To Hugh Pym, Health Editor + c. 40 other BBC correspondents/editors - to or bccs
I always watch some BBC 'news' programmes to learn what HMG wants promulgated eg the 'toppling of Assad' as per Boris Johnson former Foreign Secretary, currently 'self-isolated'. **
In regard to corona viruses, a large family I read which is often involved in the common cold/coryza, it is remarkable that the BBC has broadcast NO dissenting or even sceptical voices. Aside from this virus being fatal to susceptible humans, and mostly the elderly near natural death, it is obvious that the 'crisis' is going to ruin many hard working families financially, and for years to come. My sons' 40 employees in the timber business might be among them. You, especially, know your duty is to the truth and that corroboration by two independent sources is necessary.
Please link to this post by me https://dhalpin.infoaction.org.uk/52-articles/covid-19/293-tony-gosling-interview-dr-david-halpin-covid-19-loss-of-freedom-a-disproportionate-measure
, an experienced doctor first, and orthopaedic and trauma surgeon second. Well educated at St Mary's '58 to '64, and in touch ever since with the joy of good medicine and world affairs. (Hence the long and incomplete list of BBC journalists I now address.) The centre is an interview with less good audio quality.
Please consider having Professor Ioaniddis of Stanford University speaking to the nation for an hour, linked here
The sub title is 'Once in a century evidence fiasco'. He is a highly intelligent and well informed man of courage. The moral pressure being put on everyone is overwhelming. His expertise is in sifting evidence within the medical field. His responses are balanced.
I note that working people, so many with mortgages and children to feed, clothe and love, are getting the message- ie that the 'crisis' is yet another 'scam'. There are many more cars and vans on the road and no police cars here in South Devon. The BBC is going to look very foolish.
I attach a list of 12 leading experts who take an opposite view to HMG. It includes a former Israeli health minister who speaks of high levels of respiratory disease in Milan.
for truth, reason and justice
David (Halpin MB BS FRCS) 01364 661115 https://dhalpin.infoaction.org.uk/
** I wish that Mr Johnson would self-isolate with his partner to Mustique. Might he be joined by Mr Hancock, who with his 'health' team knows little about medicine. Plus Mr Cummings who I heard wanted 'weirdos and misfits' to join him at the centre of our lowered state.
Information forwarded to me
A new French study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, titled SARS-CoV-2: fear versus data, concludes that „the problem of SARS-CoV-2 is probably overestimated“, since „the mortality rate for SARS-CoV-2 is not significantly different from that for common coronaviruses identified at the study hospital in France“.
An Italian study of August 2019 (https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(19)30328-5/fulltext) found that flu deaths in Italy were between 7,000 and 25,000 in recent years. This value is higher than in most other European countries due to the large elderly population in Italy, and much higher than anything attributed to Covid-19 so far.
In a new fact sheet, the World Health Organization WHO reports that Covid-19 is in fact spreading slower, not faster, than influenza by a factor of about 50%. Moreover, pre-symptomatic transmission appears to be much lower with Covid-19 than with influenza.
A leading Italian doctor reports that „strange cases of pneumonia“ were seen in the Lombardy region already in November 2019, raising again the question if they were caused by the new virus (which officially only appeared in Italy in February 2020), or by other factors, such as the dangerously high smog levels in Northern Italy.
Danish researcher Peter Gøtzsche, founder of the renowned Cochrane Medical Collaboration, writes that Corona is „an epidemic of mass panic“ and „logic was one of the first victims.“
Former Israeli Health Minister, Professor Yoram Lass, says that the new coronavirus is „less dangerous than the flu“ and lockdown measures „will kill more people than the virus“. He adds that „the numbers do not match the panic“ and „psychology is prevailing over science“. He also notes that „Italy is known for its enormous morbidity in respiratory problems, more than three times any other European country.“
Pietro Vernazza, a Swiss infectious disease specialist, argues that many of the imposed measures are not based on science and should be reversed. According to Vernazza, mass testing makes no sense because 90% of the population will see no symptoms, and lockdowns and closing schools are even „counterproductive“. He recommends protecting only risk groups while keeping the economy and society at large undisturbed.
The President of the World Doctors Federation, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, argues that lockdown measures as in Italy are „unreasonable“ and „counterproductive“ and should be reversed.
Switzerland: Despite media panic, excess mortality still at or near zero: the latest testpositive „victims“ were a 96yo in palliative care and a 97yo with pre-existing conditions.
The latest statistical report of the Italian National Health Institute is now available in English.