12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic

Written by James Fetzer

Below is our list of twelve medical experts whose opinions on the Coronavirus outbreak contradict the official narratives of the MSM, and the memes so prevalent on social media.

Dr Sucharit Bhakdi is 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:

We are 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 realise that 20, 30, 40 or 100 patients positive for normal coronaviruses are already dying every day.

[The 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. The consequences on medical care are profound. Already services to patients in need are reduced, operations cancelled, practices empty, hospital personnel dwindling. All this will impact profoundly on our whole society.

All these measures are leading to self-destruction and collective suicide based on nothing but a spook.

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Dr Wolfgang Wodarg is a German physician specialising in Pulmonology, politician and former chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2009 he called for an inquiry into alleged conflicts of interest surrounding the EU response to the Swine Flu pandemic.

What he says:

Politicians 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 it […] And what is missing right now is a rational way of looking at things.

We should be asking questions like “How did you find out this virus was dangerous?”, “How was it before?”, “Didn’t we have the same thing last year?”, “Is it even something new?”

That’s missing.

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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 Infectious Diseases.

What he says:

I have never seen anything like this, anything anywhere near like this. 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 they are. But I’ve never seen this reaction, and I’m trying to understand why.

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I worry 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.

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In Hubei, 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 perspective.

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Dr John Ioannidis Professor 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.

What he says:

Patients 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.

The one situation where an entire, closed population was tested was the Diamond Princess cruise ship and its quarantine passengers. 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.

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Could the Covid-19 case fatality rate be that low? No, some say, pointing to the high rate in elderly people. However, even 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.

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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 year. At most, we might have casually noted that flu this season seems to be a bit worse than average.

– “A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data”, Stat News, 17th March 2020

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Dr Yoram Lass is 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.

What he says:

Italy is known for 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.

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In every country, more people die from regular flu compared with those who die from the coronavirus.

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…there is a very good example that we all forget: the 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.

Whoever thinks that governments end viruses is wrong.

– Interview in Globes, March 22nd 2020

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Dr Pietro Vernazza is a Swiss physician specialising Infectious Diseases at the Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen and Professor of Health Policy.

What he says:

We have 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.

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In Italy, one in ten people diagnosed die, according to the findings of the Science publication, that is statistically one of every 1,000 people infected. Each individual case is tragic, but often – similar to the flu season – it affects people who are at the end of their lives.

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If we close the schools, we will prevent the children from quickly becoming immune.

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We should better integrate the scientific facts into the political decisions.

– Interview in St. Galler Tagblatt, 22nd March 2020

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Frank Ulrich Montgomery is German radiologist, former President of the German Medical Association and Deputy Chairman of the World Medical Association.

What he says:

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 effect. They quickly reached their capacity limits, but did not slow down the virus spread within the lockdown.

– Interview in General Anzeiger, 18th March 2020

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Prof. Hendrik Streeck is 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.

What he says:

The new pathogen is not that dangerous, it is even less dangerous than Sars-1. 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 to speak. But that is also an advantage: Because Sars-1 replicates in the deep lungs, it is not so infectious, but it definitely gets on the lungs, which makes it more dangerous.

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You also 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 statistics. But the question is whether he would not have died anyway, even without Sars-2.

– Interview in Frankfurter Allgemeine, 16th March 2020

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Dr Yanis Roussel et. al. – 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’ programme.

What they say:

The problem 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.

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This study 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 March 2020. Chi-squared test was performed, and the P-value was 0.11 (not significant).

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…it should 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

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Dr. David Katz is an American physician and founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center

What he says:

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. The unemployment, impoverishment and despair likely to result will be public health scourges of the first order.

– “Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?”, New York Times 20th March 2020

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Michael T. Osterholm is regents professor and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

What he says:

Consider 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 dole. 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 takes hold.

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[T]he best 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. With this battle plan, we could gradually build up immunity without destroying the financial structure on which our lives are based.

– “Facing covid-19 reality: A national lockdown is no cure”, Washington Post 21st March 2020

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Dr Peter Goetzsche is 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.

What he says:

Our main 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.

No such 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.

Should it 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 next time. But remember the joke about tigers. “Why do you blow the horn?” “To 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 March 2020

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Comments (10)

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    Andy Rowlands

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    Those comments sound fairly common sense to me.

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    Andy Rowlands

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    Dr Peter Goetzsche comments that you cannot close down the world down permanently, but that is exactly what the globalists and eco-fascists want to do.

