None of us wants to see our Grannies succumb to COVID-19, or G-d forbid, any of our children. However, our precautions need to be balanced against the “irreparable damage” lockdowns and other extreme measures are causing.
“Irreparable damage” is the correct description to what lockdowns are doing to mental health and physical well being as a result of isolation and postponement of routine treatment.
It’s like kicking the can of illness and mortality down the road.
“Irreparable damage” is the description The Great Barrington Declaration uses. The Just Vote No Blog recommends consideration of the thoughts expressed on the Barrington Declaration website. The Declaration was signed by numerous health practitioners from around the world on October 4, 2020, in the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The Declaration simply recommends: focus on protecting the most vulnerable and let the rest resume their normal lives.
Here is an excerpt:
“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.
Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.
Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.“
The Barrington Declaration mostly addresses the destructive effects of lockdowns on health. We also need to keep in mind the devastation lockdowns have wrought upon our individual liberties and our economic prosperity.
As an aside, perhaps predictably, the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has declared its objection to the Declaration’s title.