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Post by NHE » Wed May 27, 2020 10:13 am

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces, revised CDC website says

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-wor ... te-states/

The coronavirus primarily spreads from person to person and not easily from a contaminated surface. That’s the take-away from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which this month updated its “How COVID-19 Spreads” website.

The revised guidance now states, in 17-point font, “The virus spreads easily between people.” It also notes that the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, “is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.”

The CDC made another giant font change to its website, clarifying what sources are not major risks. Under a new heading “The virus does not spread easily in other ways” the agency explains that touching contaminated objects or surfaces does not appear to be a significant mode of transmission. The same is true for exposure to infected animals.

CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said Thursday that the revisions were the product of an internal review and “usability testing.”

“Our transmission language has not changed,” Nordlund said. “COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person.”

The virus travels through the droplets a person produces when talking or coughing, the CDC website says. An individual does not need to feel sick or show symptoms to spread the submicroscopic virus. Close contact means within about 6 feet, the distance at which a sneeze flings heavy droplets.

Example after example has shown the microbe’s affinity for density. The virus has spread easily in nursing homes, prisons, cruise ships and meatpacking plants — places where many people are living or working in closer proximity. A recent CDC report described how a choir practice in Washington state in March became a super-spreader event when one sick person infected 52 others.

“Direct contact with people has the highest likelihood of getting infected — being close to an infected person, rather than accepting a newspaper or a FedEx guy dropping off a box,” said virologist Vincent Munster, a researcher at the Virus Ecology Section of Rocky Mountain Laboratories, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases facility in Hamilton, Montana.

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Post by vesta » Wed May 27, 2020 1:39 pm

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WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial Over Safety Concerns

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronaviru ... y-concerns

The World Health Organization says it is temporarily halting its clinical trials that use hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients over published concerns that the drug may do more harm than good.

The move comes after the medical journal The Lancet reported on Friday that patients getting hydroxychloroquine were dying at higher rates than other coronavirus patients.

https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals ... 1180-6.pdf

The WHO has 3,500 patients from 17 countries enrolled in what it calls the Solidarity Trial. This is an effort overseen by the WHO to find new treatments for COVID-19. The patients in the trial have been randomly assigned to be treated with hydroxychloroquine which is a common malaria drug, or 3 other experimental drugs for treating COVID-19 in various combinations. Only the hydroxychloroquine part of the trial is being put on hold.

"The review will consider data collected so far in the Solidarity Trial and in particular robust, randomized available data to adequately evaluate the potential benefits and harms from this drug [hydroxycholoroquine]," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during an online press conference from Geneva on Monday.

The WHO's chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, says the review was prompted by the article in The Lancet, which was not a randomized control trial but still large.

"While it was still a reporting of observational data," Swaminathan says, distinguishing it from the gold-standard randomized controlled trial, "it came from multiple registries and quite a large number of patients, 96,000 patients." She says the WHO hasn't yet seen data that showed a problem with hydroxychloroquine in its own study but The Lancet article raised questions among many of the investigators involved in the WHO's trial.

"The steering committee met over the weekend, in the light of this uncertainty," Swaminathan says. "We decided we should be proactive, err on the side of caution and suspend enrollment temporarily into the hydroxychloroquine arm [of the Solidarity trial]."
Clarification. All this study revealed is that once in the hospital suffering Covid 19 pneumonia hydroxychloroqine will not treat the bacteria unleashed by the virus. Dr Raoult's protocol is meant to decrease the corona virus load in the throat before it descends into the lungs, that is to say within 5 days of symptoms, and his treatment has been successful. Here I provide an overview of what has happened in France which is outrageous. Let the opponents to Dr Raoult do real science of his protocol.

