Cracking the Lunacy

At last mainstream media are starting to question events of the past year. Hopefully this is a sign that normalcy will begin to return and our lunatocracies revert to democracies again before it is too late. Coronavirus lockdown lunacy is frying our minds: Adam Creighton in The Australian reported ten days ago on this study … More Cracking the Lunacy

Vanquishing Variants

Do we need to fear different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus? One of the most basic concepts students of Virology learn is that virus mutation is an evolutionary process which affects a virus’ chances of survival. Lethal viruses render their hosts too unwell for human contact, limiting the virus’ ability for ongoing transmission. Milder viruses, … More Vanquishing Variants

Turning Tides

The New York Times describe Scott Atlas as having “unorthodox” ideas, and “pushing a suite of disputed policy prescriptions” in this article https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/us/politics/trump-scott-atlas-coronavirus.html#click=https://t.co/0jLWPfUQ7g. Yet for anyone who has read a little bit of public health and heard Atlas speak, this seems to be very far from the truth. Atlas recommends an evidence based public health … More Turning Tides

Coxcombs and Bell Curves

Florence Nightingale invented the coxcomb during her time nursing soldiers in the Crimea in the 1850s.  This pie chart demonstrated that more soldiers were dying from contagion (mainly cholera and typhus) than battle injury.  It helped her convince authorities of the need for infection control practices. Another English influencer who used mathematical diagrams to explain … More Coxcombs and Bell Curves