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    Joseph Olson

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    The unpunished terrorists of 9/1+, and all previous wars, have unleashed this partial pandemic. They hadn’t perfected the “elitist cure” so only the mild version could be released. But when you OWN the propaganda media, the crooked CDC, FDA & WHO, WuFlu HYPERBOLE is easy.

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    T. C. Clark

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    The Chinese tried to ignore it…tried to cover it up…the virus got out of control. China under the CCP is a chaotic place and this virus problem will likely be repeated again. China just closed its borders to all outsiders. The numbers out of China are probably less than 1/2 the real numbers. The virus is diabolical and insidious…it doesn’t have to seriously affect everyone…10 to 20% is sufficient….doesn’t matter if the elderly and those in poor health are most affected…the virus has no rule – it also hits all age groups and degrees of health…..can someone carry the virus for 2 weeks without symptoms?….spreading it to a population with no immunity? The tests are slow and not highly accurate…can the virus remain on some surfaces for 2 weeks? A magic bullet to stop it isn’t likely…it’s gonna take time…and it has already been immensely expensive.

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    tom0mason

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    These voices of reason are being drowned out by the MSM evil intent to keep populations in needless, useless, hysteria. Catastrophic predictions sells well for the MSM. When will so called educated but unthinking people stop being driven like lemmings to the edge of the precipice?

    There are 2 properties to realise —
    1/ Just about everyone worldwide will catch this virus.
    2/ Despite having no natural immunity from this virus, most Western populations appear NOT to know when they are infected because they have be negligible symptoms. This is especially true of the young and very young.
    What is known is that if you are an older member of a large community with many heavy smokers, living in high density cities with very poor air quality, poor food and personal sanitation, then you are more likely to succumb to the worst effects of the virus. If you have other underlying health conditions then this virus could be a serious danger to you.

    Keep healthy (stop smoking and vapping anything), keep clean, take precautions — stop being hysterical and stay alive.

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    Dr Roger Higgs (geologist)

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    Virus hysteria is an exact parallel of the ‘climate crisis’ …

    Three ingredients:

    1) Media wilful exaggeration, selective reporting and omission.

    2) Research institutions scrambling for a research-funds windfall, sacrificing their impartiality.

    3) Politicians’ extreme over-reaction, for fear of ultimately being blamed for doing too little.

    Yet we the people keep unquestioningly lapping it up.

    Nullius in verba. There is no ‘climate emergency’. ‘Modern Warming’ (since 1800), the recovery from the very recent ‘Little Ice Age’ (LIA, about 1550-1900AD, coldest episode of our entire Holocene interglacial period, the last 11,650 years), is the strongest of the last 2,000 years and possibly of the whole Holocene, both in amount and rate. This is unsurprising, as Modern Warming coincided with the Sun’s greatest upswing of at least the last 8,000 years (with c.100-year time-lag due to ocean thermal inertia, dismissed, like the Sun’s variability, by IPCC). Moreover, the LIA was a cluster of “volcanic-solar downturns” (PAGES2k 2013), i.e. low temperatures due to a weaker Sun were further lowered by super-volcanic ‘winters’. What happens when you ‘turn off’ the large eruptions AND ‘turn up’ the Sun to its highest ‘Grand Maximum’ in several thousand years? It’s not rocket science. Take a few minutes to learn more about it (including sources) … https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336150058

    We are now luckily warming again, toward temperatures more typical of the ‘Holocene Climatic Optimum’ (google it; the clue, embarrassing for IPCC, is in the name), when earlier civilisations flourished, only to fail in the next cool episode. There has never been a better time to be alive: the greatest-ever average human longevity and the lowest percentage of people in poverty. Yet instead of celebrating we are wringing out hands, taking instructions from a Swedish schoolgirl (or did she drop out of school?), and actively destroying the world economy, spending $$ trillions ‘tackling’ an imaginary enemy, CO2. Some truths … https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332245803

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      Andy Rowlands

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      Well said Dr Higgs, well said.

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      tom0mason

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      Well said Dr Roger Higgs (Geologist).
      Politics, propaganda, and hype is all there is, whether it’s an imaginary ‘climate crisis’ or a real ‘Corona virus’ outbreak.

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      Barry

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      In Canada yesterday our govt is now paying 75 percent of payrolls effected which of coarse means that just about every working person is now a govt employee. What they couldn’t do with climate change over three decades they have accomplished in a few weeks with mass panic over a virus that will run its coarse and then disappear leaving most of the population dependant on the govt for everything. The presses are already running printing away fortunes that will drive inflation to unprecedented levels, so much for the nest eggs of the retired who will now become entirely dependant on the state for their daily existence. This wether by design or not will be the end result and our socialist govt will want to band together and use western wealth to save the world.

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