Dr Simon Thornley: NZ University Statistics Dilute the Covid19 Narrative & Confounds Govt & Critics
During the COVID lockdown crises, NZ as a country hunkered down as a “Team of Five Million” as the Prime Minister called us. We essentially did what we thought was in the best interests for the nation as a whole. However, after a short time there came from the academic realm, another voice that said hold on a moment, the statistics coming in seem to be not telling the full story, so let’s take another look at what’s really happening?
This voice was Dr Simon Thornley who courageously stated that the facts were indeed not clearly stated. He also noted that Professor John Ioannidis of the Department of Epidemiology from Stanford University in the US was finding the same slanted stats and later on – Prof Carl Heneghan of Oxford University, in the UK also noted this.
When Simon looked at the early evidence at the first stages of the lockdown – of who were in hospital or were very unwell the statistics showed people dying who were actually expected to die in a short while anyway – as a result of old age or other comorbidities – such as heart problems, cancer and other ends of life ailments.
The statistics that he was able to gather showed by far the majority of people who were dying were in the 80s to 90s. This was supported in a Sky News Broadcast on the 20th of September they said that …. Back in July a statistical anomaly was spotted which changed the way COVID 19 deaths were counted. Previously Public Health England included any death of a person who had previously had Covid 19 as a Corona virus fatality even if they had recovered from the virus and died of another cause – and the person who spotted that was professor Carl Hennigan from the University of Oxford – who has been quite critical of the UK lockdown, going a step further stating that the British PM was surrounded by mediocre advisors!
In the interview, Simon lays out the anomalies and says that we in NZ need to be cautious, protect the elderly in particular and open up the country which means schools as well.
There are a good number of profound points covered in this ranging interview and the big one is that this Covid is very much like a very severe flu. Saying that this virus is not as deadly as we had initially believed.