Covid-19 policy and Scientific Rot

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Many of us are wondering, "how the heck did we get here?"

Our response to a virus that is similar in lethality to previous flu epidemics resembles an attempted economic suicide. From UK politicians we hear a droning mantra of "follow the science" but to anyone paying attention, their science …

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Analysis from Cardiff, Nottingham and Oxford Universities finds "very little gain" in continuing total lockdown

An academic paper from 2020-04-15 models various scenarios to investigate time-dependent strategies of handling the epidemic taking into account the needs of the elderly and those with special medical conditions. Main findings include:

Very little gain, in terms of the projected hospital bed occupancy and expected numbers of death,of …

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Swedish Government fears that impact from the lockdown may prove more lethal than the virus.

Lockdown is likely to have major economic implications that in the future may harm healthcare due to lack of resources. This may eventually cause even more deaths and suffering than the COVID-19 pandemic will bring in the near term

  • Sweden has adopted a relatively relaxed strategy, seemingly assuming that overreaction …

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Instiute of Fiscal Studies: Due to lockdown, Hundreds of thousands will suffer chronic health problems for years to come

Hardest hit by the lockdown will be the cancer sufferers, the elderly, those with poor mental health, young children and those currently in utero.

Economic downturn and wider NHS disruption likely to hit health hard – especially health of most vulnerable

Worsening economic conditions and disruptions to NHS services will have …

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Epidemiologist in the BMJ: If the new data from China is Correct ‘What the h** are we locking down for?’

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Tom Jefferson, an epidemiologist and honorary research fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said the findings were “very, very important.” He told The BMJ,

“The sample is small, and more data will become available. Also, it’s not clear exactly how these cases were …

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