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    There's a famous quote by Marx in an essay that says history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.
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    The bigger question of importance now is: Which faraday cages should we get for our phones?

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    It is estimated that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer EVERY DAY. Think of the burden on our healthcare system and all the deaths. We need to do like Nancy Pelosi says and "Take every precaution". Close all the beaches. Cancel outdoor recess. Ban all sporting events that take place outdoors, plus outdoor concerts and other such killers. Someone needs to start a UV tax to prohibit exposure. And for the love of God, can someone set up a hotline so I can call the cops on my neighbors when I see them outside?

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    Just in case something "happens" to this, here is the entire text:

    Open Letter from Professor Sucharit Bhakdi to German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel

    An Open Letter from Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, to the German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. Professor Bhakdi calls for an urgent reassessment of the response to Covid-19 and asks the Chancellor five crucial questions. The let*ter is dated March 26. This is an inofficial translation; see the original letter in German as a PDF.

    Open Letter
    Dear Chancellor,

    As Emeritus of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz and longtime director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, I feel obliged to critically question the far-reaching restrictions on public life that we are currently taking on ourselves in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

    It is expressly not my intention to play down the dangers of the virus or to spread a political message. However, I feel it is my duty to make a scientific contribution to putting the current data and facts into perspective – and, in addition, to ask questions that are in danger of being lost in the heated debate.

    The reason for my concern lies above all in the truly unforeseeable socio-economic consequences of the drastic containment measures which are currently being applied in large parts of Europe and which are also already being practiced on a large scale in Germany.

    My wish is to discuss critically – and with the necessary foresight – the advantages and disadvantages of restricting public life and the resulting long-term effects.

    To this end, I am confronted with five questions which have not been answered sufficiently so far, but which are indispensable for a balanced analysis.

    I would like to ask you to comment quickly and, at the same time, appeal to the Federal Government to develop strategies that effectively protect risk groups without restricting public life across the board and sow the seeds for an even more intensive polarization of society than is already taking place.

    With the utmost respect,

    Prof. em. Dr. med. Sucharit Bhakdi

    1. Statistics
    In infectiology – founded by Robert Koch himself – a traditional distinction is made between infection and disease. An illness requires a clinical manifestation. [1] Therefore, only patients with symptoms such as fever or cough should be included in the statistics as new cases.

    In other words, a new infection – as measured by the COVID-19 test – does not necessarily mean that we are dealing with a newly ill patient who needs a hospital bed. However, it is currently assumed that five percent of all infected people become seriously ill and require ventilation. Projections based on this estimate suggest that the healthcare system could be overburdened.

    My question: Did the projections make a distinction between symptom-free infected people and actual, sick patients – i.e. people who develop symptoms?

    2. Dangerousness
    A number of coronaviruses have been circulating for a long time – largely unnoticed by the media. [2] If it should turn out that the COVID-19 virus should not be ascribed a significantly higher risk potential than the already circulating corona viruses, all countermeasures would obviously become unnecessary.

    The internationally recognized International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents will soon publish a paper that addresses exactly this question. Preliminary results of the study can already be seen today and lead to the conclusion that the new virus is NOT different from traditional corona viruses in terms of dangerousness. The authors express this in the title of their paper „SARS-CoV-2: Fear versus Data“. [3]

    My question: How does the current workload of intensive care units with patients with diagnosed COVID-19 compare to other coronavirus infections, and to what extent will this data be taken into account in further decision-making by the federal government? In addition: Has the above study been taken into account in the planning so far? Here too, of course, „diagnosed“ means that the virus plays a decisive role in the patient’s state of illness, and not that previous illnesses play a greater role.

    3. Dissemination
    According to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, not even the much-cited Robert Koch Institute knows exactly how much is tested for COVID-19. It is a fact, however, that a rapid increase in the number of cases has recently been observed in Germany as the volume of tests increases. [4]

    It is therefore reasonable to suspect that the virus has already spread unnoticed in the healthy population. This would have two consequences: firstly, it would mean that the official death rate – on 26 March 2020, for example, there were 206 deaths from around 37,300 infections, or 0.55 percent [5] – is too high; and secondly, it would mean that it would hardly be possible to prevent the virus from spreading in the healthy population.

    My question: Has there already been a random sample of the healthy general population to validate the real spread of the virus, or is this planned in the near future?

    4. Mortality
    The fear of a rise in the death rate in Germany (currently 0.55 percent) is currently the subject of particularly intense media attention. Many people are worried that it could shoot up like in Italy (10 percent) and Spain (7 percent) if action is not taken in time.

    At the same time, the mistake is being made worldwide to report virus-related deaths as soon as it is established that the virus was present at the time of death – regardless of other factors. This violates a basic principle of infectiology: only when it is certain that an agent has played a significant role in the disease or death may a diagnosis be made. The Association of the Scientific Medical Societies of Germany expressly writes in its guidelines: „In addition to the cause of death, a causal chain must be stated, with the corresponding underlying disease in third place on the death certificate. Occasionally, four-linked causal chains must also be stated.“ [6]

    At present there is no official information on whether, at least in retrospect, more critical analyses of medical records have been undertaken to determine how many deaths were actually caused by the virus.

