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Month: February 2021

The Authority bias

The authority bias is the tendency to overestimate the opinion of authority figures and obey their indications to the detriment of the analysis of the situation. Small details can reinforce

WHO: Pandemic’s impact on cancer treatment is catastrophic

Covid-19’s impact on cancer treatment is “catastrophic” and “made us realise the real human cost of neglecting a non-communicable disease like cancer,” WHO Director for Europe Hans Kluge said. On

New revision: ECDC does not recommend respirators and double masks

The ECDC says that “the use of respirators in place of other types of face masks in the community is not considered currently justifiable“, taking into account “the potential costs

Cochrane review: effectiveness of masks and hand washing

Cochrane, a recognised organisation that conducts systematic reviews of high-quality studies, provided the update on ‘Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses’. In this systematic review

German minister works with scientists to create communication that instills Covid fear

At the beginning of last year, the German Ministry of the Interior worked with a group of scientists to create a communication strategy to promote the fear of Covid-19 among

Correlation: Confinements and mortality

In response to this pandemic, many countries have opted for extreme measures. General lockdown was introduced on the grounds that it was a way of decreasing transmission and hence mortality

Correlation and Causality: More than meets the eye

Our evolution has manifested itself largely in our ability to find patterns and trends with very little information. On the one hand, it has allowed us to develop ways of deciding quickly without having complete information (heuristics). For example, when we drive a car and make hundreds of decisions automatically.

Swedish Public Health Agency recommends gradual re-opening of secondary schools

The Swedish Public Health Agency recommends the gradual reopening of secondary schools (16-18 years old), and the resumption of organised sports and leisure activities in the country as of next

The confirmation bias

The confirmation bias is the tendency to value, remember, interpret or even research information that confirms pre-existing beliefs. We often develop convictions with ease. Even on complex subjects, most people
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