COVID-19 Vial

COVID-19: Cutting Through The Noise

A lot of information is available online, from legitimate to questionable, from hypothetical to factual. Yet what if you wanted to get a summary of the current state of affairs when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic? What if you wanted to get a summary of the elements at play when it comes to how the pandemic pans out? What if you want to understand certain concepts behind the analysis, like the different rates that may be quoted? Well, there is an article that does just that.

The article was published by Igor Rudan, a Professor of International Health and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, UK. In it, he lays out the elements at play regarding COVID-19, such as the rate of infection and death, as well as the challenges in dealing with it (including the strategies used thus far). All in an easy to understand format.

Here is an excerpt from the article where he goes to explain how, even if the death rate is low, the facility of the virus to spread can pose very serious challenges:

The first problem that the new coronavirus causes us from that fourth dimension, beyond the death rate itself, is its absolutely incredibly rapid spread. If we allow it to spread freely among the population, it will infect up to one million Croats in just over a month from just one infected person. Even with a small “death rate”, in just a few weeks, we will have thousands of severely ill patients, with fewer than a thousand intensive care units with respirators available.

All those who don’t receive care will then simply have to die of suffocation.

– Igor Rudan (

The article is long yet informative, easy to understand and cuts through the noise regarding the pandemic. So if you want to get up to speed and don’t know where to start, read the article (and share it). It’s time well spent.

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