Believing the interview over, and the camera turned off, Myasnikov said:
It's all bullshit [...] It's all exaggerated. It's an acute respiratory disease with minimal mortality [...] Why has the whole world been destroyed? That I don't know,"
2. "COVID-19 CANNOT BE DESCRIBED AS A GENERALLY DANGEROUS DISEASE"
According to an e-mail leaked to Danish newspaper Politiken, the Danish Health Authority disagree with their government's approach to the coronavirus. They cover it in two articles here and here (For those who don't speak Danish, thelocal.dk have covered the story too).
There's a lot of interesting information there, not least of which is the clear implication that politicians appear to be pressing the scientific advisors to overstate the danger (they did the same thing in the UK), along with the decision of some civil servants to withhold data from the public until after the lockdown had been extended.
But by far the most important quote is from a March 15th e-mail [our emphasis]:
The Danish Health Authority continues to consider that covid-19 cannot be described as a generally dangerous disease, as it does not have either a usually serious course or a high mortality rate,"
On March 12th the Danish parliament passed an emergency law which - among many other things - decreased the power of the Danish Health Authority, demoting it from a "regulatory authority" to just an "advisory" one.
3. "A GLOBAL FALSE ALARM"
Earlier this month, on May 9th, a report was leaked to the German alternate media magazine Tichys Einblick titled "Analysis of the Crisis Management".
The report was commissioned by the German department of the interior, but then its findings were ignored, prompting one of the authors to release it through non-official channels.
The fall out of that, including attacks on the authors and minimising of the report's findings, is all very fascinating and we highly recommend this detailed report on Strategic Culture (or read the full report here in German).
We're going to focus on just the reports conclusions, including [our emphasis]:
The dangerousness of Covid-19 was overestimated: probably at no point did the danger posed by the new virus go beyond the normal level.
The danger is obviously no greater than that of many other viruses. There is no evidence that this was more than a false alarm.
During the Corona crisis the State has proved itself as one of the biggest producers of Fake News.
After being attacked in the press, and suspended from his job, the leaker and other authors of the report released a joint statement, calling on the government to respond to their findings.
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If the current crisis was being approached rationally by all parties, these leaks would seal the debate. Evidence is piling up that the people in charge knew, from the very beginning, that the virus was not dangerous. The question remaining is: Why are these leaks happening now ?