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From former Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr.Richard Schabas: articles like these are "part of the dialectic of scientific debate."
And at all times, scientific debate is a good idea.
David Pugliese has done some interesting work on the role of the Canadian army (Ottawa Citizen).
Last year, this newspaper reported that a team assigned to a Canadian military intelligence unit monitored and collected information from people’s social media accounts in Ontario, claiming such data-mining was needed to help troops working in long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the military’s Canadian Joint Operations Command planned a propaganda campaign aimed at heading off civil disobedience by the public during the pandemic. The plan called for using similar propaganda tactics as those employed against the Afghan population during the war in Afghanistan.
British Medical Journal Transparency in covid vaccine research
The Globe and Mail Canadian COVID-19 death toll far exceeds official reports, according to analysis By Alex Cyr
The Wall Street Journal: A Covid Commission that Americans can Trust
The Spectator: The difficulties of following the science.
The Washington Post: an overview by four doctors of the current research about covid and children, urging a return to normalcy: read more.
A letter in Science: Investigate the origins of Covid19
BBC: No sign of infection after test concert in Spain, researchers say.... read more
From the Centre for Disease Control (CDC): Science Brief: "SARS-CoV-2 and Surface (Fomite) Transmission for Indoor Community Environments"
Ari R. Joffe1, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stollery Children's Hospital, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Medical researcher Rosemary Frei "The curious case of Geert Vanden Bossche."
Statistics Canada report: "Provisional death counts and excess mortality, January to December 2020."
Oxford University website: Our World in Data re Covid19 mortality
The Lancet Clarifying the evidence on SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid tests in public health responses to COVID-19 Most people infected with SARS-CoV-2 are contagious for 4–8 days.7 Specimens are generally not found to contain culture-positive (potentially contagious) virus beyond day 9 after the onset of symptoms, with most transmission occurring before day. This timing fits with the observed patterns of virus transmission (usually 2 days before to 5 days after symptom onset), which led public health agencies to recommend a 10-day isolation period. The short window of transmissibility contrasts with a median 22–33 days of PCR positivity (longer with severe infections and somewhat shorter among asymptomatic individuals). This suggests that 50–75% of the time an individual is PCR positive, they are likely to be post-infectious.
A National Post article about recent research of the incidence of covid19 (including deaths) in India, well after the lockdown has ended. read more
British report on the transmission of B.1.1.7 in England. Excerpt from the Swedish sender: "- While evidence has accumulated that the B.1.1.7 lineage are associated with significant changes in virus phenotype, assessing the extent to which these changes lead to meaningful differences in transmission between humans is challenging and cannot be evaluated experimentally.”
Ari Joffe, Paediatric critical care physician, Edmonton Alberta
COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink: I explain why I changed my mind about supporting lockdowns. Abstract and access to pdf of full article in Preprints.org.
Report from the Ontario Patient Ombudsman: "Honouring the voices and experiences of Long-Term Care Home residents, caregivers and staff during the first wave of COVID-19 in Ontario."
Excerpt: "Recommendation #2: A change in approach to visitation Patient Ombudsman recommends that the government and health sector organizations not restrict visitors entirely during any second waves of COVID-19, but rather permit a limited number of essential caregivers to visit patients or residents along with implementing infection control measures. Visits by essential caregivers can be permitted safely. A number of organizations have developed reports addressing issues related to visitation and providing recommendations on permitting essential caregivers. Any restrictions on visitation should be limited, targeted based on evidence, proportional to the risk a visitor poses...."
Excerpt: "Highlights the growing body of evidence that demonstrates improvements in patient safety, patient experience, patient outcomes and patient care with presence of essential care partners across a range of institutional care settings....Reports on the transmission of COVID-19 within facilities during this time of pandemic."
Open letter from MPP Roman Baber to Ontario premier Doug Ford, with 20 footnotes.
Excerpt: "Premier, we should stop scaring children.This generation of kids will grow up with an anxiety disorder and will be afraid of normal life. Kids need to be kids again, back in school with their friends. They should not believe that coming close to another child may result in someone’s death. It’s false and unwarranted."
Followed on the same day by a rebuttal from the Hon. Christine Elliot, Minister of Health, reproduced here. She says:
Excerpt: "Mr. Barber should apologize to each and every one of the families [ed: 5,289 when the letter was written] for minimizing their loss."
Followed by more references (including from the Ministry of Health) from MPP Baber here.
European Journal of Clinical Investigation
Eran Bendavid, Christopher Oh, Jay Bhattacharya, John P.A. Ioannidis,
Excerpt: "The most restrictive non‐pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) for controlling the spread of COVID‐19 are mandatory stay‐at‐home and business closures. Given the consequences of these policies, it is important to assess their effects. We evaluate the effects on epidemic case growth of more restrictive NPIs (mrNPIs), above and beyond those of less restrictive NPIs (lrNPIs)." read more
Lockdown Effects on Sars-CoV-2 Transmission – The evidence from Northern Jutland From MedRxiv (Yale/BMJ) Kasper Planeta Kepp, Christian Bjornskov
Excerpt: “[T]he most time- and space-focused empirical dataset available with sufficient statistical power, adequate and homogeneous control group, nearly complete testing, and with the smallest possible confounder pollution imaginable in a real setting.”
Youtube interview with Prof.Sucharit Bhakti (Thai/German microbiologist). Here is a critical wikipedia post about his work. Here is a 1985 article on PubMed, with Bhakti as one of the authors, warning about possible unwanted side-effects of the H1N1 vaccine.
Dr.Matt Strauss, Assistant professor of Medicine, Queen's University
Excerpt: "Luckily, we no longer have to talk about mathematical models. We now have seven months of real-world data to look at....In medical science, we rely on epidemiologists to take all the available data from all the countries and perform statistical analyses to correct for as many different variables as possible.
This has now been done for lockdowns. In August, the Lancet published an analysis of data from 50 countries."
Dr.Matt Strauss: Courage is crucial in the fight against coronavirus
Excerpt: "As a critical care physician, I can say from both clinical experience and from scientific literature, courage in illness matters. It matters for survival.....The mind-body connection definitely exists, it’s called the spinal cord (as well as the hormones secreted by the hypothalamus.)....Even if you have not contracted Covid-19 yet, you can start fighting now. Start jogging. If you can’t jog, start walking. Feel the sun on your face. Breathe the wind. Tell your family you love them; they’ll probably tell you the same."
Wesley Pegden A call to honesty in pandemic modelling