Lessons from the cruellest experiment in history

Starting an experiment is usually a slow process. Scientists need to make sure their procedure is robust and protects the rights of those involved. As I write, Covid-19 has set in motion an experiment that flouts these rules entirely. An experiment like no other: The Biggest and Cruellest Experiment in Human History.

Nobody planned it, very few were prepared for it and it has no respect for the means or rights of those involved. The damage it is causing to its participants — that’s all 8 billion of us — is incalculable and will surely never be…