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.
Dealing with Coronavirus, a fiasco in the making? Making decisions without reliable data. Dr John P.A. Ioannidis, professor of medicine, epidemiology and population health at Stanford University School of Medicine. Professor by courtesy of statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences
Several large media outlets have been stating that one of the findings emerging from Iceland’s coronavirus screening of the general population is that around 50% of individuals infected with the virus have no symptoms. The screenings of the general population have been carried out by Reykjavík-based medical research company deCODE genetics, so Iceland Review asked their CEO Dr. Kári Stefánsson to clear up this assertion. Read more here.
3D animation on COVID-19 and the coronavirus
In the Czech Republic, masks have been compulsory since March 18th. The country has only 2 deaths (as at March 24) and the growth of new cases has flattened, whereas in other parts of Europe the pandemic is largely out of control.
Powerful. Dr. Bruce Lipton, American developmental biologist and expert in epigenetics. His pioneering research at Stanford University revealed that the environment controlled the physiology and behaviour of our cells.
The truth is, our words and actions affect many more people than we often realize. It is found that each time a person acts for the public good, that action is tripled by others who are influenced to contribute as a result.
John Steenhuisen, leader of the DA, called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to immediately instruct ministers in his Cabinet to comply with his government’s own assurances that assistance to Covid-stricken businesses would be available to all South Africans. Not to be determined by the colour of one’s skin as it has been portrayed.
Although some media outlets have begun referring to the outbreak of the novel corona virus as a “modern plague”, the threat of COVID-19 remains negligible compared with historic outbreaks of plague. The latest World Health Organization report puts the corona virus death toll at just over 3,000 globally, whereas the Black Death was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 30-50% of Europe’s population in the mid-14th century. The most disturbing similarity between the two lies not in the diseases themselves but in their social consequences. Then, as now, outbreaks were blamed on certain ethnic groups.
As far as we know, the Black Death originated in or near China. It then followed pilgrimage routes throughout the Middle East, eventually entering Europe through trade routes from Italy. As with corona virus, plague outbreaks led to the enforced quarantine of infected households and the creation of specialist task forces that monitored and controlled contagion.
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