Norm’s note: I guess that the interview with Professor Karol Sikora went ‘off script’ and had to be removed from the YouTube platform. Hopefully, it will be restored. In the meantime, I’ll see if I can dig up the original interview or any recent opinion pieces by Professor Sikora on the issue of the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Update (9h50 a.m., 5/21/2020): You can now watch the entire interview here:
Note: this is the video that YouTube took down for “violating guidelines”. They rejected our appeal to have the video reinstated.
Judge for yourself if it is dangerous material…
From the (original) YouTube summary:
Freddie Sayers interviews Professor Karol Sikora, the Founding Dean and Professor of Medicine at the University of Buckingham Medical School and an ex-director of the WHO Cancer Programme.
Read the full accompanying article here: https://unherd.com/thepost/professor-…
Professor Karol Sikora has become something of a celebrity in the UK over the past months for his expert commentary on the pandemic, and his unusual tendency for optimism rather than pessimism.
Virus ‘getting tired’
– In the past two weeks, the virus is showing signs of petering out
– It’s as though the virus is ‘getting tired’, almost ‘getting bored’
– It’s happening across the world at the same time
Existing herd immunity
– The serology results around the world (and forthcoming in Britain) don’t necessarily reveal the percentage of people who have had the disease
– He estimates 25-30% of the UK population has had Covid-19, and higher in the group that is most susceptible
– Pockets of herd immunity help *already* explain the downturn
– Sweden’s end result will not be different to ours
– lockdown versus no lockdown
Fear more deadly than the virus
– When the history books are written, the fear will have killed many more people than the virus, including large numbers of cancer and cardiological patients not being treated
– We should have got the machinery of the NHS for non-corona patients back open earlier
Masks and schools
– Evidence on masks is just not there either way so it should be an ‘individual decision’
– We should move to 1m social distancing which means restaurants and bars could reopen
– More schools should reopen in June as ‘children are not the transmitters of this virus’
– We should be getting back to the ‘old normal’ not a ‘new normal’