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Science has spoken: End the lockdown

We agree that the lockdown was a choice that could not be avoided at the beginning of the pandemic. But we knew from the very beginning that lockdown is temporary. It was never meant to eradicate the coronavirus, nor was it designed as a long-term approach. But here we are in the Philippines, three months […]

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It is time to reopen: Analyses of actual data shows benefits of lockdowns were overestimated

This article by David Henderson and Jonathan Lipow features four researches which re-evaluated the benefits of stay-at-home orders.  One of these researchers was conducted by a team of economists from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). By using data on travel patterns and foot traffic on non-essential businesses, the team discovered that social distancing […]

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CDC finds patients with underlying conditions 12 times more likely to die of COVID-19

A published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last June 15, 2020 confirmed the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on individuals with underlying medical conditions. According to the report, individuals with comorbidities were six times more likely to be hospitalized and 12 times more likely to die compared to otherwise healthy individuals. The […]

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How schools in other countries have reopened

In this June 10, 2020 article for Edweek, Madeline Will offers three examples of how countries can re-open schools. Featured in the article are New South Wales in Australia, Denmark, and Taiwan. In New South Wales, schools transitioned to remote learning in March, but once a week in-person classes resumed last May 11. Initial health standards […]

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The coronavirus in perspective: How likely are you of dying once infected?

In this May 7, 2020 article for BBC, Nick Triggle offers an objective assessment of an individual’s risk of dying once infected with the coronavirus. Triggle says that the constant stream of coronavirus reports highlighting the lack of protective equipment in medical facilities, increase in case incidence, and deaths has led to widespread anxiety. Even younger […]

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One-third of all US coronavirus deaths are nursing home residents or workers

In this May 11, 2020 article in the New York Times, authors Karen Yourish, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Danielle Ivory, and Mitch Smith study the case rate and case fatality in nursing homes.  Utilizing data from different states, the authors discovered that 11% of all cases in the US come from long term care facilities, and more […]

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95% of deaths in UK have pre-existing condition

Latest figures released by the NHS England shows that an overwhelming majority – 95% – of all COVID deaths in England and Wales had serious co-morbidities. The new figures were published last June 4, 2020. Editor’s Note: This finding is no longer surprising as a similar result was reported by Italy in March [see 99% of coronavirus deaths […]

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More data gathered, more proof that early fatality estimates were massively exaggerated

In this May 23, 2020 article for Off Guardian, Kit Knightly reports that fatality rate for COVID-19 averages at 0.2% – a far cry from the WHO estimate of 3.4% in February and 1% of the Imperial College model.  Knightly also refers to large scale serological studies conducted in Boston, the Czech Republic, and Japan which […]

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Sweeping lockdowns failed to protect vulnerable populations

New evidences are showing us that sweeping lockdowns have not been able to control the spread of the coronavirus, and that it must now be replaced with targeted interventions. In this article for Forbes, Grace Marie Turner says that insisting on lockdowns will prove to be harmful in most areas and will divert the focus […]

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6 reasons to assuage your coronavirus panic

In this March 26, 2020 article, Marcia Freeman says that the coronavirus hysteria was fueled by governments and mainstream media, and is currently being exploited to further a new global agenda. With our established rights and freedoms already under attack, Freeman says that we need to adjust our responses to the actual threat posed by […]