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The small arrangements of a large-scale testing

In the international competition for the best anti-epidemic strategy, Luxembourg was supposed to become a role model.
With 42.9 % of infections avoided, the small country would have avoided a major health and economic catastrophe through a large-scale testing programme.
At least that is what the politicians and their scientists unanimously proclaim. But what about the science that informs this health policy?
A critical examination of the scientific study and its context reveals a somewhat more entangled picture than the proponents of "evidence-based" policy pretend.

The mathematics of fear

Numbers have probably never played such a dominant role in the public eye as they have since the beginning of the pandemic. Who does not almost instinctively consult the daily…

Incidence for everybody

In the search for a “reliable” indicator for assessing the current epidemiological situation, pretty much every possible and impossible variable has been used over the years: daily new infections and/or…

Pandemic 2020?

Population data for Luxembourg, ordered by age and sex, can be downloaded from https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/population-demography-migration-projections/data/database. Death figures from 1980 to today, ordered by age and sex, are available at https://gd.lu/dXhZ0q.  …

Ferngesteuerter Journalismus

Wie sich die Wissenschaftskommunikation ins Vorfeld der Medien verlagert. Ein Gastbeitrag von Prof.Dr. Stephan Russ-Mohl Die Wissenschaftskommunikation professionalisiert sich. Sie verlagert sich aber auch immer mehr ins Vorfeld des Journalismus,…

Au foirail de la Lune

Le tour joue au milieu de grands yeux ouverts qui font partie de nombreux pantins dont on ne sait point identifier l’origine du fait qu’ils ont couvert nez et bouche.…