The media has used Sweden as it's whipping boy until this week. The mainstream narrative has now shifted from Sweeden being wreckless and irresponsible to something else. Let's dig in. The Media's Whipping Boy Sweden bucked the media narrative on COVID by staying open. It kept stores, businesses, and schools opened and asked for voluntary measures from its population. Hence, … [Read more...] about Eating Some Swedish Humble Pie
There is a crazy amount of misinformation out there on COVID-19. One of the biggest areas where people have misconceptions is their personal risk of dying from COVID based on their age, sex, and medical history. A recent publication in the journal Nature summarized all of the known risks, so let's dig into that topic. Before We Discuss Risk As you read this post, please … [Read more...] about What Is YOUR Personal Risk of Dying from COVID-19? An Analysis of What We Know
We're experimenting with different formats, so let me know what you think about this format in the comments below: … [Read more...] about Episode 2 of the COVID Fact/Fiction Show
This week there were several news stories about positive tests being counted more than once in Florida. That's a serious potential problem for making sane public health decisions. So what's really going on? Let's dig in. The Funky Florida COVID Data There is no doubt about it, one simple look at the Florida Department of Health data shows some weird stuff (1). Some testing … [Read more...] about What’s Up with The Testing in Florida?
One of the more bizarre aspects of the current pandemic porn is trying to frighten parents. After all, kids are the least likely to succumb to the severe form of this disease. So today let's look at how likely it is for a child or young adult to die from COVID versus other things as well as the risk for every age group. Then we'll review some good old fashioned panic porn on … [Read more...] about 1 in 3 Kids at Risk for severe COVID-19?