Facts About Covid-19

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Source: Swiss Policy Research
Last update:
December 2022

Fully referenced facts about Covid-19, provided by experts in the field, to help you to make a realistic risk assessment.

“The only means to fight
the plague is honesty.”

Albert Camus

  • Lethality : The overall infection fatality rate (IFR) of the novel coronavirus in the general population (excluding nursing homes) is about 0.1% to 0.5% in most countries, which is most closely comparable to the medium influenza pandemics of 1936, 1957 and 1968 .
  • Age profile : The median age of covid deaths is over 80 years in most Western countries (78 in the United States) and about 5% of the deceased had no medical preconditions. In many Western countries, about 50% of all covid deaths occur in nursing homes.
  • Vaccine protection : Covid vaccines provide a very high, but rapidly declining protection against severe disease. Vaccination cannot prevent infection and transmission. A prior infection generally confers superior and more durable immunity compared to vaccination.
  • Vaccine injuries : Covid vaccinations can cause severe and fatal vaccine reactions , including cardiovascular, neurological and immunological reactions. Because of this, the risk-benefit ratio of covid vaccination in healthy children and adults under 50 years of age remains controversial.
  • Excess mortality : Global pandemic excess mortality is close to 20 million deaths , which is about 15% compared to normal global mortality and about 0.25% compared to global population. Some of the additional deaths were caused by indirect effects of the pandemic and lockdowns.
  • Symptoms : About 30% of all infected persons show no symptoms . Overall, about 95% of all people develop at most mild or moderate symptoms and do not require hospitalization. Obesity, in particular, is a major risk factor for severe covid.
  • Treatment : For people at high risk or high exposure, early or prophylactic treatment is essential to prevent progression of the disease. Numerous studies found that early outpatient treatment of covid can significantly reduce hospitalizations and deaths.
  • Long covid : Up to 10% of symptomatic people experience post-acute or long covid , ie covid-related symptoms that last several weeks or months. Long covid may also affect young and previously healthy people whose acute covid infection was rather mild.
  • Transmission : Indoor aerosols appear to be the main route of transmission of the coronavirus, while outdoor aerosols, droplets, as well as most object surfaces appear to play a minor role . Pre-symptomatic transmission may account for up to 50% of all infections.
  • Masks : Face masks had no influence on infection rates, which was already known from studies prior to the pandemic . Even N95 masks had no influence on infection rates in the general population. Moreover, long-term or improper use of face masks can lead to health issues .
  • Lockdowns : In contrast to early border controls (eg by Australia), lockdowns had no significant effect on infection rates. However, according to the World Bank lockdowns caused an "historically unprecedented increase in global poverty" of close to 100 million people .
  • Children and schools : In contrast to influenza, the risk of severe covid in children is rather low . Moreover, children were not drivers of the pandemic and the closure of schools had no effect on infection rates in the general population.
  • PCR tests : The highly sensitive PCR tests are prone to producing false positive or false negative results (eg after an acute infection). Overall, PCR and antigen mass testing had no effect on infection rates in the general population (exception: to sustain border controls).
  • Contact tracing : Manual contact tracing and contact tracing apps on mobile phones had no effect on infection rates. Already in 2019, a WHO study on influenza pandemics concluded that contact tracing is "not recommended in any circumstances" .
  • Vaccine passports : Vaccine passports had no effect on infection rates as vaccination cannot prevent infection. Vaccine passports could, however, serve as a basis for the introduction of digital biometric identity and payment systems . NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned already in March 2020 that surveillance could be expanded during the pandemic.
  • Virus mutations : Similar to influenza viruses, mutations occur frequently in coronaviruses. The omicron variant, which may have emerged from vaccine research , showed significantly higher infectiousness and immune escape, but 80% lower lethality.
  • Sweden : In Sweden, covid mortality without lockdown was comparable to a strong influenza season and somewhat below the EU average. About 50% of Swedish deaths occurred in nursing homes and the median age of Swedish covid deaths was about 84 years.
  • Influenza viruses : Influenza viruses largely disappeared during the coronavirus pandemic. This was not a result of "covid measures", but a result of temporary displacement by the novel coronavirus, even in countries without measures (such as Sweden).
  • Media : Overall, media reporting on the pandemic was rather unprofessional , increased fear and panic in the population and caused a hundredfold overestimation of covid lethality. Some media outlets even used manipulative pictures and videos to dramatize the situation.
  • Virus origin : Genetic evidence points to a laboratory origin of the new coronavirus. Both the Virological Institute in Wuhan (WIV) as well as some US laboratories that cooperated with the WIV performed various kinds of research on similar coronaviruses.

Essential reading:

"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants,
and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.”

Albert Camus

A Plan of Psychopaths

Psychopaths are unable to experience empathy, so they are not affected by the suffering of others…in fact, psychopaths believe that those who allow themselves to be in a position in which they suffer actually deserve to be suffering. Psychopathy is present in around 30% of the general population, spanning a spectrum from low to high. It is twice as common in men than in women. Although psychopathy is considered to be a mental illness, the characteristics of psychopathy are nonetheless beneficial in a number of careers: CEO, lawyer, media personality, sales person, surgeon, journalist, police officer, clergy, chef, civil servant.

"In the future, it will be a question of finding a way to reduce the population. We will start with the old, because those over 60 or 65 are no longer net contributors, rather they represent a great burden.

Next come the weak and the useless, and especially the stupid, who simply reproduce and contribute nothing to society. There will be euthanasia to target those groups; euthanasia will be an essential tool for the societies of the future, to be sure.

Of course we will not be able to execute people or build camps. We will get rid of them by making them believe that it is for their own good.

The population is too great, and the majority of people are useless as their costs outweigh their benefits. For a society, it is better for a life to end suddenly rather than to deteriorate over time.

It’s not really feasible to give a intelligence tests to millions and millions of people, now is it?

We will find a reason or make one, a pandemic that targets specific groups – perhaps along with an economic crisis – a virus that will affect those who are old or fat, whichever; the weak will succumb to it, and the stupid will believe in it and ask to be treated. We will have planned a treatment in advance…the treatment will be the solution.

The idiots will volunteer: they themselves will be the ones who choose to go to the slaughterhouse."

Jacques Attali, born 1943
French economic and social theorist, writer and advisor to  François Mitterand
Excerpt from a 1981 interview in  L’avenir de la Vie , translated from the original French

"He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”
Albert Camus

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