ER Editor: We highly recommend the newly-published slim volume by Drs. Karina Reiss and Sucharit Bhakdi titled “Corona False Alarm? Facts and Figures,” which supports an Infection Fatality Rate of around 0.1 – 0.3% (p.29) for covid, ‘which is in the range of moderate flu’ according to the doctors. ‘The conclusion that COVID-19 is comparable to seasonal flu has been reached by many investigators in other countries,’ including the highly esteemed Prof. John Ioannidis.
But you’d never know this from listening to WHO videos of October 2 (press briefing) and October 5. Their rambling, convoluted word salad tinged with angst and uncertainty around the disease would make you think they were dealing with something far far worse.
Did The WHO Just (Accidentally) Confirm COVID Is No More Dangerous Than Flu?
Head of Health Emergencies Program “best estimates” put IFR at 0.14%
The World Health Organization has finally confirmed what we (and many experts and studies) have been saying for months – the coronavirus is no more deadly or dangerous than seasonal flu.
The WHO’s top brass made this announcement during a special session of the WHO’s 34-member executive board on Monday October 5th. It’s just nobody seemed to really understand it.
In fact, they didn’t seem to completely understand it themselves.
At the session, Dr Michael Ryan, the WHO’s Head of Emergencies revealed that they believe roughly 10% of the world has been infected with Sars-Cov-2.
This is their “best estimate”, and a huge increase over the number of officially recognised cases (around 35 million).
Dr. Margaret Harris, a WHO spokeswoman, later confirmed the figure, stating it was based on the average results of all the broad seroprevalence studies done around the world.
As much as the WHO were attempting to spin this as a bad thing – Dr Ryan even said it means “the vast majority of the world remains at risk.” – it’s actually good news. And confirms, once more, that the virus is nothing like as deadly as everyone predicted.
The global population is roughly 7.8 billion people; if 10% have been infected, that is 780 million cases. The global death toll currently attributed to Sars-Cov-2 infections is 1,061,539.
That’s an infection fatality rate of roughly or 0.14%.
Right in line with seasonal flu and the predictions of many experts from all around the world.
0.14% is over 24 times LOWER than the WHO’s “provisional figure” of 3.4% back in March. This figure was used in the models which were used to justify lockdowns and other draconian policies.
In fact, given the over-reporting of alleged Covid deaths, the IFR is likely even lower than 0.14%, and could show Covid to be much less dangerous than flu.
None of the mainstream press picked up on this. Though many outlets reported Dr Ryan’s words, they all attempted to make it a scary headline and spread more panic.
Apparently neither they, nor the WHO, were capable of doing the simple math that shows us this is good news. And that the Covid sceptics have been right all along.
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