Former New York Times reporter and prominent lockdown critic Alex Berenson provides a counterweight to media hysteria about coronavirus in this series of short booklets answering crucial questions about COVID.
Drawing on primary sources from all over the world - including state and national-level government data, Centers for Disease Control reports, and papers in prominent scientific journals - Unreported Truths offers clear, concise, and measured answers to some of the most important questions around the coronavirus.
Whether you have been skeptical of the media's panicked reporting all along or are just starting to wonder why the predictions of doom from March and April have not come to pass, Unreported Truths will provide you with the factual, accurate, and impeccably sourced information you need.
Please note: Unreported Truths will be published in multiple sections. Part 1 includes an introduction, an examination of the way COVID deaths are counted, and a forecast for a potential worst-case scenario of coronavirus deaths in the United States.
Facts actually matter
I like facts based on science and logic and common sense.
Here you find it...like or not ..it’s the real deal. I appreciate his brutal honesty as well as backed up sources more researched than any others out there...I’ve read them all...
Berenson cherry picks studies and data, omits those that contradict his argument
I read the free excerpt that Alex Berenson published on his website. In that excerpt, Berenson cherry picked the lowest estimates of COVID-19's infection fatality rate (IFR) and omitted those with far higher estimates. Not one of his sources on the IFR is peer-reviewed, and the CDC estimate has been extensively criticized by epidemiologists. Berenson omitted peer-reviewed studies that contradict his argument, such as Roques, L.; Klein, E.K.; Papaïx, J.; Sar, A.; Soubeyrand, S. Using Early Data to Estimate the Actual Infection Fatality Ratio from COVID-19 in France. Biology 2020, 9, 97, which reports an IFR of 0.8% in France and cites an IFR of 0.9% for the UK.
One need not read medical studies to see that Berenson's numbers are suspect. NYC has counted 16,992 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. Even if every NYCer has been infected with COVID-19 (which is a gross overestimate, as antibody testing puts it at ~20%), that gives an IFR of 16,992/8,336,817 = 0.2%. Since COVID-19 testing was limited in March, NYC's confirmed COVID-19 deaths are a significant underestimate of the true toll of COVID-19. Excess deaths in NYC during the COVID-19 pandemic number over 24,000. 24,000/8,336,817 = 0.29% IFR. If we factor in the antibody testing showing approximately 20% of NYCers have been infected with COVID-19, that's an IFR of 1.4% (though that appears to be an over-estimate). And no, it's not the lockdown that caused this massive excess mortality - countries that locked down early in the course of their outbreak, including Israel, Iceland, and Norway, have no excess deaths, according to Financial Times.
Factual, well cited so you can look up and do your own research. Great for people who are scared to leave their house and need something to do with their time other than watching the news, crying and getting tested constantly.