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Research is our best weapon in the fight against Covid-19 and obesity

The obesity and Covid 19 pandemics have been shown to be interconnected, and both urgently require more research to provide clear evidence of how best to overcome them

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July 22, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his ministers have been repeating a mantra for combating the coronavirus pandemic for months: follow science. Aside from the debates on 'science' – the UK government appears to have had too many model builders and too few public health experts to advise – a evidence-based approach is always a good one.

Sometimes, however, evidence is missing. On January 29, at the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization published a guide to the use of medical masks by the general public to slow the spread of the virus. It was said that …