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Reasons to be cheerful? Why Irish people are among the most optimistic in Europe

Dan O'Brien


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Human beings are innovative and enterprising. We will recover from this. The big question is how long it will take. Stock image

Human beings are innovative and enterprising. We will recover from this. The big question is how long it will take. Stock image

Human beings are innovative and enterprising. We will recover from this. The big question is how long it will take. Stock image

Which country has been 'hardest hit' by the coronavirus? Who has 'done well'? How recklessly have Donald Trump and Boris Johnson behaved in their response to pandemic?

Very often, those posing such questions are not very good at their sums. Many have a strong political bias.

Let's start with the usual - massive - caveats around how different countries have been affected by the pandemic. As so little is known about the virus, its effects, and which measures are effective in containing it, it remains impossible to say definitively which countries' populations are most affected and which countries are 'doing best'.