One Last Post on George Floyd and Civil Unrest

Because I want to get back to the purpose of my blog—discussing COVID-19 and the reponse to it—I’m not going to say a whole lot more about what is going on in the US right now in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. But I’ve had enough conversations sparked by my last two […]


After I published my last post, a friend sent me this tweet that I had somehow missed when I looked for Trump tweets relating to George Floyd. Sorry I missed it, because it does at least call for an investigation, but I stand by the rest of what I said.

Taking a Break from COVID-19

I have an almost-written post on the need to educate ourselves about the virus as we move out of lockdown, both in the US and the UK. I even started thinking, after the (ongoing) Dominic Cummings brouhaha, that Boris was showing some Trump-like tendencies. I saved what I’d written so I could edit it and […]

Science versus politics

I’d written another essay that I’d planned to finish up and post today, but then woke up to this BBC news story about a new hydroxychloroquine trial. A month ago, the news was that researchers in Brazil had abandoned a high-dose chloroquine trial because of concerns for patient safety. All of this followed reports in […]

What is an acceptable mortality rate?

Michael Gove was on the Andrew Marr show this weekend, discussing the reopening of schools, and I thought he did a better job than usual of answering the questions put to him without trying to tap dance around the issues. One question that Marr kept repeating, though, was, “Can you guarantee that teachers will be […]

How we’re feeling

I feel a bit like the government, making promises I can’t or don’t keep. I promised on Friday that I would talk about the question “What mortality rate is acceptable?” I’d forgotten it was Friday when I said “tomorrow,” not planning to write posts over the weekend. I will still address that question, and some […]