Dr. David Nabarro, one of six doctors chosen as envoys for the Covid-panel by the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), made an announcement late last week regarding Covid-lockdowns:
“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus…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.”Dr. David Nabarro
He noted that one guaranteed result of the lockdown will be that society’s poor will become all the poorer, with it being estimated that poverty rates and child malnutrition rates will double by next year.
The Right agrees that lockdowns should end and that failure to open countries back up will have consequences greater and more dire than Covid. Washington Examiner‘s Social Media Producer Andrew Mark Miller noted that lockdowns have been tied to an increase in suicide, mental health issues, domestic violence, and drug abuse. “Some people consider this a crisis of ‘health vs. economy.’ That is not correct — it is ‘health vs. health,’ with the economy suffering collateral damage. By choosing to ‘lockdown,’ policymakers are choosing the greater of two evils, not the lesser,” stated Dr. Andrew Glen, professor emeritus of operations research at the United States Military Academy. Dr. David Samada, author and board-certified urologist, tweeted, “The science regarding lockdowns is now clear, & even the WHO is saying that there has to be a better way to control this virus. America, let’s open our economy and end all the depression, suicides, drug overdoses and many other problems.”
Those of us who have been saying that lockdowns have disastrous economic and health effects have been called selfish conspiracy nuts by public health officials and the mainstream media.— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) October 11, 2020
What will they say now that even the WHO agrees?#COVID19https://t.co/yY1cHjechb
The Left believes that those on the Right have taken Nabarro’s comments out of context and warns against the dangers of simply ending lockdowns. Forbes Senior Contributor Bruce Y. Lee agrees that lockdowns aren’t the primary means of containing the virus – rather, “national testing, contact tracing, and surveillance programs” are – something he argues President Trump has failed to coordinate. “Nabarro simply was reemphasizing what the WHO and many public experts have been saying all along: the way to tackle the Covid-19 coronavirus is through layering various policies and interventions in a coordinated, organized way.” Bloomberg op-ed columnist Joe Nocero, in response to what he inferred was Nabarro’s recommendations to mask up, isolate if sick, and contact trace, wrote, “No doubt he is right. Sadly, in the U.S. right now, getting that kind of government organization and buy-in by the populace is virtually impossible — not as long as Donald Trump is president and millions of Americans refuse to take even the most basic measure of wearing a mask.”
Some from both the Right and Left – a group of infectious disease specialists and scientists from around the world – have penned The Great Barrington Declaration, agreeing that lockdowns are “producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health” and calling for an end to lockdowns. The declaration stated that “Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice,” with the risk of Covid for children being even less than that of the flu.
“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.”An excerpt from The Great Barrington Declaration
Thus far, it was reported that “2,800 medical and public health scientists” and “over 3,700 medical practitioners” have signed the declaration, which was authored by “Harvard Professor of Medicine Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Oxford Professor Dr. Sunetra Gupta, and Stanford Medical School Professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.”