"Despite 65 years of safe use, HCQ is alleged to be dangerous and to cause heart attacks. Its use is officially approved only for “adolescent and adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19.” Generally, by the time a patient is hospitalized the virus has progressed to a later stage in which treatment is less successful. Studies of HCQ’s effectiveness, such as the VA one and apparently the more recent one reported in The Lancet, are limited to later stage hospitalized patients and seem to exclude the essential zinc component of the HCQ treatment. In other words, the studies seem to be designed to exclude from official approval the treatment that doctors have found most effective. It is not easy for a layperson to know what the studies actually say as the media report the studies in an anti-Trump manner. For the media, what is most important is criticism of Trump, not the effectiveness of a treatment." Paul Craig Roberts

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FDA green lights phase II trial for Moderna's mRNA coronavirus vaccine.
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronaviru ... ited-trial

A vaccine manufacturer is reporting preliminary data suggesting its COVID-19 vaccine is safe, and appears to be eliciting in test subjects the kind of immune response capable of preventing disease.

Moderna, Inc., of Cambridge, Mass., developed the vaccine in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The results reported Monday come from an initial analysis of a Phase I study primarily designed to see if the vaccine is safe.

The company reports no serious side-effects; however, modest side-effects included redness at the injection site, headache, fever and flu-like symptoms, although none of these lasted more than a day.

The first 45 volunteers for the vaccine trial were divided into three groups, with each group getting a different dose of the vaccine. All groups got an initial shot, followed by a booster shot a month later.

In addition to safety, the company also looked at the vaccine's ability to induce antibodies to the coronavirus — what's known as its immunogenicity. It did, for all subjects at all dose levels. In addition, eight of the subjects were tested for the presence of neutralizing antibodies that prevent the virus from infecting cells in the laboratory. All eight did.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is headed by Dr Fauci who in 2005 declared that Hydroxychloroquine can reduce the viral load of the Corona virus. Now he says otherwise and is pushing hard for a vaccine. In the meantime people die and the economy is shut down even if a treatment is available, PROVIDING that it is undertaken on time. This is scandalous.

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I continue to work on the COVID 19 issue because as an MSer over age 70 I belong to the vulnerable cohort which will not be treated in hospital should I suffer severe breathing difficulties. I believe there is a disgraceful, even criminal, aspect to this scandal which should be exposed. At the end of this post I will outline the self treatment I will undergo (as well my husband’s) to protect myself from Covid 19 disease. I’m not really pessimistic about my own chances to prevent the illness.. I’m just outraged. The medical authorities in France as well as the USA have discredited themseves.

Covid 19 : The Real Scandal

It is the work of the French research scientist Dr Didier Raoult which led to the international interest of using Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat COVID 19. Dr. Raoult is a physician and microbiologist who specializes in infectious diseases. Since 2008, Raoult has been the director of the Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes located in Marseille where he began his successful Covid 19 treatment in January 2020.

When the disease first appeared Dr. Raoult was optimistic that it could be easily treated and an epidemic avoided, since the Coronavirus is sensitive to Chloroquine which also happens to be VERY inexpensive. (30 tabs cost $5.) He added Azithromycine to treat the ensuing lung infection. However, the virus needs to be treated while still in the throat, maybe no more than 10 days from exposure, 5 days from onset of symptoms. After hospital admission with breathing difficulty, it is often too late to treat the virus which has descended into the lungs. All the so called scientific studies which use the medication on hospitalized Covid 19 patients are bound to fail.

Dr. Raoult’s hopes for generalized treatment were quashed by French medical authorities. A large stock of HCQ had been pillaged from French hospitals. French Health Minister Dr Agnès Buzyn made HCQ subject to medical prescription January 2020 whereas for over 50 years it could be purchased over the counter. A campaign of vilification descended on Dr Raoult as well as misinformation on the risks of taking HCQ. By late March, French Drs were forbidden to prescribe HCQ and pharmacists forbidden to fill a prescription. Only hospitals could administer HCQ by which time admitted patients would be too sick to profit from it. (So of course that would be proof of its inefficacity.) French Doctors are furious at being unable to treat their patients in time.

