A few thoughts this morning. If you get your C19 news from a:
1)TV anchor with no science background in 30 second bites;
2)newspaper who sponsors content and has their best sports writer on the job;
3) high school teacher who believes he's Canada's top modeler;

You might consider diversifying your information sources. A couple of suggestions:

1) Dr. Robert Lee, British pathologist and columnist;
2) Carl Henehgan, Center for evidence based medicine (Oxford);
3) Sunetra Gupta, theoretical epidemiologist at Oxford; 2/
4) Martin Kulldorff, epidemiologist at Harvard;
5) Clare Craig, the Ethical Sceptic, Joel Smalley;
5) Lockdown Sceptics, indepth science reporting on C19;
6) Pandata19, an international group of data scientists and epidemiologists; 3/
And if that isn't enough, you could make a few graphs from conspiratorial websites such as:
1) Statistics Canada;
2) the CDC;
3) Office of National Statistics;

How do calculations of all cause mortality, excess death or cause of death sound? 4/
Society would be far better off if we all put a bit more intellectual effort into this. End.

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