The following is an excerpt from my latest article in Just The News.
You’ve probably heard that COVID-19 is far deadlier than the flu. But it could turn out to be more akin to a severe flu season. Surprisingly, both of those assessments come from the same authority at the same time: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's chief infectious disease specialist.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has repeatedly cited more jarring figures in public. For instance, Fauci declared in March 11 congressional testimony that the current coronavirus “is 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu,” which would be about 1 percent. His testimony generated news headlines that blared across the internet and television news, and it remains frequently cited today.
But among his learned colleagues in academia, he has provided the more conservative analysis.
“[T]he case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%,” Fauci wrote in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 26. “This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of COVID-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.”
A day after the NEJM article was published, Fauci was back to repeating the higher fatality number in public rather than “considerably less than 1%.”
“The mortality of [COVID-19] is about 10 times [flu],” Fauci told Comedy Central host Trevor Noah on March 27. (Continued...)
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john caddidy says
And meanwhile the death count is soaring. What now?
Stop watching the 24 hour news cycle.
Samuel Kramer says
Focusing on treatment rather than politics can cut the number of deaths. 3 or 4 approaches to treating severe cases have yielded successful results. Rather than demand the rigors of a year or two of testing so they can be approved, allow doctors to administer these treatments. When the alternative is death, people will generally choose an "unapproved" remedy. The so-called models being used by state governments are beginning to show their defective assumptions and need to be corrected or discarded.
Tony Christen says
So what the article demonstrates is a significant lack of correct information. That some are inflating numbers by essentially including everyone and then formulating an opinion. An opinion that’s by the sounds of the article, doesn’t put their career in jeopardy if they are wrong. They can just say the virus provide a moving target of death rates that could be narrowed down. Not a honest way to do things.
mark oday says
Ultimately at this point we don't know. The numbers from each country are really how accurate? Every country is different about reporting. Plus death rates in those countries move dramatically up and down. These 2 facts alone show that we are GUESSING which science is of course until testing provides what we then consider truth.
Should we have not shut the world down for this virus? Well that option is long passed it IS shut down.
The next 2 weeks should obviously tell us more. Also Statistically there is no reason that we shouldn't see this again come November.
Jeffrey L. Olson says
What other interpretation is possible other than he's being purposely deceptive and attempting to drum up panic in the general public?
Betty J Ziesel says
Would folks pay attention if his public message was COVID-19 is no worse than the flu ... likely not ... consider those that continued to gather on beaches, etc. and party hardy until shut down. Of course he gives the cry wolf message to the sheeple, who don't know what's best for them.
Kelly P. says
This guy is a Globalist, MSM, CDC, WHO puppet. Fauci was a Hillary supporter. He is a documented Democrat, and a Marxist scum. These people like Fauci are left path, Jesuit, black glove Satanists. The CDC and Fauci purposely blocked testing kits, because the more people tested, the lower the fatality rate. They want the public in panic. As late as March 2nd, the WHO and Democrats like mayor of NYC De Blasio, were telling the public to get out, "go see a movie", the virus is not a big deal. They were purposely spreading the virus.
Watch this video with Dr. Francis Boyle.
This a man-made virus that was released from the BSL level 4 bio-weapons research lab in Wuhan China. The virus was engineered and spliced with DNA from HIV and other viruses. It is air-borne and destroys male testis. It may be just the first salvo of a much deadlier virus.
The goal here is destroy the economy, keep Trump from being re-elected, eliminate currency, and get the public to accept the chip and NWO government. Welcome to 1984.
Holy crap it’s the nut cases that are so out there that keeps those of us looking for both sides point of view from reading further. And yes we all try to destroy our careers for a few minutes of fame. Think it through what does Trump do to those who disagree w/him. Why would anyone risk it unnecessarily. The facts aren’t all in they’re doing what they can.
A postmortem by a competent pathologist is the only way to confirm cause of death.
Americans must not be led like lemmings over the cliff of disease paranoia chased by an invisible bug unless there is irrefutable proof that COVID-19 and ONLY COVID-19 was the principle reason attributed to a person's demise.
Investigative journalists (guess who that would be, Ms. Attkisson?) must dig into the facts and interview some of the hundreds of ME's (medical examiners) who performed autopsies on these people and ask these questions:
1. Did the autopsy reveal the presence of other chronic diseases pulmonary or otherwise, that could have contributed to the death of the person (e.g., influenza, COPD, emphysema, tuberculosis, heart disease, cancers, etc.?
2. Was the deceased taking medication that suppressed the immune system such as for rheumatoid arthritis?
3. Did the autopsy reveal the presence of disease of the respiratory system due to harmful inhalants (smoking tobacco, vaping)?
4. Did the autopsy show the patient had heart or vascular problems and had surgeries to correct them such as stent implants, pace maker or other medical devices?
5. Did the deceased receive chemotherapy treatment for cancer related illness?
Unless every answer to the above questions is an affirmative 'No", the public must not believe that only COVID-19 caused the death of these people. This calls into question the number of reported COVID-19 deaths has been deliberately inflated to cause panic in America as well as around the world.
The next question is, for what other purpose are governments doing this?
Here is a relatively thoughtful point. Unfortunately you’re disregarding the point they make that many if not all of the deaths are people with co-morbid (other) health issues. It’s not in the government’s best interest to spread panic unless they are some kind of evil geniuses. But still much more reasonable for those of us wanting to hear a broader perspective of thoughts.
Ron P says
Scientist and infectious disease specialist need to stay in the background. They are trained to provide information to professionals who react to information with an action plan. Providing that same information to the general untrained public only ends up as fear and panic. Some so fearful they resort to home protection and drink fish tank chemicals.
I really appreciate your piece of work, Great post.