COVID-19: the WHO Says that Lockdowns are a Bad Idea, Hurting the Most Vulnerable Hardest — “lockdown policies producing DEVASTATING effects on short and long-term public health”
Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it — Lloyd Chambers. That applies to climate science, COVID-19, and Einstein’s theory of relativity.
RE: The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas And The Efficacy Of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, And Closings.
RE: Martin Kulldorff, professor, Harvard Medical School: Letter to the editor: Scott Atlas and lockdowns
RE: COVID-19: Great Barrington Declaration by Medical Professionals and Epidemiologists
RE: The data is in — stop the panic and end the total isolation
RE: Time to Steepen the Curve and Accelerate Infection of Low-Risk People
RE: What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Science
Science slowly tries to get it right, slowly succeeds, but most of it is bullshit along the way. That’s a fact that even scientific organizations acknowledge.
By comparison, leaders make choices. A good leader says “we can’t know”, and knows that we have to manage our risk (risk assessment), and default to freedom. That has been the meta message in the blog here for the past 6 months, if you weren’t paying attention.
I’ve said before that the WHO and CDC cannot be trusted, and that’s true and proven in myriad ways during this crisis. But even blind squirrels find acorns, and sometimes an organization finally has to wake up and finally do the right thing, or collapse under the crushing weight of its own hypocrisy.
“Trust the science, trust the doctors” is now revealed as the bullshit propaganda that it always has been (and always will be*). Still, this WHO reversal (like its mask reversal) is welcome, even though so much damage was done by the time they got it right.
Never before has so much damage been done to so many by so few based on understanding so little.
Lockdowns made sense for a short while when no one really knew the risks of COVID-19. But they stopped making sense months ago. The damage done by lockdowns is irreversible for millions of people, and the death toll caused by lockdowns will far exceed COVID-19 deaths.
Hysterical anti-scientific policies around COVID-19 have been the goal of too many politicians and especially the social programming networks (“news”), whose very business model is scaring people, dividing people, getting people to freak out/stress out/hate anyone not in their 'tribe'.
* See first paragraph—“the science” is not a thing unless you reject science because no one who says the science is settled is qualified to discuss it.
The WHO is in effect stating that President Trump has been right about lockdowns all along. That ought to make a few heads explode right before the election, particularly since the WHO leadership is hardly a fan of Trump. The 'spin' should be interesting, but my guess is that it will be ignored by most of the media, because it breaks the narrative in favor of the truth. Indeed when I checked today, this bombshell news is not even mentioned at CNN.com, not even under “Live COVID updates”. If the suppression of this bombshell policy position is not prima facie evidence for the press being the enemy of the people, nothing is. How many people do these scum plan on killing just to fuel their money-making model?
October 10, 2020
“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” David Nabarro told The Spectator in an interview aired on Oct. 8. “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
Nabarro pointed to the collateral damage that lockdowns are having worldwide, especially among poorer populations.
“Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry, for example in the Caribbean or in the Pacific, because people aren’t taking their holidays. Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world because their markets have got dented. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. Seems that we may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition because children are not getting meals at school and their parents, in poor families, are not able to afford it,” Nabarro said.
“This is a terrible, ghastly global catastrophe actually,” he added. “And so we really do appeal to all world leaders: Stop using lockdown as your primary control method, develop better systems for doing it, work together and learn from each other, but remember—lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.
Nabarro isn’t the only scientist opposing lockdowns. A number of medical or public health scientists and medical practitioners have signed the Great Barrington Declaration, which states that “current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health.”
When language this strong is used by a stodgy organization like the WHO, you know that the policies around COVID-19 have been the biggest clusterfuck in the history of the world.
The Great Barringtion Declaration (which Google is trying to suppress) is making headway. The signatory page is malfunctioning as of Oct 11, but it was working a few days ago. But you can still read and sign it.
As of Oct. 8, more than 9,400 medical practitioners and 4,900 medical and public health scientists have joined more than 120,000 members of the general public in signing the petition, which was created on Oct. 4 and co-authored by Harvard professor of medicine Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Oxford professor Dr. Sunetra Gupta, and Stanford Medical School professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.
“As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection,” reads the petition, which is titled the Great Barrington Declaration, after the Massachusetts town where it was signed.
The petition calls for an end to current lockdown policies, saying that they are producing “devastating effects” on short- and long-term public health.
Some of these devastating effects, the doctors wrote, include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health. They argue that this will, in the future, lead to greater excess mortality, with the working class and younger generation “carrying the heaviest burden.”
“Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice,” the petition continues. “Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.”