from evidence to advice
Why does expert advice change?
How can we interpret risk evidence?
How do we deal with uncertainty?
In this episode we focus on Source-Pathway-Receptor Framework and, as always, a bit of cost benefit analysis
***February 2021 update on masks ***
Given the new virus variants, we wanted to check out the new advice about masks. Listen to the quick update (we sneak in ‘the precautionary principle’ too). You can download the references which we used for the update by clicking: updated Covid19 & mask references Feb 2021
Why has this advice changed? Can we trust science if it is so susceptible to change? How can we join the dots from evidence to advice?
How should we wear the masks (or gloves or visors) and look after them? Is there a way to protect ourselves that’s sustainable and affordable? We investigate.
you’ve probably read headlines claiming that countries led by female leaders
fared better at containing the pandemic. We look at the research on women
leaders and at what sets them apart from more autocratic male leaders.
***All information and statistics correct at time of recording: early August 2020***
***The views we and our guests express in this podcast are our own***
(Click on the links below to find out more)
Reducing transmission, and the efficacy of PPE
Scientific analysis of the potential predictors of per-capita coronavirus-related mortality in 198 countries, including age, sex ratio, obesity prevalence, temperature, urbanisation, smoking, duration of infection, lockdowns, viral testing, contact tracing policies, and public mask-wearing norms and policies
PPE waste – where does it go?
Gender and leadership styles in response to Covid-19
What are the costs of reducing virus spillover from animals weighed against the toll of disease outbreak? This article suggests reducing tropical deforestation might be one of the most cost-effective ways of preventing the next pandemic.