In this second episode of Perspectives on the Pandemic John Kirby sits down with Prof Knut Wittkowski - head of The Rockefeller University's Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design for 20 years - to discuss lockdowns, social-distancing and the best way to handle the spread of a new disease.
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In this clip from the Downing Street Corona Briefing on May 11th, Chris Whitty - the UK's Chief Medical Officer - says that, to most people, the coronavirus is entirely harmless.
Most people will never get it.
Most of the people who get it won't ever experience symptoms.
Most of the people who experience symptoms won't need medical care.
Most of the people who need medical care won't be need emergency or critical care.
And even the tiny percentage of people who need who DO need critical care will survive, regardless of risk factors or medical history.
This is the full version of the press conference, called by Bakersfield-based doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, to release the results of their Covid19 testing program.
They report that a higher than expected percentage of people are infected with the coronavirus, but that the vast majority show no symptoms. This is in line with other studies done at Stanford University and by Japanese scientists in China.
If true, the danger of the virus may have been greatly exaggerated by the media, and shelter in place orders/lockdown policies could potentially cause more damage than they prevent.
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John Ioannidis interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6MZy-2fcBw
Japanese study: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.12.20022434v2
Stanford study: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.14.20062463v1