How exactly does the new coronavirus (COVID-19) compare to other severe respiratory viruses (SARS)?
That’s a good question to ask as The Physicians For Informed Consent (PIC) have recently declared that the infection/fatality rate of COVID-19 is just 0.26%
They published a report titled “Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) compares COVID-19 to Previous Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Periods” where they laid out their findings.
Who are the ‘Physicians For Informed Consent’?
The Physicians For Informed Consent are a non-profit organization that is focused on science, and statistics, and committed to improving patient health.
“The mission of Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) is to deliver data on infectious diseases and vaccines, and unite doctors, scientists, healthcare professionals, attorneys, and families who support voluntary vaccination.” the organization writes on their webiste.
The non-profit are dedicated to delivering data on infectious diseases and vaccines.
They have provided comprehensive information of Measles, the MMR Vaccine and are now actively researching COVID-19 similar to most other health organizations and departments.
In their report “Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) compares COVID-19 to Previous Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Periods”, they stated the following:
The public has been made aware of the number of COVID-19 deaths and reported cases that have occurred since the beginning of the current pandemic; however, the number of unreported cases has not been widely known or publicized. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that more than one-third of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that can lead to COVID-19) infections are asymptomatic, meaning that initial estimations of its severity were grossly overestimated. Now, for the first time, Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) has collated data from U.S. antibody studies and produced an educational document outlining how an accurate case-fatality rate (CFR) requires antibody studies in order to guide and measure medical care and public health policies.
Similar to CDC estimations, PIC’s analysis results in a COVID-19 CFR of 0.26%, which is comparable to the CFRs of previous seasonal and pandemic flu periods. “Knowing the CFR of COVID-19 allows for an objective standard by which to compare both non-pharmaceutical interventions and medical countermeasures,” said Dr. Shira Miller, PIC’s founder and president. “For example, safety studies of any potential COVID-19 vaccine should be able to prove whether or not the risks of the vaccine are less than the risks of the infection.
“Regardless of proof of safety, however, a potential COVID-19 vaccine should only be voluntary, in order to safeguard a patient’s human right to determine what will happen with his or her body,” said Dr. Miller.
Other Similar Narratives
Aside from the PIC, you may be surprised to hear that several other medical professionals from all over the world have also remarked on the infection-fatality rate of the novel coronavirus.
John P.A. Ioannidis, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Stanford University stated that the infection fatality rate is close to 0 percent for people under the age of 45.
He explained that the number rises significantly for people who are older, and those suffering from other respiratory viruses.
Previously, a study published by several academics from the Stanford School of Medicine suggests that COVID-19 has a similar infection-fatality rate as seasonal influenza.
The Toronto Public Health department also recently posted that: “Individuals who have died with COVID-19, but not as a result of COVID-19 are included in the case counts for COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.”
In any case, information about the pandemic is constantly changing, and we are determined to bring you up to date with the most accurate and verifiable information from credible sources.
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