“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.
- 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.
- “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
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