In this video, complex systems expert and physicist-turned-epidemiologist Yaneer Bar-Yam claims that according to recent findings, about half of the people that have been infected with COVID-19 will encounter serious permanent heart damage, which will often only become visible a few months after being effected.
I have a few related questions:
- Does someone know a reference to the original research paper (or preprint) itself where this was found?
- Is this a reliable study?
- How should this be interpreted? Is this truly such a frightening finding about COVID-19 , very different to other diseases such as the flu?
For context, I have a scientific, but no medical background. Lately, I have noticed that at least in Belgium where I live, the tension has been increasing between two groups: on one hand biostatisticians and most epidemiologists, who insist to keep enforcing strict measures to keep the spread of the virus as low as possible at all costs; and on the other hand quite a number of other people, including even medical doctors working in the field, who claim that the fuzz is overrated, the disease can easily be treated, and strong measures to stop the virus do more harm than good. If the above finding is correct, it seems to me that it would debunk most of the arguments from the latter group.