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It’s science, so shut up, they say. But it’s not science if there’s no data

In addition, experts are divided on the fundamentals of the coronavirus, so there is room for doubt and debate

Tim Stanley

Last week, doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi of Bakersfield, California, gave a press conference in which they made some startling claims.

They took the test result data we currently have and extrapolated it out across the population. From this they concluded that the number of infected is probably in the millions, which is alarming, but it puts the total number of deaths in perspective: it could mean that the mortality rate for Covid-19 is as low as about 0.1%.

The implication is that the lockdown was a mistake – in fact, Erickson and Massihi argued that by staying indoors we are weakening our immune systems. When we finally return to work, said Massihi, expect a “huge amount of illness” because we have not been exposing ourselves to the kinds of “good bacteria” that help us cope with other dangers...

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