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  1. 4 out of 5

    Henry

    Must read if truth matters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bill Powers

    In part 2, Berenson focuses on the effects of “Lockdowns” as a strategy. Some key take-aways: • After a flu scare in 2005, then-President George W. Bush asked scientists for research on slowing epidemics. Dr. Mecher, an internist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, connected with Robert Glass, a computer scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. For a science project, Glass’s 14-year-old daughter had created a model of the way social distancing might slow the spread of the flu. Glass built on In part 2, Berenson focuses on the effects of “Lockdowns” as a strategy. Some key take-aways: • After a flu scare in 2005, then-President George W. Bush asked scientists for research on slowing epidemics. Dr. Mecher, an internist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, connected with Robert Glass, a computer scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. For a science project, Glass’s 14-year-old daughter had created a model of the way social distancing might slow the spread of the flu. Glass built on it to create a simulation “proving” lockdowns could reduce an influenza epidemic in a hypothetical town of 10,000 people by 90 percent. “Dr. Mecher received the results at his office in Washington and was amazed,” the Times wrote. Yes, you read that correctly, our response the Covid-19 was partially based upon a scientist’s 14-year old child's science project! • Yet the models are hardly based on any real data about either spread or lockdowns. At their core, these models are simply software programs designed to simulate reality, based on the assumptions that the person who creates them inputs into them. They are as realistic as a game of SimCity, though less colorful. Nonetheless, Ferguson’s model produced highly precise answers. Lockdowns could reduce coronavirus deaths 95 percent or more if they continued until a vaccine was developed. • Even the WHO seems to have recognized the futility of lockdowns. In a recent interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, a leader of the organization’s coronavirus response team, discouraged countries from reimposing lockdowns. They are a “blunt, sheer force instrument” with severe social and economic consequences, she said. • Some European leaders have publicly admitted lockdowns were a mistake. In July, Jean Castex, the French prime minister, said the country would never again “impose a lockdown like the one did last March, because we’ve learned… that the economic and human consequences from a total lockdown are disastrous.” • Yes, the economic and human consequences. I thought I’d write a lot about those in this section, but I haven’t bothered, because they are so self-evident. More than 50 million Americans have filed for unemployment; the United States economy shrank by 1/ 3 in the second quarter on an annualized basis, the sharpest drop ever recorded. • The damage goes far beyond bank accounts. Since March, drug overdose deaths have spiked from New Jersey to British Columbia; murders have soared in many big American cities. (We don’t know exactly how much, because although we obsessively count coronavirus deaths in real-time, we pay far less attention to other causes of death.) Millions of “elective” surgeries have been postponed worldwide, leading to untold misery for patients suffering from chronic pain, failing joints, and other ailments, and even death in the cases of people needing heart surgery or cancer care. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, there can be a rational evaluation of the nation-wide hysteria and politicization of our Covid-19 response and the long-lasting and unnecessary damage it inflicted upon our society. This will not be our last pandemic. Shame on us if we fail to learn serious lessons. Again, Berenson has done an excellent job. This is what real reporting used to look like. It’s been a long time since I have seen it. I look forward to the continuation of this series. Every thinking person should read it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    This is a good review of strategies and data related to lockdowns (the pros & cons). It was not as data-rich as Part 1, and I'd like to see more primary data studies, but this is very informative and shows the impact of lockdowns. Interested to see more data in the next part. This is a good review of strategies and data related to lockdowns (the pros & cons). It was not as data-rich as Part 1, and I'd like to see more primary data studies, but this is very informative and shows the impact of lockdowns. Interested to see more data in the next part.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bill Tait

    Great read.... won’t you won’t hear on MSM The reason I like Alex’s booklets is that I learn so many new things, even after being a news junkie myself. For example, Alex informs that the country with a dense population, a country that has an aging population, and the country very proximal to China is the very country that did not have a mandated lockdown, and 2) has 1/10 the deaths as Great Britain—and Japan was not big on wearing masks.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David J Stricklin

    What does epidemiology teach us Berenson does a great job deconstructing lock downs and further explains the Sweden experience including the causes for so many unnecessary deaths there. I look forward to his future comments on masks as at least part of this book would seemingly support (at least weakly) the use of masks in certain situations. I hope he will address the emerging epidemiology on how this virus is actually being transmitted in a semi-lockdown setting. For example a team of Oklahoma What does epidemiology teach us Berenson does a great job deconstructing lock downs and further explains the Sweden experience including the causes for so many unnecessary deaths there. I look forward to his future comments on masks as at least part of this book would seemingly support (at least weakly) the use of masks in certain situations. I hope he will address the emerging epidemiology on how this virus is actually being transmitted in a semi-lockdown setting. For example a team of Oklahoma college football players forced together in a highly contagious environment is allowed a break and an unusually high number return with the virus. This suggests to me that we are not tracking the true mode of spread between ‘enclaves of containment’. I looked into contact tracing a few weeks ago and it seemed only the State of Louisiana was publishing actionable data. I suspect that bars, casual hook ups, various social events and even protests will be strongly implicated in our continued struggle to eliminate this virus as a major threat. However, it us much easier to pin the blame in political terms than human nature.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Foxywriterchick

