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Breathe easy: how respiratory viruses evolve to become milder

There has been an almost obsessive reluctance among public health experts to admit Omicron is mild

By Matt Ridley

Science & Tech

Don’t blame the pandemic on deforestation

Dismantling the environmental theory for Covid’s origins

By Matt Ridley

China

The Covid lab leak theory just got even stronger

In both Yunnan and Laos, the only people who knowingly transported bat virus samples to Wuhan — and only to Wuhan — were scientists

By Matt Ridley

China

China is using the climate as a bargaining chip

For reasons that are not clear, western environmentalists are mad keen on China, despite its appetite for coal

By Matt Ridley

Science & Tech

Why the COVID lab leak theory is increasingly plausible

Just because Donald Trump thought the virus came out of a lab does not mean that it did not

By Matt Ridley

Science & Tech

Stresses and strains: the evolution of COVID is not random

Mutations occur all the time; what matters is which ones find favor in natural selection

By Matt Ridley

Tech

Why mRNA vaccines could revolutionize medicine

What if 2020 went down in history as the year synthetic biology dealt a mortal blow to future viruses?

By Matt Ridley

Europe

Students who catch COVID may be saving lives

There is no course that involves zero suffering. It’s a question of minimizing it

By Matt Ridley

Russia

Could the key to COVID be found in the Russian pandemic?

From lethal pandemic to common cold: what we can learn from the events of 1889-90

By Matt Ridley

The growing evidence on vitamin D and COVID

Vitamin D deficiency may or may not help to prevent you catching the virus, but it does affect whether you get very sick from it

By Matt Ridley

Europe

We know everything — and nothing — about COVID

It is data, not modeling, that we need now

By Matt Ridley

The contenders — and challenges — in the race to cure COVID

There are reasons to be optimistic about the therapies being tested

By Matt Ridley

Europe

Britain’s coronavirus testing is bogged down in bureaucracy

On March 14, the UK was the fifth best country for quantity of COVID-19 viral tests performed per capita. By March 30 it had fallen to 26th

By Matt Ridley

Home

The curious age discrimination of coronavirus

Why does it affect the generations differently?

By Matt Ridley

Europe

We are about to find out how robust civilization is

The hardships ahead will be like nothing we have ever known

By Matt Ridley

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