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‘This is international hysteria’ – Spiked

Lionel Shriver and Brendan O’Neill discuss the irrational response to Covid-19 and the cruel regime of social distancing.

https://www.spiked-online.com/podcast-episode/this-is-international-hysteria/

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Perspectives on the Pandemic | The Bakersfield Doctors | Episode 6

Perspectives on the Pandemic – Episode 6: When Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Antin Massihi held a press conference on April 22nd about the results of testing they conducted at their urgent care facilities around Bakersfield, California, the video, uploaded by a local ABC news affiliate, went viral. After reaching five million views, YouTube took it down on the grounds that it “violated community standards.” We followed up with the doctors to determine what was so dangerous about their message. What we discovered were reasonable and well-meaning professionals whose voices should be heard.

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This unprecedented curtailment of our freedom must end as soon as possible – The Telegraph

A decade of painstaking fiscal repair-work was undone within the first few hours; and that was just the start. The direct cost of Britain’s stimulus package is £70 billion which, as Alok Sharma, the Business Secretary, confirmed on Friday, is considerably higher than in other countries.

The indirect costs are harder to assess, but will surely be gargantuan. The first nine days of the crisis pushed half a million more people onto the dole, wiping out five years of rising employment. With every day that our shops remain shut, the benefits bill will rise – just as tax revenues dry up.

I don’t think we yet understand how vast a hit we are taking. It has become commonplace to compare the coronavirus to the Second World War, but our domestic economy continued to function even at the height of the Blitz. Shops, pubs and schools stayed open, and cinemas were closed for only two weeks.

http://archive.today/2020.03.29-112126/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/28/unprecedented-curtailment-freedom-must-end-soon-possible/

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Perspectives on the Pandemic | Professor Knut Wittkowski Update Interview | Episode 5

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  • Professor Neil Ferguson was not doing science.
  • Lockdowns are worse than useless.
  • It was known to everyone that the lockdown would cause a catastrophe.
  • Isolating nursing homes would have prevented the load of hospitals.
  • The lockdown approach taken by most governments was a human catastrophe that should never have happened.
  • All we have done is slowed the spread of herd immunity and increased the risk to the elderly.
  • We have wasted a lot of time, money and lives.
  • The spread of respiratory diseases are predictable and relatively short.
  • Bill Gate’s comments about the need to lockdown until a vaccine is ready is absurd and has nothing to do with reality.
  • We don’t need a vaccine for COVID-19.
  • “I don’t know where the government finds these so-called experts who very obviously don’t understand the very basics of epidemiology.”
  • Tragic stories from some doctors are not representative of the general experience. We don’t stop living our lives because something goes wrong in a particular place.
  • The Swedish approach shows that the draconian measures taken in other countries were unnecessary.
  • We may see a ‘Second Wave’ rebound but it may be low.
  • There is no reason to believe that COVID-19 will be fundamentally different from other coronaviruses.
  • Having a novel virus is not novel.
  • We have no science about the effect of social distancing.
  • The COVID-19 disaster is a failure of the people to take control of the government.
  • There is no reason to wait before opening up schools and businesses.

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Social distancing prevents infections, but it can have unintended consequences – Science Magazine

Over long periods of time, social isolation can increase the risk of a variety of health problems, including heart disease, depression, dementia, and even death. A 2015 meta-analysis of the scientific literature by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a research psychologist at Brigham Young University, and colleagues determined that chronic social isolation increases the risk of mortality by 29%.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/we-are-social-species-how-will-social-distancing-affect-us

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Government adviser says social distancing rule guidelines on keeping apart was ‘conjured out of nowhere’ – Daily Mail

Social distancing orders to keep two metres apart to stop the spread of coronavirus is based on a made up figure, a government adviser has warned.

Robert Dingwall from the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) said the rule was ‘conjured up out of nowhere’.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8256109/Social-distancing-two-metres-apart-based-figure-says-government-adviser.html

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Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review – NIH (2010)

The quality and quantity of individuals’ social relationships has been linked not only to mental health but also to both morbidity and mortality.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2910600/

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No scientific proof social distancing prevents spread of COVID-19 – Professor Joel Hay, USC

  • COVID-19 is very infectious but causes no symptoms in most people.
  • New York disaster is due to use of ventilators.
  • 80% of pregnant women were COVID-19 positive but not a single baby died due to COVID-19.
  • Do what we always do: isolate the frail and sick but don’t isolate the young and healthy.
  • Getting herd immunity is how we’ve solved the problem in the past.
  • Social distancing is destroying millions of lives and killing 100 people for every one it saves.

Visit Professor Joel Hay’s site at: https://joelhay.com/

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There is no empirical evidence for these lockdowns – Spiked

Overall, however, the fact that good-sized regions from Utah to Sweden to much of East Asia have avoided harsh lockdowns without being overrun by Covid-19 is notable….And empirical analyses of national and regional response strategies…do not necessarily find that costly lockdowns work better against the virus than social distancing.