    This is Part II and focuses on Lockdowns. Did you know the lockdown model pushed by Fauci and company was based on one of the insider/scientist's 14-yr-old daughter's high school science project? Doesn't that make you feel good about killing the economy and locking yourself away like Rapunzel for months at a time (some of us in blue states are still locked away - over 6 months after we heard, "14 days to flatten the curve." Fully documented with references/end notes, Berenson has done the resear This is Part II and focuses on Lockdowns. Did you know the lockdown model pushed by Fauci and company was based on one of the insider/scientist's 14-yr-old daughter's high school science project? Doesn't that make you feel good about killing the economy and locking yourself away like Rapunzel for months at a time (some of us in blue states are still locked away - over 6 months after we heard, "14 days to flatten the curve." Fully documented with references/end notes, Berenson has done the research and turned everything we've been told on its head. Because of the timely subject matter, Berenson is releasing three chapters at a time in what will, ultimately, be pubbed as a full book. Still, I don't want to wait to read the tome. Give it to me piecemeal. A little truth goes a long way in the face of junk science.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great play by play about the history of lockdowns for Covid-19 and how they came to be. Alex Berenson shows the lockdown explanations are unsatisfying because it seems they didn’t make a huge difference when considering how different countries were impacted (I.e Sweden, New Zealand, Japan). And that what really matters is protecting the vulnerable (sick and elderly) which general lockdowns did neither. While the hard lockdowns *may* have slowed the spread, the economic and human consequences wer Great play by play about the history of lockdowns for Covid-19 and how they came to be. Alex Berenson shows the lockdown explanations are unsatisfying because it seems they didn’t make a huge difference when considering how different countries were impacted (I.e Sweden, New Zealand, Japan). And that what really matters is protecting the vulnerable (sick and elderly) which general lockdowns did neither. While the hard lockdowns *may* have slowed the spread, the economic and human consequences were/are disastrous and we’re only beginning to understand the long term impact. Instead the lockdowns produced anxiety, panic and fear which distracted many from focusing on protecting the most vulnerable among us.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rogier

    Straight scoop Highly necessary common sense. The best thing Democrats can do is to admit the mistake and vow never again. Perhaps that would indicate a willingness to deal with information. So far, they have endorsed more of the same, lockdown and Fauci. A hypothetical vaccine, or hypothetical alternatives are no way of dealing with a present situation. This book provides a lot of common sense to give people a better handle on the mostly very small risk they face. Information, solid information c Straight scoop Highly necessary common sense. The best thing Democrats can do is to admit the mistake and vow never again. Perhaps that would indicate a willingness to deal with information. So far, they have endorsed more of the same, lockdown and Fauci. A hypothetical vaccine, or hypothetical alternatives are no way of dealing with a present situation. This book provides a lot of common sense to give people a better handle on the mostly very small risk they face. Information, solid information can put people at ease. Denials make them paranoid.

  9. 5 out of 5

    kevin hardy

    A Common Sense Read Alex Berenson in this second installment uses common sense to shed light on why lockdown don't work. Using real data with not much fabrication of manipulation, it's too bad our mainstream media and our career politicians forgot what their actual job was and that is to represent and defend the American people. Too offer sound decisions and to report actual truths.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Stetkevich

    Documentation and Citations: Investigative Journalism is Not Dead! This is a current and concise read that reports facts with context. This is something that most news outlets are not doing. Berenson treats his readers with respect by laying out all the facts with citations rather than spouting a talking point made only by cherry-picked professionals who have transformed science into politics.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dana Saylor

    Timely and factual discussion I was impressed with the authors candid, comprehensive and detailed review of this extremely complex issue. When politicians are involved in the question credibility often clouds the issue. In this case, I believe the author maintained an exceptionally high degree of objectivity and rationality. There is still much to learn, as science is never settled.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amit GR

    Pick science, not hysteria Yet again, berenson remains the voice of truth and calm. Facts are hard to swallow when you are in the midst of a massive panic attack but if the general population is able to take a deep breath and listen to such writers, instead of panic peddling CNN, NYT and WP, maybe we could save ourselves from the current hole we are falling into deeper and deeper.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fred Fanning

    After reading part one of this series I was anxious to read part two. Book two also provides accurate and verifiable information about the COVID-19 Pandemic response specifically in the area of lockdown. The information that I have seen and heard from the mainstream media has been all over the place on lockdowns that left me with a lot of questions. This book answered a lot of them for me. I can't wait for part 3.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Pyzdek

