**Page updated 29-06-2020**
The RSS has a task force to marshal and promote, at a high level, the Society's expertise relevant to the Covid-19 crisis. Founded by RSS president elect, Professor Sylvia Richardson CBE, she co-chairs the initiative with RSS past president Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE, and is supported by a steering group.
More information on the Task Force, and information on how to get involved, is now on our dedicated page.
The initiative was first proposed at the most recent RSS Council meeting and follows our statement regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in which our President, Professor Deborah Ashby, acknowledged that 'the statistical community has a key role to play'.
A key aim of the task force is to ensure that the RSS can contribute its collective expertise to UK national and devolved governments and public bodies, regarding statistical issues during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Official correspondence and statements
**Official correspondence and statements from the Covid-19 Task Force, or other Sections or Groups of the RSS **
**Recent activities of members of the Task Force and the RSS **
- Expert reaction to latest statistics from the NHS Test and Trace service in England (comment from Sheila Bird to the Science Media Centre, 25 June)
- Antibody tests may help detect COVID-19 infection - if used at right time (research led by Jon Deeks, 25 June)
- Coronavirus: How does the UK's death toll compare with other countries? (BBC interview with Sylvia Richardson, 18 June)
- Fact check: New antibody tests are not 100% accurate on all measures (Jon Deeks gives comment to Full Fact, 4 June)
- Antibody tests, early lockdown advice and European deaths (interview with Jon Deeks on antibody tests, BBC Radio 4 'More or Less', broadcast 10 June)
- Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the Science of COVID-19 (Sheila Bird and Jon Deeks give evidence on testing, 9 June)
- Success of test, trace and isolate programmes depends on speed, compliance and monitoring (DELVE Report advised and supported by Sylvia Richardson and Peter Diggle), published by the Royal Society, 27 May
- On the independent evaluation of Abbott and Roche SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests (PDF), published by RSS, 22 May, and quoted by Science Media Centre
- Collecting and reporting mortality statistics on Covid-19, 20 May - presentations, event report, and Q&A details (accessed via the Health Stats User Group webinar page)
- Covid-19—we must learn from Italy and protect older staff (by RSS member Irene Stratton in the British Medical Journal, 14 May)
- Coronavirus: How many people have died in the UK? (BBC interview with Sylvia Richardson, 12 May)
- Oral evidence on statistics in the coronavirus pandemic (BBC Parliament, 7 May) transcript (UK House of Commons Science and Technology select committee, 12 May)
- David Spiegelhalter interview with the Andrew Marr show (BBC One, 10 May)
- The 'true' coronavirus death toll (Full Fact podcast, 8 May)
- Oral evidence on statistics in the coronavirus pandemic - UK House of Commons Science and Technology select committee (BBC Parliament, 7 May)
- The many definitions of a Covid-19 death toll (PDF - published by RSS, 4 May)
- A statistician's guide to coronavirus numbers (published by RSS, 20 April)
- COVID-19 testing strategy - why random sampling matters (published by Health Data Research UK, 14 April)
- Coronavirus statistics: What can we trust and what should we ignore (published in the Observer, 12 April)
- Is the coronavirus related death count misleading because of delays in reporting? (BBC Radio 4 'More or Less', broadcast 8 April)
- Coronavirus lockdown – how to flatten the curve (New Scientist podcast, released 26 March).