Writing about numbers

Numbers are easy to understand when they are familiar to us (your checking account balance is a good example). But numbers can be hard to grasp when they are unfamiliar (like the result of some new blood test ordered by your doctor, or information about the risk of of a new and unfamiliar disease -…

Communicating the COVID-19 caseload

The coverage of the COVID-19 epidemic always focuses on the number of cases diagnosed. See for example, the excellent dashboard continually updated by our colleagues at Johns Hopkins: The case count is important because it is a measure of the potential burden on the healthcare system. But we also create communication problems when we…

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