    As a matter of policy I don't read the media when I want the truth. This book and its predecessor are factual accounts of what has been going on. As I suspected, the facts don't support the hysteria. The people have been stampeded into wearing facemasks and locking themselves in for no good reason. I fear that authoritarians may learn how to rule by fear based in the lessons they learn from this minor virus and I fear for my grandchildren's future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Traci Evans

    A must read for everyone. We need more people pushing back on the tyrannical fear mongers in control. This is an important voice in that effort. At this point , only 0.01% of the world (approximately 1 million) have died from COVID. In contrast, almost 3% (approximately 50 million) died of the 1918 Spanish flu. While any individual death is tragic, the data says we are overreacting.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard Grebenc

    Important and healthy to get a different perspective than that which the MSM exhaustingly hypes. Started over today and read it in just an hour or so. Filled with plenty of links to substantiate the author's thesis that lockdowns do more harm than good. Over two months old now (it was finished 08/03/2020) but still relevant. I purchased the hard copy edition (wish there were page numbers). Looking forward to the next installment.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Reporting on what common sense tells you. I appreciate all the work and dedication the author put into writing this paper. It seems that we live in a world that wants to be guided by drama and intrigue rather than facts and data. The information is available for all to see—it’s just that too many people are too lazy to do their own research, especially our political leaders.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris Somers

    Once again a clear headed piece of writing using actual facts and real sources Berenson continues to be possibly the only person in the media who actually reports the truth about COVID and takes a rational stance on the data he finds and reports the facts. If you want to know what’s actually going on surrounding the Virus and everything related, read these chapters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael C.

    Lockdowns do more damage than the disease Governors and unelected bureaucrat need to read this book. We have been misled by experts who are not to be trusted. South Dakota did NOT lockdown and they did much better. Read this book and get back to NORMAL. The sky is not falling Henny Penny!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Calvin Correli

    Clear and enlightening I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am for Alex Berenson for taking the time to do this research and write it all up for us. Thank you. I wish we could do these past several months over, with more intelligence and levelheadedness, but we can’t. Hopefully we can move forward a little bit smarter.

  21. 4 out of 5

    BayRunner221

    Must read for those wanting to know more about Covid Why do lock downs? When did lock downs become part of policy? Do lock downs work? Those are a few of the questions Alex discusses in this book with direct links to sources. Very good read and hope Amazon doesn't sensor any of his future booklets.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sean Noble

    Highly Recommend !!! Very informative, well written, and properly sourced document for anyone wanting a primer on this whole Covid19 situation. Won't find any sensationalism or fluff going on here. Alex truly knocks it out of the ballpark. What is truly scary is the fact Amazon attempted to sensor and not allow his first book out. Highly recommend this reading to everyone.

  23. 4 out of 5

    R.A. Parr

    Truth always floats to the surface Concise, well documented and logically undeniable. One whole side of the scientific and politic commentary has been largely ignored throughout this "pandemic", a side now being vindicated as the evidence mounts. May future leaders take stock and be slower to side with the sneaky wheels of hysteria.

  24. 5 out of 5

    terry meyenburg

    Always important to hear truth! Investigate things. Don't just settle for one opinion be sure because it could be devastatingly wrong as with lockdowns and mandatory mask use (in some cases) Loved this book and part 1 as well. Please read them. You won't be sorry. Have a Blessed reading experience

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robert Kersting

    Trying to find a conspiracy theory.... Some extent this „Part 2“ rehashes his material from „Part 1“ and continues his heavy use of media sources (including social media posts) vs. citing primary literature. I am starting to understand why he is no longer working for a major newspaper.

  26. 5 out of 5

    MMc14

    Well presented info, with cited articles/research linked right in the text. Very interesting comparison of three different lockdown approaches and their results. I would wish everyone would read this, and regardless of your political persuasion, I might hope we would all ask “why aren’t we being told all of this?”

  27. 4 out of 5

    William T.

    A Helpful Dose of Common Sense Cogently presented with extensive documentation, this booklet is well worth the time you will invest in reading it! Anyone whose life has been impacted by governmental responses to Covid-19, which includes all of us, will benefit from knowing the information presented here.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joyce A Brenc

    Excellent read Alex does an excellent job disseminating information in an easily understood manner. Backing up his evidence with links to the research and information. Looking forward to the next chapter.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kris Kumlien

    Must Read for Anyone Who has Lived in 2020 If you're a human, and you've lived through the events of 2020, you need to read this concise and compelling alternative viewpoint on the Covid-19 responses by global and local leadership.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Victori

    Nothing new I read the book in 15 minutes. Figured it would be short like the first book. However, the first book contained interesting data. While this book did provide some information, it was mostly rehashed news.

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