Straight answers to tough questions about the coronavirus pandemic
The world needs research-based knowledge now more than ever. Our Coronavirus Series is a collection of articles exploring large-scale phenomena and complex questions relating to the coronavirus pandemic. The series features interviews with Tampere University scientists whose areas of expertise range from medicine and epidemiology to history and journalism.
With the whole world eagerly waiting for an effective treatment or a vaccine to protect against the coronavirus, why was money and time wasted by studying hydroxychloroquine when the effectiveness of this antimalarial drug in treating Covid-19 could not be proven? The answer is found in this article, which is part of the Coronavirus Series published in the Unit magazine of Tampere Universities. The series includes four articles that examine perspectives that may be overlooked in daily news coverage and offers readers evidence-based knowledge about a range of phenomena relating to the pandemic.
The articles discuss, among other things, the evolution of medicine and the history of pandemics, media coverage of the coronavirus crisis and hard decisions over the economy. Besides bleak facts, scientists from Tampere University offer a glimmer of hope: if the pandemic had to come, this was the best time because now we are likely to survive the virus better than ever.
The articles are written by journalist and photographer Juho Paavola. Photos are taken by photographer Jonne Renvall.
Click on the links below to access the articles:
Bad data can lead astray in the fight against COVID-19
Difficult trade-off between health and economy
High-quality journalism does not feast on Covid-19 fears
If the coronavirus had to come, this was the best time
Unit - Together for deeper knowledge.
Text: Tiina Lankinen
Photo: Jonne Renvall