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Coronavirus-19’s infection fatality rate is about the same as for seasonal flu: Stanford University Epidemiologist Dr John Ioannidis

Source: Stanford University

Dr John Ioannidis is Stanford University’s Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Population Health, and (by courtesy) of Biomedical Data Science, and of Statistics; co-Director, Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS). 

His research findings on the Coronavirus-19 pandemic to date demonstrate that the infection fatality rate for this virus is about the same as for seasonal flu.

“We realized that the number of infected people is somewhere between 50 and 85 times more, compared to what we thought… compared to what had been documented. Immediately, that means that the infection fatality rate… the probability of dying if you are infected [with coronavirus] diminishes by 50 to 85 fold because the denominator in the calculation becomes 50 to 85 fold bigger. If you take these numbers into account, they suggest that the infection fatality rate for this new coronavirus is likely to be in the same ballpark as seasonal influenza. Of course, there is still a little bit of uncertainty about the exact number, but it’s clearly very different compared to the original thoughts or speculation or preliminary data that suggested a much much higher infection fatality rate.” (Ioannidis, 4/20/2020)

In this April 20 2020 video, Dr Ioannidis discusses the results of his three preliminary studies, including his latest that shows a drastically reduced infection fatality rate. In the video, he also talks about the worrisome effects of the lock down, Sweden’s approach to the pandemic, data from Italy, the ups and downs of testing and the feasibility of ‘contact tracing’.


If you’re interested and have a lot of time on your hands, you can also watch the previous interviews with Dr Ioannidis presenting his Perspectives on the Pandemic:

Episode 1: https://youtu.be/d6MZy-2fcBw

Episode 2: https://youtu.be/lGC5sGdz4kg

Episode 3: https://youtu.be/VK0Wtjh3HVA

These are links to his studies:

(4/14/2020). COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, California. See: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.14.20062463v1

(4/14/2020). Population-level COVID-19 mortality risk for non-elderly individuals overall and for non-elderly individuals without underlying diseases in pandemic epicenters. See: http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20200414-populationlevel-covid19-mortality-risk-for-nonelderly-individuals-overall-and-for-nonelderly-individuals-without-unde

(4/7/2020). What Other Countries Can Learn From Italy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. See: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2764369


The Vaccine Reaction. (4/27/2020). PERSPECTIVES ON THE PANDEMIC | Dr. John Ioannidis. 4/20/2020 interview; video published 4/27/2020. See:

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ConsumerLab’s Evaluation of Natural Remedies & Supplements for COVID-19

Herbs, garlic and other plants have been used since ancient times as natural treatments to protect against and heal many illness, including viral infections.

“Due to their concentration of potent plant compounds, many herbs help fight viruses and are favored by practitioners of natural medicine.

“At the same time, the benefits of some herbs are only supported by limited human research, so you should take them with a grain of salt.” (Kubala, 10/21/2019)

Source: The Indian Spot

This post is for those of you who are curious about using some of these natural remedies and nutritional supplements as protection against the new coronavirus 19 and are looking for information on how they work and their effectiveness for this purpose.

The information I’m directing you to is an article called Natural Remedies and Supplements for Coronavirus (COVID-19) provided by Consumer Lab. (ConsumerLab.com, 3/15/2020)

About ConsumerLab

“ConsumerLab.com, LLC (“CL”) is the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products. It publishes results of its tests in comprehensive reports at www.consumerlab.com. CL also conducts an annual Survey of Vitamin & Supplement Users. CL’s research is cited frequently by the media, in books, and at professional meetings. In addition to the products it selects to review, CL enables companies of all sizes to have their products quality tested for potential inclusion in its list of Approved Quality products and bear the CL Seal. Since its founding in 1999, CL has tested more than 5,600 products, representing over 850 different brands and nearly every type of popular supplement for adults, children, and pets.” (ConsumerLab.com, 2020)

The member-submitted question ConsumerLab addresses in Natural Remedies and Supplements for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is:
What are natural remedies for coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do supplements like zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?

This is a link to their answers to that question.

The article discusses findings on these substances and supplements known to have anti-viral properties with regard to their possible effectiveness against COVID-19:

  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Garlic
  • Elderberry
  • Vitamin D
  • Coconut Oil
  • NAC (N-acetyl cysteine)
  • Echinacea
  • Miracle Mineral Solution (Sodium Chlorite) and Chlorine Dioxide Kits
  • Colloidal Silver
Source: ConsumerLab.com

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ConsumerLab.com. (3/15/2020A).  Natural Remedies and Supplements for Coronavirus (COVID-19). See: https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/do-natural-remedies-or-supplements-prevent-coronavirus/natural-remedies-coronavirus/?j=1310542&sfmc_sub=17857686&l=529_HTML&u=18020196&mid=7276525&jb=207&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exacttarget&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_term=&utm_content=holy_basil_expired_de_send

ConsumerLab.com. (2020). About ConsumerLab.com. See:  https://www.consumerlab.com/aboutcl.asp

Kubala, J. (10/21/2019). 15 Impressive Herbs with Antiviral Properties. HealthLine.com. See: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antiviral-herbs

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DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.