Being over age 70 and in fragile health, I belong to the category of patients who will be ineligible for hospital intubation. So refusal to treat me with HCQ within 5 days of symptom onset will be a death sentence.

The USA situation. Apparently, after having studied Dr Raoult’s HCQ research, Dr Zev Zelenko of New York began treating his patients with the following protocol.

« I suggest the following immediate treatment regimen of high risk patients with symptoms:
Hydroxychloroquine 200mg twice a day for 5 days
Azithromycin 500mg once a day for 5 days
Zinc sulfate 220mg once a day for 5 days »

Dr Zelenko added Zinc to the French Dr Raoult protocol.which appears to shorten the length of treatment. Hydroxychloroquine thus acts not simply to suppress the virus (especially in the throat), but to help zinc pass the cell wall where it can halt viral replication. (An observed symptom of Covid 19 is loss of smell and taste which indicates a Zinc deficiency.) Azithromycin is used to destroy germs which have been released as the virus damages the lung’s lining.

Late March Dr Zelenko sent a letter describing his treatment to President Trump who took the work seriously. Unfortunately, hatred of Trump has discredited the HCQ treatment. Although enjoying a long history of minimal complications, hysterical denunciation of this well known drug has followed.

So let’s look a bit further into this scandal.

On French Television this spring I followed an interveiw of Dr Luc Montagnier who shared the 2008 Nobel prize for having identified the AIDs virus HIV. He believes COVID 19 escaped from a lab after elements of the AIDs virus had been inserted into a Corona virus by a « sorceror’s apprentice », presumably in search of an Aids vaccine. He said the work of some Indian scientists had been suppressed on the internet after they concluded the same thing. He implied that since he had been awarded the Nobel prize, he was free to express his opinion. He also said that since Covid 19 was an artificail creation, it would break down and disappear but only after many deaths. I posted on Facebook an article about Dr Montagnier’s opinion on the origin of Covid-19. It was deleted as fake news. What was fake ? What he said or that he said it ? Sorry, I heard and saw him say it.

Donald Trump is skating on thin ice when he tries to attack China for having unleashed this catastrophe on the world. Let’s say Covid 19 did escape from the Wuhan virology lab. Which team of scientists created it ? The Chinese ? Or the Americans ? According to a Newsweek article, Dr Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) had invested in the Wuhan virology lab. (Apparently they ceased collaboration on April 24.) Or maybe the French ? A team of French scientists work in Dr Yves Lévi’s lab, the same Dr Lévi married to the French Health Minister who took Hydroxychloroquine off the French free market in January. The same Dr Lévy (former director of Inserm Institut national de la santé et de la recherche medical) who has been accused of sabotaging Dr Raoult’s Covid 19 work. Dr Raoult had previously criticised Dr Lévi for doing work which suggested bio-warfare and which risked an accidental release of a toxic virus.

Accepted opinion is that COVID 19 is a natural mutation emerging from the Wuhan « wet market ». So what does Dr. Fauci suggest ? Waiting for a vaccine (which normally takes 4 years to develop, but never mind that) . In the meantime continue the lockdown. And maybe try the various – expensive - anti-virals developed to treat Aids.

Zero Hedge May 21, 2020

As "Summer Sausage" summed up so succinctly:
Fauci 2005: Hydroxycholoroquine is found to substantially reduce the corona virus load
Fauci 2020: Generic hydroxcholoroquine does nothing to reduce the corona virus load even though 50% fewer people taking it at NYU-Langone went to ICU. But expensive Remdisivir is amazing. Instead of 12 people dying, only 9 died!

One final comment. Last summer Dr Buzyn, as Minister of Health, de-reimbursed Homeopathy which constitutes .01% of the Health budget. I remarked to my husband then she will now get a good job with Big Pharma. He replied that as the wife of the above mentioned Dr. Yves Lévy she already belongs to the gang. Think of that. Is it possible that the friends of Big Pharma were willing to risk an epidemic leading to mass death and the trashing of the world economy ?

