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Modelling epidemics | Facts about chloroquine

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Friday, 27 March 2020


Editor's note

This is the moment that epidemiologists have been training for. A global pandemic – no longer the preserve of disaster films, but a grim reality that has people confined to their homes and glued to their screens. Behind every government announcement, thousands of experts are working day and night to stay one step ahead of the outbreak. But how are they able to track and predict the spread of the virus? Christian Yates reveals how he and other mathematical biologists do it. 

Meanwhile, chloroquine has come to the fore of discussions around COVID-19 in the US after President Donald Trump suggested it could be used to effectively treat the virus. Katherine Seley-Radtke examines this claim and sets out the facts about chloroquine.

Jack Marley

Commissioning Editor, Environment + Energy

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