HOW DANGEROUS IS COVID-19?
ARE THE TESTS RELIABLE?
DOES LOCKDOWN WORK?
WHY DID SWEDEN HAVE MORE DEATHS THAN NORWAY?
DO FACE MASKS STOP THE VIRUS?
ARE THE VACCINES SAFE AND EFFECTIVE?
These are questions that have been discussed intensively around the world since the start of the pandemic at the beginning of 2020.
How can these questions best be answered?
There is only one way, according to Sebastian Rushworth. And that is to look at the underlying scientific data.
In his book, Covid: why most of what you know is wrong, he answers these questions by examining and explaining the scientific literature. His conclusion is that many of the interventions taken by the world's governments have not been based on science. They have in fact often done more harm than good.
"A clear and reasonded guide to what is really going on with Covid-19"
By Malcolm Kendrick
Covid-19 has triggered a pandemic, and a panic. Many people are bewildered by the avalanche of information, often contradictory. On his blog, Sebastian Rushworth has been a voice of calm reason throughout, trying to help people make sense of what is going on. As a frontline doctor in Sweden he has had a front-row seat, and keen understanding of the disease, and our response to it. He takes the reader though some of the science, in order to explain what he is talking about. It is clear, it is reasoned. He believes that the Swedish response, although widely criticised, has been based on good evidence, and may end up being seen as the best way to have handled the pandemic. If you want a guide to what is really going on with Covid-19, then I fully recommend this book. You will end up with a much more complete understanding, which is what we are all looking for, I think.
Malcolm Kendrick is a doctor, blogger and author. His most recent books are: A Statin Nation: Damaging Millions in a Brave New Post-Health World (2018) and Doctoring Data: How to sort out medical advice from medical nonsense (2015).