Corona pandemic & missing data reliability

Artikel veröffentlicht: 25.03.2020

The current coronavirus disease, Covid-19, has been called a once-in-a-century pandemic. In his article, John P.A. Ioannidis argues that is might be also be a once-in-a-century evidence fiasco. "At a time when everyone needs better information, from disease modelers and governments to people quarantined or just social distancing, we lack reliable evidence on how many people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 or who continue to become infected. Better information is needed to guide decisions and actions of monumental significance and to monitor their impact. Draconian countermeasures have been adopted in many countries. If the pandemic dissipates — either on its own or because of these

measures — short-term extreme social distancing and lockdowns may be bearable. How long, though, should measures like these be continued if the pandemic churns across the globe unabated? How can policymakers tell if they are doing more good than harm?"

John P.A. Ioannidis: A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data in: https://www.statnews.com, March 17, 2020. See article here.

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