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Which countries are doing best and worst in tackling the coronavirus? Is Britain really doing that badly?

May 27th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Of course, it depends on how you measure this. Do you use the number of confirmed cases which depends massively on the testing regime in that nation? Or the number of deaths confirmed as caused by or involving Covid-19? Or the number of excess deaths over and above what would be expected for the time […]

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Think coronavirus is the worst thing that could happen to the world? Think again. It could be worse, much much worse. Feeling better now?

April 26th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Things are tough just now, right? You want to be cheered up, don’t you? Well, consider this: things could be much worse. The existence of humankind is not a given. There are a variety of existential threats out there and, put is this way, the odds could be better. I was reminded of this by […]

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How do we decide who will live and who will die in this global pandemic?

April 24th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Three years ago, I did a blog posting which posed an ethical dilemma. There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next […]

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And in other news … this year’s World Press Freedom Index is published and it’s not good for the UK or the US

April 21st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

At this time of crisis and lockdown, many of us are deprived of some basic freedoms – but hopefully this is temporary. Meanwhile media freedom around the world is under challenge. The latest World Press Freedom Index shows that the United Kingdom has slipped to 35th and the United States is no better at 45th. […]

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Coronavirus is not an enemy; it is a pandemic. This is not a war; it is a crisis.

April 12th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

It’s interesting how some politicians like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson talk of the coronavirus as if it is a person – a cunning arch enemy with evil intent that can be defeated like the Nazis. On his discharge from hospital today, the Prime Minister declared “We will win”. What does winning mean when already […]

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Some people on social media are claiming that coronavirus is just like flu and that governments and the media are over-reacting

March 27th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

CV is not just flu – it is a new virus and we still have much to learn about it CV is not just like flu – it is much more contagious and will probably prove to be much more deadly. It is far too soon to be sure which measures were most effective and […]

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In other news … there is still a ferocious conflict in the Middle East

March 22nd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just finished reading a new book called “Black Wave” by Kim Ghattas. Ghattas is a Lebanese writer and Emmy Award-winning journalist who covered the Middle East for 20 years for the BBC and the “Financial Times”. The ‘black wave’ of the title is the tsunami of Islamic fundamentalism that has flooded the Middle East and […]

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Where does your country come in the World Happiness Report?

March 20th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Since the first World Happiness Report in 2012, four different countries have held the top position: Denmark in 2012, 2013 and 2016, Switzerland in 2015, Norway in 2017, and now Finland in 2018, 2019 and 2020. With its continuing upward trend in average scores, Finland consolidated its hold on first place, and is now significantly […]

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If you would be interested in tracking in real time accurate data on the spread of coronavirus worldwide, there is a web site that is doing that

March 18th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Amazingly the site has been set up by an American boy of just 17, Avi Schiffmann, a high school junior from Mercer Island outside Seattle. But the site is using reputable sources such as the Word Health Organisation. You can access the site here. As I write this posting, the global number of confirmed cases […]

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Coronavirus (or Covid-19): where and who was patient zero?

March 13th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Whenever there is a global pandemic, it is natural to wonder how it all started. We still don’t know for sure where the Black Death of the mid 14th century originated although, in October 2010, medical geneticists suggested that all three of the great waves of the plague originated in China. Similarly there are different […]

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