Great Barrington’s statement recommends allowing people to live normally despite the virus.
Trump: I don’t know how I got COVID-19. I want to donate plasma. If Democrats are serious about following science – rather than politics – in the fight against COVID-19, they might want to take a closer look at “The Great Barrington Declaration.”
It is organized by infectious disease experts Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University, Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya from Stanford University. to avoid the devastating effects of lockdowns on the physical, mental, economic, and educational levels.
The mainstream media have ignored the statement, but so far, more than 5,500 medical and health scientists and 11,000 physicians have it. This number continues to increase.
The statement expresses “grave concern about the detrimental effects on physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies,” pointing out that the “heaviest burden” is falling on “working-class and younger members of society.”
According to the Declaration, “[c]urrent lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health.” It concludes that “[k]eeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.”
Moving forward, “[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.” The authors call this approach “Focused Protection.”
This is essentially the approach taken in Sweden (the most prosperous country in combating the virus), which is increasingly supported by the World Health Organization. President Trump has recommended the very political approach, much to the criticism and contempt of Democrats and their left-wing media allies.
As the Declaration states, “The vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.”
The statement casts serious doubt on the heavy-handed blocking approach that Joe Biden and Democrats are advocating. This strategy paints a woefully inaccurate picture of those who have suffered the most during these blocks.
The Wall Street millionaires who fund Biden’s campaign are not the ones hurting. The stock market has more or less recovered from the temporary coronavirus decline, and white-collar workers are finding that it is possible and often more pleasant to work remotely.
But, as the Declaration points out, the real pain falls on the “underprivileged” as well as “working-class and younger members of society.”
As the wealthy retire to their second homes, the ordinary workmen – those who would otherwise be working every day in retail, restaurants, hospitality, and other industries that rely on regular human interaction – have been devastated. by the massive layoffs to blocking the state.
Unsurprisingly, economic pain varies according to political geography.
In August, before the September jobs report was released, showing the national unemployment rate fell dramatically to 7.9 percent, 11 states already had an unemployment rate of less than 6 percent – well ahead of the national curve. Of these states, all except Montana have Republican governors who have followed the president’s directions to reopen as much as possible as soon as it is safe to do so.
The ten worst performing states all had crisis unemployment rates of over 10 percent, including New Jersey, (10.9), Illinois (11), New York (12.5), and California (11, 4). Except for Massachusetts, each of them has a Democratic governor committed to keeping the top blockades in place in defiance of the president.
Conditions on the ground should always dictate preventative measures, but the economic pain distribution matches the politicization of the pandemic by Democrats. As the statement makes clear, science confirms that it is in the best interest of all Americans for the lockdowns to end.
The biggest economic threat facing American workers right now is the prospect that in just a few months, Biden could have the power to sacrifice his job on the altar of his politics, as he has repeatedly stated that he would be ready to do so by imposing a national shutdown.