White House Caught Hot Mic “Take Off Your Mask Doug…”
From the video: “You can take off the mask Doug… the, uh, case fatality rate’s like a 0.1% to a 0.3% According to USC. That’s, uh, reassuring. Everybody here’s been vaccinated anyway. USC in LA County Health came out with a study and found that there’s 7000 cases in California but they really believe that there are anywhere from 221,000 to 442,000 people who were infected. REALLY???? YEAH… So that makes it 0.1 to 0.3%??? YEAH, just came out today. So it suggests the case fatality rate… WOW. Puts it right in line with the flu. Yeah, exactly, That’s what it is. So it was a hoax? No, I do not think it was a hoax HAHAHA”
Two Studies To Support White House Press Corps
Monday’s study echoes the findings of Stanford researchers who came to a similar conclusion last week after conducting antibody testing further north in Santa Clara County.
Stanford scientists estimate that between 48,000 to 81,000 people had been infected with the virus in the county by early-April, a 50-85-fold increase in the number of publicly confirmed cases with 100 deaths projected by April 22. That lands the fatality rate at 0.12 to 0.2 percent.
While the Stanford study also remains in pre-print awaiting peer-review, the research provides an important glimpse into the true reach of the virus having likely infected far more than publicly known due to lack of testing.
Panic over the novel virus prompted 42 states to issue shelter-in-place orders keeping at least 316 million people home as early estimates depicted a bleak future of overwhelmed hospitals struggling to handle the surging caseload of sick patients. As extreme social distancing measures have successfully flattened the curve in many states, some have announced they will begin easing lockdowns with certain conditions to keep some restrictions in place. The White House released federal non-binding guidelines last week on reopening the American economy. More than 22 million Americans filed for unemployment in just over four weeks.
Governors in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina, each declared they would be lifting stay home orders either on or before April 30th with limited reopenings of local businesses.
Past Article In New England Journal of Medicine
There is a past article in named Covid-19 — Navigating the Uncharted with authors
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., H. Clifford Lane, M.D., and Robert R. Redfield, M.D. It supports the two studies listed above by stating:
On the basis of a case definition requiring a diagnosis of pneumonia, the currently reported case fatality rate is approximately 2%.4 In another article in the Journal, Guan et al.5 report mortality of 1.4% among 1099 patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19; these patients had a wide spectrum of disease severity. If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.