In the last few days, the members of our parliament (Switzerland) have been bombarded with letters and e-mails with the aim of watering down the COVID-19 law drafted by the Federal Council. Quote from a member of parliament: “these ‘Covid anarchs’ have bombarded us with emails ranging from nice to semi-threatening”.

The central element was a letter from Prof. Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, who in a recently published book played down the COVID 19 pandemic and at least questioned the measures taken by governments. (No, of course he has no financial interest in promoting his book… His name is not Bill Gates… #Satire)

Prof. Bhakdi is considered a reliable source in pandemic skeptic circles because his statements and questions reinforce the already existing prejudices, misunderstandings and misinformation. (See also “Why People Ignore Facts“)

It would be so easy to check the reliability of the information it disseminates. A simple Google search “Bhadki fact check” immediately brings to light a whole range of sources that clearly show which information is correct and which is not.

Skeptics may now object that the sources found in this way may spread false information in order to damage the reputation of the professor, and are themselves not serious.

Such considerations are legitimate and important. Do not believe anything you see or read on the Internet. Serious sources can be recognized by the fact that they reveal the origin of their information so that you can form your own opinion.

An example: Correctiv analyzes in the article “Sucharit Bhakdi makes unsubstantiated claims” (only in German) various assertions of the professor. Some are assessed to be true, others false. In each case there are links to the sources where you can check this yourself.

Such links are usually missing on dubious sites. Then it is worthwhile to google for the assertion and the word “fact check”.