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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

    Covid 19 death count: which countries are faring worst?

    Covid 19 death count: which countries are faring worst?

    Are different countries counting deaths from Covid 19 in the same way? Tim Harford finds out if we can trust international comparisons with the data available.

    We discover Peru currently has the most excess deaths per capita over the course of the pandemic, while Belgium has the highest Covid death count per capita.

    Tim speaks to Hannah Ritchie from Our World in Data and John Burn Murdoch, senior data visualisation journalist at the Financial Times.

    • 8 min
    Comparing death counts, Lock Down drinking and Long Covid

    Comparing death counts, Lock Down drinking and Long Covid

    The UK was the first European country to surpass 100,000 deaths from Covid 19. The UK has one of the worst death rates. But can we trust the numbers? Many of our listeners have asked us to investigate.

    Long Covid is widely acknowledged as being a growing problem, but what are the numbers involved? Just how many people have longterm symptoms after their initial infection?

    There have been reports that we are drinking more in Lock Down. We examine the evidence.

    Dr Natalie MacDermott was one of the first guests invited on to More or Less to talk about the new coronavirus early last year. We revisit what she said then and what we know now. Plus, she tells of her own struggles with Long Covid.

    • 28 min
    How much Covid in the World?

    How much Covid in the World?

    If we brought all the virus particles of the Sars-CoV-2 virus from every human currently infected, how much would there be? This was a question posed by one of our listeners. We lined up two experts to try to work this out. YouTube maths nerd Matt Parker and Kit Yates, senior lecturer in mathematical biology at the University of Bath, UK give us their best estimates. One believes the particles would fit into a small can of coke, the other a spoonful.

    • 8 min
    Brexit exports, cladding and are 1 in 5 disabled?

    Brexit exports, cladding and are 1 in 5 disabled?

    Are exports to the EU from the UK down 68% since Brexit? This apocalyptic statistic is being widely reported, but does it really tell us what’s happening at Dover and Folkstone?

    Ministers are tweeting reassuring numbers about flammable cladding on high rise buildings. We’re not so sure.

    Is it really true that one in five people are disabled?

    Plus, if you assembled all the coronavirus particles in the world into a pile - how big would it be?

    • 28 min
    Glasgow vs Rwanda

    Glasgow vs Rwanda

    Tim explores a shocking claim that life expectancy in some parts of Glasgow is less than it is in Rwanda. But is that fair on Glasgow and for that matter is it fair on Rwanda? And a listener asks whether loss of smell is a strong enough symptom of Covid that it might be used to help diagnose the virus, replacing rapid testing.

    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou


    (Left: Rwanda refugee - photo Reza. Right: Glasgow homeless man - photo Christopher Furlong / both Getty images)

    • 8 min
    Teachers, Test & Trace and Butterflies

    Teachers, Test & Trace and Butterflies

    Prominent Labour politicians have claimed teachers are more likely to catch Covid-19, is that true?

    England’s Test and Trace programme has been widely criticised, has it raised its game in recent months? A ferocious row has broken out between scientists about how effective fast turnaround Lateral Flow tests are, and how they should be used. We examine the data.

    Plus, we examine a claim from Extinction Rebellion that British butterflies have declined by 50% since 1976.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
588 Ratings

588 Ratings

Frinnall ,

Interesting and well-done show

Great show! The topics are interesting and well-explained. The host is engaging, informative, and really helps the audience understand topics that initially seem really complex. Keep up the outstanding work!!

tastytomato ,

Host great; correspondent- no

Tim Harford is inquisitive and brilliant. Sadly, a new correspondent named Amy has a decidedly political and preachy bent.

hjjtopia ,

Love, informative

My curiosity fix

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