Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 global pandemic, many issues have arisen that run contrary to historical precedents and known and practiced public health principles of the last century. This article discusses some of these issues.
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Peter Castleden and Piet Streicher of PANDA unpack the modelling and predictions that PANDA made in 2020 with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. This retrospective look at what PANDA got right and wrong in the predictions also provides insight into how the models are made.
Doctor Denis Rancourt, from PANDA, examines COVID-19 with Dr Peter Breggin discussing the multiple measures being used during the pandemic, from wearing masks to washing our hands. They evaluate the counting of deaths and the testing for cases. Dr. Rancourt approaches these questions as an experienced scientist with a very broad general interest in the world and its affairs. They have one strong disagreement, but open science is about respecting and allowing unexpected opinions. A thoughtful, informed conversation.
The media relish negative news. “If it bleeds it leads” still holds, and perhaps it’s never been truer than in the COVID-19 era. Every day the news highlights the spread of the virus and tells the sad stories of some of its victims.
PANDA’s Dr Clare Craig from the UK in conversation with Nick Hudson.
Clare is a diagnostic pathologist who has looked into the UK’s Covid testing strategy in great detail. In her own words she is a lover of data, digital pathology and AI, sceptical but optimistic.
PANDA’s Covid-19 Live Data Feed contains a wealth of global Covid-19 data. Ian McGorian takes the viewer through all the functions in detail.
The PANDA website hosts a comprehensive Covid-19 live data feed. This is a short tutorial by Ian McGorian, who created the dashboard, demonstrating how to get the most out of it with a specific focus on South Africa.
PANDA’s Nick Hudson on the so-called “second wave” of cases with no commensurate pandemic surge in deaths, as well as Covid’s seasonality.
Professor Alex van den Heever, from Wit’s School of Governance; Nick Hudson, coordinator of Panda; and Mike Schussler, head of econmists.co.za; talk about what we have learned so far about lockdowns that should be guiding our decision making as we chart a course ahead.
PANDA’s Heike Brunner hosts a virtual tea-party and a deep conversation with Professor Sucharit Bhakdi from PANDA’s Scientific Advisory Council.
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