The second installment of the best-selling "Unreported Truths" series about the coronavirus from former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson; Part 2 examines the evidence that lockdowns work -or don't.
Easy to digest with supporting documentation. These two booklets bring a perspective that that is difficult to find anywhere else.
Unreported truths about COVID-19 and lockdowns. Part 2
Excellent and sensible
As I try to navigate this unique and difficult time, what I want more than anything, is to know the truth (as much as that is possible) I appreciate Alexis’s voice and commitment to uncovering the truth and reporting the data so I can have a better understand on what actions I should take and how much concern I should have. Very helpful and useful information.
Thank you for this! Looking at the data paints a very different picture than reading the news stories. Everyone should read this.
He’s telling an unpopular truth
Objective journalism does still exist and facts matter!
Berenson’s fact-based reporting offers a smart and reasonable look at the efficacy of broad, wide-sweeping lockdowns in response to respiratory epidemics caused by illnesses like SARS-COV-2. This is must-read information for anyone who wants to discover the truth about today’s most pressing societal problem.
Alex Berenson is pushing disinformation about COVID-19 and endangering public health
By Nurit Baytch
I read the free excerpt posted on Alex Berenson's website. The booklet is based on a false premise; it claims: "Based on the CDC’s scale, Sars-Cov-2 almost certainly should be classified as Category 2 epidemic." This is false. If you click on the link in the booklet, the CDC document says, "This guidance introduces, for the first time, a Pandemic Severity Index in which the case fatality ratio (the proportion of deaths among clinically ill persons) serves as the critical driver for categorizing the severity of a pandemic." (p. 7) Now if you go back to Berenson's first booklet, it includes a link (I believe that I can't include links in my review) to the CDC's best estimate of the infection fatality ratio. Berenson knew at the time that the CDC's estimate of the IFR was widely criticized by public health experts for underestimating the mortality, though he cited it as authoritative, despite the outcry (which he didn’t mention). In July, the CDC updated its estimate so that it represents the current consensus among epidemiologists. The CDC's Current Best Estimate of the infection fatality ratio for COVID-19 is 0.0065, which is 0.65%. Below that, the CDC estimates that 40% of COVID-19 infections are asymptomatic. That means that the case fatality ratio is 1.08%. (IFR = CFR * proportion of symptomatic, i.e. clinically ill, people). Hence, the COVID-19 pandemic is a Category 4 pandemic, as the case fatality ratio for a Category 4 pandemic is 1.0-<2.0.
The CDC recommends widespread use of non-pharmaceutical interventions for a Category 4 pandemic. for example: "prolonged (up to 12 weeks) dismissal of students and closure of childcare facilities during a severe influenza pandemic (Category 4 or Category 5)." (p. 37)
Hence, Berenson's entire booklet is based on the false premise that the COVID-19 pandemic is a Category 2 pandemic, when in fact, it is a Category 4 pandemic.