Wuhan: How the Covid-19 Outbreak in China Spiralled Out of Control by Dali L. Yang

A forgotten novel offers insights into living with a deadly and dehumanising pandemic

Questionable benefits were emphasised above obvious and dramatic harms

You don’t have to like him, but he got things done

The government must do more to help a sluggish state sector catch up

We have not remembered all the relevant facts about the conflict in Ukraine

Mates don’t let mates inform manipulative politics with bad behavioural science

Increase access, yes, but don’t restrict movement

Germs have been laying waste to civilisations for 50,000 years