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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

    Sweden’s lockdown lite

    Sweden’s lockdown lite

    Unlike its Nordic neighbours, Sweden never imposed a lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus. Tim Harford speaks to statistician Ola Rosling to find out what the results have been.

    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Producer: Jo Casserly

    Picture: A woman wearing a face mask stands at a bus stop featuring a sign reminding passengers to maintain a minimum social distance between each other to reduce the risk of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes the pandemic COVID-19 disease, in Stockholm, Sweden, 25 June 2020.
    Credit: EPA/ Stina Stjernkvist

    • 14 min
    Why Trump is wrong about the USA’s coronavirus case comeback

    Why Trump is wrong about the USA’s coronavirus case comeback

    Are cases really rising in the US or are they just testing more? Tim digs into the data.

    • 9 min
    Why did the UK have such a bad Covid-19 epidemic?

    Why did the UK have such a bad Covid-19 epidemic?

    The UK has suffered one of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus anywhere in the world. We’ve been tracking and analysing the numbers for the last 14 weeks, and in the last programme of this More or Less series, we look back through the events of March 2020 to ask why things went so wrong - was it bad decision-making, bad advice, or bad luck?

    • 28 min
    A new Covid-19 drug and a second wave

    A new Covid-19 drug and a second wave

    The steroid Dexamethasone has been hailed a “major breakthrough” in the treatment of Covid-19. But what does the data say? Plus, why haven’t mass protests led to a second wave?

    • 9 min
    Child Poverty, School Inequality and a Second Wave

    Child Poverty, School Inequality and a Second Wave

    As lockdown eases, why hasn't there been a spike in infections? We get a first look at the evidence for the much-trumpeted Covid-19 treatment, Dexamethasone. Stephanie Flanders tells us what’s happening to the UK economy. Keir Starmer says child poverty is up; Boris Johnson says it’s down, who's right? Plus which children are getting a solid home-school experience, and who is missing out?

    • 28 min
    Who Should be Quarantined?

    Who Should be Quarantined?

    Some countries are requiring new arrivals to self-isolate, a policy designed to stop infection spreading from areas of high prevalence to low prevalence. Tim Harford and Ruth Alexander find out which countries have the highest rate of Covid-19 infection.
    Plus, is it really true that the coronavirus mostly kills people who would die soon anyway?

    • 9 min

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507 Ratings

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I only wish there was more of it.
Fantastic job.

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