Saturday, 31 October, 2020

White House Embraces 'Herd Immunity' Declaration That Encourages COVID-19 Infections

A security guard uses a handheld thermometer to take the temperature of customers wearing face masks or coverings due to the COVID-19 pandemic as they wait to enter a bar in Liverpool north west England It’s Nonsense’ Several Public Health Experts Denounce COVID-19 ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy AFP 2020 OLI SCARFF
Gustavo Carr | 17 October, 2020, 18:27

Global experts have written an open letter to The Lancet medical journal warning the herd immunity approach to combatting Covid-19 is a "dangerous fallacy" that is not backed by science. "I'm immune and I can't give it to you", he boasted Wednesday - even though scientists do not fully understand how strong immunity may be or how long it might last.

Though the lockdowns were "highly effective at reducing peak demand for intensive care unit (ICU) beds", the researchers explain, these measures "also prolong the epidemic" by preventing the virus from naturally moving through low-risk populations and building herd immunity which then serves to protect the vulnerable, including the "older age groups".

In a statement provided by the White House, Atlas said "we emphatically deny that the White House, the president, the administration, or anyone advising the president has pursued or advocated for any strategy of achieving herd immunity by letting the coronavirus infection spread through the community".

"As an association of more than 12,000 frontline infectious diseases scientists, physicians, public health experts, and other health professionals, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and its HIV Medicine Association strongly denounce the 'declaration, ' released without data or evidence, that states this crisis can be controlled in the absence of critical public health measures", wrote the groups. "We all know that every one populations will finally attain herd immunity", the petition states.

In the face of a second wave of infection in several parts of the world, the scientists including Devi Sridhar from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, said there is now renewed interest in herd immunity approaches allowing a large uncontrolled outbreak in low-risk populations while protecting the vulnerable.

So they called for controlling the spread of the virus until the population can be vaccinated.

The Declaration, unveiled in the town on October 4 by three scientists, was developed by the American Institute for Economic Research, a think tank whose libertarian views are often at odds with the generally progressive leadership and population of Great Barrington.

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Sasse first said he has a good working relationship with the president. and complimented his picks on judicial nominations. I mean, and so I don't think the way he's lead through COVID has been reasonable or responsible, or right'.

"If you let infections rip as it were and say, 'Let everybody get infected that's going to be able to get infected and then we'll have herd immunity.' Quite frankly that is nonsense, and anybody who knows anything about epidemiology will tell you that that is nonsense and very unsafe", Fauci told Yahoo! "So I think we've just got to look that square in the eye and say it's nonsense", Fauci added. "We must protect our workforce and avoid long-term uncertainty", they said.

"Herd immunity isn't a method, however a scientifically confirmed phenomena, similar to gravity, and you wouldn't say that an airplane pilot is utilizing a "gravity technique" to land a airplane".

The researchers thus conclude that "the somewhat counterintuitive results that school closures lead to more deaths are a outcome of the addition of some interventions that suppress the first wave and failure to prioritise protection of the most vulnerable people". And we are not the kind of country that abandons our vulnerable or just locks them up. "It's the same thing", Brownstein, an ABC News contributor, said.

The petition's co-authors embody Dr. Martin Kulldorff, a professor of medication at Harvard College, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, a professor at Oxford College, and an epidemiologist with experience in immunology, vaccine improvement, and mathematical modeling of infectious ailments and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor at Stanford College Medical College.

A close ally, Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, has also embraced the researchers pushing the ideas behind natural "herd immunity".

The next day, DeSantis, a Republican, lifted all coronavirus-related restrictions in the state.