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The World Health Organization (WHO) is now demanding that economies and countries should refrain from lockdowns as part of their responses to COVID-19. Dr. David Nabarro enforced the dialogue on Saturday, stating that the lockdowns were ineffective at saving lives; the measures only enhanced poverty and consequently caused a detriment to public health.
News Corp Australia reported the dialogue:
“Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer,” he said.
“The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganise, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
“Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry in the Caribbean, for example, or in the Pacific because people aren’t taking their holidays,” he said.
“Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. … Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”
Dr. Nabarro instead suggests that our nations learn from one another and build more sustainable systems to handle these circumstances if they were to ever arise again.
He is advocating for bringing the lockdowns to an end with a petition called the Great Barrington Declaration.
“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,” read the petition.
“Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health.”
The petition has had 12,000 signatures so far.
Well, I’m glad we’re all coming to the realization that the lockdowns were the most pointless thing since the Baguette Pack (literally a bread-carrying-backpack for your baguette needs). But at least the backpack of bread wouldn’t damage the livelihood of various nations as a repercussion.
So where was this perspective before? Like, before we fell into the detriment that we all already anticipated would happen before the ‘experts’ outwardly admitted it?
Just like the typical seasonal flu, we must learn to live with COVID-19 or else everything else around us will crumble.