Perspectives on the Pandemic

Dr. Ioannidis on Why We Don’t Have Reliable Data Surrounding COVID-19

By Journeyman Pictures – YouTube
April 3, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic tightens its grip across the world, is the reaction a fiasco in the making? Stanford University professor Dr John Ioannidis lifts the lid on our worrying lack of reliable data.

Perspectives on the Pandemic | Dr John Ioannidis of Stanford University | Episode 1
March 26, 2020

Dr John P.A. Ioannidis is a professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health, as well as professor by courtesy of biomedical data science at Stanford University School of Medicine, professor by courtesy of statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences, and co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) at Stanford University.

Perspectives on the Pandemic Episode 1: Dealing with Coronavirus, a fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data.

Interview highlights:
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?

See his thoughts in writing here:…

Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus | The Daily Social Distancing Show
Mar 26, 2020

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci shares what makes COVID-19 so insidious, busts myths about the virus and breaks down why adhering to public health guidelines is paramount.

Perspectives on the Pandemic | Professor Knut Wittkowski | Episode 2

April 3, 2020

Perspectives on the Pandemic Episode 2: In this explosive second edition of Perspectives on the Pandemic, Professor Knut Wittkowski, for twenty years head of The Rockefeller University’s Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design, says that social distancing and lockdown is the absolutely worst way to deal with an airborne respiratory virus.

Further, he offers data to show that China and South Korea had already reached their peak number of cases when they instituted their containment measures. In other words, nature had already achieved, or nearly achieved, herd immunity.

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  1. There are many “theories” coming out about the Covid 19 pandemic. We are in a very new stage of emperical research about this virus. New information is coming out every day, new theories abound. One theory that Boris Johnson seemed to have favoured in the early days of the UK experience with the virus was the idea of “herd immunity”. In other words let the virus spread and when it infects a sizable number of people, “herd immunity” would be achieved. The only problem a lot of people would die while this is happening. Sadly Boris himself was infected. Other conspiracy theories are that the pandemic is a result of the installation of 5G technology. There are other much more crazy theories, some spouted by highly qualified researchers. I think we have to maintain an objective, skeptical approach towards many of these “theories”.

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