We received many public and private replies when we asked for your guidance on whether we should continue covering the U.K. Covid Inquiry. They were all constructive and reasonable, for which we thank you.
Given the tone of some of the replies, we have decided to keep covering the proceedings, limiting our remarks to the inconsistencies and analysing evidence (if any) cited.
We realise that this can be very resource intensive, so we need your help spotting any problems in the proceedings and helping us to get more subscribers, especially payers, to keep us going.
We have reason to believe that our pieces are widely read, and we are conscious of the weight of history on us. An independent critique of the proceedings is necessary for future use, but we are not looking forward to the workload. To lighten things up, once the inquiry is over, we promise to write a medley of memorable quotes from KCs and witnesses, perhaps to coincide with the festive season.
We are writing an open letter to Baroness Hallett, which you will be able to read in Trust the Evidence, but our coverage henceforth will focus on facts, evidence, gaps and contradictions. WhatsApps, gropes in the lifts, spats, personal attacks and seven-letter words we are leaving to the media to report on.
So, we will do as some of you asked us to do, but we leave you with a riddle: what is the strange case of Mr. Case?
Dr. Carl Heneghan is the Oxford Professor of Evidence Based Medicine and Dr. Tom Jefferson is an epidemiologist based in Rome who works with Professor Heneghan on the Cochrane Collaboration. This article was first published on their Substack, Trust The Evidence, which you can subscribe to here.