How to Read a Coronavirus Study, or Any Science Paper

“When you read a scientific paper, try to think about it the way other scientists do. Ask some basic questions to judge its merit. Is it based on a few patients or thousands? Is it mixing up correlation and causation? Do the authors actually present the evidence required to come to their conclusions?”

Example of correlation and causation: Just because people using sunglasses consume ice cream, does not mean that sunglasses makes people eat ice cream. If the study is based on observing humans, the more humans were used in the study, the more valid results would appear to be. Authors of these studies must present verifiable information, or evidence. If the evidence is weak, conclusion is not reliable.

How to Read a Coronavirus Study, or Any Science Paper – The New York Times

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