Dying threats. Cyber harassment. Profession dangers.

Calling out issues with COVID science in a politically charged pandemic comes at a value.

However that will not cease these three scientists together with a physician who heads a COVID-19 ward in a Paris hospital.

They need science to do higher.

Particularly when it will probably make the distinction between life and loss of life.

However why does interrogating the standard of analysis include such private threat?


Dr Lonni Besancon
Postdoctoral fellow
Division of Human Centred Computing
Monash College, Australia

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz
Epidemiologist, science communicator, and host of Sensationalist Science podcast (SenseSciPod)
College of Wollongong

Dr Nathan Peiffer-Smadja
Infectious illnesses doctor
Head of Infectious Illnesses Clinic
Hôpital Bichat – Claude-Bernard AP-HP (Paris)
Nationwide Institute for Well being and Medical Analysis, France
and Imperial School London

Additional data:

Open Science Saves Lives: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic (pre-print as of Might 2020))

Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19: a tale of populism and obscurantism (Peiffer-Smadja et al)

Effect of hydroxychloroquine with or without azithromycin on the mortality of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Peiffer-Smadja et al)

Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19: results of an open-label non-randomized clinical trial (Gautret et al, 2020)

Responses to Gautret et al. paper

Commentary by Dr Elisabeth Bik, 2020 on Gautret et al. paper about Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin remedy of COVID-19 infections

Pubpeer commentary on Gautret et al paper

Official Statement from International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2020

Recovery Trial (Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 therapy) conclusion on hydroxychloroquine, 2020

WHO Solidarity Trial

Estimation of US Children’s Educational Attainment and Years of Life Lost Associated With Primary School Closures During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Comparing bad apples to orange soda: Flaws and Errors in an Estimation of Years of Life Lost Associated With School Closures and COVID-19 deaths by Christakis, Van Cleve, and Zimmerman

Assessing mandatory stay‐at‐home and business closure effects on the spread of COVID‐19

Sample size, timing, and other confounding factors: towards a fair assessment of stay-at-home orders

Articles in The Gaurdian by Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

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