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Why Did the UK Have Such a Bad Covid-19 Epidemic?
Bad decision-making, bad advice, or bad luck?
Hawaiian Pizza, Obesity and a Second Wave?
Covid-19 cases are rising in the UK, is it a sign of a second wave of the virus?
A-level algorithms, poker and buses
We unpick the A-level algoshambles and discover what poker teaches us about statistics.
Covid plasma therapy
Claims about a Covid-19 treatment, breast cancer screening, and 18th century sex workers.
Schools and coronavirus, test and trace, maths and reality
Evidence on Covid-19 risks in schools, data on contact tracing, and a philosophical query.
Covid cases rising, a guide to life’s risks, and racing jelly-fish
How worrying is the UK’s jump in cases? Plus balancing risks and the speed of jelly-fish.
Covid testing capacity, refugee numbers, and mascara
Confusing claims on lab capacity, the UK’s record on asylum, and the volume of eyelashes.
Covid curve queried, false positives, and the Queen’s head
How fast are coronavirus cases doubling? Plus testing confusion and a royal face-off.
'Record' Covid cases, Trump on the death count, and ant pheromones
Case counts in perspective, a suspect stat from the US, and life lessons from insects.
Spreadsheet snafu, ‘Long Covid’ quantified, and the birth of probability
Missing coronavirus case data, long-term symptoms, and a big mathematical moment.
How effective is one dose of the vaccine?
Is the first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine 52% or 90% effective?
Will the vaccine bring back normal life? GDP and Fishing
If we vaccinate the top four priority groups by February, how much will things change?
Deaths at Home, Supermarket Infections and the Cobra Effect
Where are people catching Covid-19?
Teachers, Test & Trace and Butterflies
Are teachers more at risk from Covid-19?
Brexit exports, cladding and are 1 in 5 disabled?
Are exports to the EU down since Brexit? Plus removing flammable building cladding.
Comparing death counts, Lock Down drinking and Long Covid
Is the UK’s Covid-19 death count among the worst in the world?
Wales jab success, Eurovision and living with your parents
How to vaccinate a country quickly, plus the UK’s singing contest woes.
Bolton vaccines, Yorkshire versus Scotland and the average gamer
Were tens of thousands of people getting their jab in Bolton every single day?
Third wave fears, smart motorways and bra sizes
Should we worry about Covid-19 cases rising? Plus are smart motorways safe?
Covid deaths, outdoor swimming and care homes
The global death toll has reached a grim milestone. Plus the UK’s low ranking waters.
Delta cases, blue tits and that one-in-two cancer claim
Should we worry about the Delta variant? Plus how much do blue tits eat?
Scotland cases, flood risk and taxing the poor
Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Scotland, plus will your town be under water by 2030?
The Freedom Day Gamble
Tim Harford and the team try to work out how long Covid cases will continue to rise.