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Covid studies as science fiction
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Thomas Koenig
2020-06-06 08:42:34 UTC
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Now, this gives the term "science fiction" a bit of a different
meaing... does anybody know who the science fiction author
in question is?

This is from the most recent comp.risks compilation,
http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/31/95#subj10

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# A Guardian investigation can reveal the U.S.-based company Surgisphere,
# whose handful of employees appear to include a science fiction writer and an
# adult-content model, has provided data for multiple studies on Covid-19
# co-authored by its chief executive, but has so far failed to adequately
# explain its data or methodology.

# Data it claims to have legitimately obtained from more than a thousand
# hospitals worldwide formed the basis of scientific articles that have led to
# changes in Covid-19 treatment policies in Latin American countries. It was
# also behind a decision by the WHO and research institutes around the world
# to halt trials of the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine. On Wednesday,
# the WHO announced those trials would now resume.
Ahasuerus
2020-06-06 12:01:59 UTC
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Post by Thomas Koenig
Now, this gives the term "science fiction" a bit of a different
meaing... does anybody know who the science fiction author
in question is? [snip]
An employee listed as a science editor appears to be a science
fiction author and fantasy artist whose professional profile
suggests writing is her fulltime job.
(https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/03/covid-19-surgisphere-who-world-health-organization-hydroxychloroquine)
a***@yahoo.com
2020-06-06 12:14:29 UTC
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Just another Covid model that's wrong?
Jaimie Vandenbergh
2020-06-06 12:44:49 UTC
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Just another Covid model that's wrong?
Not really. It's a study on Trump's second favourite drug hydroxychloroquine
and its efficacy against Covid, not a model of Covid at all.

Appears that the data used in the study is of unknown provenance, and might be
entirely fabricated. Three of the four authors have disowned the paper, the
fourth owns the relationship with the dodgy data...

Cheers - Jaimie
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a***@yahoo.com
2020-06-06 18:00:00 UTC
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I was using the sense of "model" mentioned in the article. Definitely not a super model.
Thomas Koenig
2020-06-06 13:50:14 UTC
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Post by a***@yahoo.com
Just another Covid model that's wrong?
Looks more like a data collection where the data was simply
fabricated. Even three of the four authors on the paper did not
seem to have had access the data.

However, I still cannot find the name of the science fiction author
who worked as Surgisphere's science editor. Science with fictional
data, that really is true "science fiction".
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