I was in Med School half a century ago. Did proper science die since then?
The above clip gives 100% fake news, as I’ll explain step by step. Cleverly, the clip downplays the faulty conclusion, but the clip’s blurb and title have the fake bottom line, and that’s the only thing most people will pick up on.
A friend sent me this one, a study showing that with updated COVID vaccination, you have more chance to get ill than without the update.
It’s like claiming that those who don’t watch out when crossing the street are more protected than those who look both ways. But top scientists and renowned medical institutions and publications buy this kind of nonsense!
Now, you don’t need to be good at medical or statistical jargon to see where they went wrong. A little common sense suffices. So, don’t get intimidated by the unreadable text. Just follow the main argument.
The setup was faulty. They studied a huge sample. The larger the group, the smaller the statistical chance that your finding is coincidental.
But then, the method must be sound. And—you guessed it—it wasn’t.
They studied a population of whom some had updated their anti-COVID vaccination, and some had not.
They should have randomly divided a group of people into two groups, and then half should have received double-blindly a placebo and the other half an updated vaccination.
People less at risk are less likely to choose to be vaccinated.
And then it’s no wonder when you find they were less at risk!!!
People more at risk, either from being more vulnerable or more exposed, will sooner choose to revaccinate. That might not take away all risks, but how bad would their situation have been without the update?!
But even if a proper statistical connection is found, it’s merely a hint. Until you can point at a causal connection, the finding is in great doubt.
Please listen to your doctor and get your jabs updated if they say so.
No Medical Knowledge
If you know anything about COVID, you know more than the authors of this study.
More important than how many get ill is how many get seriously ill. These vaccinations especially help protect against serious illness, not against mild symptoms. And the vaccinated who get serious symptoms respond better to treatment and are safer than those not properly vaccinated.
But this study leaves this out completely. That is like saying that the half-year survival rate of untreated tuberculosis is 100% so treatment is not needed, while most untreated patients die after years (unnecessarily).
A review of an earlier version of this study claims it’s an outright hoax.
I wouldn’t say so. It’s just shoddy work. Or is it?
Typically, fraudulent emails have typos giving away it’s a hoax. Serious people stop reading after seeing such poor language. It puts them off. The thieves want that. People less critically inclined are easier to rob.
In the summary of our article, it says twice: “48 344” [sic]. The comma is missing. That should say enough. They don’t want picky readers.
A medical specialist on CBS suggested a year ago that vaccinated people might get more COVID possibly because they might take more risks falsely assuming they’re now fully protected. That is possible. But before adding more assumptions, I would advise first to look at the ‘statistical’ method of studies that claim heightened risks for the properly vaccinated.
As I wrote before many times, humungous computer data are now sold for ‘statistical’ medical research giving a false impression of certainty.
Anti-vaxxers make this stuff go viral (pardon the pun) because they don’t care about objective truth. Anything ‘vindicating’ their religion is gospel. They made of it a famous urban legend already: shots cause infections.