Maths plays an essential role in fighting COVID-19, which is why the pandemic has featured a lot on Plus. Here is all our coverage at a glance. This page will be continually updated with new content.
Will the virus escape the vaccines? — Can the virus that causes COVID-19 mutate into a vaccine-resistant strain? And if yes, what would this mean for our vaccination strategy?
Keeping up with COVID-19 — Never before have people had to work out the incidence of a disease in the middle of pandemic in real time. The team behind the ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey have developed a way to do just that.
Reducing NHS waiting lists in times of COVID — Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men in the UK and second most for women. The backlog in NHS waiting lists caused by COVID poses a huge challenge in this context. In this podcast we talk to a clinician and mathematician to see how maths can help.
Testing testing in schools — What's the safest way to reopen schools? And can testing make things better for students and the community?
R's not all you need — When it comes to loosening COVID restrictions all eyes are usually on R, but it's also important to take account of prevalence.
Giving numbers meaning — Our favourite communicator of risk talks about the statistics of COVID-19, the quality of government briefings, and how to counter misinformation.
Unlocking the workforce — How can we get back to work safely in the face of a lingering pandemic? Mathematicians have issued some guidelines for policy makers and employers.
The growth rate of COVID-19 — We all now know about R, the reproduction number of a disease. But sometimes it can be good to consider another number: the growth rate of an epidemic.
Compound infections — Why does the number e appear in models of exponential growth, including epidemiological models?
The problem with combining R ratios — We explore why you need to be extremely careful when combining the reproduction ratios of a disease in different settings, such as hospitals and the community.
The virus podcast — In this podcast we explore the famous curve, talk about how to communicate science in a crisis, and explain the maths of herd immunity in one minute.
How can maths fight a pandemic? — How do mathematical models of COVID-19 work and should we believe them? We talk to Julia Gog, an epidemiologist who has been working flat out to inform the government, to find out more.
A call to action on COVID-19 — An urgent call has gone out to the scientific modelling community to help fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Two Cambridge mathematicians are helping to lead the charge.
Social distancing: How close is safe? — Mathematicians are investigating how we can keep safe as we emerge from lockdown, by seeing how far virus-carrying droplets can fly in different environments — from buses to supermarkets.
Communicating the coronavirus crisis — David Spiegelhalter, expert in risk and evidence communication, tells us how well the UK government has done so far communicating about Covid-19.
Squashing the curve? — A study published in March by researchers from Imperial College suggested that measures against COVID-19 needed to be much more drastic than was previously hoped.
How to resolve the Premier League — As football leagues around the world have been suspended due to COVID-19, how should the final rankings of teams be decided? Here is a suggestion.
Was points per game fair? — With the Premier League finished for this year we check if the solution suggested in the previous article, and other ways the League could have been decided without playing the remaining matches, would have been fair.