Covid-19 Still A Problem, Biden's Answer? Trust Me, And If The Scientists Tell Us, Lockdown
Joe Biden's answer to Chinese Covid-19? Blame President Trump. Don't be fooled, he has no answers. We have seen what lockdown was good for, economic and personal devastation.
To learn what is really happening with Covid-19, go to www.aier.org/. Here are the highlights:
"Recently, three of the world's top epidemiologists published the Great Barrington Declaration, a short treatise that advocates a smart approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic. Professors Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University, Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University, and Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University argue that societies across the globe should reopen immediately and completely."
"Instead of observing measures designated to slow the spread of the virus, the young and healthy should resume normal activity in order to incur herd immunity and thereby protect those vulnerable to severe illness. The authors urge the adoption of this strategy, which they call 'Focused Protection,' in light of increasing evidence that 'current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health... Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.
"As of this writing, the Declaration has been signed by 3,089 other medical and public health scientists, 4,532 medical practitioners, and around 70,000 members of the general public.
"Lockdowns, once lifted, the virus simply resurges, as has been demonstrated by countries such as Peru, which initially implemented one of the world's most extreme lockdowns and now has one of the worst outbreaks. Melbourne, Australia, has been under a severe lockdown for over a month, despite having declared early victory against the virus. The United Kingdom has been enacting various forms of shutdown for several weeks after having been more or less open for the summer, and the mayor of New York City and governor of New York State have been threatening to impose localized lockdowns in the Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods in which cases are rising. Thus, whether endorsed by the scientific community or politicians, forced closures of schools and businesses are the default mechanism for managing rising cases in many parts of the world.
"Oxfam recently published a report concluding that 130 million people will be pushed to the brink of starvation due to supply chain disruptions resulting from lockdowns around the world. As Time magazine explains, that is exponentially more people than will succumb to the virus itself. The CDC has estimated the probable occurrence of more than 93,000 'non-Covid 'excess deaths' this year, including 42,427 from cardiovascular conditions, 10,686 from diabetes and 3,646 from cancer. Many are due to government shutdowns of non-essential medical care.' That is in this country alone.
"Likewise, mental health is deteriorating; substance, child and domestic abuse are increasing; and children, especially those who come from families without means, are falling behind in school. Countless businesses have closed, many for good, spelling financial disaster for their owners and hardship for employees. All of this is due to lockdowns, despite the common misattributions in headlines to the 'coronavirus' itself.
"Most of us understand and accept that preventing these deaths must be balanced against other interests. If, for instance, we banned vehicular travel in order to avoid deaths resulting from traffic accidents, but doing so caused 130 million deaths from supply chain disruptions, we would immediately recognize this as a failing proposition. Clearly, the same logic ought to apply here.
"The writers of the Great Barrington Declaration expressly recognize both sides of the equation, and seek to minimize coronavirus deaths among the vulnerable and suffering inflicted upon the non-vulnerable. It should be obvious which is the better approach."