**Page updated 22-05-2020**
The RSS has a new 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.
- Covid-19 index of articles (a regularly updated series, published by Significance, with a call for contributors)
- 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
- 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)
- RSS alerts Ofqual to the statistical issues relating to exam grading and assessment in 2020 (PDF - published by RSS, 9 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).