From John Kirby:
Dear all, Our hour-long interview with the great Dr. John Ioannidis has earned over 200K views. His even-handed questioning of the response was warmly received, as hundreds of comments suggest. In our second effort, we interview a scientist who shares and extends Ioannidis’ views, but takes a brasher approach. We think you will find his point of view exhilarating and his analysis hard to refute, when considered in light of the evidence:
Perspectives on the Pandemic Episode 2: In this explosive second edition of Perspectives on the Pandemic, Professor Knut Wittkowski, for twenty years head of The Rockefeller University’s Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design, says that social distancing and lockdown is the absolutely worst way to deal with an airborne respiratory virus.
Further, he offers data to show that China and South Korea had already reached their peak number of cases when they instituted their containment measures. In other words, nature had already achieved, or nearly achieved, herd immunity. Professor Wittkowski urges that the schools be open now, so that the virus may spread harmlessly among the young, and thus shorten the amount of time the elderly and immune compromised must be sequestered. Our current course, he warns, will only prolong the crisis and likely guarantee a ? second wave? of infections in the Fall.