    My question: Has Germany simply followed this trend of a COVID-19 general suspicion? And: is it intended to continue this categorisation uncritically as in other countries? How, then, is a distinction to be made between genuine corona-related deaths and accidental virus presence at the time of death?

    5. Comparability
    The appalling situation in Italy is repeatedly used as a reference scenario. However, the true role of the virus in that country is completely unclear for many reasons – not only because points 3 and 4 above also apply here, but also because exceptional external factors exist which make these regions particularly vulnerable.

    One of these factors is the increased air pollution in the north of Italy. According to WHO estimates, this situation, even without the virus, led to over 8,000 additional deaths per year in 2006 in the 13 largest cities in Italy alone. [7] The situation has not changed significantly since then. [8] Finally, it has also been shown that air pollution greatly increases the risk of viral lung diseases in very young and elderly people. [9]

    Moreover, 27.4 percent of the particularly vulnerable population in this country live with young people, and in Spain as many as 33.5 percent. In Germany, the figure is only seven percent [10]. In addition, according to Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse, head of the Department of Management in Health Care at the TU Berlin, Germany is significantly better equipped than Italy in terms of intensive care units – by a factor of about 2.5 [11].

    My question: What efforts are being made to make the population aware of these elementary differences and to make people understand that scenarios like those in Italy or Spain are not realistic here?


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    My question: How does the current workload of intensive care units with patients with diagnosed COVID-19 compare to other coronavirus infections, and to what extent will this data be taken into account in further decision-making by the federal government?
    At least he’s asking the right question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yngvi View Post
    Do you understand how many extra people will die from suicide and drug overdoses as a result of this "flatenning of the curve" fanaticism? And these will mostly be people who were relatively healthy in their middle ages instead of people who were mostly elderly and ill.

    After the last recession, suicide deaths increased by 35% and opioid deaths by ~450%. We could easily see an extra 50,000 - 100,000 dying a year for a decade or more, because people were afraid to think for themselves. And, those are only the easily measurable deaths. There will be many more who die because the media and the government convinced the virtue signalling mob that panic and shut down was the correct thing to do. Many people will be forced into poverty and lives of despair; Do you think those people will care much about their health? They will suffer, but nobody will ever count them or care.
    Can you please give the source the the 35% and 450%? Not because I don't believe you, but so that I can cite the source if needed ("saw it on a strength board" doesn't hold water...).

    I also think in addition to suicide/death, you're going to have a spike in divorces...broken families...etc. now, I'm not a gloom/doom guy, you can't scold those who are extreme on one end (everyone will die of coronavirus), and be extreme on the other (everyone is getting a divorce, and turning to suicide). The reality of what will happen, either way, is in the middle (IMO).

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    If I'm reading that correctly is he suggesting that we may very well be shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted ? The problem is socialised healthcare systems (in part or whole depending on Government intervention) are unable to cope because they are predicated on the idea of a rationed, consistent number of patients.

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    My guess is, the US government, like all other governments all over the world, is preparing for a quarantine that will last significantly longer than is being led to believe right now. They should start closing down gun stores at a rapid rate pretty soon, they will not want people to continue arming themselves, so that they can go on imposing curfews with the police rather than the army for as long as possible. Once the curfews start, and I don't see how they won't. The social distancing measures in my part of the world were first instituted for a period of two weeks, now they are talking about early summer, which I guess means late winter. This has almost instantly been followed by minor incidents between the citizens and the police. Firearms are illegal here.

    Btw, there are some first reports that there were many more casualties in Hubei than the 3+k that the goverment is talking about. In the tens of thousands. If this turns out to be true, it would mean that the Committee has been and still is lying through its teeth about everything, which would mean that the end of capitalism was preceded by the death throes of the only somewhat successful communist government ever, but nobody noticed it because they were too busy playing statistical games with how many people have actually died of this thing.

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    More interesting observations: Potential Effects of Coronaviruses on the Cardiovascular System, A Review

    It appears that, by far, the greatest comorbidity is cardiovascular disease.

    40% of Sars-Cov patients died from myocardial infarction rather than pneumonia. It is unclear what the rate is for Sars-Cov-2, but it may also be very high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbm77 View Post
    Look dude, you can science all you want. Italians had a literal "Hug a Chinese Day" on February 1st, 2020 to fight racism. This is the first time that political correctness and virtue signalling is literally killing people in an overt and observable manner.

    Normally, political correctness and virtue signalling leads to loss of life through unseen and incalculable (Though it is a large amount) opportunity cost lost. In this instance, Italy's virtue signalling by hugging super spreaders intentionally sent out across the world by China lead to an enormous increase in the spread of this low quality high infectious nothing-burger. Go woke, go broke sad to say.
    There is nothing in the post of mine, from which you quoted, that contradicts anything you just said.

    All I'm currently trying to establish is whether the situation in Italy is an substantial outlier relative to its past, regardless of why, or whether other places can expect similar outcomes, or whether any action should be done to prevent such outcomes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWM View Post
    You might have a point were we not three months into the year already. The timeframe being referred to is the same.
    I don't follow what you're saying (i.e. I'm unable to agree or disagree with your statement).

    Let's take all the people who were going to die even had they not been infected with COVID-19.

    Are you saying that these deaths would have occurred at the same rate even if they didn't have COVID-19?


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