In honour of those who trust science and data! science of customizing data to maximize profit
this was considered leading-edge scientific progress a mere few decades ago
the consequences of many a folly past are just beginning to dawn on us today, some have already revealed their patent holders' venality and greed that caused them to knowingly push dangerous products on to the unsuspecting public.
wonder what's lurking around the next bend in the road, another chinese virus like "scientific" discovery
Add thalidomide and radium tonic to the above. Radium tonic was supposed to "energize" you, but fell out of fashion with the horrifying tragedy of the "radium girls" (truly not a story for the faint of heart). Science is fine as pure science, decoupled from commercial interests - marketing should ideally be kept away until the science is worked out to the extent possible. But when marketing and science go hand-in-hand like moonstruck lovers from the get go, crazy things happen.
OTOH there are also negative campaigns like the demonization of fats (sat fats in particular) - I believe this was originally done to restrict imports of coconut oil from Indonesia into the USA. Now medical science is "waking up" to the fact that sat fats might be better for you than excess carbs, in fact the diabetes epidemic might be due to over-restriction of sat fats with substitution by carbs (incl. sugar).
These rush vaccines and fast-tracked drug approvals scare me. Europe has been open for three weeks now, there is no ramp-up of cases there. People are freaking about India, but from what I can see, India is firmly in the linear range with both cases and deaths, there is simply no exponential rise. US case counts seem to be rising, but the critical parameter (deaths) is still dropping. Need to wait a couple of weeks more for some clarity here.
Sweden: 89% of deaths were in people over 70, 95% in people over 60, average age of deaths=82.https://www.statista.com/statistics/110 ... ge-groups/
Italy: 85% of deaths were in people over 70, 95% in people over 60, average age of deaths=80.https://www.statista.com/statistics/110 ... -in-italy/
France: 92% of deaths were in people over 65.https://www.statista.com/statistics/110 ... ge-france/
It seems around 40% of deaths in the USA were in nursing homes (which account for 0.6% of the population), and another 10 to 20% were nosocomial (hospital-induced). All over Europe, nursing home deaths predominate.https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/202 ... homes.htmlhttps://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-05- ... ities.htmlhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... u-suggests
The way to control this pandemic seems to be - protect the elderly and vulnerable (nursing homes, those with conditions, etc.), while allowing the general population to go about their activities (with social distancing and frequent hand-washing), not a general lockdown. If current trends hold, then a vaccine or cure may not even be necessary (hope for the best).
Again, don't know what will happen in September, but still, protecting the vulnerable and enforcing social distancing on the rest will probably do it.