That’s what the authors of a new book, “Corona, False Alarm?” want readers to do, after reading through the facts they present, and the questions they pose, around COVID-19 and the world’s response to it.
In the book’s introduction, authors Dr. Karina Reiss and Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi write:
“The intent of this book is to provide readers with facts and background information, so that they will be able to arrive at their own conclusions. Statements in the book should be regarded as the authors’ opinions that we submit for your scrutiny. Criticism and dissent are welcome. In scientific discussions, postulation of any thesis should also invite antitheses, so that finally the synthesis may resolve potential disagreement and enable us to advance in the interest of mankind. We do not expect all readers to share our points of view. But we do hope to ignite an open and much needed discussion, to the benefit of all citizens of this deeply troubled world.”
The list of questions the authors raise include:
• How does COVID-19 compare? with previous coronaviruses and the flu virus?
• What do the infection numbers and the death rate really tell us?
• Were the protective measures justified?
• Does science support mandatory mask-wearing?
• Does the race for vaccine development make sense?