State of the art
Graffiti on Edvard Munch’s first version of ‘The Scream’ was revealed to be the work of the artist himself. There is a tradition of artists damaging their own work:
— In 2018, a Banksy, ‘Girl With Balloon’, was partially shredded moments after being sold for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s by a device fixed inside the frame.
— In 1920, Dadaist Francis Picabia arranged for his friend André Breton to rub out his chalk drawing, ‘Riz au Nez’, shortly after it went on display in Paris.
— In 1960, ‘Homage to New York’, a sculpture by Jean Tinguely, auto-combusted after going on display in the city’s Museum of Modern Art.
Calling the shots
A guide to those confusing efficacy rates for Covid vaccines:
— 95% effectiveness of two doses at reducing symptomatic infections in trials, from data analysed by US Food and Drug Administration, December.
— 90% effectiveness of two doses at reducing symptomatic infections, from Pfizer press release, 9 November.
— 85% rate by which hospitalisations were reduced 28-34 days after a single dose, from Scottish population-wide study, 22 February.
— 85% rate by which symptomatic infections reduced 15-28 days after single dose, from population-wide Israeli study.
— 94% reduction in hospitalisations 28-34 days after single dose, from population-wide Scottish study, 22 February.
— 90% fall in symptomatic infections after a half dose followed by a full dose, from Lancetpaper, December.
— 70% fall in symptomatic infections after two doses (combined results from people given two full doses and people given a half dose followed by full dose), from trial results published in Lancet.
— 62.5% reduction in symptomatic infections after two full doses, from December’s Lancetpaper.
Schools are to return on 8 March. Which age group had the most Covid-19 infections (symptomatic or asymptomatic) on 12 February?
Age two to school year 6 (nursery and primary) | 0.56%
School years 7-11 (secondary) | 0.41%
School year 12 to age 24 (sixth form and university/college students) | 0.69%
Age 25-34 | 0.74%
35-49 | 0.8%
50-69 | 0.51%
70+ | 0.32%
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