Second draft of history: what lessons are there from the extraordinary experience of the last two years? This week Reaction marks the lifting of the final Covid-19 restrictions in England with an assessment by our writers of how the lockdown and the pandemic reshaped our politics, medicine and attitudes to risk.

As soon as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe in March 2020, and in the weeks and months that followed, an unlikely cast of scientists, experts and entertainers were catapulted to a strange sort of fame, becoming permanent fixtures on our TV screens and in the newspapers.