Covid-19 Task Force
The Royal Statistical Society is supportive of the work of expert statisticians in response to the Covid-19 crisis, and has formed a task force co-chaired by its president elect Sylvia Richardson and past president David Spiegelhalter, supported by a steering group.
Daniela De Angelis
Sylvia Richardson (chair)
David Spiegelhalter (chair)
The task force engages a network of Royal Statistical Society members who are active on Covid-19 and expert in diverse aspects of applied probability and statistics.
The scope for its work is broad, encompassing the design of data collection, diagnostic studies, modelling, forecasting and treatment studies, the enhancement of public understanding, and other areas.
RSS members wishing to get involved with the task force are invited to read more about its remit (listed below), and respond to this survey which seeks information on the RSS membership’s research projects and areas of expertise on Covid-19.
You can also contact the task force by emailing email@example.com.
As adopted by the steering group on its formation in April 2020:
- To support the production of evidence-based analyses
- To emphasise the importance of fundamental statistical principles and best statistical practice in relation to the analysis of observational data
- To contribute to the design of future data collection
- To engage in increasing public understanding of the statistical issues linked to Covid-19.
- Covid-19 index of articles (a regularly updated series, published by Significance, with a call for contributors)
- 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).