SARS-CoV-2 data and research

This compilation of sources was prompted by goverment and media misrepresentations of the coronavirus pandemic.

Consider weasel words such as “may,” “could,” “suggests,” “appears,” and “possibly” when deriving opinions from research papers, journals, and media.

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Current data sources

Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) - Statistics and Research - Our World in Data

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 deaths per capita by country | Statista

U.S. COVID-19 death rate by state | Statista

COVID data tracker | CDC

Excess deaths with and without COVID-19 | CDC

Mask use in Europe | Statista

What about Sweden?

A year since pandemic began—a look at Sweden's Covid dead | Radio Sweden broadcast

Open Schools, Covid-19, and Child and Teacher Morbidity in Sweden | NEJM

Sweden, Covid and lockdown — a look at the data | The Spectator

Sweden: Despite Variants, No Lockdowns, No Daily Covid Deaths | AIER

Masks and lockdowns

Research: More than half of students suffered anxiety or depression during crisis

Mask Mandates: Do They Work?

Experimental Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children | JAMA

Full-time mask-wearing brings its own set of problems

Authors Retract Study Showing Efficacy of Mask Mandates—as Biden Pushes Nationwide Requirement

Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis | The BMJ

Covid-19: politicisation, “corruption,” and suppression of science | The BMJ

Deaths of despair and the incidence of excess mortality in 2020 | NBER

Mandatory masks in school are a ‘major threat’ to children’s development, doctors warn

A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers | NIH

Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era | NEJM

Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks | Nature Medicine

An evidence review of face masks against COVID-19 | PNAS

Mouth and nose protection in public: No evidence of effectiveness

COVID cases growing faster in counties with mask mandates

CDC/WHO admit that masks don’t work but tell us to wear them anyway

Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis

COVID-19, Viral Load and Shedding: An Update

Impact of community masking on COVID-19: A cluster-randomized trial in Bangladesh | Science

The Bangladesh Mask study: a Bayesian perspective | ResearchGate

Face Masks to Prevent Transmission of Influenza Virus: A Systematic Review | Epidemiology and Infection

Vaccines & Immunity

Covid-19: Do many people have pre-existing immunity? | The BMJ

Lasting immunity found after recovery from COVID-19 | NIH

Good news: Mild COVID-19 induces lasting antibody protection | WUSTL

Protection of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection is similar to that of BNT162b2 vaccine | medRxiv

Necessity of COVID-19 vaccination in previously infected individuals | medRxiv

Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Including COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections, Associated with Large Public Gatherings — Barnstable County, Massachusetts, July 2021 | CDC

Comparing SARS-CoV-2 Natural Immunity to Vaccine-Induced Immunity: Reinfections versus Breakthrough Infections | Johns Hopkins

Seroprevalence of Infection-Induced SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies—United States, September 2021–February 2022 | CDC

Cardiac complications following mRNA COVID-19 vaccines: A systematic review of case reports and case series | NIH

Comorbidities and Hospitalizations

Most COVID-19 hospitalizations due to four conditions | NIH

In-hospital Mortality Among Hospital Confirmed COVID-19 Encounters by Week From Selected Hospitals | CDC

Laws Shield Hospitals From Families Who Believe Loved Ones Contracted Covid as Patients | KHN

Testing vs actual cases

Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be. | NYTimes

Estimation of the fraction of COVID-19 infected people in U.S. states and countries worldwide | PLOS ONE


Mask mandates: Belgium vs Netherlands
Accurate as of November 1, 2020. Netherlands succumbed to political pressure and mandated masks beginning December 1, 2020. Death rate increased and then tracked more closely with Belgium. Social unrest also increased, pitting citizens against their police force.

I tested positive for SARS-CoV-2

Did masks work in Louisiana? (in August 2021)

Non-COVID commentary

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