WHO endorses the Great Barrington Declaration in condemning bans

WHO endorses the Great Barrington Declaration in condemning bans
WHO endorses the Great Barrington Declaration in condemning bans

The World Health Organization reversed its original stance on COVID-19 after calling on world leaders to stop locking down their countries and economies.

Dr. WHO’s David Nabarro yesterday appealed to world leaders, urging them to end the use of lockdowns as the primary method of control for coronavirus.

He also claimed that the only thing achieved was poverty – without mentioning the potential lives saved.

“Lockdowns have only one consequence that can never be belittled, and that makes poor people a lot poorer,” he said.

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“We at the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of combating this virus,” said Dr. Nabarro

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“The only time we believe a lockdown is warranted is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources and protect your exhausted health workforce, but by and large we want it better not do it. ”

Dr. Nabarro’s main criticism of lockdowns concerned the global impact and explained how poorer economies were indirectly affected.

“For example, look at what happened to the tourism industry in the Caribbean or the Pacific because people don’t go on vacation,” he said.

“Look what happened to smallholders around the world. … See what happens to poverty. It seems that global poverty will double by next year. Child malnutrition may at least double. ”

Melbourne’s lockdown has been hailed as one of the strictest and longest in the world. During the Spanish lockdown in March, people were only allowed to leave their homes if they were taking their pet for a walk. In China, authorities welded doors to prevent people from leaving their homes. The WHO considers these steps largely unnecessary.

Instead, Dr. Nabarro for a new approach to contain the virus.

“So we really appeal to all the world’s leading companies: stop using lockdown as your primary control method. Develop better systems for this. Work together and learn from one another. ”

His message is up to date. In a world first, a number of health experts from around the world came together to call for an end to the coronavirus lockdowns earlier this week.

They created a petition called the Great Barrington Declaration, which states that bans “do irreparable harm”.

“As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists, we have serious concerns about the harmful effects of current COVID-19 guidelines on physical and mental health and recommend what we call focused protection,” the petition said.

“The current lockdown policy has devastating effects on both short and long-term public health.”

The petition had 12,000 signatures so far.

It was written by Sunetra Gupta from the University of Oxford, Jay Bhattacharya from Stanford University and Martin Kulldorff from Harvard University.

When Dr. When asked about the petition, Nabarro had nothing but good things to say. “Really important point from Professor Gupta,” he said.

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