Two Harvard Professors Argue for a “Radical” Covid Strategy

Check out this whole enlightening interview as author Nicole Aschoff interviews two Harvard Medical School professors.

Both argue that lockdowns are a terrible strategy that devastate the most vulnerable in society.

Katherine Yih is a biologist and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School and Martin Kulldorff is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Sadly the government prefers to choose politics over science. The politicians don’t protect the vulnerable (New York – they forced COVID-19 patients into elderly nursing homes which killed thousands).

We need to get the state COMPLETELY out of the decision-making process.

Humanity spent much of the 20th century learning that top-down, centralized decision-making consistently produces humanitarian disaster.

Why are we still talking about this?

“But I have been struck by how this emphasis on keeping the numbers down at all costs has NOT EVOLVED with time. There is a kind of SIMPLISTIC goal of keeping people from getting infected, period. Now this may seem like a worthy goal, but with a highly contagious respiratory virus to which most of the world’s population is probably still not immune, people ARE going to get infected. The virus will spread, quickly or less so, until herd immunity is reached.”

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/09/covid-19-pandemic-economy-us-response-inequality

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COVID: Is It Time We Learned to Live With It?

“This is how we have always managed viruses. Why is this so different? If we keep introducing restrictions and lockdowns while we wait for a vaccine it will be the young that suffer the most, particularly those from more deprived backgrounds. We can’t keep doing this – it would be an injustice.”

– Prof. Sunetra Gupta, infectious disease epidemiologist, professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54228649

Gupta, who has been called the world’s preeminent infectious disease epidemiologist, says it’s a good thing for young and healthy people to be exposed. She’s been a critic of the lockdown approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that the cost is too high for the poorest in society. She has also questioned the quality of the debate on the pandemic. Pointing out that herd immunity is a way of preventing vulnerable people from dying, her view is that countries should follow the general approach taken by the infectious disease epidemiologists in Sweden, shielding the vulnerable as best possible while those with minimal risk go about their lives and allow herd immunity to build up.

She has has been awarded the Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific research. In July 2013, Gupta’s portrait was on display during the prestigious Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition along with leading female scientist such as Madame Curie.

Covid-19 Antibodies Last 4 Months

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 infection lasted for at least 4 months after initial infection, a large serosurvey in Iceland found. Although the study didn’t go into if the antibodies adequate to prevent re-infection.

“Conclusions

Our results indicate that antiviral antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 did not decline within 4 months after diagnosis. We estimate that the risk of death from infection was 0.3% and that 44% of persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Iceland were not diagnosed by qPCR.” -New England Journal of Medicine

More confirmation that immunity is possible. A lot more effort should be put into treating the symptoms early to reduce the damage to the body and reducing the fatality rate than relying on a vaccine to prevent spreading it. So far the recovery rate is around 98% and obviously evidence shows they are now well armed with antibodies to fight further infections and do not need vaccination.”

Read the study at:
Humoral Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2 in Iceland

How Iceland Beat Coronavirus

In Iceland, some businesses were closed for a few weeks, but when they realized they didn’t need to, quickly re-opened up everything. Lockdowns don’t work and are derimental.

“Iceland never imposed a lockdown. Only a few types of businesses—night clubs and hair salons, for example—were ever ordered closed. Hardly anyone in Reykjavík wears a mask. And yet, by mid-May, when I went to talk to Pálmason, the tracing team had almost no one left to track. During the previous week, in all of Iceland, only two new coronavirus cases had been confirmed. The country hadn’t just managed to flatten the curve; it had, it seemed, virtually eliminated it.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/08/how-iceland-beat-the-coronavirus

Why Lockdowns Don’t Make a Difference to a Virus

September 15, 2020

Today is the six month anniversary of “fifteen days to slow the spread.” It is far too late to still believe in the myth that lockdowns can make COVID-19 go away. And if you still believe that government action is making ANY difference, you’re completely wrong. Instead of regurgitating the disinformation from the media – take some time to listen to research.

The National Bureau of Economic Research published a paper last month, UCLA economist Andrew Atkeson and two other researchers, after looking at COVID-19 trends in 23 countries and 25 U.S. states that had seen more than 1,000 deaths from the disease by late July, found little evidence that variations in policy explain the course of the epidemic in different places.

Atkeson and his co-authors conclude that the role of legal restrictions “is likely overstated,” saying their findings “raise doubt about the importance” of lockdowns in controlling the epidemic. It would not be the first time that people have exaggerated the potency of government action while ignoring everything else.

It shows that countries and regions follow a similar pattern “everywhere” regardless of whether that state or country implemented lockdowns, social distancing laws or mask mandates (all these are referred to as NPIs or nonpharmaceutical interventions).

Transmission rates are high at first, the study notes, but growth in the spread of the disease quickly declines after twenty to thirty days. After this, “the growth rate of daily deaths in all regions has hovered around zero or slightly below.” In other words, it appears lockdowns have no effect on changing the shape of the curve anymore.

Thus, a few months out from the initial surge, growth rates in all regions became more and more similar across jurisdictions.

The authors therefore conclude:

“…given the observation that disease transmission rates have remained low with relatively low dispersion across locations worldwide for the past several months as NPIs [nonpharmaceutical interventions] have been lifted, we are concerned that estimates of the effectiveness of NPIs in reducing disease transmission from the earlier period may not be relevant for forecasting the impact of the relaxation of those NPIs in the current period, due to some unobserved switch in regime.”

60% of Business Closures Since March are Permanent



How many more businesses must close for good? How many more jobs must be destroyed? How many men, women and children must starve and become homeless? How many deaths by drug overdoses or suicides before our overlords (none of their salaries are effected at all by the lockdowns they impose so they don’t care) are satisfied?

“Yelp’s September Local Economic Impact report concluded that 97,966 businesses on Yelp have permanently closed between March 1, shortly before most U.S. shutdowns, and Aug. 31. In total, 163,735 businesses on Yelp have experienced closures in that time period.”

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/516650-yelp-60-percent-of-us-businesses-closures-since-march-are-permanent