COVID-19: It’s Complicated

Not only is testing complicated by sampling issues (we’re not testing randomly), it’s complicated by medical issues too.

8 responses to “COVID-19: It’s Complicated

  1. Quite right. Covid is quite complicated. I continue to think that our way out of this pandemic is through vaccine that builds on immunity based on the lymphoid response described in this video. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. I’d appreciate a pointer to a text transcript or this guy’s web page or something with cites that I can follow up reading. I know I’m a dinosaur because I don’t get a lot of information out of videos.

    • Phil Scadden

      Fellow dinosaur backing that up. I hate videos and podcasts. Too slow compared to my reading speed.

    • Hi Hank, if you go to the video on YouTube’s website, you can find he posts links to all of the articles and papers he cites in the video description.

  3. Diaminedave

    Really interesting and possibly right .
    But who is he and why is he a reasonable source of information??

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FULycGPmN18 has some info on who he is. He’s an engineer, not a doctor, but with an Oxford degree, a belief in science and does get stuff checked by a doctor. Obviously with an interest in cars, but got interested in covid when he personally got it and found recovery very slow. He’s a filmmaker so decided to make some films.
      He sounds pretty sensible to me, but he’s not a medical professional, so might be doing that thing smart engineers do when they, for example, search out crazy info to prove that global warming’s not a big deal :-) I don’t think so, but some actual medical people corroborating would be a good thing.
      Anyone who makes videos about the dangers of bad science and the need to be able to change your mind is either competent or devious :-)

    • He explains a bit of who he is in a follow-up video:

      He is not a doctor, just an engineer with an MS from Oxford, a commentator and communicator (who also says he has a doctor on the side checking what he puts out before he does, for what that’s worth). He does provide website links as citations for those things he mentions in his videos, in the video descriptions.

      Whether or not his commentary about there being “three types of responses” is something which the broader medical community would support is indeed a very reasonable question, I think. Some of the other things he talks about at least in the video Tamino posted, such as about the limited antibody response, I will at least say from my own absorption of information over the past month or so sound like accurate reflections of the existing body of knowledge. It would be nice to have more explicit input from doctors testifying to these sorts of data and what they mean, whether in their own video series or in response.