WHY SOUND STATISTICS IS RELEVANT
If you were to apply 1,000 COVID-19 tests in schools or in companies to people who say they have a cold, you would find coronaviruses in 5 people, for example. If the “new” coronaviruses are really so important this season, I’d have to find them.
If, as a doctor, you were to examine 1,000 people who have acute respiratory problems (ARE) in your practice, you would probably find significantly more cases (e.g. 15 “positives”), because only people who seek help come into practice because they cannot cope with the disease alone.
If you do 1,000 tests in the emergency room of a clinic for all patients with acute respiratory problems, up to 15% of the tests will be positive (150 cases).
When you know that the mortality rate of severe pneumonia patients treated in intensive care is 20-30% in most countries, the alarmist reports from Italy appear in a different light.
Article (in German) by prof. Ulrich Faigle