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Thesis paper 3.0 of German public health experts

Matthias Schrappe, Hedwig François-Kettner, Matthias Gruhl, Dieter Hart, Franz Knieps, Holger Pfaff, Klaus Püschel, Gerd Glaeske: Thesenpapier 3.0. Die Pandemie durch SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 – eine erste Bilanz – Strategie: Stabile Kontrolle des Infektionsgeschehens. Prävention: Risikosituationen erkennen. Bürgerrechte: Rückkehr zur Normalität (Thesis paper 3.0. The pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 – an initial assessment – Strategy: Stable control of the infection process. Prevention: Identifying risk situations. Civil rights: Return to normality), Köln, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, 28. Juni 2020.

Ad hoc statement of German public health experts

Matthias Schrappe, Hedwig François-Kettner, Matthias Gruhl, Dieter Hart, Franz Knieps, Philip Manow, Holger Pfaff, Klaus Püschel, Gerd Glaeske: Ad hoc-Stellungnahme. Die Pandemie durch SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 – Gleichgewicht und Augenmaß behalten [Ad hoc statement. The pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 – Keeping balance and sense of proportion], Köln, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg October 2020.

Care, Profit & Problems

Matthew Goldstein, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Robert Gebeloff: Push for Profits Left Nursing Homes Struggling to Provide Care, in: The New York Times (May 7, 2020). In this article, the authors describe how the need to work profitably undermined the ability of nursing homes to deal adequately with the Covid 19 pandemic.

Who’s dying of Covid-19?

Sharon Begley: To understand who’s dying of Covid-19 look to social factors like race more than preexisting diseases, in STAT, 15. Juni 2020. In her article on the STAT-News page, Begely argues that the decisive factors for dying from COVID-19 are not preexisting diseases as initially assumed. In the US, people are exposed to a significantly higher risk of dying from COVID-19 due to racist ascriptions. “The higher the percentage of Black residents in a county, the higher its death rate from Covid-19 “. Begely sees the reasons for this in the qualitatively different access to the health system, but […]

Accusations against Spahn

Interview with Bernd Hontschick by Stephan Hebel: Doctor raises serious accusations against Jens Spahn: “Population repeatedly misled” (Arzt erhebt schwere Vorwürfe gegen Jens Spahn: „Bevölkerung immer wieder in die Irre geführt“), in: Frankfurter Rundschau, updated on 24.06.2020. In this interview, the doctor and author Bernd Hontschick makes serious accusations against the German Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn. Link to the interview on the page of the Frankfurter Rundschau

Statement of the vdää

Statement of the Association of Democratic Doctors (Verein demokratischer Ärztinnen und Ärzte / vdää): Für bedarfsgerechte Krankenhausstrukturen in einem demokratischen und solidarischen Gesundheitssystem (For needs-based hospital structures in a democratic and solidarity-based health care system), May 2020.

Corona Deaths

Roland Herzog: Die Toten der Coronavirus-Pandemie – ein kritischer Blick auf die Mortalitätsstatistik [The dead of the coronavirus pandemic – a critical look at mortality statistics], End of May 2020. Abstract A large part of the people on this planet were or are affected by significant coercive measures. In order to stop the pandemic and legitimize these measures, a great deal of research is being carried out on the one hand, and on the other hand, extensive figures are being made available. Every day the numbers of infected, hospitalised, deceased and convalescents are meticulously listed. It must be assumed, however, […]

Work & Migration

Peter Birke: Coesfeld und die Folgen: Arbeit und Migration in der Pandemie [Coesfeld and the consequences: Work and Migration in the Pandemic], in: Sozial.Geschichte Online 27 (2020), prepublication. Little by little, other sectors are becoming the subject of a public debate on social work in the times of Corona: Most recently, for example, agriculture, the meat industry, mail order, caused by scandalous living and working conditions, especially for workers without a German passport. Peter Birke analyses the current discourse as well as conflicts and struggles in slaughterhouses, cutting plants and other hotspots of precarious working and living conditions. His text […]

Enterprise World Health

Thomas Gebauer in conversation with Velten Schäfer, in: neues deutschland, 9 May 2020 In this interview, Thomas Gebauer, spokesman for medico international, talks about some of the serious shortcomings in the public health system that the Covid 19 pandemic has exposed. The WHO is in a structural crisis. Initiatives to bundle essential activities – such as the development of vaccines and medicines – are increasingly being transferred to major international foundations. In conspiracy theories this development is reflected in extreme distortion. The real problem is the worldwide commercialization of the health care system.

