1/ Probably you have seen this. This got me scared for a bit, luckily I can say that my calculations say this is NOT the case. We have enough with the actual state of the data to add more sources of worry. Reason is complex, but I will try to explain. nejm.org/doi/full/10.10… Image
2/ The first thing I've noticed was that you are doing a rolling enrolling (which means that not everybody gets enrolled at the same time in the pregnancy) which is essentially what the last picture said. Suffice to say the number there is right, the interpretation is NOT.
3/ What do I mean? Well, between 50% to 75% of miscarriage's are reported to happen in the first 8 weeks. There is a caveat (as always) that many are not even clinically recognized. But we know that between 8% to 15% are. So that's better than nothing.
4/ Under normal situation with 3957 enrolled pregnancies you would expect between 316 to 593 total miscarriage's. But consider that between 237 to 445 happen on the first 8 weeks. When you then see 104 in 827 all the alarms set off!!!
5/ Why you may ask? Because the enrollment is not uniform. If you look at Table 3 only a few pregnancies receive the full risk during the study. Which means that those numbers are actually very high upper bounds. Image
6/ The key point that took me some time to figure out is that in this type of studies there is partial censoring of the sample. Explained to normal people, if there is gonna be an abortion the signal will come BEFORE than the actual signal of NO PROBLEM (baby is born).
7/ This means that the sample is naturally biased toward the adverse events appearing in partial studies. You would say, shouldn't the authors have to counter that in the publication? OF COURSE!!! Did I say that peer review is broken? No, this wouldn't have passed on my watch.
8/ Would the authors expected such a backlash? Probably not, because they have the complete sample, we have NOTHING, so I would question the journal why to publish a partial manuscript on June that has data up to end of February.
9/ All-in-all. There is still NO signal that the ratio of miscarriages would be higher than normal, at least not from this data; because when you account for the bias, you can estimate that you are actually halfway there. We will only know when the full study is published.

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1/ It was eventually retracted, as we pointed out with @LDjaparidze the logic was flawed BUT retraction should only be used for misconduct or requested by the authors themselves. mdpi.com/2076-393X/9/7/…
2/ Peer review is broken since earlier than SARS-Cov-2 and review board should be accountable because they allowed it to pass review for publication. In a sense this retraction is not authors fault, but the whole editorial board. ALL OF THEM.
3/ The reason why retraction is not the tools is that sometimes even bad papers provide good data. When a retraction is stamped into it, the data collected even if poorly interpreted gets destroyed. Bad paper, data pointing to new science. One example:
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1/n I have been sitting on this information for weeks on end, waiting someone to highlight it. But, if I tell you I will be subjected to 'being special' treatment. So, I wont give you the fish, I will teach you how to catch it.
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1/n I have my doubts that with all the emojis the real message suffered. The more you look for unknown coronaviruses inside pneumonia patients, the more we are going to find. "I believe there are many animal [coronaviruses] out there that can transmit to humans"
This is key.
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Mientras tanto nuestro presidentisimo @alferdez que tiene un grupejo de epidemiologos que parecen extras salidos de una revista condorito. Cierra todo por 1 semana, cuando haciendo esto mismo hoy es 1ero mundial en muertos diarios por millón. Ya lo dijo Einstein, insanity.
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