EM:RAP 2020 May 22nd Breaking News: Sweden and Dangers of Non-Peer Reviewed Information


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Dan S. -

I would love this particular section to be made available to the public. The discussion is so refreshingly frank and realistic and applicable. I would love to be able to share this with friends, family, and colleagues who are deluged with media driven, political point of views.

As Thomas Sowell so eloquently states: "Economics is the allocation of scarce resources that have alternative uses." This is not a zero sum pandemic. Rational, thoughtful, and flexible discussions and policies will provide the best opportunities not only to restore society to "normal" but improve it beyond our imaginations!.

Ian L. -

Covid 19 spread is much less in outdoor spaces with physical distancing as compared to poorly ventilated indoor spaces that are crowded . - So Nursing Homes Schools Religious Services and other gatherings spaces ought aim for better ventilation by simple methods such as opening windows or more complex by having specially adapted ventilation systems . -The federation of European heating ventilation and air conditioning associations REHVA is constantly updating recommendations eg opening windows even if there is thermal discomfort and shutting toilet lids when flushing toilets . -In the Spanish Flu epidemic patients were treated outside under tents with Tent side walls that could be opened . -If doctors do long consultations a window ought be opened if it is there with good recirculated air

Jeremy L. -

Unfortuantely this segment repeats a dogma without questioning it: the idea that better health outcomes in the COVID-19 panademic will cost the economy more than worse outcomes. This isn't necessarily true and may be an outright myth: saving the most lives might also cost the economy the least, by allowing faster and more-complete release of lockdown.

For example, see the analysis in: https://theconversation.com/eradicating-the-covid-19-coronavirus-is-also-the-best-economic-strategy-136488

There are also historical analyses of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in US cities, which shows that the ones with the fastest and longest lockdowns had both the lowest death rates and best ecomomic outcomes. E.g. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/03/upshot/coronavirus-cities-social-distancing-better-employment.html

Mel H. -

Thanks for the references, I will check them out. One thing I am sure of, I are not sure of much of anything. How much lock down versus not is just one...

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