or the Worldometer dedicated Coronavirus webpage. Confronted with this data, you will, as many others, have asked why one country is doing ‘bet

Policy-making and possibilities amid coronavirus: a few brief reflections

Post by Benjamin Rigby Much has been said and written about SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus) and its associated disease COVID-19. Like many commentators, I too am no expert. Indeed, for my own sanity I have tried to minimise the extent to which I read into the crisis. Nevertheless, I wanted to reflect on three points that have occurred to me over recent days. 1. The Government is ‘guided’ by the science During the last few years as a fledgling researcher in the field of public

Bring back the Britain of 1939 - We need good governance to cope with Crisis

#LongRead Post by David Byrne Crisis is a very important word. Its origins are in Greek medicine so it has been around for some 2,500 years. It describes that crucial period in the course of an infection when either the sick person’s immune system overcomes the disease and they get better or the disease overcomes the immune system and they die. Before (and perhaps after) effective antibiotics that is how it went. That is how it will go with a 'Corona' infection which is virus