--THE SCIENCE & POLITICS OF COVID-19: A THREAD OF THREADS—

For the convenience of my readers, I am posting a compilation of threads I have composed on Covid-19, in the hopes of dispelling some of the widespread confusion surrounding this virus.

1/ SOME QUESTIONS A GOOD JOURNALIST MIGHT ASK POLITICIANS & PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES

3/ SOME BARELY DISCUSSED FACTS ABOUT THIS PANDEMIC

4/ TAKEAWAY LESSONS FROM PANDEMIC 2020-21

5/ WHY VACCINE PASSPORTS ARE UNNECESSARY & UNETHICAL

6/ DO LOCKDOWNS PROTECT HUMAN LIFE & HEALTH? IF NOT, WHY NOT?

7/ LOCKDOWNS: ONE OF THE MOST CATASTROPHIC POLICY ERRORS OF MODERN TIMES

8/ HOW THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE HAS BEEN TURNED ON ITS HEAD

9/ VACCINE PASSPORTS HAVE NO PLACE IN A FREE & INCLUSIVE SOCIETY

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7 Apr
--VACCINE PASSPORTS HAVE NO PLACE IN A FREE & INCLUSIVE SOCIETY: A THREAD--

Vaccine passports are now being bandied around as a public health measure. They have no place in a free & inclusive society. In this thread, I explain why they are morally & politically abhorrent.
1/ Background:
Israel is already requiring proof of vaccination or immunity for access to swimming pools, restaurants, sports stadiums, & cinemas. Other nations, including the UK, are seriously considering introducing vaccine passports as a condition for access to certain venues.
2/ What is a vaccine passport?
A vaccine passport is a certificate that proves that you have been vaccinated (against Covid-19). Other proofs of immunity, such as antibodies, could potentially be sufficient. A vaccine cert would be required for travel or access to certain venues.
Read 17 tweets
6 Apr
--HOW THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE HAS BEEN TURNED ON ITS HEAD: A THREAD--

The precautionary principle has been repeatedly cited in defence of prolonged societal lockdowns. Properly understood, it counsels against them. Below, a thread...
1/ Here's one definition of the principle:

“The precautionary principle enables decision-makers to adopt precautionary measures when scientific evidence about an environmental or human health hazard is uncertain & the stakes are high.”

europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/d…
2/ Notice the logic behind the precautionary principle: we should take extra precautions to protect against uncertain & potentially catastrophic risks. Better to err on the side of caution in the face of large & unknown risks.
Read 12 tweets
5 Apr
--EXAGGERATED & UNFOUNDED COVID FEARS: A THREAD—

One of the biggest drivers of compliance with Covid measures is FEAR - fear of contagion, disease, death, police, social disapproval. Below, I critically interrogate the rational basis for several socially salient Covid fears.
1/ “We are all susceptible to this virus – anyone could fall seriously ill or die if exposed.”

The risk of serious illness from Covid-19 varies DRAMATICALLY. Children run virtually no risk; young & healthy adults run VERY low risk; over 60s w/ comorbidity run elevated risks.
2/ “I could pass the virus on to anyone if I let my guard down.”

Several studies suggest that asymptomatic transmission is VERY rare. Based on these findings, IF YOU AREN’T SICK, you are unlikely to transmit SARS-CoV-2.

pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33315116/

nature.com/articles/s4146…
Read 11 tweets
31 Mar
How are governments getting away with dismantling our civil liberties?

Are lockdowns supported by science?

What can citizens do to resist abuses of emergency powers?

- I discuss these & related questions in this in-depth interview with @danjgregory:

In this in-depth interview on #PandemicPodcast (30 mins version), I discuss political, scientific, & social psychological dimensions of pandemic emergency powers with Dan Astin. May interest @cricketwyvern @MartinKulldorff @T4Recovery @EdwardJDavey @MlMcNamaraTD @jengleruk
In this in-depth interview on #PandemicPodcast (30 mins version), I discuss political, scientific, & social psychological dimensions of pandemic emergency powers with Dan Astin. May interest @AidiMac @RealJoelSmalley @FatEmperor @dockaurG @hartgroup_org @PanData19 @NickHudsonCT
Read 16 tweets
29 Mar
—DO LOCKDOWNS PROTECT HUMAN LIFE & HEALTH? IF NOT, WHY NOT? - A THREAD—

Population lockdowns have been presented by governments across the world in 2020/21 as tools for protecting human life & health by reducing the transmission of disease. Is this claim borne out by the facts?
1/ Let’s start by defining a “lockdown”: a package of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) designed to heavily restrict social contact across the general population. These measures may include stay-at-home orders, curfews, border closures & mandatory school & business closures
2/ Different regions, especially across Europe & N. America, have applied lockdowns of varying durations & varying degrees of stringency. We now have a rich body of data, yet govts & their advisors have chosen to studiously ignore it. So what does the data tell us?
Read 13 tweets
26 Mar
—SOME QUESTIONS A GOOD JOURNALIST MIGHT ASK POLITICIANS & PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES: A THREAD—

1/ Why has the government NEVER undertaken a comprehensive impact assessment before approving & re-approving highly intrusive & costly lockdowns?
2/ Why has the govt not been fast-tracking safe, inexpensive, & effective drugs like #Ivermectin for early intervention, when Ivermectin has shown excellent results in clinical trials & would likely substantially reduce the rate of Covid hospitalisation & death?
3/ Why are you toying with the idea of a vaccine passport when we know that the vast majority of travelers run minimal risk from Covid-19, most serious cases occur among elderly & ill patients, & therefore it is sufficient if at risk patients take the vaccine?
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