Early on in the pandemic a Stanford professor made a big media push declaring COVID-19 about as deadly as the flu. He was a strong opponent of shutdowns. Reality has pretty much trashed these theories. For the record, the flu kills about 60,000 Americans per year. We are heading for triple that number for COVID-19 and this seems to be just the start. Cranks and Crackpots have been allowed to dominate this scientific conversation. I’m still not sure I understand why, except perhaps from wishful thinking. Of course Prof. Ioannidos saw fit to go on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to discuss his “work”. I suppose that was the tip off. I have read he is “revising” some of his papers.
The Undark Interview: John Ioannidis Responds to His Critics