Ross Clark

The growing evidence on lockdown deaths

20 October 2020 11:30 pm

That the lockdown had a terrible impact on the nation’s health — in ways other than just Covid-19 — is…


The US is coming out of COVID no worse than any European country

20 October 2020 6:07 am

It has become a received wisdom in recent months that the US has failed where the EU had succeeded. On…


The curious case of the man who caught COVID twice

13 October 2020 11:35 pm

Does catching the SARS-CoV-2 virus give us immunity from further infection by the virus or can we catch it a…

How likely are you to catch Covid on a plane?

12 October 2020 6:38 pm

It is little surprise to see the International Air Transport Association (IATA) claiming that the risk of catching Covid-19 on a…

Quantifying the cost of lockdown

28 September 2020 10:01 pm

We have had plenty of anecdotes about people failing to be diagnosed with serious diseases during lockdown. This is thanks to…

Could we see Covid anti-virals before a vaccine?

24 September 2020 7:30 am

In a strategy that now appears to be one of outright suppression, the government has put huge stock in the…

There is no Covid consensus

22 September 2020 11:34 pm

Today, 32 scientists, economists and other academics have written to the Prime Minister demanding a change in policy on Covid-19,…

Five questions for Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance

22 September 2020 7:19 am

The chief medical officer, professor Chris Whitty, and chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, made a statement this morning on…

The growing evidence for T cell Covid immunity

19 September 2020 6:00 pm

Back in May I wroteabout a study by La Jolla Institute for Immunology, which raised the possibility that exposure to…

Rise in cases not (yet) affecting the over-70s

18 September 2020 11:27 pm

Perhaps the most reliable test of Covid-19 levels is carried out by the Office for National Statistics, which every week…

How Extinction Rebellion shot itself in the foot

17 September 2020 12:02 am

It was easy to criticise Westminster for caving into Extinction Rebellion’s demands for a ‘citizen’s assembly’ on climate change when…

What David Attenborough's 'Extinction: The Facts' didn't tell you

15 September 2020 1:29 am

It was only a matter of time before Covid-19 got swept up into the wider narrative of humans facing impending…

Government jobs don’t have to be in the capital

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Home-working shows how many government jobs can be moved out of London

Europe's 'second wave' has fizzled out

4 September 2020 10:19 pm

Has the Covid ‘second wave’ already run out of steam? On 9 July, just when Britain was reopening the hospitality…

We may be closer to herd immunity than previously thought

3 September 2020 10:00 pm

Are we a lot closer to achieving herd immunity with Covid-19 than has been made out? It is a question…

What is behind the increase of non-Covid related deaths?

2 September 2020 9:38 pm

The latest data on weekly deaths in England and Wales, published today by the Office of National Statistics, show what…

Most lockdown pupils are ‘three months behind’

1 September 2020 9:46 pm

As schools return to full in-person teaching, a survey reveals just how far behind pupils are in their education. The…

Children who died of Covid-19 were already seriously ill, new study shows

28 August 2020 10:33 pm

It has been clear from the start of the Covid-19 crisis – from Wuhan’s experience, before cases were confirmed in…

An off-the-shelf insect repellent could help kill Covid-19

27 August 2020 9:30 pm

Should we be spraying surfaces, and ourselves, with an off-the-shelf mosquito repellent to tackle the spread of Covid-19? The Ministry…

Has this Brazilian city reached herd immunity without lockdown?

26 August 2020 11:32 pm

Throughout the Covid crisis, the international response to the disease has rested on a simple assumption: that none of us…

What percent of Covid deaths were directly from Covid?

25 August 2020 9:30 pm

Just how many people have died of Covid-19, as opposed to having died with the virus? It is a poignant…

Could blood plasma be used to treat Covid-19?

24 August 2020 11:08 pm

What are we to make of the decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant emergency use…

University challenge: the next education crisis

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Many institutions face the fight of their lives

Is this the end of the line for public transport?

20 August 2020 10:10 pm

News that rail fares are to rise by 1.6 per cent in January, and public transport fares in London by…

Why weren't we wearing masks at the start of the crisis?

19 August 2020 9:31 pm

The rise of the face mask has been one of the remarkable features of the later period of the Covid-19…