- The Facts:Dr. Anthony Fauci was one of three authors in a paper recently published in the New England Medical Journal claiming that “the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza.”
- Reflect On:Is it better to be safe than sorry? Or is there something else going on here? If we don’t take the same shutdown measures for other viruses and diseases that may be just as or more dangerous, why are we doing it for COVID19?
As soon as the World Health Organization put out a case fatality rate of 3.4% for the new coronavirus, multiple academics jumped in and criticized the projection. Most notably, three medical professors from Stanford University. Dr. Eran Bendavid and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, two professors of medicine at Stanford University recently published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Is the coronavirus as deadly as they say?” In it, they provide reasons for why the fatality rate might be significantly lower than the projection given by the World Health Organization (WHO).
This is not to say they weren’t criticized, after these Stanford medical professors published their opinion, many took to YouTube in an attempt to explain why they were wrong. But if we stick to the experts, and scientific analysis, it’s safe to assume that the original case fatality rate put out by the WHO may be off by a significant margin.