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Thursday, 8
October 2020

Prof Francois Balloux: the climate of fear on Covid is dangerous

by UnHerd

Since the start of the pandemic, the debate over Covid restrictions has grown increasingly acrimonious. As both sides have dug their heels in, one person that has tried to keep himself above the fray is Prof Francois Balloux, Director of the UCL Genetics Institute and Professor of Computational Systems Biology at University College London.

He is typically grouped with the lockdown sceptics, but Prof Balloux has so far managed to retain the respect of both sides. Earlier this week, we caught up with Francois to discuss his thoughts on the pandemic, what kind of strategy he would like to see implemented, and why fear poses such a threat to society. Hope you enjoy.

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  • October 15, 2020
    I started following Professor Balloux on Twitter a few months ago, and he's been making similar points going back to March. Read more

  • October 14, 2020
    I have over seven months listened to all of the interviews on Unherd and read many others, as it is only by listening to the opinons based upon the work of many scientists that we can educate ourselves about this virus, and it is only by education that a rational, behavourial response is engendered.... Read more

  • October 14, 2020
    I was interested about Freddie's comments on the various countries and that response has much to do with our attitude to our politicians. I wonder if he meant our attitude to politicians in general or specifically our attitude to the politicians we have at the moment. Read more

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