Along with my son Tim Wyatt, a religious and social affairs journalist, I run a podcast called Matters of Life and Death. Each episode is a conversation between the two of us discussing how Christians can engage with a particular issue around healthcare, ethics, technology, science or faith. You can subscribe to the podcast on all podcast apps, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, or you can listen to our latest episodes below.

Coronavirus: Miscounting deaths, the Sun's front page, key workers with long covid and vaccine generosity Matters of Life and Death

In today’s episode we’re returning to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been almost six months since we last dedicated an episode to covid, and since then a lot has happened. Hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been delivered around the world, but are they going to the right people at the right time? We now know the vaccines increase by a tiny amount the risk you might experience a dangerous blood clot in the brain – how have we done at understanding that risk and putting it in its proper context? We’re also sadly much more familiar with long covid– what’s going on there and how should we as a society look after those suffering these symptoms? And finally, does the way we count – or rather, significantly undercount – deaths caused by coronavirus really matter? Please take our three-minute listener survey to help us improve the podcast – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJjFoI3G6a-5lJ07S7vBm_yxOkDVoDQXQfI6RnrZSJNI2zuw/viewformThe ONS report on how many people in the UK have long covid – https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/prevalenceofongoingsymptomsfollowingcoronaviruscovid19infectionintheuk/1april2021 The BBC Radio 4 programme on long covid – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000w4t4The Sun's front page on the blood clot risk – https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14589798/brilliant-front-page-oxford-astrazeneca-vaccine/The government's information page on the blood clot risk with the covid vaccines – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Coronavirus: Miscounting deaths, the Sun's front page, key workers with long covid and vaccine generosity
  2. John Stott: Double listening, salt as preservative, incarnational mission, and the challenge of evangelical hagiography
  3. Simulation: Deep fakes, image as sacrament, David Beckham in Mandarin and therapy chatbots
  4. Digital church: Worship on Zoom, pandemic revival, time-shifting and Gnosticism
  5. Social media and free speech: Fake news, Facebook's 'Supreme Court', the Capitol riot and YouTube algorithms

If you have enjoyed listening to Matters of Life and Death, please share it with your friends and family and leave a review in your podcast app. We have begun by discussing different aspects of the coronavirus pandemic, but over time we hope to gradually cover a wide range of topics including assisted suicide, the rise of artificial intelligence and much more. We are also very interested in hearing questions or comments from listeners, so if you have any thoughts or would like to suggest a topic for us to cover, please email mattersoflifeanddeathpodcast@gmail.com.





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