Dr John Lee

The dangers of a Covid ‘elimination’ policy

22 September 2020 4:00 pm

LONDON. It’s understandable that, in a crisis, politicians reach for wartime metaphors – but they don’t always fit. There was…

The coronavirus immunity riddle

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Our bodies’ defences work in ways we still don’t understand

How strong was the scientific advice behind lockdown?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

How strong was the scientific advice behind the lockdown?

Science, doubt and the ‘second wave’ of Covid

6 June 2020 4:24 pm

In taking a position on an issue, most of us like to think that we accumulate evidence, consider the pros…

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

30 May 2020 9:00 am

We have no idea how many ‘Covid deaths’ were actually Covid

Ten reasons to end the lockdown now

9 May 2020 3:30 am

Writing in this magazine a month ago, I applauded the government’s stated aim of trying to follow the science in…

Could the lockdown have side-effects no one has considered?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Is the lockdown causing more harm than good?

Do face masks work? A note on the evidence

19 April 2020 8:38 pm

Should we, or should we not be compelled to wear face masks during a virus epidemic? It sounds a simple…

Understanding Covid needs open minds – and vigorous debate

12 April 2020 11:23 pm

After a career as a scientist and clinical academic, I have been struck by how often they (we!) have very…

How to understand – and report – figures for ‘Covid deaths’

30 March 2020 1:07 am

Every day, now, we are seeing figures for ‘Covid deaths’. These numbers are often expressed on graphs showing an exponential…

The evidence on Covid-19 is not as clear as we think

28 March 2020 9:00 am

There is still plenty we don’t understand about the virus