March 24, 2020
Below is our list of twelve medical experts whose opinions on
the Coronavirus outbreak contradict the official narratives of
and the memes so prevalent on social media.
Dr Sucharit Bhakdi
a specialist in microbiology. He was a professor at the Johannes
Gutenberg University in Mainz and head of the Institute for
Medical Microbiology and Hygiene and one of the most cited
research scientists in German history.
What he says:
afraid that 1 million infections with the new virus will
lead to 30 deaths per day over the next 100 days. But we do
not realize that 20, 30, 40 or 100 patients positive for
normal coronaviruses are already dying every day.
government's anti-COVID19 measures] are grotesque, absurd
and very dangerous.
The life expectancy of millions is
being shortened. The horrifying impact on the world economy
threatens the existence of countless people.
consequences on medical care are profound.
to patients in need are reduced, operations cancelled,
practices empty, hospital personnel dwindling. All this will
impact profoundly on our whole society.
measures are leading to self-destruction and collective
suicide based on nothing but a spook.
Dr Wolfgang Wodarg
a German physician specializing in Pulmonology, politician and
former chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
In 2009 he called for an inquiry into alleged conflicts
of interest surrounding the EU response to the Swine Flu
What he says:
are being courted by scientists…scientists who want to be
important to get money for their institutions. Scientists
who just swim along in the mainstream and want their part of
And what is missing right now is a rational way of
looking at things.
be asking questions like,
"How did you find out this virus
"How was it before?"
"Didn't we have the
same thing last year?"
it even something new?"
Dr Joel Kettner
professor of Community Health Sciences and Surgery at Manitoba
University, former Chief Public Health Officer for Manitoba
province and Medical Director of the International Centre for
never seen anything like this, anything anywhere near like
I'm not talking about the pandemic, because I've seen
30 of them, one every year. It is called influenza. And
other respiratory illness viruses, we don't always know what
But I've never seen this reaction, and I'm trying
to understand why.
about the message to the public, about the fear of coming
into contact with people, being in the same space as people,
shaking their hands, having meetings with people. I worry
about many, many consequences related to that.
in the province of Hubei, where there has been the most
cases and deaths by far, the actual number of cases reported
is 1 per 1000 people and the actual rate of deaths reported
is 1 per 20,000.
So maybe that would help to put things into
Dr John Ioannidis
of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy and of Biomedical
Data Science, at Stanford University School of Medicine and a
Professor of Statistics at Stanford University School of
Humanities and Sciences.
He is director of the Stanford
Prevention Research Center, and co-director of the Meta-Research
Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS).
He is also the
editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Clinical
Investigation. He was chairman at the Department of Hygiene and
Epidemiology, University of Ioannina School of Medicine as well
as adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.
As a physician,
scientist and author he has made contributions to evidence-based
medicine, epidemiology, data science and clinical research. In
addition, he pioneered the field of meta-research.
He has shown
that much of the published research does not meet good
scientific standards of evidence.
who have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 are disproportionately
those with severe symptoms and bad outcomes.
As most health
systems have limited testing capacity, selection bias may
even worsen in the near future.
situation where an entire, closed population was tested was
Diamond Princess cruise ship and its quarantine
The case fatality rate there was 1.0%, but this
was a largely elderly population, in which the death rate
from Covid-19 is much higher.
Covid-19 case fatality rate be that low? No, some say,
pointing to the high rate in elderly people.
some so-called mild or common-cold-type coronaviruses that
have been known for decades can have case fatality rates as
high as 8% when they infect elderly people in nursing homes.
If we had
not known about a new virus out there, and had not checked
individuals with PCR tests, the number of total deaths due
to "influenza-like illness" would not seem unusual this
At most, we might have casually noted that flu this
season seems to be a bit worse than average.
fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes
hold, we are making decisions without reliable data",
Stat News, 17th March
Dr Yoram Lass
an Israeli physician, politician and former Director General of
the Health Ministry.
He also worked as Associate Dean of the Tel
Aviv University Medical School and during the 1980s presented
the science-based television show Tatzpit.
its enormous morbidity in respiratory problems,
more than three times any other European country.
In the US
about 40,000 people die in a regular flu season and so far
40-50 people have died of the coronavirus, most of them in a
nursing home in Kirkland, Washington.
country, more people die from regular flu compared with
those who die from the coronavirus.
…there is a
very good example that we all forget:
swine flu in 2009...
That was a virus that reached the world from Mexico and
until today there is no vaccination against it.
But what? At
that time there was no
Facebook or there maybe was but it
was still in its infancy. The coronavirus, in contrast, is a
virus with public relations.
thinks that governments end viruses is wrong.
Interview in Globes,
March 22nd 2020
Dr Pietro Vernazza
a Swiss physician specializing Infectious Diseases at the
Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen and Professor of Health Policy.
What he says:
reliable figures from Italy and a work by epidemiologists,
which has been published in the renowned science journal
‹Science›, which examined the spread in China.