Schools & Daycare

Statement of German professional associations for pediatrics on the closures of schools and day-care centres Peter Walger et al.: Kinder und Jugendliche in der Covid-19-Pandemie: Schulen und Kitas sollen wieder geöffnet werden, May 19, 2020. There is increasing evidence worldwide that children and adolescents rarely contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and only transmit the pathogen to other people to a small extent. As a result, the inclusion of schools and day-care centres in the lockdown seems inappropriate, especially since these restrictions have considerable disadvantages for those affected. For this reason, the authors of the professional associations call for the immediate […]

Second thesis paper of German public health experts

Mathias Schrappe, Hedwig Françoise-Kettner, Franz Knieps, Holger Pfaff, Klaus Püschel, Gerd Gläske: Die Pandemie durch SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19: Datenbasis verbessern – Prävention gezielt weiterentwickeln – Bürgerrechte wahren. Thesenpapier 2.0, 3.5.2020.

Thesis paper of German public health experts on the Covid-19 pandemic

by six German health scientists. Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Schrappe, Hedwig François-Kettner, Dr. med. Matthias Gruhl, Franz Knieps, Prof. Dr. phil. Holger Pfaff, Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Gerd Glaeske: Thesenpapier zur Pandemie durch SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19. Datenbasis verbessern. Prävention gezielt weiterentwickeln. Bürgerrechte wahren, 4 April 2020 (German).

Report from Lombardy

Sergio Bologna: Bericht aus dem italienischen Bundesland Lombardei, wo Covid 19 die Bevölkerung getroffen hat wie an keinem anderen Ort der Welt (bis heute, den 28.04.2020). Report from the Italian state of Lombardy, where Covid 19 hit the population like no other place in the world (until today, 28 April 2020). From the beginning oft the coronavirus crisis fiable Information became essential. Here some suggestions and recommendations concerning the situation in Italy (web pages, magazines, videos, audio interviews and so on).

Exclusion of experts

Vinay Prasad / Jeffrey S. Flier: Scientists who express different views on Covid-19 should be heard, not demonized, in: STAT, 27.4.2020 Critical epidemiologists and virologists, who in recent weeks have expressed doubts about the blanket worst-case scenarios of their colleagues, have often been regarded as ‘irresponsible’ and excluded from the scientific discussion. The authors demonstrate this finding using the example of epidemiologist John Ioannidis. They call on the scientific community to discuss the worldwide published research results in an open-ended manner.

Covid-19: Where is the evidence?

Deutsches Netzwerk Evidenzbasierte Medizin: Covid-19: Wo ist die Evidenz?. Statement of 20 March 2020 of the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine: Covid-19: Where is the evidence? (English) and Updated Version of 15 April 2020 (German). In this paper, the interdisciplinary working group refers to the lack of data on all essential aspects of the pandemic and to the catastrophic social consequences of the countermeasures initiated without a data basis.

Appeal by African intellectuals

Open letter by Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986) and many other writers and scholars: The Time to Act is Now. Letter Addressed to African Leaders Concerning the COVID-19 Crisis, 13 April 2020. The open letter calls for pan-African cooperation on an equal basis and articulates political demands. It is addressed to leaders of all walks of life, to the people of Africa and to all those that are committed to rethinking the continent.

Interview with John P. A. Ioannidis

In this interview published on YouTube on March 26, 2020, John P.A. Ioannidis reiterates his criticism of the lack of data on the measures implemented worldwide to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Article by John P. A. Ioannidis

John P. A. Ioannidis: A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data, 17 March 2020. The epidemiologist and medical statistician Ioannidis teaches at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He criticizes the speculative worst case scenarios of his colleagues, points to the completely unclear data situation and calls for representative surveys as an indispensable prerequisite for appropriate control measures.

Post Corona: Organized Rule of Capital

Hannes Hofbauer, Andrea Komlosy, Post Corona: Organisierte Kapitalherrschaft, April 3, 2020, in: Telepolis, first published on 3 April 2020 at: Die Krise als Chance. Der Stehsatz aus dem Fundus liberaler Wirtschaftsforschungsinstitute harrt gerade einer zeitadäquaten Formulierung. Noch kämpfen Modellrechner mit zu vielen Unbekannten. Solange die Prognosen zu den Einbußen des BIP-Wachstums im Gefolge des Lockdowns zwischen 2% und 20% liegen, darf man getrost die quantitative Wirtschaftsforschung beiseite lassen; die Geschichte lehrt uns ohnedies, dass volkswirtschaftlich relevante Erkenntnisse daraus nicht gewonnen werden können, geschweige denn gesellschaftlich nützliche. Also das Ende des Systems? Da packen einen Hoffnung und Angst zugleich, weil […]