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New analysis of COVID-19 death rate ranks it the same as “a strong seasonal flu”

A new analysis of the COVID-19 death rate has found that it is really no more dangerous than “a strong seasonal flu”, and that it poses little threat to the general population.

Moreover, the analysis finds that

Up to 30% of all additional deaths may have been caused not by Covid19, but by the effects of the lockdown, panic and fear. For example, the treatment of heart attacks and strokes decreased by up to 60% because many patients no longer dared to go to hospital. Even in so-called “Covid19 deaths” it is often not clear whether they died from or with coronavirus (i.e. from underlying diseases) or if they were counted as “presumed cases” and not tested at all. However, official figures usually do not reflect this distinction.

Read it all. There is lots more, all pointing to the unwarranted nature of the panic over the flu, and how that panic likely caused more deaths and damage. Had we reacted more calmly (as had been done for all past similar new such respiratory diseases), the harm to society and number of deaths would have likely been less.

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  • Andrew_W

    Swiss Policy Research is a propaganda site of no importance run by persons unknown referencing studies like the Santa Clara antibody study that have been proven flawed.

    Mr. Zimmerman, in searching the net for such obscure sites to support your confirmation bias you’re embarrassing yourself.

    All you prove is that, yes, you can find sites supporting your wildest dreams and beliefs on the internet.

  • Andrew_W: I usually do not waste time debating you, but once again, you focus on trying to discredit the source, rather than read what they say.

    And please stop attempting to make believe you have the slightest idea of the research I do. You don’t, and your effort to discredit me by doing so does not credit you in the slightest.

  • Andrew _W

    Mr. Zimmerman, how could I possibly have pointed out that they reference flawed studies like the Santa Clara study without reading the site to see what studies they reference? Also I describe Swiss Policy Research as a “propaganda” site because that’s the word they use to describe their site (I suspect it gains in translation).

  • R7 Rocket


    COVID19 hysteria is a hoax and you know it.

    If you actually do believe it, will you unequivocally denounce the BlackLivesMatter riots?

  • David M. Cook

    Andrew underscore W, is there nothing you can‘t debunk? Clearly, you‘ve missed your true calling!

  • wodun

    I don’t trust this “science” any more than any other random thing that gets passed around about diets or cures for cancer. Interesting to read but should be treated with skepticism.

    It reminds me a lot about right after a big event, lots of information is being pushed out. Some of it is accurate but a lot of it isn’t. We know very little about this virus and the “science” is all over the place.

    There have surely been over reactions but there have also been under reactions. I much prefer a balanced approach to mitigating risk but I’m not finding anything along those lines anywhere on the internet. People are getting too hardened along ideological lines and rational thought doesn’t exist.

  • wayne

    David M. Cook-
    Good stuff!

  • m d mill

    The fact that 75% of all Swedish covid-19 deaths occur in nursing homes, and that the average age of death is 86 in itself is valuable information whether the site is deemed “propagandistic” or not. Saying that the site is simply of “no importance” and thus should be ignored IS the simplistic argument of a propagandist. Most organizations and people seem to disseminate possibly flawed results at some point, including WHO and US CDC. Does this mean these organizations are of “no importance”?…only to a propagandist trying to find a reason to discredit an alternative viewpoint. Indeed, trying to prevent all viral death of very aged people (mostly in nursing homes) with severely degraded immune systems (for whom vaccines do not work well) by destruction (total lock down) of an entire economy and other normal societal benefits (such as normal hospital and doctor visits, schooling, jobs, income, food production and distribution, etc) is arguably a ridiculously losing proposition. I think Sweden did the correct thing generally, although I would hope and do believe methods of isolation in nursing homes and for the elderly/susceptible population could be greatly improved with use of well designed masks, fever detection, and other protocols.

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