Previously published on my site MSCureenigmas.net

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Post by jimmylegs » Wed May 27, 2020 2:59 pm

Don’t fall for conspiracy about Dr. Anthony Fauci, hydroxychloroquine (May 6)
https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2 ... ci-hydrox/
https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

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Post by vesta » Thu May 28, 2020 8:35 am

jimmylegs wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 2:59 pm
Don’t fall for conspiracy about Dr. Anthony Fauci, hydroxychloroquine (May 6)
https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2 ... ci-hydrox/
If Dr Fauci didn't know that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) can effectively treat a Coronavirus in 2005, he should know it NOW. If he says the contrary, he is either an incompetent ignoramus or a liar and should resign from all his posts. Dr. Raoult's research/work has demonstrated that HCQ can treat Covid 19 provided it is taken early, well before hospitalization. The treatment is being used internationally. However, French medical authorities have just forbidden its use outside a hospital setting, condemning people like me to certain death.
Following quote by Paul Craig Roberts "Does this mean that Raoult and his team who by treating Covid patients with HCQ have achieved the remarkable low death rate of 0.009% are prohibited from using the proven cure to save lives? Will Raoult and his team be imprisoned if they continue to save lives? What about the people who will die from the three government’s prevention of a safe and effective treatment? Will France, Belgium, and Italy accept responsibility for these lost lives?

I can’t avoid wondering if the revolving door between Big Pharma and the NIH and CDC which corrupts US public health decisions also operates in France, Belgium and Italy. Are European health officials elevating themselves by climbing over the dead bodies of their victims?


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preprint: COVID-19 and Teriflunomide

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COVID-19 in Teriflunomide-Treated Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (May 20)
https://europepmc.org/article/ppr/ppr165674
...We present five teriflunomide-treated patients with MS who subsequently developed active COVID-19 infection. The patients continued teriflunomide therapy and had self-limiting infection, without relapse of their MS...
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DMTs and COVID-19

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Disease-Modifying Therapies During the COVID-19 Outbreak: A Narrative Review of the International and National Recommendations (May 18)
fft: https://meridian.allenpress.com/ijmsc/a ... 20-037.pdf
"...recommendations regarding the use of DMTs during the COVID-19 outbreak from national or international MS/neurology societies were identified and reviewed... recommendations regarding DMT initiation and management during this outbreak were summarized. Moreover, the experts' views about the risk of COVID-19 infection with each DMT were discussed as well."
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Post by zen2010 » Fri May 29, 2020 8:14 am

Hey,

Did you see what was going on lately ?

Summary :
Pr Raoult has developed an efficient treatment against Covid19 (hydroxychloroquine + antbiotic) .
This treatment seems to be very efficient at the early stage of the disease.

To big pharma Raoult is « the man to shoot » as :
1) His treatment is inexpensive
2) His speech is not on line with big pharma (BP was saying : we need to take the time to develop a suitable protocol to find a treatment. Raoult was saying: I am a doctor, I treat patients, people are dying, there is no time to waste, so I don’t care about your protocol.

Following that, a very violent propaganda again Raoult started.
In France, hydroxychloroquine has become a « poison » and the government has decided to forbid it’s usage for Covid19 !

Worldwide, « the Lancet » (prestigious journal) has released the result of a very wide study showing that hydroxychloroquine is killing people.

Many doctors worldwide are questionning these data and…this study appears to be completely fake !!!

The Lancet reputation is at stake !

Amazing…

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zen2010 wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 8:14 am
Hey,

Did you see what was going on lately ?

Summary :
Pr Raoult has developed an efficient treatment against Covid19 (hydroxychloroquine + antbiotic) .
This treatment seems to be very efficient at the early stage of the disease.

