Is what Northern Ireland buys from Great Britain four times more valuable than from Ireland?

CLAIM: Northern Ireland purchases from Great Britain are four times more valuable than those from Ireland.

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. In 2019, the ratio of the estimated total value of Northern Ireland purchases from Great Britain (£13.4bn) to purchases from Ireland (£3.0bn) was 4.5:1. The ratio has been similar since 2013. However, the figures may not tell the full story as they do not provide information on transport/shipping routes or the country of origin of any goods purchased. Continue reading Is what Northern Ireland buys from Great Britain four times more valuable than from Ireland?

Seasonal flu and COVID-19

What is seasonal flu?

“Seasonal flu” is a very common illness, and tends to be more severe than the common cold. The most common symptoms are a sudden high temperature, sore throat, cough, headache, tiredness and general aches and pains. Flu can also cause nausea, loss of appetite, a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, and cause you difficulty sleeping. The World Health Organisation explains that “in temperate climates, seasonal epidemics occur mainly during winter, while in tropical regions, influenza may occur throughout the year”. Continue reading Seasonal flu and COVID-19

COVID-19 and excess deaths in Northern Ireland and the world

There has been a lot of discussion in relation to “excess deaths” and COVID-19. This term is not specific to this pandemic and has been used by statisticians globally for many years. This explainer article updates our previous analysis of excess mortality, otherwise known as “excess deaths”. Continue reading COVID-19 and excess deaths in Northern Ireland and the world

Does Northern Ireland have some of the worst insulated houses?

CLAIM: Northern Ireland has some of the worst insulated houses in Western Europe.

CONCLUSION: UNSUBSTANTIATED. There are unknown data for home insulation measures across Europe. A manufacturer’s survey suggests that houses in Great Britain perform poorly in retaining heating temperatures. Continue reading Does Northern Ireland have some of the worst insulated houses?