Research Studies and Statements from Experts
Dr. Knut Wittkowski
"If there had been no intervention, the epidemic would have been over, like every other respiratory disease epidemic," Wittkowski said. The virus should have been allowed to spread among healthy children and young people who generally don't even experience symptoms. The entire population could have achieved herd immunity in two weeks. He said only elderly, and at-risk individuals should have been isolated until herd immunity was reached.
Dr. Knut Wittkowski has been modelling epidemics for 35 years. He is the former chief biostatistician and epidemiologist at Rockefeller University and Hospital. Dr. Wittkowski believes that our response to the virus is not only wrong, but will increase the length of the outbreak and put the elderly at greater risk.
Dr. John Ioannidis
"As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data."
Dr. John Ioannidis is a professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health, as well as professor by courtesy of biomedical data science at Stanford University School of Medicine, professor by courtesy of statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences, and co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS).
Johan Giesecke trained as an infectious disease clinician in Stockholm, Sweden during the 1980s, and from his work with AIDS patients he became interested in the epidemiology of infectious diseases. He received an MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine in 1992, and then worked as a Senior Lecturer at the school for a few years. After this he became State Epidemiologist for Sweden (1995 to 2005) and during a one-year sabbatical 1999-2000 he led the group working on the revision of the International Health Regulations at WHO HQ. From 2005 to 2014 he was the first Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Dr. Anders Tegnell
Tegnell obtained a PhD in Medicine from Linköping University in 2003 and a MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine in 2004. He worked at the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet) 2004–2005 and the National Board of Health and Welfare from 2005, 2010 to 2012 serving as head of the Department for Knowledge-Based Policy. He was department head at the Institute for Communicable Disease Control 2012–2013. Since 2013 he is the State Epidemiologist of Sweden, first at the Institute for Communicable Disease Control, which in 2014 became part of the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Dr. Daniel Erickson
Dr. Daniel Erickson, DO is an emergency medicine specialist in Bakersfield, CA and has been practicing for 16 years. He graduated from Western University Of Health Sciences/College Of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific, Western University Of Health Sciences in 2004 and specializes in emergency medicine.
Dr. Andrew Kaufman
Dr. Kaufman finished his BSc in Biology at MIT and then went on to work for the CDC reporting AIDS cases in New York City. He then went back to school to become a Physicians Assistant and worked in Cancer Treatment for two years, assisting in the treatment of people with Acute Leukemia. He then attained his M.D from the Medical University of South Carolina specializing in Psychiatry, doing his residency at Duke University, and then specializing in Forensic Psychiatry. He has been a Medical Instructor of Hematology and Oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina, and was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Dr. Richard Schabas
Richard Schabas is a retired physician. He was Ontario’s chief medical officer of health for 10 years, and was chief of staff at York Central Hospital during the SARS crisis in 2003.
Dr. Joel Kettner
Dr. Kettner was raised in the north end of Winnipeg and obtained his medical degree at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1976. After two years of work in emergency medicine, he undertook his first residency program, obtaining his general surgery specialty certificate in 1984 (University of Manitoba). Following that, he obtained a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine in 1986. He obtained his Community Medicine specialty certificate (University of Manitoba) in 1991. Since then, he has worked as a Medical Officer of Health, first in rural and northern Manitoba and then in Winnipeg before his appointment as the Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health in September 1999 and as Manitoba’s first Chief Provincial Public Health Officer in July, 2007.
Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai
V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai is an Indian-American scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur. Ayyadurai holds four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including a Ph.D. in biological engineering, and is a Fulbright grant recipient.
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