You might recall that a year ago, I supported "two weeks to flatten the curve". I never in my darkest fears dreamed we'd still be having government diktats thrown at us a year later. And while I have written several times (with data, not just invective) that masks haven't done any good, here's some information about lockdowns:
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor at Stanford University Medical School, recently said that COVID-19 lockdowns are the "biggest public health mistake we've ever made...The harm to people is catastrophic."
Several U.S. states have started to ease their COVID-19 restrictions over the past few weeks.
Bhattacharya, who made the comments during an interview with the Daily Clout, co-authored the Great Barrington Declaration, a petition that calls for the end of COVID-19 lockdowns, claiming that they are "producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health."
As of Monday, the Great Barrington Declaration has received signatures from over 13,000 medical and public health scientists, more than 41,000 medical practitioners and at least 754,399 "concerned citizens."
During the interview last month, Bhattacharya said that the declaration comes from "two basic facts."
"One is that people who are older have a much higher risk from dying from COVID than people who are younger...and that's a really important fact because we know who his most vulnerable, it's people that are older. So the first plank of the Great Barrington Declaration: let's protect the vulnerable," Bhattacharya said. "The other idea is that the lockdowns themselves impose great harm on people. Lockdowns are not a natural normal way to live."
He continued, "it's also not very equal. People who are poor face much more hardship from the lockdowns than people who are rich."
Who could've imagined?
I give Newsweek credit for publishing this article, which goes against their belief structure, but the comments on that article show that the only people reading Newsweek are lefties.
Let's not forget some actual data about lockdowns.
Update, 3/12/21: Agreed.
TWO WEEKS WAS FINE, TWO MONTHS WAS CRAZY, A YEAR WAS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY: One Year Later, Vindication for Lockdown Skeptics. “The overwhelming majority of Americans last March acted in good faith to do what we were told was in the best interest of our country. That faith has been abused and squandered.”