- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 10, 2021

A professor of medicine at Stanford University declared Monday that the COVID-19 lockdowns will be remembered as the country’s “single worst public health mistake” in the last 100 years.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya told Newsweek that the physical and psychological damage the ongoing lockdowns are causing to kids and adults is “catastrophic.”

“I stand behind my comment that the lockdowns are the single worst public health mistake in the last 100 years,” he said. “We will be counting the catastrophic health and psychological harms, imposed on nearly every poor person on the face of the earth, for a generation.

“At the same time, they have not served to control the epidemic in the places where they have been most vigorously imposed,” he continued. “In the US, they have — at best — protected the ‘non-essential’ class from COVID, while exposing the essential working class to the disease. The lockdowns are trickle down epidemiology.”

Dr. Bhattacharya co-authored the Great Barrington Declaration, a petition launched on Oct. 4 that urges an end to pandemic lockdowns, arguing that the policies aimed at curtailing the coronavirus have produced “devastating” effects on public health. His comments Monday came after he previously said during an interview with the Daily Clout that the lockdowns are the “biggest public health mistake we’ve ever made.”



“Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health,” the Great Barrington Declaration states. “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 petition argues that the most compassionate approach to virus mitigation is “Focused Protection,” which allows those who are at low-risk of dying from COVID-19 to continue living their lives as normal to “build up immunity to the virus through natural infection,” while better protecting those who are at a higher risk, like the elderly.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the document had gathered signatures by more than 13,700 medical and public-health scientists, nearly 41,500 medical practitioners, and more than 754,000 “concerned citizens,” according to a tally on the website.

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