The expert group seeking a more holistic approach to the coronavirus pandemic

The expert group seeking a more holistic approach to the coronavirus pandemic

As in many other countries, the government in Slovakia has imposed various state-wide measures, including lockdowns, in order to try to contain the coronavirus epidemic and avoid the country's hospitals being overwhelmed with Covid patients. Some experts, however, believe that the harm being done by the imposition of such measures may in some cases outweigh the good they are intended to bring about. Jonathan speaks with Richard Kollar, a specialist in mathematical modelling at Comenius University in Bratislava who has been critical of the government's approach, about a new advisory group he has organised composed of experts from a range of academic disciplines, which he hopes will be able to propose a more comprehensive or holistic approach to dealing with the pandemic - one that will weigh the benefits of any such measures against their costs.

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Here is the group's facebook page, currently only in Slovak.

Here is their first online meeting, which was a presentation given in English by a Harvard professor and livestreamed on Monday 23 Nov.

Jonathan McCormick, Photo: Flickr/Kat Masback