How many people have died because of COVID-19? How does COVID-19 compare to the Spanish flu? How have the lockdown measures affected the economy, mental health and crime?
This year we have been bombarded by statistics – seven day rolling averages, rates of infection, excess deaths. Never have numbers been more central to our national conversation, and never has it been more important that we think about them clearly. In the media and in their Observer column, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter and RSS Statistical Ambassador Anthony Masters have interpreted these statistics, offering a vital public service by giving us the tools we need to make sense of the virus for ourselves and holding the government to account.
In this livestream talk, they will offer a trustworthy guide to these most uncertain of times. Together, Spiegelhalter and Masters have crunched the data on a year like no other, exposing the leading misconceptions about the virus and the vaccine. They join us to share their insight into one of the greatest upheavals in history, and answer your questions.
Praise for David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters’ COVID by Numbers:
‘I couldn’t imagine a better guidebook for making sense of a tragic and momentous time in our lives. Covid by Numbers is comprehensive yet concise, impeccably clear and always humane.’ – Tim Harford
‘A much needed antidote to the often murky and misinterpreted world of Covid data.’ – Hannah Fry
If you want to understand the numbers behind the virus that stopped the world, you ought to read this book.’ – Tom Chivers