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Stanford Doctor Has Nothing but Bad News for Politicians about C-Virus

Lockdowns are not a mechanism to eradicate the disease

By Wayne Lusvardi, May 18, 2020 2:20 am

“Are you in favor of 75,000 suicides and tens of millions of starving children across the earth?  Either face the problem of lifting the lockdown or you face problems of economic collapse”– Dr. Jay Bhattacharya

Lockdowns, tests, masks and vaccines will not eradicate the disease in time to prevent disastrous world-wide child starvation, mass suicides, outbreaks of TB and greater deaths from cancer and strokes.

Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution, recently conducted an online interview with the distinguished Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD, of the Stanford Medical School regarding public health policies imposed by California to eradicate the spread of the coronavirus. 

Bhattacharya said he had nothing but “bad news” for politicians regarding his recent research findings about the virus: martial law lockdowns, mandatory masks for the healthy, forced removal and quarantining away from home and shutting down the economy until a vaccine is developed all will not eradicate the disease in time to prevent catastrophic consequences on the entire world.  Moreover, such policies will result in massive outbreaks of TB and suicides as well as avoidable deaths from untreated strokes and cancer from closing hospitals to all but virus patients.

The podcast interview is 55 minutes long.  For those who want just key takeaways see below.

Key takeaways:

  • Lockdowns are not a mechanism to eradicate the disease
  • There will never be a period when it is safer to end the lockdown. Increased cases of virus will occur no matter when the lockdowns and business shutdowns are ended.
  • There is no imminent and assured prospect of a vaccine and there may never be one, as there are six pre-existing strains of coronavirus for which a vaccine has never been developed and there is no vaccine for HIV.
  • The virus is too wide spread to eradicate but not enough people have become infected to create herd immunity. Around 80 percent of the population needs to have acquired herd immunity.  The virus has to be allowed to run its course.
  • The virus spreads by persons who appear to have a mild, common cold or no symptoms at all, making testing counterproductive. It would take billions of tests that are only valid for the day tested.
  • Even in the hot spots of Los Angeles and Santa Clara County, only about 2.5 to 4 percent of the virus cases, respectively, have contracted coronavirus-19.
  • Children are not carriers of the virus to parents in all cases studied in Iceland, but transmission from parents to children sometimes occurs.
  • Wearing masks in large retail stores will not substantially stop the spread of the disease because it is mainly intimate contact in confined residences or nursing homes where the disease is transmitted. If anyone is required to wear masks it should be the vulnerable who have other diseases as well. 
  • Testing, contact tracing and quarantining won’t work because people will just refuse to get tested if they are threatened with being removed from their homes (Ventura County)
  • Therapies for the virus, such as Remdesivir, have not been tested if they reduce fatalities.   
  • It is mainly the already-ill elderly and lower-income households that are the most vulnerable. Triage of the vulnerable, not mass lockdowns, is the only policy that will not trade lives of virus patients for deaths of economic desperation from suicide and delaying treatment of strokes and cancer.
  • There is no safe option of either way of locking down or not locking down. It is lives versus lives either way and not lives versus the economy.

Key Quotes:

  • “There is no safe option.  It is not possible to eradicate it with lockdowns” – Jay Bhattacharya
  • 75,000 suicides are forecasted due to lockdowns and job losses. Already in India there is an increase of 1.4 million cases of TB because of not being treated”- Jay Bhattacharya
  • “I think all that I would like to see is leadership” – Jay Bhattacharya
  • “I know how network effects work in a population. When a person dies (from virus) 300 or 400 will have heard of their death, some will have personally known them, and that is enough to scare people” (despite there is no way to eradicate the disease) – Peter Robinson, Uncommon Knowledge, Hoover Institution, May 11, 2020


  • Jay Bhattacharya – Santa Clara County Coronavirus Study (link here)
  • Jay Bhattacharya – Major League Baseball Employees Virus Study (link here)
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7 thoughts on “Stanford Doctor Has Nothing but Bad News for Politicians about C-Virus

  1. I believe that Dr. Bhattacharya’s assessment is spot on. I live in Chennai (South India)and have been involved in relief operations over the last 55 days of the lock down.
    When you go to the back streets and slums and resettlement colonies no one is maintaining even a semblance of Social or Physical distancing . So if this virus is as deadly as it is being made out to be , then we should have had people dying like flies.
    Yet two months into the lock down we have just 81deaths ( 90% with co-morbidity ) in a city of 8.5 million with 2.5 million living in very congested conditions.

    In Chennai the lock down has only prevented people from earning their Livelihoods .
    It has not really kept them apart.

    So something other than the lock down is keeping our death rates low and our recovery rates high.

    I can only guess at what it is.
    But this is a fact that one cannot deny. That among our Vulnerable communities where no social/physical distancing has been practiced, due to their congested living conditions the virus has not been as deadly as it is made out to be. I have a hunch that the virus has spread and died in this sea of humanity, much like a common cold without it being deadly like it is touted to be.

    On the other hand, the lock down has caused untold misery,hunger and pain and death among our daily wage earner and migrant worker.

    What I am asking for is ; can some credible international organisation working with a national organisation here quickly assess why this is the case? Is it our natural immunity? Is it the heat ? (Temperature of around 38*C) . Or is the fact that our entire population has been vaccinated against Polio or Tuberculosis working in our favour?

    Because going into a Covid recovery programme after ascertaining that the virus is deadly or not deadly can dictate the course we need to take.
    A better understanding of why the world’s 2nd most populous country has recorded just over 3000 deaths thus far, despite the lack of social distancing among our economically downtrodden could help ease the suffering of our vulnerable poor.
    If the virus is as deadly as it is made out to be, the Lock Down is only going to increase the rate of the spread of the virus judging by the mass congregation of migrant labour dying to find their way home !

    1. Is it true that large numbers of people in India are routinely given hydroxychloroquine because of malaria? Could there be a connection there?

  2. Apologies, not spam, the “Virus” has never even been properly isolated:
    How are the deaths so high? By the CDC provisional data sheet there are 3 columns: 1, with flu, 2, with pneumonia, 3, solely covid. but beneath # 3 is says deaths with Presumed or confirmed, but nowhere does it say how many were PRESUMED…. so by their own data sheet, nothing proves that covid is even deadly. click for CDC data: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm
    This is not to mention that covid-19 has yet to be specifically defined! It is a FRAUD.

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised to one day learn that the virus was a coordinated effort by the DCC to create an economic storm in their rabid attempts to impeach President Trump by whatever means necessary…
      The CCP and DCC leadership basically see the world through the same lens of perception, and both detest capitalism and individual liberty….

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