Almost six months has passed since Greece closed its schools but the world knows a lot more about Coronavirus than it did in March.
1.Mortality Rate Lower
The virus is not as deadly as we first imagined. Something akin to influenza.
A Stanford University study predicts the mortality rate could be around 0.27%
However this Stanford caused some controversy
Another test in Mumbai India found a mortality rate of only 0.004%
John Hopkins gives mortality rate at around 2-3% for the USA
The Swedish government puts the mortality rate at 0.5-1%.
2.Children Largely Unaffected & Probably Not Infectious
There looks to be no evidence that the virus is transmitted by children
No evidence to show opening schools is connected to rise in cases or that closing schools has an effect on the spread of the virus.
Transmission location and age https://academic.oup.com/jid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/infdis/jiaa691/5943164
3.Low/No Infectivity from Asymptomatic Carriers
The infectivity of asymptomatic people could be much smaller than we thought originally
And asymptomatic people may not be infectious at all
Pre-symptomatic transmission unlikely https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m3862
And the number of false positives could be the majority of cases but we can’t know because the cycle threshold for the PCR test is not given
Over 35 cycles is extreme https://twitter.com/vegsource/status/1322285840291147776
The findings suggest that asymptomatic and presymptomatic persons do represent a source of potentially transmissible virus.
CEBM Transmission https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.08.04.20167932v4
Asymptomatic transmission Wuhan, Nature https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19802-w
Faucci asymptomatic transmission
Asymptomatic transmission https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32790510/
List of studies on asymptomatic transmission https://twitter.com/ClareCraigPath/status/1336707467233865741
4.Specific Age Groups Affected
People under the age of 60 make up less than 2 percent of the total fatalities in Europe (using Italy/Spain numbers)
5.No Evidence for Second Wave & Mortality Rate Falling Rapidly
The virus seems to be mutating leading to some front-line doctors in Spain and the UK saying that they do not expect a second wave of the virus.
This map from the Cleveland Fed shows that mortality rate declines extremely quickly
The same front line doctors are also saying the mortality rate of the Coronavirus is even lower than it was at the start of the outbreak, supporting the Cleveland Fed numbers above.
6.Effective Treatment May Already Be Available
The is mounting evidence that Hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Azithromycin can be effective treatment for those people at high risk from COVID19.
2005 Study SARS https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1232869/
7.Lockdowns Prolong The Virus
Greece, like many states in the USA that locked down early, seem to have prolonged the virus.
Countries and states which had no lockdowns (Belarus), limited lockdowns (Sweden) or late lockdowns (UK, New York) have almost see the end of deaths due to COVID19 and there appears little reason for future lockdowns.
In short it appears COVID19 will run its course at some point regardless of any lockdown.
Research on influenza has shown reduced exposure to sunlight and fresh air can increase the fatality rate of influenza
“The efficacy of open air treatment has been absolutely proven, and one has only to try it to discover its value.”
THE OPEN AIR TREATMENT OF INFLUENZA.Brooks WA
The Greek Government Response
Despite all the new information available since March, the Greek government’s response still does not focus on protecting those at most risk ie the elderly and unwell. Instead the measure target those at least risk, those who are largely unaffected by COVID19 ie young people and healthy people.
Some examples of the apparent backwards nature of the response.
In certain areas businesses are being closed between midnight and 7am. (The significance of the time of day escapes everybody, including rightly aggrieved tourists)
Banning gatherings of more than nine people in Northern Greece’s most popular tourism area and one of the Aegean’s most popular islands
Business owners whose livelihood depends on the tourist season are rightly upset
A Better Solution?
-Given that limiting contact between persons could prolong the life of the virus.
-Given that the longer the virus is circluating the more chance a vulnerable person will become a vicitim.
-Given that the young are almost entirely unaffected by the COVID19
-Given that asymptomatic people are probably must less infectious than the sick and if they are infectious they transmit much lower volumes of the virus
-Given that the elderly and those with existing health problems and much more likely to have complications due to COVID
Surely the answer is to follow Sweden’s lead and let the economy return to normal.
Sweden looks like it has put COVID19 behind it, those most at risk from COVID19 are in a much safer place than before.
Greece on the other hand is in the same or similar place as it was at the start of the pandemic, the most vulnerable still face a similar amount of risk.
No one wants anyone to contract COVID19 but the fact is people will contract COVID19.
Surely the best strategy is for those who are fit, healthy and are prepared to take the risk of contracting COVID19 to live normally, to accelerate the process of mutation, to accelerate the build up herd immunity, so that those who are vulnerable to COVID19 or those that want to take extra precautions are safer now and in the future so we can all put COVID19 behind us as quickly as possible and get back to normal life.
General COVID19 information sources
YouTube Rand Paul – Children spreading virus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GvPMAtwGUQ
Research study. Transmission by children https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7113798/
WHO assessment of asymptomatic transmission inconclusive https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/transmission-of-sars-cov-2-implications-for-infection-prevention-precautions
Admission stats NHS UK https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-hospital-activity/
Second wave, why its unlikely https://lockdownsceptics.org/addressing-the-cv19-second-wave/
Belgium health profession demand investigation into COVID https://greatgameindia.com/belgium-who-investigation-coronavirus/
T-Cells. Pre-exisiting immune response https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6512/89
Amnesty International report on nursing homes in UK https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR4531522020ENGLISH.PDF
Heat and relative humidity effect on corona https://www.accuweather.com/en/health-wellness/heat-and-relative-humidity-affect-how-coronavirus-spreads-new-study-finds/823777
Swiss studies on lethality https://swprs.org/studies-on-covid-19-lethality/
Cancer patient backlog https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/supplementary-information/
Oxford epidemiologists https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3plSbCbkSA
Welsh cases https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-52380643