Been a while since I posted anything of substance but I have been lurking in the background listening to the conversation. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has read a book doing the rounds at the moment called ’Corona, False Alarm?’ by Karina Reiss and Sucharit Bhakdi?
Now I will admit that I am instantly sceptical (bordering on cynical) of any book that puts a question mark in the main title. Reviewers (both on Amazon and the web) seem to be almost universally positive and contain the phrase ‘I’m not one for conspiracy theories but…’ which is always what you want to see in a review (!) They also claim that the book provides evidence the Pandemic is overblown by governments/Media and certainly does not require mask wearing, lockdowns, tracking, mass vaccination, etc. There a 10-point summary/review here: https://theweeflea.com/2020/10/05/corona-false-alarm/
On the face of it the authors look well qualified. From Amazon’s ‘About the Author’:
Karina Reiss was born in Germany and studied biology at the University of Kiel where she received her PhD in 2001. She became assistant professor in 2006 and associate professor in 2008 at the University of Kiel. She has published over sixty articles in the fields of cell biology, biochemistry, inflammation, and infection, which have gained international recognition and received prestigious honors and awards.
Sucharit Bhakdi was born in Washington, DC, and educated at schools in Switzerland, Egypt, and Thailand. He studied medicine at the University of Bonn in Germany, where he received his MD in 1970. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg from 1972 to 1976, and at The Protein Laboratory in Copenhagen from 1976 to 1977. He joined the Institute of Medical Microbiology at Giessen University in 1977 and was appointed associate professor in 1982. He was named chair of Medical Microbiology at the University of Mainz in 1990, where he remained until his retirement in 2012. Dr. Bhakdi has published over three hundred articles in the fields of immunology, bacteriology, virology, and parasitology, for which he has received numerous awards and the Order of Merit of Rhineland-Palatinate. Sucharit Bhakdi and his wife, Karina Reiss, live with their three-year-old son, Jonathan Atsadjan, in a small village near the city of Kiel.
Cards on the table, I have no time to read the book and rake through the 300 odd footnotes myself. So utterly shamelessly,
- I was wondering if anyone else had read it/heard of it/ was willing to give a scientific perspective - or even readers perspective - on the book?
- I was also wondering if anyone knew of the authors/has heard of them/read any of their work?
As ever look forward to hear your thoughts and learning from your insights.
EDIT: I should say for the record, I don’t hold, nor am I in anyway inclined to, the view of the authors.