A Texas physician, university lecturer in medicine, and affiliate of a free market think tank Gilbert Berdine MD explains why he thinks COVID lockdowns have been “a disaster” and why he does not support vaccine mandates.
At a time when the COVID pandemic continues, and cities such as Sydney and Melbourne remain locked down, Gilbert Berdine MD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center shares his views on lockdowns and vaccine mandates with show host Gene Tunny. The conversation also explores Dr Berdine’s views on regulations regarding vaping or e-cigarettes.
About this episode’s guest – Gilbert G. Berdine MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
Faculty Affiliate, Free Market Institute, Lubbock, TX
Dr. Berdine earned his B.S. degrees in chemistry and life sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA and his M.D. degree from Harvard University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. He completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now called Brigham and Women’s Hospital) in Boston, MA.
Dr. Berdine was a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio from 1983-1989. He was in the private practice of medicine from 1989-2009 when he returned to academia as a faculty member of TTUHSC.
Dr. Berdine’s current teaching activities include lecturer for the respiratory blocks in the 1st year Major Organ Systems course and the 2nd year Systems Disorders 1 course. His clinical duties include staff attending physician for the inpatient Pulmonary Consult Service, inpatient Internal Medicine Floor Service, and the outpatient Pulmonary Fellow Clinic. He also sees patients in the Pulmonary Clinic for Texas Tech Physicians.
Dr. Berdine’s research interests include the application of Austrian Economics to health care delivery and consumption. Dr. Berdine has published articles on these topics in peer reviewed journals and is a contributor to the Mises Daily Wire and the American Institute of Economic Research.
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Correspondence from Dr Berdine on COVID mortality rates
…the mortality rate has a range of over 1000:1 depending on your age. The average mortality is heavily determined by the number of people over age 80 in the population.
Based on latest census data and current CDC figures for COVID deaths
Mortality expressed as 1/mortality :
Under 5: 124,126
5 to 14: 283,027
15 to 24: 32,461
25 to 34: 7,850
35 to 44: 2,845
45 to 54: 1,087
55 to 64: 475
65 to 74: 213
75 to 84: 87
85 +: 31
Under 5: 124,126
Under 15: 199,917
Under 25: 64,258
Under 35: 20,120
Under 45: 8,681
Under 55: 3,880
So, for 35 and younger, the cumulative mortality including the overcounting is less than 1/10,000. If one looks at annual mortality, the figure for Under 45 including overcounting is likely less than 1/10,000. If one adjusts modestly for overcounting, the figure for Under 55 is likely less than 1/10,000.
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