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Covid19 Death Risk Less Than Asteroid Hitting Earth

Monday, 24 August 2020, 11:47 am | Covid-Plan B

The risk of dying after being infected with Covid19 is 0.3%, less than the 0.41% chance estimated by NASA of asteroid 2018VP1 colliding with the earth. New data released in the UK ( Howden, Oak, Heneghan ) over the weekend shows the infection fatality ... More >>

New Lockdowns Are Proof That They Don’t Work

Thursday, 13 August 2020, 9:17 am | Covid-Plan B

Epidemiologist Simon Thornley says the new virus outbreaks and lockdown responses are proof that New Zealand must, as the WHO has recently said, learn to live with the virus. “An outbreak was inevitable, and therefore lockdowns were never a viable ... More >>

Covid-19 Elimination Impossible, So Time To Change Direction

Monday, 22 June 2020, 11:39 am | Covid-Plan B

The recent fiasco that allowed people to leave quarantine without testing, risking spread of Covid-19, highlights how nebulous the government’s claim of total elimination always was. The government, in projecting thousands of deaths that never eventuated, ... More >>

It’s Almost As If Some People Want Sweden To Fail

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 2:20 pm | Covid-Plan B

By Dr Michael Jackson Sweden has become the go-to Covid-pandemic-whipping-boy. Their response to the global virus has been framed as reckless ; a failed experiment ; radical . But why? What has Sweden done to receive such criticism? Well, while New ... More >>

How To Respond To A Spike In COVID-19

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 5:08 pm | Covid-Plan B

Epidemiologist Simon Thornley says it’s likely that there will be a rise in COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, so while there is no need to return to national lockdown, protection of vulnerable people is necessary “Internationally lockdowns have not prevented ... More >>

What You Need To Know About Covid-19 Testing Under Level 2

Sunday, 10 May 2020, 4:42 pm | Covid-Plan B

Epidemiologist Simon Thornley says widespread serology testing for antibodies is necessary if New Zealand goes to Level 2 The Covid19 Plan B group has provided the public with vital information on how immunity is gained from exposure to Covid19, ... More >>

Return To School Given Okay

Sunday, 26 April 2020, 7:20 pm | Covid-Plan B

Simon Thornley, epidemiologist with the Covid Plan B Group, says parents who need to send their children to school this week should not be fearful, as the chance of exposure to Covid-19 is very low and their chance of being harmed if they catch it ... More >>

Elimination “Unique, Brave And Unneccessary”

Friday, 24 April 2020, 1:25 pm | Covid-Plan B

Simon Thornley, epidemiologist with the Covid Plan B Group, says the Government’s shift into a hardline elimination or zero spread objective against Covid, is “unique and brave”. Thornley says he admires the willingness of New Zealanders to undertake ... More >>

No One Has A Monopoly On Being Right

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 3:03 pm | Covid-Plan B

As a scientist I am trained to think critically, to evaluate evidence, and ask questions – lots and lots of questions. That’s my job. In March 2020 the World Health Organization predicted that 3.6% of those infected with COVID-19 would die. New Zealand’s own ... More >>

Suicides And Other Costs From Lockdown

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 9:15 am | Covid-Plan B

Gerhard Sundborn, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, says the Plan B group is receiving information from across New Zealand indicating the real human tragedy of lockdown is greater than the lives which may have been saved. In a post ... More >>

Data Gives Hope For Quick End To Lockdown

Sunday, 19 April 2020, 12:41 pm | Covid-Plan B

A week after sparking the first serious debate in New Zealand about the best way of beating Covid-19, the public health professionals of the Plan B group say international data shows the virus is abating and New Zealand can safely shift even to Level 2. ... More >>

Unseen Costs Of Covid-19 Not Being Counted

Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 10:48 am | Covid-Plan B

University of Auckland Economist Dr Ananish Chaudhuri says the immediate emotional power of people dying with the disease could lead New Zealand into an extension of the Covid-19 lockdown with dire consequences, including more deaths. Chaudhuri, who ... More >>