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/04/22/there-is-no-empirical-evidence-for-these-lockdowns/

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Perspectives on the Pandemic | Dr. John Ioannidis Update: 4.17.20 | Episode 4

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Why a Group of Behavioural Scientists Penned an Open Letter to the U.K. Government Questioning Its Coronavirus Response – Behavioural Scientist

The open letter raises questions about the behavioural science evidence that may have been used to justify this decision—though a lack of transparency from the government has made it hard to discern what the official policy is.

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Projecting the transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 through the postpandemic period – Sicence Magazine

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/04/14/science.abb5793

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Cancer deaths set to soar amid coronavirus crisis – Daily Express

CANCER deaths caused by the indirect effects of Covid-19 on the NHS will outstrip the number predicted to die from the virus, experts have warned.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1268059/cancer-deaths-coronavirus-nhs

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Is social distancing working? – Professor Knut Wittkoski

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Disease Mitigation Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza – The Center for Biosecurity (2006)

The threat of an influenza pandemic has alarmed countries around the globe and given rise to an intense interest in disease mitigation measures. This article reviews what is known about the effectiveness and practical feasibility of a range of actions that might be taken in attempts to lessen the number of cases and deaths resulting from an influenza pandemic. The article also discusses potential adverse second- and third-order effects of mitigation actions that decision makers must take into account. Finally, the article summarizes the authors’ judgments of the likely effectiveness and likely adverse consequences of the range of disease mitigation measures and suggests priorities and practical actions to be taken.

http://www.upmc-biosecurity.org/website/resources/publications/2006/2006-09-15-diseasemitigationcontrolpandemicflu.html

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Social distancing & lockdown will create the second wave of COVID-19 – Professor Knut Wittkowski

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Perspectives on the Pandemic | Dr John Ioannidis of Stanford University | Interview

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  • 00:50-Dr. Ioannidis summarizes his article titled “A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data” (linked below)
  • 03:47-The truth about COVID-19’s death rate
  • 06:21-What makes COVID-19 different than the Swine Flu 08:43-How do we get accurate data on COVID-19?
  • 09:47-The Diamond Princess Cruise Quarantine
  • 15:12-Should everyone be tested?
  • 16:47-Italy & COVID-19
  • 23:06-Is self-isolation the best cure?
  • 27:06-Medical supplies shortage in New York
  • 29:48-But wait, what is a coronavirus?
  • 34:00-What is this pandemic’s outcome? 36:26-Identifying COVID-19 cases
  • 38:59-Why is COVID-19 putting a stress on the medical system?
  • 41:22-The “New Normal” in the face of COVID-19
  • 43:36-Is the cure worse than the disease?
  • 46:55-Are we over-preparing for the affects of COVID-19?
  • 47:55-The role of politics in the United States’ COVID-19 response
  • 49:23-Are the current isolation orders creating a bigger problem?
  • 52:20-High risk populations
  • 53:39-Biases in our COVID-19 response
  • 56:11-The World Health Organization’s role
  • 57:40-What can we learn from this pandemic?
  • 1:01:33-How long will the COVID-19 lockdown last?
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Perspectives on the Pandemic | Professor Knut Wittkowski | Episode 2

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  • 00:36-Professor Wittkowski explains his recommendations for how to best deal with COVID-19
  • 01:36-Is self-isolation prolonging the duration of COVID-19?
  • 02:33-Are policies of self-isolation or shelter-in-place a good idea?
  • 03:46-The pandemic is over
  • 04:27-Did China lie about its COVID-19 statistics?
  • 05:03-The truth behind the statistics given by the government of the United States
  • 07:52-Are we even reporting flu deaths anymore?
  • 08:16-Why are hospitals being overwhelmed?
  • 09:16-Shortage of medial supplies
  • 10:19-Has social distancing prevented deaths from COVID-19?
  • 11:55-Staying indoors can make the virus worse
  • 16:02-Why social distancing won’t work for an airborne contagion
  • 17:41-Do we need a vaccine for COVID-19?
  • 18:31-Humans can grow immune to this virus
  • 18:55-The data doesn’t say that COVID-19 is more contagious than the flu
  • 22:43-Changes in reporting COVID-19 cases
  • 25:33-What makes COVID-19 different than the Swine Flu
  • 27:05-What are the possible health risks of sheltering in place?
  • 27:43-The “Second Wave” of COVID-19
  • 30:10-The truth about FlattentheCurve hashtag 31:10-What should we do about sheltering in place?
  • 32:24-Why we need to achieve natural herd immunity
  • 34:17-Should we be testing everyone for COVID-19?
  • 35:35-The real effects of COVID-19
  • 38:53-The percentage of people who won’t have any symptoms
  • 39:34-What should we do about COVID-19 at this point?
  • 40:40-Is this really a pandemic?
  • 40:50-What you should know