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  • Is long covid just a “joke”?
    by Swiss Policy Research on September 26, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Many lockdown skeptics assume that post-acute “long covid” in young and healthy people doesn’t really exist or is insignificant; they assume it must be another media scare tactic to justify lockdowns. But they are wrong: long covid is real, significant, and entirely expected. Continue reading →

  • Covid in Japan
    by Swiss Policy Research on September 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Japan is well-known for not having imposed a lockdown and yet having by far the lowest covid death rate among G8 countries – 1400 official covid deaths in a population of 125 million; excess mortality is higher but still within the normal range – in spite of having the oldest population in the world. Continue... Continue Reading →

  • Antikörperwerte Schweiz (Update)
    by Swiss Policy Research on September 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Das Schweizer Forschungsprojekt “Corona Immunitas” hat seine neuesten Zahlen zu den Antikörperwerten in der Schweiz präsentiert (siehe Grafik oben). Bis im Sommer hatten in der Region Zürich 3%, in der Region Basel 4%, in der Region Waadt 7%, in der Region Freiburg 8%, und in den Regionen Genf und Tessin 11% Antikörper (IgG) gegen das... Continue Reading →

  • Covid in Belarus and Russia (Update)
    by Swiss Policy Research on September 21, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Belarus all-cause mortality data has finally become available (via a United Nations database), see the chart above. The data up until June (the infection peak in Belarus) shows that the Belarusian government may have downplayed covid deaths by about a factor of three, but all-cause mortality nevertheless is comparable to previous strong seasonal flu waves.... Continue Reading →

  • Covid in Australia and New Zealand
    by Swiss Policy Research on September 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Australia and New Zealand are among the last Western countries that follow a virus eradication strategy. Both have failed to fully suppress community transmission – Auckland went into full lockdown for a second time in August – but both have managed to keep covid deaths very low. Continue reading →