For the next few months Talk Evidence is going to focus on the new corona virus pandemic.
There is an enormous amount of uncertainty about the disease, what the symptoms are, fatality rate, treatment options, things we shouldn't be doing.
We're going to try to get away from the headlines and talk about what we need to know - to hopefully give you some insight into these issues.
(1.00) Carl gives us an update on the UK’s covid-19 related mortality
(7.40) When the evidence is uncertain, and the outcomes so massive, then the ethical dimensions of decisions become even more apparent. Helen talks ethics in guidelines with Julian Sheather, advisor on ethics and human rights to the BMA and MSF.
(25.37) Update on covid-19 research, looking at viral particle shedding.
(29.24) We’ve mentioned the potential wasted effort in covid-19 research, and Helen speaks to Paul Glaziou, director of the Institute for Evidence Based Research at Bond University, about the waste he’s already seen, and ways in which it could be avoided.