- The Facts:A new study published several academics from the Stanford School of Medicine suggests that COVID-19 has a similar infection fatality rate as seasonal influenza.
- Reflect On:Are the lockdown and social distancing measures necessary, or is there something else going on here?
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Approximately one month ago, John P.A. Ioannidis, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Stanford, published an article entitled “A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data.“ In the article, he emphasized that there is simply not enough data to make claims about reported case fatality rates, and that the projections that the World Health Organization (WHO) were making do nothing but “cause horror — and are meaningless.” This has become much easier to see now, and the earlier models that were predicting over one million deaths in multiple countries have, as a result of COVID-19, changed and were clearly way off by a lot. Those predictions also led to a massive amount of hysteria and panic, and the perception that COVID-19 is more dangerous than it actually is.