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Coronavirus: Why scientists are divided over the effectiveness of the UK’s strategy

There is an angry, heated row raging among scientists about how best to tackle Covid-19. Given all the variables, we shouldn't be surprised

By Philip Ball  

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty and Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance attend a news conference addressing the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak, at Downing Street in London, Britain March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/Pool

Dissent and dispute are a normal part of science. If you ask randomly selected high-energy physicists where we should be looking for a theory of quantum gravity, you can be sure that whatever answer they give will be challenged by some of their peers. If you ask geneticists to what…

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