This makes it
clear that around 85 percent of all infections have occurred
without anyone noticing the infection. 90 percent of the
deceased patients are verifiably over 70 years old, 50
percent over 80 years.
one in ten people diagnosed die, according to the findings
of the Science
publication, that is statistically one of every 1,000 people
Each individual case is tragic, but often - similar to the flu season
- it affects people who are at the
end of their lives.
If we close
the schools, we will prevent the children from quickly
better integrate the scientific facts into the political
Interview in St. Galler
Tagblatt, 22nd March 2020
a German radiologist, former President of the German Medical
Association and Deputy Chairman of the World Medical
I'm not a
fan of lockdown.
Anyone who imposes something like this must
also say when and how to pick it up again. Since we have to
assume that the virus will be with us for a long time, I
wonder when we will return to normal?
You can't keep schools
and daycare centers closed until the end of the year.
Because it will take at least that long until we have a
vaccine. Italy has imposed a lockdown and has the opposite
They quickly reached their capacity limits, but did
not slow down the virus spread within the lockdown.
Interview in General Anzeiger,
18th March 2020
Prof. Hendrik Streeck
a German HIV researcher, epidemiologist and clinical trialist.
He is professor of virology, and the director of the Institute
of Virology and HIV Research, at Bonn University.
pathogen is not that dangerous, it is even less dangerous
The special thing is that Sars-CoV-2 replicates
in the upper throat area and is therefore much more
infectious because the virus jumps from throat to throat, so
But that is also an advantage:
replicates in the deep lungs, it is not so infectious, but
it definitely gets on the lungs, which makes it more
have to take into account that the Sars-CoV-2 deaths in
Germany were exclusively old people.
In Heinsberg, for
example, a 78-year-old man with previous illnesses died of
heart failure, and that without Sars-2 lung involvement.
Since he was infected, he naturally appears in the Covid 19
But the question is whether he would not have
died anyway, even without Sars-2.
Interview in Frankfurter Allgemeine, 16th March 2020
Dr Yanis Roussel
A team of
researchers from the Institut Hospitalo-universitaire
Méditerranée Infection, Marseille and the Institut de Recherche
pour le Développement, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de
Marseille, conducting a peer-reviewed study on Coronavirus
mortality for the government of France under the 'Investments
for the Future' program.
of SARS-CoV-2 is probably overestimated, as 2.6 million
people die of respiratory infections each year compared with
less than 4000 deaths for SARS-CoV-2 at the time of writing.
compared the mortality rate of SARS-CoV-2 in OECD countries
(1.3%) with the mortality rate of common coronaviruses
identified in AP-HM patients (0.8%) from 1 January 2013 to 2
Chi-squared test was performed, and the P-value
was 0.11 (not significant).
be noted that systematic studies of other coronaviruses (but
not yet for SARS-CoV-2) have found that the percentage of
asymptomatic carriers is equal to or even higher than the
percentage of symptomatic patients.
The same data for
SARS-CoV-2 may soon be available, which will further reduce
the relative risk associated with this specific pathology.
"SARS-CoV-2: fear versus data",
International Journal of
Antimicrobial Agents, 19th March 2020
Dr. David Katz
an American physician and founding director of the Yale
University Prevention Research Center
I am deeply
concerned that the social, economic and public health
consequences of this near-total meltdown of normal life - schools and businesses closed, gatherings banned
- will be
long-lasting and calamitous, possibly graver than the direct
toll of the virus itself.
The stock market will bounce back
in time, but many businesses never will.
impoverishment and despair likely to result will be public
health scourges of the first order.
Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?",
New York Times 20th
Michael T. Osterholm
regents professor and director of the Center for Infectious
Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
the effect of shutting down offices, schools, transportation
systems, restaurants, hotels, stores, theaters, concert
halls, sporting events and other venues indefinitely and
leaving all of their workers unemployed and on the public
The likely result would be not just a depression but a
complete economic breakdown, with countless permanently lost
jobs, long before a vaccine is ready or natural immunity
alternative will probably entail letting those at low risk
for serious disease continue to work, keep business and
manufacturing operating, and "run" society, while at the
same time advising higher-risk individuals to protect
themselves through physical distancing and ramping up our
health-care capacity as aggressively as possible.
battle plan, we could gradually build up immunity without
destroying the financial structure on which our lives are
"Facing covid-19 reality: A national lockdown is no cure",
Washington Post 21st
Dr Peter Goetzsche
Professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis at the
University of Copenhagen and founder of the Cochrane Medical
Collaboration. He has written several books on corruption in the
field of medicine and the power of big pharmaceutical companies.
problem is that no one will ever get in trouble for measures
that are too draconian.
They will only get in trouble if
they do too little. So, our politicians and those working
with public health do much more than they should do.
draconian measures were applied during
the 2009 influenza
pandemic, and they obviously cannot be applied every winter,
which is all year round, as it is always winter somewhere.
We cannot close down the whole world permanently.
turn out that the epidemic wanes before long, there will be
a queue of people wanting to take credit for this. And we
can be damned sure draconian measures will be applied again
But remember the joke about tigers.
"Why do you blow the horn?"
keep the tigers away."
"But there are no tigers here."
"There you see!"
"Corona: an epidemic of mass panic", blog post on
Deadly Medicines 21st