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Dan O'Brien


It is debatable which countries best handled Covid, but clarity is needed on the risks ahead

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'GDP has its limitations, as Irish readers will know'. (stock photo)

'GDP has its limitations, as Irish readers will know'. (stock photo)

'GDP has its limitations, as Irish readers will know'. (stock photo)

There is much to be downbeat about in 2020. Hearing medical experts still arguing about the efficacy of face masks in slowing the spread of Covid-19 is just one of many reasons to feel glum. That is just what happened last week at a Dáil Covid committee meeting, when a disagreement broke out between two medics on what the evidence says about masks.

More encouraging was the consensus among the medics on the rapid advances being made in treating those who fall ill with Covid. They all appeared to agree that improvements on numerous fronts have been made over the course of this grim year. This is one reason why deaths from the disease in countries which had peaks last spring are lower today, including in those countries whose peaks in new daily cases are at (Spain) or above (the US) previous high points.


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