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Study shows low infectivity of some asymptomatic SARS-COV-2 carriers

A new study published by the Respiratory Medicine journal, researchers found that some asymptomatic carriers may not be as infectious as we once thought. The published study focuses on one 22-year old female with a history of congenital heart disease (referred to in the study as Case A). The patient has been experiencing shortness of […]

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Why Russia has a very low COVID-19 death rate

Russia may have one of largest coronavirus infections in the world, but compared to other countries, its COVID-19 death rate is very low. As of writing, there are only 2,537 deaths recorded, lower than a number of countries with relatively fewer cases. This article for CNN explains why.  According to Moscow’s Health Department, 100% of suspected coronavirus deaths […]

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Lessons we can learn from COVID-19 autopsies

In this article for Scientific American, W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Miraky interviewed  Dr. Sanjay Mukhopadhyay and Dr. Desiree Marshall about the autopsies they have conducted on COVID-19 positive cases.  In the interview with Dr. Mukhopadhyay we learn how COVID-19 can lead to death. We also discover how doctors can distinguish between deaths WITH COVID-19 and deaths […]

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A look inside Danish classrooms

Being one of the first countries to re-open its schools, Denmark has become a model for many European countries that are still hesitating to lift lockdowns. Barely a month in, people are the world are asking, how are children in Denmark faring?  This 3-minute video from BBC shows us that school may have resumed in Denmark, but […]

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WHO: The coronavirus may never go away

In a virtual presser held Wednesday, May 13, 2020, WHO emergencies director Dr. Mike Ryan said that the coronavirus may become another endemic virus in our communities. It may never be completely eradicated, even when vaccines have become available.  Editor’s Note: This article strengthens two points we have been repeating in this website. First, that lockdowns […]

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99% of coronavirus deaths in Italy had other illnesses

Published in March 18 2020, just after Italy experienced more than 2,500 COVID-19 deaths, the following article offers to us a sobering insight. According to data, only 0.8% of deaths were due to COVID-19. The remaining 99.8% had other serious existing medical conditions. Editor’s Note: This information is important as it gives light to the massive […]

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The tale of two fatality rates

What is the difference between Italy and Germany’s death rate? Why is one so much higher than the other?In this article by Martha Henriques for BBC, she says that the much higher death rate in Italy is not due to a mutated virus, but rather, the difference in the way COVID-19 is tested and deaths counted. Henriques then […]

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This is how COVID-19 death rates in the US are manipulated

In this 16-minute speech, Dr. Annie Bukacek details how the instructions of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for filling out death certificates are leading to the overestimation of COVID-19 deaths. COVID-19 deaths aren’t just for confirmed cases, Dr. Bukacek states. If there is reason to assume that a patient has COVID-19 and […]

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We are overestimating the mortality rate of COVID-19

The rate of mortality for COVID-19 may be an overestimate as there is no data on the total number of people who are infected with the disease. In this article for the World Economic Forum, Nina Schwalbe says that the limitations in testing and the current protocols for dealing with the disease means that many […]