Chris Whitty

Total 4 Posts

The government should be up front about the trade-offs behind its new social distancing measures.

5 min read
The government should be more honest about what it sees as an acceptable level of risk as it reduces social distancing from two metres to “one-metre plus”.

Coronavirus: Do governments ever truly listen to ‘the science’?

5 min read
More often than not, governments decide what ‘the best available evidence’ is. Policies are often based on knowledge that is cherry picked for political reasons.

Coronavirus: Former member of SAGE explains how the science advisory group really works.

5 min read
In my time as a chief scientific adviser in government, I experienced many SAGEs and chaired a few of them. Here, I explain what happens behind those doors and why they need to remain closed – at least initially.

Coronavirus: Trust in political figures is at a low just as they need citizens to act on their advice.

4 min read
Leaders all over the world have tested their citizens to the limit in recent years. Now they need them to follow strict orders to stop the spread of infection.
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