A leading scientist says the world went mad over Covid

Lockdowns did way more harm than good is the key point of a new book by a professor who advised the UK government on Covid

As he eloquently puts it, “I did not expect that elementary principles of epidemiology would be misunderstood and ignored, that tried-and-trusted approaches to public health would be pushed aside, that so many scientists would abandon their objectivity, or that plain common sense will be a casualty of the crisis. Yet – as I’ve explained – these things did happen, and we have all seen the result. I didn’t expect the world to go mad. But it did.”

Mark Woolhouse is professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, SAGE adviser, and now author of ‘The Year the World Went Mad, a personal, insider’s view of how the Covid pandemic played out.