To big pharma Raoult is « the man to shoot » as :
1) His treatment is inexpensive
2) His speech is not on line with big pharma (BP was saying : we need to take the time to develop a suitable protocol to find a treatment. Raoult was saying: I am a doctor, I treat patients, people are dying, there is no time to waste, so I don’t care about your protocol.

Following that, a very violent propaganda again Raoult started.
In France, hydroxychloroquine has become a « poison » and the government has decided to forbid it’s usage for Covid19 !

Worldwide, « the Lancet » (prestigious journal) has released the result of a very wide study showing that hydroxychloroquine is killing people.

Many doctors worldwide are questionning these data and…this study appears to be completely fake !!!

The Lancet reputation is at stake !

Amazing…
Greetings:

Here we see how money has corrupted medical care. It's not even subtle this time, Big Pharma has put the squeeze on govt officials who should help people. Not only are they blocking the use of an effective, cheap treatment, they are sending people to be intubated in the hospital, often to die, and at great expense. I might need to turn to the black market, but one doesn't have much time, maybe 5 days from symptom onset. It's frightening, like being in the grip of gangsters.

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please link your statements to verifiable, credible source material. thank you in advance :)
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A Call for Randomized Controlled Trials to Test the Efficacy of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine as Therapeutics against Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (Apr 3)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7204586/

...The off-label use of CQ and HCQ to treat or prevent COVID-19 must be cautious, considering potential serious toxicities. Global multicenter RCTs testing safety and efficacy of CQ or HCQ seem to be the most reasonable plan to urgently gather data on the efficacy and safety of these medications in the treatment of COVID-19. Before the availability of robust data from RCTs, we highly recommend that off-label use of medications to treat COVID-19, including CQ or HCQ, be accompanied by careful observation for potential toxicity.
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Use of Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Every Clinician Should Know (Mar 31)
https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/full/10.7326/M20-1334

"...The antimalarials hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine (CQ) have demonstrated antiviral activity against severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus 2 (SARS–CoV-2) in vitro and in small, poorly controlled or uncontrolled clinical studies (1–3). Normally, such research would be deemed hypothesis-generating at best.
...
Data to support the use of HCQ and CQ for COVID-19 are limited and inconclusive. The drugs have some in vitro activity against several viruses, including coronaviruses and influenza, but previous randomized trials in patients with influenza have been negative (4, 5). In COVID-19, one small nonrandomized study from France (3) (discussed elsewhere in Annals of Internal Medicine [6]) demonstrated benefit but had serious methodological flaws, and a follow-up study still lacked a control group. Yet, another very small, randomized study from China in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 found no difference in recovery rates (7). Sadly, reports of adverse events have increased, with several countries reporting poisonings and at least 1 death reported in a patient who drank fish tank cleaner because of its CQ content. Antimalarial drugs can cause ventricular arrhythmias, QT prolongation, and other cardiac toxicity, which may pose particular risk to critically ill persons. Given these serious potential adverse effects, the hasty and inappropriate interpretation of the literature by public leaders has potential to do serious harm. At this time of crisis, it is our ethical obligation as physicians and researchers to organize and refer patients to expedited, well-performed randomized trials that can clarify if, when, and for whom antimalarial medications are helpful in COVID-19. As of this writing, 10 such trials are under way, and information should be forthcoming within weeks."
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jimmylegs wrote:
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please link your statements to verifiable, credible source material. thank you in advance :)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... fessionals
More than 120 researchers and medical professionals from around the world have written an open letter to the editor of the Lancet raising serious concerns about a large and widely publicised global study that prompted the World Health Organisation to halt several Covid-19 clinical trials.
“There was no ethics review,” the letter continues. “There was no mention of the countries or hospitals that contributed to the data source and no acknowledgments to their contributions. A request to the authors for information on the contributing centres was denied. Data from Australia are not compatible with government reports.
The letter also expressed concern about unusually small reported variances in baseline variables, interventions and outcomes between continents, despite significant differences in demographics.

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