Death threats. Cyber harassment. Career risks.
Calling out problems with COVID science in a politically charged pandemic comes at a cost.
But that won’t stop these three scientists — including a doctor who heads a COVID-19 ward in a Paris hospital.
They want science to do better.
Especially when it can make the difference between life and death.
But why does interrogating the quality of research come with such personal risk?
Dr Lonni Besancon
Department of Human Centred Computing
Monash University, Australia
Epidemiologist, science communicator, and host of Sensationalist Science podcast (SenseSciPod)
University of Wollongong
Dr Nathan Peiffer-Smadja
Infectious diseases physician
Head of Infectious Diseases Clinic
Hôpital Bichat – Claude-Bernard AP-HP (Paris)
National Institute for Health and Medical Research, France
and Imperial College London
Open Science Saves Lives: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic (pre-print as of May 2020))
Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19: a tale of populism and obscurantism (Peiffer-Smadja et al)
Effect of hydroxychloroquine with or without azithromycin on the mortality of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Peiffer-Smadja et al)
Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19: results of an open-label non-randomized clinical trial (Gautret et al, 2020)
Responses to Gautret et al. paper
Commentary by Dr Elisabeth Bik, 2020 on Gautret et al. paper about Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin treatment of COVID-19 infections
Pubpeer commentary on Gautret et al paper
Official Statement from International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2020
Recovery Trial (Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 therapy) conclusion on hydroxychloroquine, 2020
WHO Solidarity Trial
Estimation of US Children’s Educational Attainment and Years of Life Lost Associated With Primary School Closures During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic
Comparing bad apples to orange soda: Flaws and Errors in an Estimation of Years of Life Lost Associated With School Closures and COVID-19 deaths by Christakis, Van Cleve, and Zimmerman
Assessing mandatory stay‐at‐home and business closure effects on the spread of COVID‐19
Sample size, timing, and other confounding factors: towards a fair assessment of stay-at-home orders
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