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Covid-19: why R is a lot more complicated than you think

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Over the last few months, we’ve all had to come to terms with R, the β€˜effective reproduction number’, as a measure of how well we are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. But, as Nicola Davis finds out from Dr Adam Kucharski, R is a complicated statistical concept that relies on many factors and, under some conditions, can be misleading. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

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